Member of the family
Members of the family include:
- significant partner;
- natural children;
- adopted children; and
- in certain cases step children.
These family members can make a claim for compensation and are entitled to the same compensation for an imminently fatal disease as if the person was alive.
You must obtain a death certificate and all medical evidence which establishes that the deceased had an asbestos-related disease and that their death was caused by the disease, or the disease was a significant contributing factor to the person's death.
If the deceased worker was diagnosed with an imminently fatal asbestos-related disease but died from non-related factors, you may still be entitled to compensation. You must provide all relevant medical evidence establishing that the person had been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease.
A number of documents and other evidence will be required when making an application and may include:
- a copy of the deceased person's death certificate;
- a copy of a signed relationship certificate (if relevant) or marriage certificate;
- a copy of adoption papers (if relevant) and/or birth certificates of children of the deceased;
- copies of any relevant documents in relation to other compensation you may be receiving or have received;
- copies of the deceased person’s relevant employment details during the time in which they were exposed to asbestos;
- proof of identity; and
- the Funeral Benefits claim form and related accounts, receipts or invoices where you are wishing to seek reimbursement of funeral expenses.