If an Individual Dies as a Member-In-Service From Causes That May be Job-Related, are There Benefits Which His or Her Family May be Eligible to Receive While They Await a Decision About an Accidental Death Benefit?
If a person dies as a member in-service, Option D benefits should be available in most circumstances, while the decision is being made about eligibility for accidental death benefits. For further information about eligibility, please refer to the Option D section of this booklet. As noted in that section, when an accidental death benefit may be payable, the spouse is given one year following the date of death to elect the Option D benefit. This contrasts to the 90-day window a spouse has to elect where there is no claimed entitlement to accidental disability retirement benefits.