§23-4-15a. Nonresident alien beneficiaries.
Notwithstanding any other provisions of this chapter,
nonresident alien beneficiaries are entitled to the same benefits
as citizens of the United States: Provided, That the commission,
successor to the commission, other private carrier or self-insured
employer, whichever is applicable, in its discretion may make, and
the beneficiary shall accept, commutation of the benefits into a
lump sum settlement and payment. Nonresident alien beneficiaries
within the meaning of this section means persons not citizens of
the United States residing outside of the territorial limits of the
United States at the time of the injury with respect to which
benefits are awarded.