In Oklahoma City, a bill was recently denied which would have allowed employers to opt out of workers' compensation in the state. However, when the bill was put to a vote, it failed to gain approval, narrowly escaping passage by a 50-42 vote. When brought before the state House for a vote, House Bill 2155 failed to win the support it needed to pass in the state of Oklahoma, despite having previously been approved by Oklahoma's Senate.
If passed, the bill would have allowed qualified employers to offer an alternative workers' compensation insurance plan, so long as the benefits offered to employees were similar, if not better, than the state's original plan. Much like the opt-out plan offered in Texas, the plan would allow for employers to leave behind the traditional method of workers' compensation provided to their employees. As with most legislative pieces, this too has been met with both support and opposition, with supporters touting the belief that it would give employers more flexibility and cost control and opponents worrying that it would provide insufficient benefits to injured workers.
What needs to be recognized as most significant is the fact that workers' compensation laws are constantly up for review and amendments in every state of the nation. As such, it is of the upmost importance that you seek a legal professional as you attempt to address a work related injury in any state. For residents of North Carolina, a Raleigh personal injury attorney from our firm can help you do exactly that. At the Whitley Law Firm, we are experienced in handling cases of this nature, and we are willing to put our skills and knowledge of the state's laws to work for you. Therefore, we encourage you to
contact a Raleigh workers' compensation lawyer at our office today for the legal representation you need and deserve when attempting to recover from a work injury in North Carolina.