If an Individual Dies as a Member-In-Service of 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. 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.