Understanding Your Rights and Responsibilities In a Workers’ Compensation Claim

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Many Oklahoma workers know that their employers must provide Workers’ Compensation insurance that protects them in the event of an accident. However, many are unaware of how a Workers’ Compensation claim works and are completely unfamiliar with their rights and responsibilities.

Workers’ Compensation is a critical safety net for workers that provides for medical expenses, wage replacement, job retraining, and other benefits. Every employee should understand their rights and responsibilities in a Workers’ Compensation claim in case they suffer an illness or injury.

Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Attorney Craig Armstrong with The Armstrong Law Firm, PLC, in Tulsa, explains more.

Your Rights Under OK Workers’ Compensation

If you are an employee in Oklahoma and you get injured or sick on the job, you have certain rights that are protected by the state’s Workers’ Compensation laws. These laws define what you can do and what you should expect when filing a claim for Workers’ Compensation benefits with your employer. Here is a brief overview of what you are entitled to under Workers’ Compensation law in Oklahoma.

  • Medical Treatment: You have the right to receive medical treatment for your work-related injury or illness. This includes doctor visits, hospital stays, medication, and rehabilitation services.
  • Wage Replacement Benefits: If your injury prevents you from working, you may be entitled to income benefits to replace lost wages.
  • Disability Benefits: If your injury results in a permanent disability, you may be eligible for disability benefits. The amount you receive will depend on the extent of your disability and your ability to work.
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits: Workers’ Compensation provides job retraining and placement assistance if you can no longer perform your original type of work.
  • Death Benefits: Your surviving spouse and/or children can receive Workers’ Compensation benefits if you die from a work-related illness or injury.
  • Request a Change of Doctors: If you do not believe you are getting the best care, you can request to change your treating physician one time per claim.
  • Get a Second Opinion: You have the right to obtain a second opinion from another doctor not chosen by your employer.
  • Appeal Adverse Decisions: If you disagree with any decision about your claim, you have the right to appeal the decision to the OK Workers’ Compensation Commission.

You also have the right to contract legal representation with an Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Attorney to help you navigate the claims process and protect your rights.

Your Responsibilities Under Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation

Neglecting your employee responsibilities can endanger your Workers’ Compensation benefits. Here are some of your vital responsibilities.

  • Report the Injury: You must report your injury to your employer as soon as possible. Failure to report the injury promptly could jeopardize your ability to receive benefits.
  • Seek Medical Treatment: It’s important to seek medical treatment for your injury and follow your doctor’s recommendations. Failing to do so could affect your eligibility for benefits.
  • Cooperate with Investigations: You may be required to cooperate with investigations into your injury, including providing statements and attending medical evaluations.
  • Return to Work: If you’re able to return to work in some capacity, you may be required to do so. Failing to make a good-faith effort to return to work could affect your eligibility for benefits.
  • Stay Informed: Keep yourself informed about your rights and the claims process. This will help you advocate for yourself and ensure you receive all the benefits to which you are entitled.

Get Help With an Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Claim

Understanding your rights and responsibilities in a Workers’ Compensation claim is essential for protecting yourself and ensuring you receive the benefits you deserve. The Armstrong Law Firm, PLC, can answer your questions and provide seasoned guidance when you sustain an injury at work and need to file a Workers’ Compensation claim. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and get the help you need.

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