What Benefits are Payable if a Member's Death, After Retirement, is NOT Found to be a Direct Result of the Injury or Hazard That Caused the Member's Accidental Disability Retirement?

If such a member retired for accidental disability retirement before November 7, 1996, his or her spouse is entitled to receive an allowance of $6,000, $9,000, or $12,000 per year.  The amount of the allowance will depend upon whether a local option has been accepted.  However, if such a member retires on or after November 7, 1996, the member is permitted to select Option C upon retirement to provide an allowance for his or her spouse and as a result, the $6,000, $9,000, or $12,000 allowance is not available.

Are Surviving Spouses of Other Deceased Retirees Also Eligible to Receive This Benefit?

The surviving spouses of ordinary disability retirees who retired before December 30, 1971 and who die after January 1, 1973 are entitled to receive an allowance of $6,000, $9,000, or $12,000 per year (again, the amount depends upon whether a local option has been accepted.)  If a member retired for ordinary disability on or after December 30, 1971, the member was permitted to select Option C to provide an allowance for his or her spouse and as a result, this allowance of $6,000, $9,000, or $12,000 is not available.

Are There any Other Circumstances in Which the Death of a Retiree May Result in the Benefit of $6,000, $9,000, or $12,000 as Described Above?

Only one.  This allowance is also available to a widow or widower who wasn’t married to the member when the member retired.

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