AG Says Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission Meetings Must Be Public

by Keith Adkins

When an Oklahoman is hurt on the job, they may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. It’s important to remember that being approved for these benefits can sometimes be a difficult process that may require the Board of Workers’ Compensation Commissioners hear your claim.

The commissioners recently received clarification as to how they should handle Oklahoma workers’ compensation denial and appeal hearings when the state’s Attorney General ordered all the commissioners meetings be held in public.

According to an article from the Insurance Journal, the commissioners hoped to “maintain the confidentiality of the deliberative process” by holding the meetings where they discuss Oklahoma workers’ compensation claims and potential decisions in private. After being reviewed by the Attorney General’s Office, it was determined that it would be a violation of the Administrative Procedures Act to hold closed meetings.

At least 18 cases were put on hold until a decision could be reached on the issue. Now, the commission has stated they will hear at least eight of the cases that were put on hold several months ago.

The issue highlights why it’s still important to have an attorney by your side when filing for workers’ compensation benefits in Oklahoma. At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers are here to help if you’ve been hurt on the job and are struggling to receive the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (877) 578-6800 to discuss your case.