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Category Archives: Workers Compensation

New Workers Comp Law Under Fire

One of the goals of the new workers compensation law passed by Oklahoma lawmakers earlier this year was to pull the workers comp process out of the courts and into the administrative arena. So it is ironic that the law itself is now on its way to court. A pair of legislators from both the… Read More »

What Potential Hazards Do Hydraulic Fracturing Workers Face?

Natural gas is a focus of our nation’s push for energy independence, and we have a lot of it. That’s particularly true in Oklahoma, according to an Economic Research & Policy Institute report. For workers, the boom in hydraulic fracturing — “fracking” — brings jobs, but at what price? Fracking is a dangerous job.  In… Read More »

Insurance Department Rolls Out the Oklahoma Option

Ever since the Oklahoma Legislature enacted sweeping reforms to the state workers compensation system in the spring of 2013, the Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID) has been busy drafting the regulations and procedures that will carry out the new laws. In November, the OID unveiled a draft of the new rules, opening them up for public… Read More »

What Are the Most Common Causes of Construction Site Accidents?

In spite of the strict state safety regulations associated with construction work, it remains one of the most dangerous professions, with falls representing the most common type of accident experienced by workers. Since high elevations often play a role in these falls, the results can be disastrous to workers who sustain serious injuries, disabilities and… Read More »

How Do I File a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Oklahoma?

The first step to filing a workers’ comp claim is to report your job-related injury to your supervisor at work. In the case of a single event that precipitates an injury — like a fall at a construction site, or a shelving collapse at a warehouse — you have 30 days to report the injury… Read More »

What if Workers’ Compensation Is Not Enough?

Oklahoma workers’ compensation is designed to help workers get back to work quickly after on-the-job injuries and prevent them from going without income while they cannot work. It also helps protect employers from expensive and time-consuming lawsuits by employees — particularly important in the more dangerous professions, like construction work. With few exceptions, employers must… Read More »

More on Oklahoma Changes to Workers’ Compensation Laws

Oklahoma has now joined Texas in offering employers a way to control workers’ compensation insurance and claims through arbitration and privatization. What does this mean for employees? Employers have the option now of opting out of the workers’ compensation system, a backbone of employee rights for more than 100 years. Unlike Texas, however, in order… Read More »

Oklahoma’s New Workers’ Compensation Law

Up until now the idea behind workers’ compensation insurance has been that employees injured on the job can expect medical treatment and wage replacement regardless of who is to blame. It’s a no-fault system that provides assistance to workers even if they were responsible for their own injuries and statutory protection to the employer from… Read More »

Off or on the Road: The Danger of Construction Sites

Construction work is inherently dangerous, as is evidenced in a story that made headlines this spring in Tulsa. Hit while setting up road construction cones in March, a 59-year-old construction worker died after being struck by a pickup truck and dragged under the vehicle for 25 feet along an asphalt road. The elderly woman driving… Read More »

Avoiding Workplace Injuries and Protecting Your Rights as an Employee

An injury at work can be devastating for you and your family. Despite major strides reducing workplace injuries and deaths in the past four decades, more than 4,500 workers still die each year. Another 4.1 million are seriously injured at work. Thousands more suffer from debilitating illnesses due to exposure to workplace conditions. For this… Read More »