State Agencies Among Oklahoma’s Biggest Workers’ Compensation Spenders

by Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys

Reports published in a recent issue of Tulsa World indicate two state agencies are among the state’s biggest spenders when it comes to workers’ compensation. The Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Department of Corrections (DOC) are said to have racked up more than $23.2 million in Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation costs during from 2007 to 2011.

Records show the DOC spent a total of $10.3 million in workers’ compensation costs during a five-year period, while the DHS spent an estimated $12.9 on injured workers. The estimates were gathered by examining how much was paid in insurance premiums and benefits to injured workers in the form of settlements.

The insurance premiums made up a vast majority of the money spent, with the DHS recording anywhere from $7.3 million to $8.5 million in spending annually on premiums, while the DOC reported paying out around $5 million each year.

Most injuries to DOC staff members occurred in state prisons, while the majority of accidents involving DHS employees happened in emergency children’s shelters and state-run facilities for those suffering from developmental disabilities.

Officials say the findings have prompted them to look at the spending in more detail.

The Oklahoma Injury Lawyers with J. Colbert Injury Lawyers have experience handling workers’ compensation claims for those injured on the job and, encourage anyone who has been hurt at work to discuss their legal rights with an experienced attorney.