Family Awarded $503,000 In Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Benefits

by Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys

When an employee in Oklahoma is injured or killed while performing their job duties, they or their family may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits; however, proving such a case can often be a difficult process—especially if the employer denies responsibility.

Take the Oklahoma workers’ compensation case that was filed by the family of a man who was killed in an accident that occurred during firefighter training. Reports indicate the Chief of the fire department the victim worked for claimed in court that he never met the victim, despite having written a letter of recommendation for him.

According to an article from The Republic, the victim was training with the Barnsdall Fire Department in 2008 when he was killed. The family filed for Oklahoma workers’ compensation benefits, but the claim was denied after the Barnsdall Fire Department’s Chief denied knowing, hiring, or working with the victim.

The family took the claim to court and provided a letter of recommendation that was written on the victim’s behalf by the Chief and his wife for a position within another city’s fire department.

The court sided with the family, saying the Chief’s actions could be considered fraudulent, and awarded the family $503,000 in benefits.

The Oklahoma personal injury lawyers with Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys are hopeful the decision brings closure to the loss of the family of the victim.