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Tulsa’s Workers Comp Doubles Payouts in Six Years Starting 2003


Tulsa’s Workers Comp Payment

The City of Tulsa’s Workers Comp will be double Payouts in six years.  When something comes across my radar screen from my original home state, I always make sure that I read it over closely. According to the Tulsa World – Oklahoma’s second-largest city – Tulsa – has seen their Workers Compensation payments double from 2003 through 2009.

Graphic of Yellow Helmet Tulsa's workers comp And Law Scale

The increase in payments for Workers Comp could be attributed to a more liberal court or just a run of bad luck. However, the reporter noted that one item of interest is the apparent correlation between workers’ compensation claims and job separation. Of the 503 individuals to receive workers’ comp payments from the city’s sinking fund in the budget year 2009, almost 40 percent are no longer listed on the city payroll.

This is one of the cardinal sins of Workers Comp. Laying off workers while they are drawing temporary total disability benefits is very serious. Most states will consider the worker to be at a permanent total status if they are not considered for a return to work.

One would think that the human resources administration for the City of Tulsa should be quizzed on the number of terminations while on compensation. This is not a hard one to figure out.

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James J Moore - Workers Comp Expert

Raleigh, NC, United States

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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Management Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Bloomberg Business News
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  • Claims Magazine
  • Risk & Insurance Magazine
  • Insurance Journal
  • Workers Compensation.com
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