To be eligible for wage benefits, the injured employee must be deemed disabled by a physician and must not have worked for a minimum of seven days.
- Waiting Period: There is a seven-day waiting period in Arkansas. If the disability continues for 14 days, the injured employee will be entitled to wage benefits for the first seven days.
- Initial Payment: The first payment of wage benefits is due to the injured employee on the 15th day following knowledge/proof of disability. These wage benefits will then be paid in bi-weekly installments.
- Percentage of Wages: Weekly wage benefits are tax-free and equate to 66 2/3 of your average weekly wage subject to a maximum rate.
- Maximum Rate: Weekly wage benefits are subject to a maximum of $602.00 as of Jan. 1, 2013.
- For more information on the maximum and minimum wage benefits by year click here.
If an employee sustains an injury or illness arising out of and during the course of employment, workers’ compensation will cover reasonable and medically necessary treatment for an injury. Injured employees are not responsible for any co-pays and should not have any out-of-pocket expenses.
- Choice of Physician: The injured employee’s treatment will be attended to by the physician that the employer or the insurance carrier directs the injured employee to. If you are not pleased with the doctor assigned to your case, you may request a change of physicians through your adjuster. This change must be approved before you can begin treatment with a new physician. You may also write to the Workers’ Compensation Commission to request a change of physician.
- Mileage Reimbursement: The injured employee is entitled to reimbursement of mileage expenses associated with the medical treatment of the claim. To be reimbursed, you must submit a mileage reimbursement form monthly.
- Prescriptions: LUBA partners with CompRx to provide pharmacy benefits to injured employees. CompRx will issue a prescription card on behalf of LUBA for use at pharmacies to avoid any out-of-pocket expense for the injured employee. CompRx does offer mail-order prescriptions. Please contact your adjuster or CompRx directly to discuss this option. You may also visit the LUBA Care section of this website and select pharmacy as the specialty.