Compensation bill passes OK House

The previously proposed Oklahoma legislation to overhaul workers’ compensation recently passed in that state’s House of Representatives. Senate Bill 1973 will change the current compensation legal system by removing two of the judges from the court, taking the total number from ten to eight. Additionally, these judges will be limited to a single term of six to eight years, although current judges will be offered a single reappointment for an eight year term.

The legislation, if passed in the Senate, will define “major cause” in compensation cases. Also, it will exempt employers from injuries suffered outside employment, removing liability from them in these situations.

The legislation passed through the House with a 64-33 vote, and came through without an additional amendment that would have entirely dismantled the previous Workers’ Compensation Courts system, and simply ran all cases through the district civil courts.

Oklahoma state legislators were optimistic about the law’s potential to help employers through a tough economic period and, over all, smoothen the entire process for everyone involved.

If you or someone you love as been injured while working, you may be eligible for a range of legal options. Contact the Raleigh workers compensation lawyers of Scudder Seguin, PLLC, at (919) 851-3311 today to learn more about your rights.


UIC Study: Chicago Workers Often Stiffed on Workers Comp Benefits, Minimum Wage

A new study released by the University of illinois at Chicago shows that wage theft is rampant among low income workers in the nation’s most populous county.

Wage theft has been a problem for a long time in Cook County, which encompasses Chicago. Experts say illegal immigrants, women, and minorities are particularly susceptible to wage theft. Employers often do not pay minimum wage, and deny workers’ compensation benefits.

The new study from University of Illinois at Chicago studied more than 1,000 workers. It shows the count loses $7.3 million each week in numerous industries because of violations of minimum wage and workers’ compensation laws. The study is called “Unregulated Work in Chicago.”

Researchers say wage theft affects at least 145,000 people in Cook County in industries like retail employees, child care, and housekeeping.

If you or someone you love has been injured at your job, you may be entitled to compensation from your employer to help cover the costs of your losses. To learn more, contact the Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyers of Scudder Seguin, PLLC at (919) 851-3311.


Injured Hot Air Balloon Pilot Denied Workers’ Comp

A pilot of a hot-air balloon that crashed into a Vancouver-area trailer park three years ago, killing two people, has been denied workers compensation.

Stephen Pennock as the pilot of a balloon, carrying 13 people, that caught fire just before liftoff, snapped its tether and smashed down onto a trailer park. According to documents from a recent Worksafe review decision, the pilot has faced numerous problems since the incident, including burns to his body, and injuries from heat in both lungs.

Court documents show that the pilot also suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression problems. Doctors say these problems are unlikely to improve until his legal issues are resolved.

The pilot told a review board that he has been living off credit cars and the sale of personal property for two years while he waited for temporary benefits to be paid. The review board, however, upheld a previous finding that the pilot had recovered from his physical injuries by January 2009.

If you or someone you love has been injured at your job, you may be entitled to compensation from your employer to help cover the costs of your losses. To learn more, contact the Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyers of Scudder Seguin, PLLC at (919) 851-3311.


Plant set to close after explosion that killed four workers

A manufacturing plant in Garner is set to close after an explosion last June that killed four workers and injured many others.

ConAgra Foods announced earlier this month its plans to close the factory, which is still damaged after the explosion. The plant will relocate to Troy, Ohio, a move that will eliminate 450 jobs in the area. Many of the workers affected by the plant closing are those who were injured in the blast as well as those who worked to get the plant back up and running after the accident.

If you or someone you love has been injured at your job, you may be entitled to compensation from your employer to help cover the costs of your losses. To learn more, contact the Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyers of Scudder Seguin, PLLC at (919) 851-3311.