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TULSA, Okla. - Oct. 22, 2019 - PRLog -- In 2013, Oklahoma's pro-business legislature passed an entirely new set of Workers' Compensation laws which were designed to eliminate coverage for many injuries and lower benefits to workers for all injuries.  Since 2013, Burton Law Group, P.C. has worked tirelessly to correct some of the injustices within the new Workers' Compensation Act and thanks to the Supreme Court of Oklahoma, many provisions were found unconstitutional.  As time progressed and new legislators saw how horrible the effects of the 2013 bill were on injured workers, they turned their attention toward trying to improve benefits. The Chamber of Commerce and several large corporations continued to oppose any increase in benefits to workers but in 2019, the legislature passed a bill that not only corrects many irregularities in the 2013 bill but also slightly improves benefits for injured workers.  Stakeholders negotiated over several months to come up with a comprehensive bill.

According to the Oklahoma State Senate, highlights of HB 2367 included:

- Increases the total temporary disability (TTD) cap to 70 percent of the employee's average weekly wage with a maximum of the state's average weekly wage;

- Increases the maximum permanent partial disability (PPD) rate to $350/week for two years; an increase to $360/week in 2021 and extends the maximum number of weeks TTD is allowed;

- Brings the Workers' Compensation Commission in line with several Oklahoma Supreme Court decisions;

- Restructures the Multiple Injury Trust Fund (MITF) to increase the fund's solvency. The Fiscal Year 2020 budget deal includes a $5 million appropriation to the MITF as part of the solution.

Benefits paid to injured workers will increase by an average of 22% under the bill. Although, Oklahoma is still well below the National and Regional average in terms of benefit levels to injured workers' it is an improvement over the 2013 reform.  HB 2367 was approved by the legislature and Governor Stitt signed it into law with an effective date of May 28, 2019. The new law will therefore apply to injuries that arise after May 28, 2019. We would be happy to assist you with any on the job injury related matter. Feel free to contact us regarding any workers compensation issue. Visit now https://www.burtonlaw.com/ and we're here to help!

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