Arkansas Survivor Benefits

Survivor BenefitsUpdated November 2013

ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT

Up to $250,000: $50,000 for deaths related to official duties and an additional $150,000 if killed in an incident related to responding, engaging in, or returning from a fire. Full payment to spouse and/or children under age 22. Lesser amount to parents if no surviving spouse or children. Additional benefits paid in three annual installments. Covers State Forestry and Arkansas Fire Training Academy employees and firefighters at Camp Robinson and Fort Chaffee.

Contact:
State Claims Commission
101 E. Capitol Avenue, Suite 410
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 682-1619
Fax: (501) 682-2823
Website: claimscommission.ar.gov

(Reference: Arkansas annotated code 19-10-201 Act 839)

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Career firefighters: Spouse receives 35% of wages earned at time of death with weekly minimum and maximum; spouse with children receives an additional 15% per child, not to exceed a total of 65%. If spouse remarries, weekly benefits cease. Spouse will receive two-year lump sum. Children receive benefits until age 18, beyond if physically or mentally disabled; eligible to age 25 if full-time student.

Volunteer firefighters: Deemed county employees so survivors receive minimum level compensation. Survivors also receive death benefits in same manner as regular employees. Arkansas Death and Permanent Total Disability Trust Fund (Arkansas Code Annotated, § 11-19-509) assumes beneficiary liability after Workers’ Compensation pays $75,000.00

Contact:
Workers’ Compensation Commission
P.O. Box 950
324 Spring Street
Little Rock, AR 72203-0950
Phone: (501) 682-3930
Toll Free: (800) 622-4472
Website: www.awcc.state.ar.us

(Reference: Workers’ Comp ARKLEG Statutes 11-9-527; 14-28-102)

FUNERAL BENEFIT

A maximum of $6,000 is available for burial expenses.

Contact:
Workers’ Compensation Commission
P.O. Box 950
324 Spring Street
Little Rock, AR 72203-0950
Phone: (501) 682-3930
Toll Free: (800) 622-4472
Website: www.awcc.state.ar.us


RETIREMENT/PENSION PLAN

For members of Arkansas Local Police and Fire Retirement System (LOPFI). LOPFI is a statewide defined benefits system for police officers and firefighters.

Career firefighters: If duty-related death occurs before age 55 with any amount of service, credit determined as if deceased has accrued 25 years of service. Spousal benefit computed as if employee had retired; monthly benefit equal to 50% of the amount firefighter would receive. Benefit for dependent children based on several factors.

Volunteer firefighters: If duty-related death, service credit is determined as if the member has accrued 25 years of service. Volunteer service is indexed. Spousal benefit computed as if employee had retired; monthly benefit equal to 50% of the amount volunteer firefighter would receive. Benefit for dependent children based on several factors.

Disability Benefits: Any active LOPFI member who becomes totally and permanently disabled from their duties is eligible for disability retirement upon meeting established criteria. Check with local jurisdiction or your department’s benefits’ officer.

Contact:
LOPFI
620 W. 3rd Street, Suite 200
Little Rock, AR 72201-2223
Phone: (501) 682-1745
Toll Free: (866) 859-1745
Fax: (501) 682-1751
Website: www.lopfi-prb.com

(Reference: LOPFI Handbook pages 19-21)

EDUCATION BENEFIT – CHILDREN

Scholarship for 8 semesters at any state-supported college or university if the student has a 2.0 or above on the 4.0 GPA scale. Up to 4 semesters may be at a technical institute. Does not cover cost of books, food, school supplies, materials and fees for extracurricular activities. Benefit available until age 23.

Contact::
State Claims Commission
101 E. Capitol Avenue, Suite 410
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 682-1619
Website: claimscommission.ar.gov

OR

Contact:: Arkansas Department of Higher Education
114 E. Capitol Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 371-2000
Website: adhe.edu


EDUCATION BENEFIT – SPOUSE

Same as for children, except for age limit. If spouse remarries, benefits cease at the end of the semester in which remarriage occurs.

Contact::
State Claims Commission
101 E. Capitol Avenue, Suite 410
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 682-1619
Website: claimscommission.ar.gov

OR

Contact:: Arkansas Department of Higher Education
114 E. Capitol Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 371-2000
Website: adhe.edu


NON-PROFIT OR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS

Kid’s Chance of Arkansas
Box 250249
Little Rock, AR 72225-0249
Phone: (866) 880-8444
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.awcc.state.ar.us/kids_chance.kchance1.html
A scholarship program for children of workers’ killed or left permanently and totally disabled by job-related injuries or illnesses that are covered under the Arkansas workers’ compensation laws.

Woodmen of the World
Woodmen Tower
1700 Farnham St
Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: (800) 225-3108
Website: www.woodmen.org
Woodmen of the World will pay a $10,000 fraternal death benefit if a qualified member is killed while performing his or her duties as a non-military first responder. To be eligible for this benefit, an individual must be a member in good standing of one of our other benefits.

First Responders include firefighters, EMT/paramedics, police or a person performing a supporting role to such individuals.


Line-Of-Duty Disability

One-time benefit: $10,000 after one year or for a disability rating of more than 25% from the Workers’ Compensation Commission.

Contact:: State Claims Commission
101 E. Capitol Avenue, Suite 410
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 682-1619
Website: claimscommission.ar.gov

Workers’ Compensation: Special language for Volunteer firefighters: Firefighters with a certified municipal or county department shall be deemed regular employees and shall receive minimum compensation. Volunteer firefighter must file annually with the county clerk that minimum training standards have been met.

Contact:: Workers’ Compensation Commission
P.O. Box 950
324 Spring Street
Little Rock, AR 72203-0950
Phone: (501) 682-3930
Toll Free: (800) 622-4472
Website: www.awcc.state.ar.us

Retirement/Pension Plan: For members of Arkansas Local Police & Fire Retirement System (LOPFI) with distinctions between career and volunteer firefighters:

  • Career firefighters: If injured in the line of duty, monthly disability benefit equal to 65% of the salary attached to the rank held by the member in the department or to the benefit paid to normal service retirees.
  • Volunteer firefighters: If duty-related, 25 years used for service credit.
  • Contact:
    LOPFI
    820 W. 3rd Street, Suite 200
    Little Rock, AR 72201-2223
    Phone: (501) 682-1745
    Toll Free: (866) 859-1745
    Website: www.lopfi-prb.com
    E-mail: [email protected]


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    Disclaimer: The material contained in the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Survivor Benefits website is not the result of legal research, but rather is based on a scan of public documents. We have made every effort to be accurate and timely, but errors may exist. The material on this website is advisory only and should not be cited as evidence or proof that a benefit exists or that our facts are accurate. Always consult the decedent’s fire department for benefits assistance, or a benefits’ attorney. If, in the course of your own research, you see errors of fact, or new benefit information, please pass this information along to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.