In a recent Oklahoma House decision, the workers' compensation opt-out bill has failed to pass. This opt-out bill would have given Oklahoma employers the option of opting out of providing workers' compensation benefits to their employees. The members of the House ended in a 50-42 decision but some are hoping the bill can be proposed and voted on again within the week. The measure, if enacted, would have allowed all employers to be exempt from workers' compensation requirements as long as they met certain requirements. In the event that an employer chose to opt-out after meeting all necessary requirements, they would have to draft an alternate benefit plan that would provide their employees with some sort of injury and disability payment in the event of a workplace injury. The proponents of the measure say that passing this bill would reduce unnecessary costs for employers but those opposed believe that it would significantly reduce the benefits available to injured workers.
In Texas, as opposed to Oklahoma, employers are allowed to opt-out of providing workers' compensation benefits. In the event that you were injured at your Texas workplace, you may not be receiving the full amount of compensation that you need to cover your damages. If this is happening to you, get help from a Houston personal injury attorney from our firm. At Arnold & Itkin, we have a history of fighting for the rights of injured workers and getting them the benefits that they deserve. It is unfortunate that some employers are not responsible with their opt-out freedoms, but if this is happening to you, you are entitled to legal help. For more information, contact a Houston workers' compensation lawyer from our firm today.