Workers’ compensation insurance, which most employers must carry, provides a safety net for injured workers. If you have been injured on the job in Oklahoma or developed a work-related illness, it’s important to know what workers’ compensation benefits are available in Oklahoma.
Types of Workers’ Comp Benefits Available in Oklahoma:
When an employee is injured on the job in Oklahoma, they are entitled to a range of workers’ compensation benefits. The benefits available depend on the injury’s severity and the worker’s ability to return to work. When you are injured on the job in Oklahoma, you may have the right to the following Oklahoma workers’ compensation benefits:
- Paid medical treatment for the work-related injury or illness
- Payment of lost wages (due to being out of work because of a work-related injury or illness)
- Job retraining (for injured workers unable to return to their prior occupation due to the injury/illness)
- Death benefits for families of workers who died due to a work-related injury
- Temporary total disability payments
- Compensation for permanent disabilities caused by work-related injuries
Who is Eligible for Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
Oklahoma state workers’ compensation laws apply to employees who are hired in Oklahoma or who are injured in Oklahoma. (Independent contractors are not employees, so they are not eligible for workers’ compensation benefits). Other exceptions include: certain agricultural workers, licensed real estate brokers paid on commission, employees working for an employer who employs five or less total employees, certain workers offering services for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, anyone related by blood or marriage to their employer, anyone employed by a tax-exempt youth sports league, sole proprietor, member of a partnership, individuals party to a franchise agreement, certain members of a limited liability company, certain stockholders of a corporation, volunteers, owner-operators of a trucking service, etc.
To find out if you are eligible for Workers’ Comp benefits, please call Armstrong & Vaught P.L.C., Tulsa’s Premier Workers’ Compensation, Employment, and Social Security Law attorneys. We have the experience you need on your side as you seek the compensation you deserve.