Oklahoma Workers Compensation Laws to Change in 2012

Jeremy Thurman on October 11, 2011

Most Oklahoma businesses are required to provide workers compensation insurance to their employees, which covers injuries and illness suffered while on the job. Workers compensation insurance allows an injured employee to continue to support themselves and their family while they recover from a work-related injury or illness.

Unfortunately, it can sometimes be difficult to get Oklahoma workers compensation claims approved, and people often wait weeks or even months before receiving the money to which they’re entitled. That’s where an Oklahoma workers compensation attorney comes in, and can fight insurance companies for you. Due to recent changes in Oklahoma workers compensation law, employees may need even more help to get their claims approved, and to protect their rights.

Oklahoma is considered to be a very business-friendly state. This became even more apparent in September 2011 when Gov. Mary Fallin announced that recent changes in legislation will reduce the cost of workers compensation insurance for employers by 1.7 percent. The new rates will take effect January 1, 2012.

Lower workers compensation insurance rates can be a good thing for the economy. When businesses can spend less money on insurance coverage, they can afford to create more jobs, and employ more people. But the legislation changes also affect other aspects of workers compensation coverage, and may make things more difficult for employees.

In Oklahoma and a few other states, measures taken by the state legislatures will also limit employers’ obligations to pay for medical care when workers are injured on the job. They have also made eligibility requirements for workers compensation benefits even stricter than they were before. While these measures also reduce costs for businesses, they can have a severely negative effect on employees who need workers compensation benefits to make ends meet after they’re injured or become ill on the job.

If you work for an Oklahoma business, you may want to familiarize yourself with the state’s workers compensation laws to understand your rights. While we hope you never have to file this kind of claim, if you are injured or become ill on the job and have difficulty getting your workers compensation claim approved, you may need the help of an Oklahoma workers compensation lawyer. While we don’t focus on this area at McIntyre Law, we have built an extensive network of attorneys throughout the state who specialize in workers compensation representation.

We will be happy to put you in touch with a lawyer whom we trust so you can get the help you need. Feel free to get in touch with us through our contact form, or by calling us at 1-877-917-5250.

Jeremy Thurman

Jeremy Thurman is an attorney at McIntyre Law who focuses primarily on semi-truck accident and catastrophic injury cases. He is known as a meticulous attorney whose work ethic and small town values translate into excellent results for his clients. Read more about Jeremy Thurman.

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