Arkansas Workers Compensation Law

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Arkansas Workers Comp Quick Facts

The following represent the state of the law as of January 1, 2006. Please note that worker's compensation law can be complex and these laws and policies are subject to amendment at any time. If you need help with a worker's compensation issue, please consult a licensed attorney.

Is Worker's Compensation Compulsory? Yes

Are Waivers Permitted? Yes

Numerical Exceptions: Employment in which two or more employees are employed by any person engaged in building or building repair work is covered. Also covered is employment in which one or more employees is employed by a subcontractor or by a contractor who subcontracts any part of his contract. Sole proprietors or partners who devote full time to the business are covered unless elect not to be covered. Executive officers of corporation or self-insured employers may waive coverage but must provide coverage for employees of business even if such waiver reduces number of employees to less than three.

Choice of Physician: Employer makes the initial selection of physician, which may be changed by the state agency. Employee may petition for a one-time change-of-physician.

Waiting Period For Comp Benefits After Injury: 7 days

Compensation is retroactive if disability continues for what period of time from the date of injury? 2 weeks

Attorney Fees Permitted: 25% of indemnity benefits, statute


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