New Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation System Facing Heavy Scrutiny

by Staff

There have been some major changes made to the Oklahoma workers’ compensation system recently. One of those reforms is the implementation of an administrative panel to oversee the handling of work-related injury claims in the state, but the individuals who have been placed on the panel have already been accused of wrongdoings that could lead to employees not getting the benefits they deserve.

A story from the Insurance Journal explains the members of a new state agency overseeing workers’ compensation claims took votes on topics in closed sessions; however, the state’s Open Meeting Act requires some of these discussions and votes to be held in a public forum.

So far, one member of the agency has been relieved of duties and investigators are looking into any possible violations that may have been committed by other members.

The investigation was sparked by the firing of sixteen employees of the former Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Court, who allege the termination of their positions was in violation of the Open Meeting Act. They say the agency violated the law when the decision to end their employment was not made during a public meeting.

The scandal has led to other meetings regarding the transparency of the new agency to be postponed until a later date.

At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, we know the laws overseeing the state’s workers’ compensation system are complex. That’s why our Oklahoma personal injury lawyers are here to answer any questions you may have regarding your claim.