New law doesn't punish injured workers

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: October 4, 2013
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In a nutshell, if you recover from your injury and are able to work the same basic job at the same pay, Oklahoma's workers' comp law no longer pretends otherwise. In the past, employees could get PPD payments and simultaneously return to their old jobs and paychecks. This made workers' comp less a system of financial protection for injured employees than a court-administered lottery.

The new law still requires employers to pay 100 percent of an injured worker's medical expenses; the employee must also be paid during medical recovery. In short, the system treats injured workers like injured workers. But it doesn't treat able-bodied employees like invalids. That this is controversial shows just how flawed Oklahoma's prior workers' compensation system had become, and why reform was so desperately needed.

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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