2014 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 85A. Administrative Workers' Compensation System
§85A-115. Joint Petition for settlement.
A. If the employee and employer shall reach an agreement for the full, final and complete settlement of any issue of a claim pursuant to this act, a form designated as "Joint Petition" shall be signed by both the employer and employee, or representatives thereof, and shall be approved by the Workers' Compensation Commission or an administrative law judge, and filed with the Commission. In cases in which the employee is not represented by legal counsel, the Commission or an administrative law judge shall have jurisdiction to approve a full, final and complete settlement of any issue upon the filing of an Employer's First Notice of Injury. There shall be no requirement for the filing of an Employee's First Notice of Claim for Compensation to effect such settlement in cases in which the employee is not represented by legal counsel.
B. In the event all issues of a claim are not fully, finally and completely settled by a Joint Petition, the issues not settled by the parties and subject to the Commission's continuing jurisdiction must be noted by appendix to the Joint Petition or on a form created for such purpose by the Commission. The appendix must be signed by the parties and approved by the Commission as set forth herein.
C. In the absence of fraud, a Joint Petition shall be deemed binding upon the parties thereto and a final adjudication of all rights pursuant to this act or the workers’ compensation law in effect at the time of the injury or final order of the Workers’ Compensation Court. An official record shall be made by an official Commission reporter of the testimony taken to effect the Joint Petition.
D. A good-faith effort shall be made on the part of any insurance carrier, CompSource Oklahoma, or group self-insured plan to notify an insured employer of the possibility of and terms of any settlement of a workers' compensation case pursuant to this section. Written comments or objections to settlements shall be filed with the Commission and periodically shared with the management of the applicable insurer. A written notice shall be made to all policyholders of their right to a good-faith effort by their insurer to notify them of any proposed settlement, if the policyholder so chooses.
Added by Laws 2013, c. 208, § 158, eff. Feb. 1, 2014.
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