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Workers' compensation at a glance

Oklahoman Published: February 24, 2013

/articleid/3758524/1/pictures/1961297">Photo - A man sits outside a courtroom waiting to be called to tell his story at Workers’ Compensation Court.
A man sits outside a courtroom waiting to be called to tell his story at Workers’ Compensation Court.

• Claims owed to workers who suffer permanent total disability would be changed from a formula that calls for 70 percent of the employee's average weekly wage until they reach Social Security age or for 15 years, whichever is longer, to one that provides a lump sum of 70 percent of average weekly wage for 450 weeks, or a little more than eight and a half years.

• The proposed law would reduce employee notification of injury to employers from 30 to three days.

• The proposed law would reduce the amount of time an injured employee could collect disability compensation from 156 weeks to 104 weeks, would limit claims for work-related mental injury to 26 weeks and would dictate permanent partial disability benefits could only be collected in cases when an injured worker is unable to return to work.

• The 2011 legislation was set forth in a bill 149 pages long. The current proposal, Senate Bill 1062, totals 260 pages.


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