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Quick v. Deep Fork Wireless

Quick v. Deep Fork Wireless

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Published by Tom Leonard
Oklahoma workers' compensation insurance estoppel
Oklahoma workers' compensation insurance estoppel

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Published by: Tom Leonard on Feb 19, 2009
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06/16/2009

 
NOT FOR OFFICIALPUBLICATIONSTANLEYD.QUICK,Petitioner,vs.DEEPFORK WIRELESS,TEXASMUTUALINSURANCECOMPANY,and THE WORKERS'COMPENSATIONCOURT,Respondents.PamlaK. CornettFLYNN LAW FIRM,PLLCTulsa, OklahomaLeah P. KeeleBrian J. GoreeDorie A. ChristianLATHAM, WAGNER,STEELE &LEHMAN, P.C.Tulsa, OklahomaForPetitioner
FELED
FEB ?2009
WORKERS'FILGDCOURTFClVtL PPEALSSTATEOFOKLAHOMA
rEB13 200$
]MIC.I.IAEL. RICHIECLERK
IN THECOURTOFCIVI APPEALS FTHESTATEOPgU.TryfidilPNOURT
DIVISION V
CaseNo. 105,977
PROCEEDINGO REVIEWANORDEROFTHE WORKERS'COMPENSATIONOURTHONORABLEELLEN C.EDWARDS,TRIAL ruDGEVACATEDAND REMANDEDFOR FURTHERPROCEEDINGS
For Respondents
 
OPINIONBY DOUG GABBARDII, PRESIDINGJUDGE:Petitioner,StanleyQuick(Claimant),seekseviewof a worker'scompensationcourtorder findingthat an insurancepolicyissued byTexas MutualInsuranceCompany(Insurer)oDeep Fork Wireless(Employer)does not coverEmployer'sliability to Claimant,anddismissing nsurerasa partyto this action.After review,wevacateand remand forfurtherproceedings.BACKGROUNI)Employer s a Texascompanyengagedn the businessf maintainingcellularcommunicationtowers. Claimant, apart-timeresident of Texas,was hired byEmployer in Oklahomaoperformtower maintenance.nsurer ssuedapolicyofworkers'compensationnsurancecoveringEmployer,effective from January 10,2002, through November26,2002. However,Insurerasserts hat thepolicyonlycoveredEmployeronforthe stateof Texas."In February2003,Claimant fileda Form3 in Oklahoma allegingthat hesustaineda work-relatednjury to hisback,egs, andhips in April 2002 while workingfor Employern Arkansas.On AugustT2003,the Oklahomaworkers'compensationcourtenteredan order finding that Claimant'sinjuryaroseout of andn the courseofhis employment, and setting temporarytotal disabilitypayments.Employerdid notappear at the compensabilityhearing, althoughthe order recitesthatEmployer
 
receivedcertifiednotice of theproceeding.Insurers notnamedasa respondentnthe order, and heorder has neverbeenpaid.rIn August20D4,Claimant iled an amendedForm 3, naming asrespondentheRobert English Maintenance Corporation(REMC)and asserting the same injury.Robert English is anofficerofEmployer and REMCis insuredbyanothercarrier.REMC claimed hat t wasnotaproperpaflv,denied hattemployedClaimant,andstated hat Claimant"wasan employeeof DeepFor[k] Wirelesswhich was insuredby TexasMutual."In January 2006, Claimant field a Form 13, movingto addInsureras apartyinthe case.Claimant'smedicalprovideralso ileda Form 13,making he same equest.BothClaimantand the medicalproviderindicatedthat Insurer had been sent noticeof the requestsat its Austin,.Texas,address.2OnMarch 30,2006, after an earlierhearing,he workers' compensationourt formally addednsureras aparty.Twomonthsater, nsureriled a "special entry of appearance." t later fileda Form 10 "Answer." Both filingsdeniedinsurancecoverageor Employerin
tIn July 2004, after Employeragain ailed to appear, he court entereda default orderawardingpaymentof Claimant's medicalexpenseso a careprovider.2The recorddoesnot revealwhy more than twoyearspassedbetweenhe default order ofliability andhedate Claimant moved o addnsurer as aparty.Insurerdoesnot raise his issue,and at tial, Claimantpresenteda letterfrom Insurer, datedApril2003, informing EmployerofInsurer'spositionregarding Claimant's claim.

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