The statutory accident insurance pays a half or full orphan's pension to the children of insured persons. You can receive this orphan's pension if your parent died as a result of an insured event. This includes accidents at work, accidents on the way to work and occupational diseases. It is not necessary to file an application.
Natural children are entitled to the orphan's pension, as well as stepchildren, foster children, grandchildren and siblings under certain conditions.
They receive the orphan's pension until they reach the age of 18.
Under certain conditions, however, it can also be granted until the orphan reaches the age of 27. These conditions are met if the orphan
is undergoing school education or vocational training, or
is doing voluntary service, or
is unable to support himself or herself because of a physical, mental or psychological disability.
If periods entitling to an orphan's pension do not follow on seamlessly from one another, an entitlement to an orphan's pension may also exist during a transitional period of no more than 4 calendar months (for example, the period between the end of school education and the start of a course of study).
If you are a half-orphan, the orphan's pension is 20 percent of your parent's earnings in the year before the accident; if you are a full orphan, the orphan's pension is 30 percent. You will receive the orphan's pension monthly.
It may be that other persons besides you are entitled to money from the statutory accident insurance, for example, your siblings or a widow or widower. In this case, the sum of the pensions may not exceed 80 percent of the deceased person's annual earnings. Your orphan's pension will be reduced proportionately in this case. If you are a foster child, the entitlement to an orphan's pension may be waived altogether.
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