The widow of the Oklahoma State University basketball coach killed in a plane crash was awarded $100,000 last year, plus tax-free weekly benefits.
The coach's three children split $50,000, and they also were awarded weekly benefits.
The death claim was filed in Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Court. A judge last year signed off on the awards after ruling coach Kurt Budke, 50, died from an accidental personal injury suffered in the course of his employment.
The head women's basketball coach and an assistant coach, Miranda Serna, 36, were on a recruiting trip Nov. 17, 2011, when the small plane they were riding in crashed in Arkansas.
The Oklahoman discovered the 2012 comp court order after learning that widow Shelley Kay Budke is suing the deceased pilot's estate.
The negligence lawsuit against the estate of pilot Olin Branstetter and the estate of his wife is pending in Kay County District Court.
Under the 2012 comp court order, Shelley Budke was paid the $100,000 in a lump sum. She gets $514.50 per week for life unless she marries again.
The children got $16,666.67 each in lump sums. They also were awarded $73.50 each per week.
The workers' compensation law allows a deceased worker's child to be paid weekly death benefits until he or she reaches 18 and finishes high school. Payments continue if a child goes on to college until the child is done or turns 23, whichever is first. Payments also would stop if the child marries.
Kurt Budke's children are now 23, 21 and 17, records show.
The family also was awarded up to $10,000 for funeral expenses.
OSU paid the lump sum awards and pays the weekly benefits itself because it provided its own insurance on workers' compensation claims, records show.
The parents of the killed assistant coach also are suing the estates of the pilot and his wife in Kay County District Court. The parents did not file a death claim in Workers' Compensation Court.
Under the comp law, the most Serna's parents could have received from a death claim was $8,000 in funeral expenses. Attorneys for the parents did not return calls for comment Tuesday.
The $100,000 lump sum payment to Shelley Budke is the maximum permitted by law. Legislators this year considered reducing the death claim benefits in the bill that overhauled the comp court system.
Instead, they left the death benefits intact, according to workers' compensation attorney Bob Burke, who is an expert on comp laws.
The maximum lump sum award to a widow in a death claim changed from $10,000 to $20,000 in 1995. The Legislature increased that initial award to a widow to its current level, $100,000, in 2005.
Since Jan. 1, 2012, more than 130 death claims have been filed in Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Court. Several involved workers who died on the job in traffic accidents.
Most death claims are uncontested.