Death benefits. If an employee dies as a result of his job, his dependents may be entitled to funeral expenses and two-thirds of his average weekly wage up to 500 weeks. If there are multiple dependents, such as a wife and children, the weekly benefit is divided equally. If a widower or widow remarries, then his/her benefits are terminated. When a child turns 18, his or her benefits are terminated. Before these events occur, it may be best to talk to an attorney to discuss settlement options.