Mission Statement

To provide to our clients the best possible representation through diligent preparation in the handling of all matters put before us while adhering to the truest ideals of honesty and ethics.

312 N.W. 13th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73103  
405.604.5000  |  405.604.5005
(FAX)  |  Contact Us

Mileage Rates

Mileage rates for reimbursement decreased from 56.5 cents per mile to 56 cents per mile beginning January 1, 2014. 

FORMS FOR INSURERS AND EMPLOYERS

INCIDENT REPORT (click here for form)

WITNESS STATEMENT (click here for form)

LIGHT DUTY EMPLOYEE STATEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING (click here for form)

LIGHT DUTY OFFER (click here for form)

PPD RATES AND DEATH BENEFITS CHARTS (click here for form)



Follow us on Twitter: @bullard_assoc

NEW ACT EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 1, 2014

NOTABLE PROVISIONS 

Temporary Disability: Maximum weekly TTD benefit is $561.00. Reduced from maximum of $801.00

Permanent Partial Disability: Rate remains at max of $323.00.  “Whole man” maximum is now 350 weeks maximum (reduced from 500).  Scheduled member maximums are unchanged. 

Payment Notification; * CC- Form 4: Employer/Carrier shall notify the Commission of the first payment of compensation and on suspension of payment of compensation. 

Cumulative trauma:  To be compensable, the claimant shall have completed at least 180 days of continuous, active employment with employer. 

Disfigurement: Max award is $50,000 and cannot be awarded until one (1) year after date of injury. 

Continuing Medical Maintenance: Claimant cannot be awarded CMM if not recommended by the treating physician at the time claimant reached maximum medical improvement. 

Official Disability Guidelines:  Previously mandatory, now a “primary source of reference” for treating physician. 

Change of Physician:  Employer chooses initial treating physician. If Employer is not a member of a CWMP and claimant applies for a change in physician, Employer lists three new physicians from which claimant must choose. If Employer is a member of a CWMP, Claimant must utilize the dispute resolution process. 

*See Alert in “Court News” below. 

COURT NEWS

ALERT REGARDING FILING OF THE CC-FORM-2A AND CC-FORM-4

To: Workers’ Compensation Insurance Carriers, Self-Insured Employers, Group Self-Insurance Associations, CompSource Oklahoma, Third-Party Administrators, Injured Workers, Attorneys, Other Interested Persons
From: Rick Farmer, Executive Director
Date: February 21, 2014

This alert is issued to clarify that the CC-Form-2A (Employer’s Notice of Intent to Accept or Controvert Claim) and CC-Form 4 (Report of Compensation Paid/Suspension of Payments) only relate to injuries or deaths occurring on or after February 1, 2014.

DO NOT FILE EITHER FORM IF THE INJURY OR DEATH OCCURRED BEFORE FEBRUARY 1, 2014.


Oklahoma Supreme Court Finds New Compensation Law Not Log Rolling

OKLAHOMA CITY—December 17, 2013

The Oklahoma Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Oklahoma's new workers' compensation law, sparking jubilation among many Oklahoma government and business leaders. Opponents challenged the law on multiple grounds, but the Supreme Court's majority opinion focused on the allegation that the new law could violate a constitutional prohibition against covering multiple subjects in a single bill — a practice commonly referred to as logrolling. The court rejected that claim.

The Court found it was premature to rule on the constitutionality of individual provisions.  Three justices did express concerns about opt-out provisions in the law. They indicated those opt-out provisions may not pass constitutional muster if future constitutional challenges are made once administrative rules have been developed and implemented.

Despite those cautions, backers of the new law clearly were thrilled by the ruling.

“These reforms create a new and modern system that protects workers and is fair to Oklahoma businesses,” said House Speaker T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton. “The archaic and confrontational system this state has relied on in the past did little for workers, hurt business and only benefited the handful that profited from such a dysfunctional system. This ruling ensures Oklahoma is moving in the right direction.”

The new law phases out the state's judicial workers' compensation system and replaces it with an administrative system which will go into effect in February of 2014.


Bullard & Associates recently hosted its annual continuing education seminar in Dallas, Texas at the beautiful Hotel ZaZa. Nuances of the New Administrative Workers' Compensation Act and the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Code were the themes of the proceedings.  Attendees were also privileged to hear from Judge Michael McGivern of the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Court. Adjusters in attendance earned credit hours for continuing education per Oklahoma and Texas law.


Don Bullard has been a licensed instructor for the Oklahoma Insurance Commission for over twenty years. Bullard & Associates offers several opportunities for adjusters to receive complimentary continuing education credit throughout the year. Our attorneys travel to companies throughout the United States each year to instruct courses in the Workers’ Compensation field worth CE credits for adjusters.

Bullard & Associates annually hosts a complimentary seminar in Dallas, TX for adjusters, employers and nurse case managers. Our seminars are known for a uniqueness in presentation including staged workers' compensation injuries and, most recently, instruction by professionals on the best methods for communication with both the insured and the injured claimant.

For more information on adjuster requirements in Oklahoma including license renewal and available continuing education seminars go to: State Based Systems (SBS)

To request a continuing education seminar for your company or if you are interested in attending our Dallas seminar next year, please contact our office manager, Chris Thomas, at chris@bullard-associates.com

 

CORPORATE EDUCATION/TRAINING

In a continuing effort to offer comprehensive service to our clients, Bullard & Associates offers training directly to employers with the best practices in dealing with Workers’ Compensation.  The presentations are designed and adapted for the specific employer and the personnel being addressed.   We offer reviews of protocols and forms currently in place to insure maximum benefit and compliance with the current law.

 

B&A PUBLISHED OPINIONS

  • Gentry v. Berry Machine & Tool Co., Inc., 2012 OK CIV APP 12 detail
  • Tennell v. Horsehead Corp., 2011 OK CIV APP 48 detail
  • In the Matter of the Death of Louis Reeder, 2009 OK 54 detail
  • K-Mart Corporation v. Herring, 2008 OK 75 detail
  • Zinc Corp. of America v. Reeder, 2007 OK CIV APP 66 detail
  • Veith v. Ogburn, 2006 OK CIV APP 75 detail
  • Mrs. Baird's Bakery v. Cox, 2005 OK 28 detail
  • King Mfg. v. Meadows, 2005 OK 78 detail
  • Pauls Valley Travel Center v. Boucher, 2005 OK 30 detail
  • Nationwide Environmental Services, Inc. v. Beasley, 2004 OK CIV APP 17 detail
  • Worley v. Purcell Nursing Home, 2000 OK 77 detail
  • Pawnee Mun. Hosp. v. Cunningham, 1999 OK CIV APP 60 detail
  • CR Industries v. Dorsey, 1998 OK 111 detail
  • Matter of Death of Boyd, 1998 OK CIV APP 112 detail
  • Stroud Mun. Hosp. v. Mooney, 1996 OK 127 detail
  • Mercury Marine v. Lumpkin, 1994 OK CIV APP 164 detail