Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Workers' Compensation Division
Death During Permanent Total Disability
(1)If the injured worker dies during the period of permanent total disability, death benefits must be paid to eligible beneficiaries under ORS 656.208 (Death during permanent total disability), 656.204 (Death), OAR 436-060-0075 (Payment of Death Benefits), and the benefit schedules in the Retroactive Program bulletin.
(2) The statutory death benefit for injuries occurring from July 1, 1973 to April 1, 1974 will be reduced by the Social Security benefits received by the worker or the worker’s surviving spouse, not to exceed the July 1, 1973 statutory benefit level. The amount of reduction to the statutory benefit is a Retroactive Program benefit. The insurer may request reimbursement only for the adjusted Retroactive Program benefit.
(3) At least once every two years, the insurer must verify that all beneficiaries receiving death benefits for which the insurer may request reimbursement from the Retroactive Program are alive and remain eligible for those benefits. Insurers’ questions regarding beneficiaries’ status must be reasonably pertinent to the continuing eligibility of those persons for benefits.