When, as a proximate result of an injury, death occurs to an injured employee, there shall be paid in one lump sum within thirty days after death a sum not to exceed seven thousand dollars for reasonable funeral and burial expenses. Said sum may be paid to the undertaker, cemetery, or any other person who has paid the funeral and burial costs, if the director so orders. If the employee leaves no dependents, compensation shall be limited to said sum and the compensation, if any, which has accrued to date of death and the medical, surgical, and hospital expenses provided in articles 40 to 47 of this title. If the deceased employee leaves dependents, said sum shall be paid in addition to all other sums of compensation provided for in this article.
If an employee’s death occurs as a result of the injury, a lump sum payment is made to the employee’s estate, from which burial expenses are to be paid. The amount of the lump sum payment changes annually.
Guidebook to Workers’ Compensation, Commonwealth of Kentucky, Department of Workers’ Claims
- In the US, the median burial benefit is
specified as having a maximum of $7500 but the range is quite broad: South Carolina has a maximum only $2500;
Rhode Island pays up to $20,000 ($US).
- In Canada, Nova Scotia has the lowest funeral
benefit maximum at only $5000 while the adjacent province of New Brunswick has
a maximum benefit of $16,246.
Interestingly, Ontario has a minimum
funeral benefit of $2948.10 but no statutory maximum. Reasonable costs will be reimbursed. ($Can)
- In Australia and New Zealand, the range is a
little narrower. ComCare, the federal
workers’ compensation system, is in the mid-range at $11,459.25 while New South
Wales and Northern Territories are at or about $15,000 (Aus$).
- New Zealand has a $6021 (NZ$) maximum