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Cases could trigger end of workers' comp reform apathy

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: January 4, 2013
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Most Oklahomans have no problem with workers' comp benefits for an employee who loses an arm to heavy machinery, but we suspect most oppose penalizing employers if workers choose to put themselves at risk of injury to get a tobacco fix or suddenly claim excruciating-yet-difficult-to-quantify pain when it turns out a novel legal argument might net the “victim” more than a year's salary. It's one thing to be compassionate, another to feel conned.

At least we don't have our workers' comp system and Colorado's marijuana laws. Then employees could file claims for pot break accidents that would be treatable only with a cash award and a renewed supply of medical-grade weed.

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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