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Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB)

A unique effort of the U.S. Department of Justice; local, state, tribal, and federal public safety agencies; and national organizations, the Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program provides death and education benefits to survivors of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders, and disability benefits to officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty.

The BJA PSOB Office is honored to review the more than 1000 claims submitted each year on behalf of America's fallen and catastrophically disabled public safety heroes and their loved ones.


for more information or to submit a PSOB claim, click HERE to visit their website
WORKERS’ COMPENSATION   from the State of California
Death benefits are payments to a spouse, children or other dependents if an employee dies from a work-related injury or illness. The amount of the death benefit depends on the number of total and/or partial dependents. Benefits maximums are as follows: 1 total dependent ($250,000), 2 total dependents ($290,000), 3 or more total dependents ($320,000), 1 total plus 1 or more partial dependents ($250,000 plus four times annual support for partial dependents not to exceed $290,000), and 1 or more partial dependents (eight times annual support not to exceed $250,000).

In the case of one or more totally dependent minors, after payment of amounts specified below, death benefits will continue until youngest minor’s 18th birthday (disabled minors receive benefits for life). Death benefits are paid at the total temporary disability rate, but not less than $224.00 per week. The period within which to commence proceedings for the collection of death benefits is one year from death where death occurs within one year of date of injury (DOI); or one year from date of last furnishing of any benefits or one year from death where death occurs more than one year from DOI. No such proceedings may be commenced more than 240 weeks from the DOI.

(Reference: Labor Code Section 4702)

Volunteer firefighters: Each member registered as an active firefighting member of any regularly organized volunteer fire department having official recognition and full or partial support of its local government is considered an employee for purposes of workers’ compensation. This entitles eligible volunteer firefighters to receive compensation from the local government. If a volunteer firefighter dies while performing duties, then, irrespective of remuneration from this or other employment or from both, the average earnings shall be taken as the maximums fixed for each.

(Reference: Labor Code Section 3361)

Contact:
Division of Workers’ Compensation
1515 Clay Street, 6th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612-1519
Phone: (510) 622-2866
Toll Free: (800) 736-7401
E-mail: dwc@dir.ca.gov
Website: www.dir.ca.gov
For Additional Benefits   Visit These Sites

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation  click  HERE
and
The Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB)  click  HERE
(this is the Federal Death Benefit)
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