2012 Arkansas Code
Title 11 - Labor and Industrial Relations
Chapter 9 - Workers' Compensation
Subchapter 8 - -- Payment
§ 11-9-805 - Joint petition for final settlement.

AR Code § 11-9-805 (2012) What's This?

(a) Upon petition filed by the employer or carrier and the injured employee requesting that a final settlement be had between the parties, the Workers' Compensation Commission shall hear the petition and take testimony and make investigations as may be necessary to determine whether a final settlement should be had.

(b) (1) If the commission decides it is for the best interests of the claimant that a final award be made, it may order an award that shall be final as to the rights of all parties to the petition.

(2) Thereafter, the commission shall not have jurisdiction over any claim for the same injury or any results arising from it.

(c) If an employee has returned to work or agreed to return to work, the commission shall not approve a joint petition which has allotted moneys for vocational rehabilitation or any indemnity benefits in excess of that payable as an anatomical impairment as established by objective and measurable findings.

(d) If the commission denies the petition, the denial shall be without prejudice to either party.

(e) No appeal shall lie from an order or award denying a joint petition.

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