American Investigative & Security v. Hamilton

In American Investigative & Security v. Hamilton, 1998 OK 134, 969 P.2d 975, the order of the Workers' Compensation Court declared that the employer's insurer "did not, at the critical time in question, provide insurance coverage for the employer's liability," and, therefore, the Workers' Compensation Court dismissed the insurer from the case. Id. On appeal, and pursuant to a sua sponte inquiry into its jurisdiction, the Oklahoma Supreme Court concluded that this was an appealable order because "it is the functional equivalent of a disposition that denies the insurer's liability for an award." Id.