OK Lawmaker Speaks About Bill Targeting Workers' Compensation Fraud

Tuesday, January 8th 2013, 7:44 pm
By: News 9

Lawmakers are gearing up for the next legislative session.

Three strikes you're out is the idea behind a bill that would target workers' compensation attorneys filing bogus claims instead of the injured employee.

"My family has been in the boot making business for generations," said Senator Kyle Loveless.

The trade taught Senator Kyle Loveless to always sew up the loose ends.

Although the company Loveless Shoes established safety standards for its employees, Sen. Loveless says the company suffered from a bogus workers' comp claim.

The judge ruled against the employee, but Loveless says it cost the company $30,000 in legal fees. It's why Loveless is now working to fight frivolous lawsuits.

Loveless says the judge could fine an attorney $10,000.

David Slane is an attorney and formerly served as general counsel for the Labor Department. Slane worries the legislation could cause some attorneys to deny representation to injured workers with questionable/sensitive cases. Loveless disagrees.

Senator Loveless says this bill could serve as an interim fix until a complete overhaul of the workers' comp system is complete.

The next legislative session begins February 4. We'll keep an eye on this bill throughout the process.