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Sec. 5-144
(Connecticut General Statutes revised to January 1, 1997)

Death benefits for state employees.


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Sec. 5-144. Death benefits for state employees. If any state employee sustains an injury while acting within the scope of his employment, which injury is not the result of his own wilful or wanton act, and dies as a result of such injury, and a spouse and a dependent child or children under eighteen years of age survive him, the Comptroller, upon the recommendation of the appointing authority, and with the approval of the Attorney General, shall draw his order on the Treasurer for the sum of seven thousand five hundred dollars, payable in equal monthly instalments over a period of not less than five years to such employee’s spouse, provided any such payments shall terminate on the death or remarriage of such spouse within said five-year period, and the Comptroller, upon the recommendation of the appointing authority and with the approval of the Attorney General, shall also draw an order on the Treasurer for monthly payments of twenty dollars for each dependent child under eighteen years of age, payable to such spouse or the guardian of such child or children until such child or children reach eighteen years of age. If such employee leaves a spouse and no child or children under eighteen years of age, the Comptroller, upon the recommendation of the appointing authority and with the approval of the Attorney General, shall draw an order on the Treasurer for the sum of four thousand dollars payable in equal monthly instalments over a period of not less than five years, to such spouse, provided any such payments shall terminate on the death or remarriage of such spouse within such five-year period. If such employee leaves no spouse and no child or children under eighteen years of age but leaves a parent or parents dependent upon him, the Comptroller, upon recommendation of the appointing authority and with the approval of the Attorney General, shall draw an order on the Treasurer for the sum of four thousand dollars, payable to such employee’s parent or parents in equal monthly instalments over a period of not less than five years, provided, on the death of one such parent, the surviving parent shall continue to receive the entire monthly payments under the provisions of this section and provided such payments shall cease on the death of both such parents during such five-year period.

(1949 Rev., S. 421; 1953, 1955, S. 186d; November, 1955, S. N5; 1957, P.A., 122; February, 1965, P.A. 466.)

History: 1965 act deleted requirement that parents be "solely" dependent on employees in order to be eligible to receive benefits.

See Sec. 5-149 re cases where death benefits are not payable.

Covers injury involving heart attack only (a) when it occurs within period of employment and (b) when in some way it is causally connected to performance of duties of employment. 175 C. 424435.


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