A surprising decision in Oklahoma could have implications for employers and insurers in that state as a Pottawatomie County district judge ruled Friday that an injured tire worker can sue his employer for negligence because the injury was “foreseeable.” Appeals are expected. The Oklahoma Legislature rewrote Oklahoma workers’ compensation laws in 2013 to shift the state from a court-based system to an administrative one. Attorneys have raised challenges to the constitutionality of several provisions in the new law. Stakeholders have decried the ruling as a threat to the foundations of the workers’ comp system in the state.
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