Oklahoma recently converted from handling their workers’ compensation claims in the state’s court system to issuing these decisions through an administrative process, and the results have caused several complications.
One of the biggest problems with the conversion is that the wording of the new law prohibits some deserving employees from collecting Oklahoma workers’ compensation benefits. The new law requires injuries to be “unforeseen.” So, if workers in the manufacturing industry suffer an injury caused by a repetitive motion or action, they aren’t covered because such an injury may be classified as “expected” over time.
More disturbing is the fact that first responders—such as police, firemen, paramedics, and other healthcare workers—are not covered by Oklahoma workers’ compensation benefits if they develop an infectious disease as the result of on-the-job exposure. An article from the Edmond Sun highlighted several other issues the new changes to the law have created.
This may leave you wondering what options you have if you were hurt at work and are considering filing a workers’ compensation claim in Oklahoma. At Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys, our legal team has decades of combined experience that and the knowledge to answer any questions you may have about the legal processes surrounding workers’ compensation benefits.