If you are receiving compensation for an OWCP claim, it is a reasonable question about what will happen to those benefits in the event of your death; namely, whether or not your spouse will continue to receive those benefits if you die. The short answer is maybe.
If you are receiving benefits for a work-related injury, your cause of death will directly determine the answer to this question. For example, if you are receiving ongoing benefits for a work-related back injury and your death is related in some way to that injury, then your benefits will transfer to your spouse. However, if you are receiving your benefits related to a back injury and your death is the result of a heart attack or some other condition unrelated to your work injury, then your benefits will cease upon your death.
This concern can underline the importance of keeping ongoing and detailed records of medical appointments and treatments in order to ensure that accurate information is available in the event of death.
Finally, as a federal employee, you should know that in the event of your death, your spouse may be entitled to a Civil Service survivors benefit that is unrelated to your OWCP claim. Talk to an OWCP representative to understand your benefits and to ensure that your spouse receives the benefits that they deserve in the event of your death.