Share “Oklahoma workers' compensation laws differ...”

Oklahoma workers' compensation laws differ for psychological injuries

Charlie Plumb, a labor and employment attorney with McAfee & Taft, discusses a recent workers' comp case involving a firefighter and post traumatic stress.
by Paula Burkes Published: January 22, 2013

Q&A with Charlie Plumb

Workers' comp laws differ

for psychological injuries

Q: Oklahoma's workers' compensation system allows employees of insured employers to seek compensation for certain injuries or occupational diseases suffered while on the job. Are nonphysical injuries included?

A: The Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Act restricts an employee's ability to obtain benefits for nonphysical injuries, such as depression, extreme anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Q: Under what circumstances would psychological and emotional claims qualify for workers' compensation benefits?

A: According to the act, a compensable injury “shall not include mental injury that does not arise directly as a result of a compensable physical injury, except in the case of rape or other crime of violence which arises out of in the course of employment.” If an employee suffers an emotional injury — for example, depression — as a result of suffering an accompanying physical injury, then the courts would consider compensation for both claims.

Continue reading this story on the...

by Paula Burkes
A 1981 journalism graduate of Oklahoma State University, Paula Burkes has more than 30 years experience writing and editing award-winning material for newspapers and healthcare, educational and telecommunications institutions in Tulsa, Oklahoma...
+ show more


  1. 1
    Former OSU student convicted of manslaughter in 2009 fatal car crash released on bail; attorney...
  2. 2
    Police find dead body in porta-potty outside Cincinnati Bengals' Paul Brown Stadium
  3. 3
    Several Deer Creek schools on lockdown due to report of suspicious person
  4. 4
    Tulsa mother gets three life sentences, father 25 years in 'horrific' child abuse case
  5. 5
    Man who calls police to say he's 'too high,' found in pile of Doritos
+ show more


× Trending business Article