Where the death of an employee is the result of an industrial injury or occupational disease, the employee's dependents may file an application for death benefits. To be considered a "dependent", a person must be a member of the family of the deceased employee, or bear to the employee the relation of surviving spouse, lineal descendant, ancestor, or brother or sister. Generally, lineal descent is descent in a direct or right line, as from father or grandfather to son or grandson, etc. to the remotest degree. An application signed by a person claiming to be a dependent, as described herein, shall be accepted for filing and shall be sufficient to initiate proceedings for workers' compensation benefits and to obtain a ruling on the validity of the claim. If there are no dependents, the application may be filed by the estate of the deceased employee, the attending physician, the funeral director, by a volunteer paying the funeral bill, by a person who authorized the burial and funeral expenses or by the employer, for services rendered because of the injury or occupational disease causing the employee's death.
(A) The "First Report of Injury" form ("FROI-1") should be used for filing all applications for death benefits. This form should be used whether the employer is a public employer, a private employer contributing to the state insurance fund, an amenable but noncomplying employer, or a self-insuring employer.
(B) In the event of disagreement between the applicant(s) and the self-insuring employer on the question of compensability of the death benefits, the procedure provided in rule 4121-3-13 of the Administrative Code shall be followed .
Eff 10-17-68; 1-16-78;
Rule promulgated under: RC 119.03
Rule authorized by: RC 4121.13, 4121.30, 4121.31
Rule amplifies: RC 4121.121, 4123.05, 4123.59
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/21/2008 and 11/01/2013