Oklahoma Court Of Appeals Upholds Workers’ Compensation Benefits Decision

by Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys

The Oklahoma Court of Appeals recently upheld a decision to award workers’ compensation benefits to a state representative following his involvement in a car accident while traveling to the state capitol. The Insurance Journal stated that while the court agreed the victim deserved compensation, they lowered the amount of damages awarded from more than $60,000 to just over $50,000.

On Feb. 26, 2009, the representative was driving to a legislative session with his wife as a passenger when his vehicle was struck by a pickup truck. The victim suffered a permanent partial disability to his neck and back as a result of the accident and filed an Oklahoma Workers Compensation claim.

The insurance company denied the claim on the grounds that workers cannot be awarded damages for injuries suffered in personal vehicle when traveling to and from work with the exception of if an employee is reimbursed for that travel time.

The victim’s attorneys successfully argued the victim’s case and the decision was recently upheld in Appellate Court. However, a panel of three judges lowered the award amount after finding the victim’s injuries were not as severe as previously indicated.

The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers say filing a workers’ compensation claim can be a difficult and confusing process, but are here to help if you or a loved one have been hurt at no fault of your own in a work-related accident.