This course provides a comprehensive overview of Oklahoma's Workers' Compensation laws including what constitutes a compensable injury, liability defenses, deadlines, the different types of income benefits, and the process for the life of a claim.
It covers the hot topics affecting the provision of medical benefits as well as other types of benefits in Oklahoma workers' compensation claims, including recent defenses and case law regarding permanency and disfigurement.
By taking this course, you will learn the ins and outs of how insurance companies operate in Oklahoma. The course is delivered via self-paced, online modules and an end-of-course exam, as described below.
- Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Insurance System Overview
This module covers the technical aspects of insurance in Oklahoma including how insurance underwriters determine the premium employers pay and what factors drive up the cost of a workers' compensation insurance policy.
- Introduction to Oklahoma Workers' Compensation
This module covers the basic but unique definitions applicable to Oklahoma workers' compensation claims. You will first become familiar with the definitions which constitute a compensable injury in Oklahoma with regard to both specific traumatic injuries as well as occupational injuries, as well as statutory and other defenses to liability. Plus, you will be apprized of the various reporting and dispute deadlines and how cases are affected if they are not met.
- Specific Definitions for Compensable Injuries and the Requirements of a Compensable Injury in Oklahoma
This module covers the definition of compensable injuries, arising out of, occupational diseases and the last injurious exposure rule. Also included is current case law updates regarding specific definitions and how the courts are applying them. Discussions include the difference between the date of awareness and the date of injury for repetitive injuries, the coming and going rule, as well as the "in the course of" aspect of a compensable claim. Statutory defenses and rules of evidence are also discussed.
- Types of Disability and How to Calculate the Value of a Claim
This module covers the different types of benefits an injured worker is entitled to including total disability, permanent disability, functional impairment and temporary partial disability benefits. It breaks down the compensable body parts and the maximum weeks for which an individual can receive benefits. Disfigurement is covered in depth with updated case law, as well as a discussion on amputations and soft tissue injuries. You will also learn how to calculate the value of a permanent partial disability award and you discuss special considerations for injuries such as hernias and vision loss. Medical fee disputes and medical charges are discussed along with the forms required for objections to the fees paid.
- Updates and Trends - The Oklahoma Workers Compensation Update
This live or recorded Webinar provides updated information on new Oklahoma Supreme Court cases, Oklahoma Appeals decisions and relevant legislative changes. You can choose to attend the annual live session or view a recorded version at a more convenient date throughout the year to complete your OKWCS designation or keep it up-to-date.
An exam is included in the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Series. It consists of 50 questions with a 90 minute time period. You must first take the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Series training modules before taking this exam. You will have one attempt to pass this exam with a passing score of 75% or higher. (Additional exams are $50.)
You will receive six months of unlimited access to this package. Upon placing your order, you will receive an email with instructions to access your online training. You may begin immediately!
Note: This course may be taken independently for professional development or in conjunction with other courses to earn the Workers Compensation Specialist (WCS) designation. Click on the hyperlinked item for a full description of the designation.