ACCOSIF v. American States Insurance Company – Case Brief Summary (Oklahoma)

In ACCOSIF v. American States Insurance Company, 2000 OK 21, 1 P.3d 987, the Court held an employer's claim to reimbursement from an employee for workers' compensation benefits out of the proceeds of a settlement with the tortfeasor who allegedly caused the job-related injuries was a liability created by statute.

The Court held the three-year statute of limitation began to run when the employee first became entitled to the settlement.

ACCOSIF specifically rejected the reasoning that the employer's claim was a subrogation claim and subject to the same limitation as the injured employee's claim against the tortfeasor.