When disputes occur between injured workers and their employers over medical treatment or how much a worker should be paid for an injury, they can turn to the Workers' Compensation Court. At the court, one of the 10 judges will decide what is fair. Hearings are generally held at the court's offices in Oklahoma City or Tulsa, but can be held at any location in the state.
Here are the 10 judges who currently serve on the court:
Margaret A. Bomhoff
Bomhoff, of Edmond, was appointed to the court by Gov. Mary Fallin, effective July 1, 2012. She previously worked 20 years as a workers' compensation attorney who represented employers and insurance companies. She had worked with the Fellers, Snider, Blankenship, Bailey and Tippens law firm, the McClure Law Office and the State Insurance Fund.
Michael William McGivern
McGivern, of Tulsa, was appointed to the court by Fallin, effective July 1, 2012. He had 20 years' experience with workers' compensation law and previously worked with the Tulsa law firm of Perrine, McGivern, Redemann, Berry & Taylor PLLC. He also was elected by his peers to serve as chairman of the Oklahoma Bar Association's workers' compensation section.
Lloyd Bradley Taylor
Taylor, of Tulsa, was appointed by Fallin, effective July 1, 2012, and previously worked with the Perrine, McGivern, Redemann, Berry & Taylor PLLC law firm. He has worked in the field of workers' compensation law since 1994, representing workers and employers. He has given more than 100 presentations on workers' compensation law and is a published author on the subject.
Carla Jo Snipes
Snipes, of Oklahoma City, was appointed by Fallin, effective July 1, 2012. She previously worked with the Vassar Law Firm in Oklahoma City. She is the previous owner of Legacy Estate Liquidation LLC and previously worked at the State Insurance Fund. She has represented clients at more than 2,000 trials, primarily in workers' compensation court.
Owen T. Evans