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21 V.S.A. § 632. Compensation to dependents; death benefits

§ 632. Compensation to dependents; death benefits

If death results from the injury, the employer shall pay to the persons entitled to compensation or, if there is none, then to the personal representative of the deceased employee, burial and funeral expenses in the amount of $5,500.00 and expenses for out-of-state transportation of the decedent to the place of burial not to exceed $1,000.00. The employer shall also pay to or for the benefit of the following persons, for the periods prescribed in section 635 of this title, a weekly compensation equal to the following percentages of the deceased employee's average weekly wages. The weekly compensation payment herein allowed shall not exceed the maximum weekly compensation or be lower than the minimum weekly compensation:

(1) To the spouse, if there are no dependent children, 662/3 percent;

(2) To the spouse, if there is one dependent child, 712/3 percent; or if there are two or more dependent children, 762/3 percent. The compensation to the spouse shall be for the use and benefit of the spouse and of the dependent children;

(3) If there is no spouse, but a dependent child or children, then to the child or children, the amount or amounts payable to a spouse with the same number of dependent children, to be divided equally among the children if more than one;

(4) If there is neither spouse, nor child, but there is a dependent father or mother, then to the parent, if wholly dependent, 30 percent, or if partially dependent, 20 percent or if both parents are dependent, then half of the foregoing compensation to each of them. If there is no such parent, but a dependent grandparent, then to every such grandparent the same compensation as to a parent;

(5) If there is neither dependent spouse, child, parent nor grandparent, but there is a dependent grandchild, brother or sister, or two or more of them, to the dependents 15 percent for one dependent and five percent additional for each additional dependent, with a maximum of 25 percent to be divided equally between the dependents if more than one. (Amended 1959, No. 191, § 1; 1961, No. 22; 1963, No. 191, § 1; 1965, No. 67, § 1; 1965, No. 87, § 1; 1967, No. 122, § 2; 1975, No. 177 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; 1977, No. 182 (Adj. Sess.), § 4, eff. May 3, 1978; 1985, No. 194 (Adj. Sess.), § 3; 1995, No. 107 (Adj. Sess.), § 1.)

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