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102.49 Additional death benefit for children, state fund.
(1) Subject to any certificate filed under s. 102.65 (4) , when the beneficiary under s. 102.46 or 102.47 (1) is the spouse or domestic partner under ch. 770 of the deceased employee and is wholly dependent on the deceased employee for support, an additional death benefit shall be paid from the funds provided by sub. (5) for each child by their marriage or domestic partnership " under ch. 770 who is living at the time of the death of the employee and who is likewise wholly dependent on the deceased employee for support. That payment shall commence when primary death benefit payments are completed or, if advancement of compensation has been paid, when payments would normally have been completed. Payments shall continue at the rate of 10 percent of the surviving parent's weekly indemnity until the child's 18th birthday. If the child is physically or mentally incapacitated, payments may be continued beyond the child's 18th birthday but the payments may not continue for more than a total of 15 years.
- A child lawfully adopted by the deceased employee and the surviving spouse or domestic partner under ch. 770 , prior to the time of the injury, and a child not the deceased employee's own by birth or adoption but living with the deceased employee as a member of the deceased employee's family at the time of the injury shall for the purpose of this section be taken as a child by their marriage or domestic partnership under ch. 770 .
- If the employee leaves a spouse or domestic partner under ch. 770 wholly dependent and also a child by a former marriage, domestic partnership under ch. 770 , or adoption, likewise wholly dependent, aggregate benefits shall be the same in amount as if the child were the child of the surviving spouse or partner, and the entire benefit shall be apportioned to the dependents in the amounts that the department or the division determines to be just, considering the ages of the dependents and other factors bearing on dependency. The benefit awarded to the surviving spouse or partner shall not exceed 4 times the average annual earnings of the deceased employee.
- Dependency of any child for the purposes of this section shall be determined according to s. 102.51 (1) , in like manner as would be done if there was no surviving dependent parent.
- (a) In each case of injury resulting in death, the employer or insurer shall pay into the state treasury the sum of $20,000.
- In addition to the payment required under par. (a) , in each case of injury resulting in death leaving no person dependent for support, the employer or insurer shall pay into the state treasury the amount of the death benefit otherwise payable, minus any payment made under s. 102.48 (1) , in 5 equal annual installments with the first installment due as of the date of death.
- In addition to the payment required under par. (a) , in each case of injury resulting in death, leaving one or more persons partially dependent for support, the employer or insurer shall pay into the state treasury an amount which, when added to the sums paid or to be paid on account of partial dependency and under s. 102.48 (1) , shall equal the death benefit payable to a person wholly dependent.
- The payment into the state treasury shall be made in all such cases regardless of whether the dependents or personal representatives of the deceased employee commence action against a 3rd party under s. 102.29 . If the payment is not made within 20 days after the department makes request therefor, any sum payable shall bear interest at the rate of 7 percent per year.
- The adjustments in liability provided in ss. 102.57 , 102.58 , and 102.60 do not apply to payments made under this section.
- The department or the division may award the additional benefits payable under this section to the surviving parent of the child, to the child's guardian, or to such other person, bank, or trust company for the child's use as may be found best calculated to conserve the interests of the child. If the child dies while benefits are still payable, there shall be paid the reasonable expense for burial, not exceeding $1,500.
- All payments received under this section shall be deposited in the fund established by s. 102.65 . History: 1971 c. 260 s. 92 (4) ; 1975 c. 147 , 199 ; 1977 c. 195 ; 1979 c. 110 s. 60 (13) ; 1979 c. 278 , 355 ; 1985 a. 83 ; 1991 a. 85 ; 1993 a. 492 ; 1997 a. 253 ; 2003 a. 144 ;
2005 a. 172 ; 2009 a. 28 ; 2011 a. 183 ; 2015 a. 55 . Cross-reference: See also s. DWD 80.48 , Wis. adm. code.