Oklahoma's new workers' compensation system

By: Lauren Smith
By: Lauren Smith

ARDMORE, OK -- "Employer's are going to be able to find medical care for their employees quicker. Employees are going to be treated faster. Less disputes. Less time spent in the court room. Let's get the disputes resolved. Let's get them treated. Lets get them back to work." (Mike Seney)

A seminar called "A Blueprint for a New Oklahoma" was held Tuesday at the Ardmore Convention Center explaining to businesses what exactly the new bill means for them.

A bill Mike Seney, vice President of the state chamber, says he worked to get passed for 25 years.

"it's taken a long time to get here but the problem has just gotten to the point where legislative leadership in the government's office recognized we've got to do something, we've got to do something dramatic. And that's what we did. This bill is now being held up as a model for other state's to look at. So that's something that we should be proud of."

Oklahoma Attorney General, Scott Pruitt, also attended. He says he's glad the legislature finally took this step...

"Anytime that a work related injury happens, to put an employee in a position of having to sue their employer to get benefits seemed to be incongruent" (Pruitt)

Pruitt also says the new bill aims to stamp out fraud.

"I've put an emphasis on that to make sure that our attorneys, our investigators, are out there working with businesses and employees to make sure that there's accountability with fraud. And we've sent a message. And the message is we're watching, we're investigating, we're responding."

Karan Guy, a business manager for RV dealerships in Texas and Oklahoma, says rates in the past kept her business from expanding to Oklahoma, but after Tuesday's seminar...

"I think in the long run, the future of our company, we can see some great benefits to this." (Guy)

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