Noack Law Office
Free Initial Consultations

Businesses to set their own worker injury rules?

Over the past several years, numerous individuals and organizations have lobbied state governments to pass measures that are potentially lucrative for businesses but potentially dangerous for workers. These lobbyists insist that it would be best for all involved if businesses were allowed to set the terms for how injuries are covered by compensation protections.

Thankfully, not all courts agree with this idea. In fact, the Oklahoma Supreme Court recently rejected the state law embracing this approach as unconstitutional, according to NPR. And Oklahoma isn't the only state rejecting these efforts. A number of states are striking down attempts to leave workers with inconsistent and potentially inadequate injury protections.

The Oklahoma case

The law that the Oklahoma Supreme Court recently struck down was flawed for a number of reasons. Not only did the law allow businesses to write their own protection standards, it allowed those businesses to dictate who was covered, which physicians they could be examined by, how disputes were resolved and how compensation was paid out. It does not take much imagination to grasp why this law could be potentially dangerous for workers and why this law could ultimately foster certain kinds of corruption.

This case illustrates why it is critical for workers to remain educated about their rights and to fight back when they are being treated unfairly. Workers' compensation rights tend to evolve over time, so their protections cannot be taken for granted. This is perhaps especially true now, as so many lobbyists are attempting to undercut the protections workers are currently entitled to.

Where workers go from here

Every injury case is unique. As a result, it is important to push for broad pro-worker protection reform at the state and federal levels, but it is also important to fight battles worth fighting on an individual basis.

Experienced attorneys are available to provide guidance when a worker is injured. This guidance can prove to be invaluable when businesses or insurers resist the idea of honoring their commitments to protect injured workers. And when complex laws like the Oklahoma law prove to be unjust, attorneys can help to ensure that these laws are scrutinized by bringing their clients' individual cases to the attention of the court.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information


A quick note to say thanks for your efforts in obtaining social security disability benefits for me.....My "life's journey" has had its bumps in the road, but things are starting to fall into place. - Satisfied client

Read More

Free Consultation | There Is Never A Fee Unless We Win

Our firm represents workers in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and throughout the state of Minnesota. We will do depositions in your hometown, wherever that may be.

Contact Noack Law Office today at 952-467-8481 for a free consultation about your case. As our client, you do not have to worry about out-of-pocket expenses. You will not pay any fees unless and until you receive benefits.

Email Us For A Response

Questions? We Have Answers.

Contact the Firm

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Mound Office
4165 Shoreline Drive, Suite 20
Mound, MN 55384

Mound Law Office Map

Minneapolis Office
1515 East Lake Street
Suite 200
Mercado Central
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Minneapolis Law Office Map

St. Paul Office
925 Payne Avenue
Suite 201
La Plaza Latina
St. Paul, MN 55130

St. Paul Law Office Map