Oklahoma Workers Compensation Law Upheld by Supreme Court

Oklahoma City - The Oklahoma Supreme court has upheld the state new state law on workers compensation.  Senate Bill 1062 passed earlier in 2013 was challenged by the Firefighters union and 2 members of the Oklahoma congress.  

The OIBC (Oklahoma Injury Benefit Coalition) considers this a victory for alternative workers compensation, often called "The Option", or the "Oklahoma Option", in the state of Oklahoma.   

There is a caveat that individual suits can still be filed on individual parts of the law but the bill as a whole will remain in force.  

Oklahoma companies can file applications with the Department of Insurance and begin to look for options.   If they do not, they will automatically be in the new Administrative system for any injuries after 2/1/14.   Contacting your independent insurance agent familiar with such coverage is the best possible route to evaluate your options.  

Christopher Moxley

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Chris Moxley

Chris began his career at a Norman insurance agency in 1988 serving as a Branch Manager for 3 years. He joined Professional Insurors in 1995 as a Producer and became Vice-President in 2004, where he overseas human resources and agency operations & technology as well as continuing to manage his client accounts and grow the business. The Agency works with a variety of accounts and Chris specializes in Workers Compensation Risk Management and Insurance. He has worked in Insurance for over 20 years and besides Workers Compensation he has specialized training and experience in the fields of Construction Risk Management and Risk Transfer, Property Management, & Manufacturing.

Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on SB1062 - Workers Comp Reform

The Case heard before the supreme court on SB1062 will now go before the supreme court.  This would seem to give the case against the bill more validity.  

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Yesterday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court announced it will assume original jurisdiction of this law suit.  The court also directed that oral arguments to the full court be heard on Tuesday, December 10, 2013.  Both parties (for and against the 2013 reforms and the Option) will have an opportunity to present their case and respond to questions from the justices.

In the event part of all of the law is overturned, it's expected the Legislature will act quickly to pass smaller bills to offset any negative decision.  

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Chris Moxley

Chris began his career at a Norman insurance agency in 1988 serving as a Branch Manager for 3 years. He joined Professional Insurors in 1995 as a Producer and became Vice-President in 2004, where he overseas human resources and agency operations & technology as well as continuing to manage his client accounts and grow the business. The Agency works with a variety of accounts and Chris specializes in Workers Compensation Risk Management and Insurance. He has worked in Insurance for over 20 years and besides Workers Compensation he has specialized training and experience in the fields of Construction Risk Management and Risk Transfer, Property Management, & Manufacturing.