When a worker is injured on the job, the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers explain that the individual’s employer may be held responsible for any medical bills and lost wages the victim may have incurred. For decades though, the state of Oklahoma’s system for handling such claims was found to be insufficient. This has prompted a new bill that will supposedly reform many of the problems the system had.
According to an article from NewsOK, Senate Bill 1062 moves the state from a workers’ compensation system that utilizes the courts to an administrative process. Proponents of the new system say it will improve efficiency and stimulate economic growth, while those against the new law claim it will cut workers benefits if they are injured.
Similar laws have been tossed out after being found unconstitutional in the pas. Now, the Oklahoma Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments from both sides regarding the newest attempts at reform. The hearing is set to take place October 16.
J. Colbert’s team of Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers recognize how complicated and confusing the process for filing workers’ compensation can be. That is why the firm is here to help if you have been hurt while working and need assistance getting through the process of filing a claim.
Three Oklahoma City firefighters were hospitalized for burns and heat exhaustion they suffered after battling a blaze that burned more than 80 acres. As reported by newsok.com, the fire started near SW119 and Mustang Road around 2:15 PM on Monday, burning a barn and threatening several homes in the area before being extinguished. Around 40 Oklahoma City firefighters were on the scene, along with members of nine other area departments, and battled the blaze for over five hours. Paramedics remained on the scene the entire time to evaluate firefighters’ conditions and ensure they didn’t suffer heat-related illness. Three Oklahoma City firefighters were transported to area hospitals; two were treated for heat exhaustion, while the third was treated for second degree burns to his hands and arms.
Oklahoma City fire Battalion Chief, Brian Stanaland, stated that he tries to make sure all the firefighters stay hydrated on and off the job by insisting they drink plenty of water the day before reporting for duty. He says, “Even the day before they come on duty, we’re getting them to hydrate the day before. If we see any signs of heat illness, we evaluate them immediately and transport them to the hospital if necessary.”
Most Oklahoma workers’ compensation claims are denied at least once before the claim is settled. It may help to hire an Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Attorney with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers to fight your case and stand up for your rights.