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Liotta Named Chairman of Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission

Gov. Mary Fallin has named Mark Liotta as chairman of the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission. Liotta, a former state representative from Tulsa, succeeds Robert Gilliland, whose term on the commission expires Aug. 25. Liotta’s appointment as chairman takes effect Aug. …

Oklahoma Court Affirms Employer’s Right to Choose Provider in Workers’ Comp Case

An Oklahoma civil appeals court ruled in favor of an employer and its insurer in affirming an order by the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission, asserting an employer’s right to direct the medical treatment of an injured worker where it lacks …

Russell Tapped to Serve on Oklahoma Workers’ Comp Panel

An attorney who most recently served as policy director and counsel to Oklahoma House Speaker Jeff Hickman has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission. Gov. Mary Fallin on Sept. 15 named Jordan Russell to …

Oklahoma Supreme Court Rules Workers’ Comp Opt-Out Unconstitutional

The Oklahoma Supreme Court handed a major setback to proponents of workers’ compensation alternatives on Sept. 13, ruling that the state’s Opt Out Act is unconstitutional. The high court’s 7-2 ruling came in Vasquez v. Dillards, which was appealed to …

Opposing Sides File Briefs in Challenge to Oklahoma’s Work Comp Opt-Out

The constitutionality of Oklahoma’s workers’ compensation alternative, the Oklahoma Option, which was established in the 2013 overhaul of the state’s workers’ comp system, is currently being challenged in an appeal to the state Supreme Court. The Oklahoma Employee Injury Benefit …

Oklahoma High Court Validates Workers’ Comp Icy Sidewalk ‘Slip and Fall’ Claim

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has reversed the decision of an Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission administrative law judge (ALJ) and ruled that a workers’ comp claim for a slip and fall on an icy sidewalk next to an employer’s parking lot …

How Well Do Oklahoma Opt-Out Plans Serve Injured Workers? It Depends, Study Says

A recent analysis of the workers’ compensation “opt-out” system in Oklahoma concludes that employer-run plans for injured workers may offer benefits that are equal to or better than those provided by traditional workers’ compensation as proponents suggest, but there are …

Oklahoma Workers’ Comp Overhaul Takes Another Hit

The Oklahoma Supreme Court dealt another blow to the state’s 2013 workers’ comp overhaul by finding unconstitutional a provision of the Oklahoma Administrative Workers’ Compensation Act pertaining to the deferral of permanent partial disability benefits. Several recent rulings have represented …

Why Companies Won’t Be Opting Out of Opt-Out Anytime Soon

A recent ruling by the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Court undercutting so-called “opt-out” systems has set off a flurry of speculation about such systems, including whether this ruling signals the beginning of their end. The short answer is: no. While this …

Oklahoma’s Workers’ Comp Opt-Out Act Ruled Unconstitutional

The Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission has determined that the opt-out portion of the state’s 2013 workers’ compensation statute is unconstitutional. Ruling on an appeal under the provisions of the Oklahoma Employee Injury Benefit Act, or Opt-Out Act, the three judge …