Committee Advances Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill

by Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys

The House Judiciary Committee advanced a bill last Tuesday in an 11-4 vote that would make drastic changes to the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation system.

A story published in the San Francisco Chronicle explained the proposed bill would move the state’s program for injured workers from a system handled by the courts to an administrative system where cases are decided by a panel of three commissioners selected by the governor.

The law also would establish a set of regulations how payments to injured workers and other types of compensation would be distributed. The new system would allow businesses to opt out of participation in the new program as long as the business meets certain criteria.

Those in favor of the new system believe it will save the state and its businesses a substantial amount of revenue by slashing the amount of time it takes to resolve a claim. Opponents of the new law state the savings created by the new program is only accomplished by taking benefits away from workers who have been injured.

The bill will now go before the entire House of Representatives for a vote.

The Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorneys with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers recognize how complex receiving benefits after being injured on the job can be. That’s why the firm suggests discussing your legal rights with an attorney if you have been hurt in a workplace accident that was not your fault.