FAQs with a Tulsa Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
When Oklahoma workers are injured on the job, they face several issues, from lost income to medical expenses to a potentially painful recovery. The entire situation can be overwhelming, but having an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer on your side to help you navigate the process can lighten the load considerably. The Workers’ Compensation system was created to protect injured workers. Still, without careful consideration of the requirements and technicalities, injured Oklahoma workers could miss out on benefits they are due.
What is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation insurance is designed to cover the costs of medical and rehabilitative care for injured workers, as well as offer financial support for any lost wages while injured workers seek medical treatment and recovery. Workers’ compensation benefits are typically paid through the employer’s insurance company. Many are aware that workers’ compensation benefits may be available for those who are injured on the job, but benefits may also be available for employees who become ill or disabled, re-injure a former injury, or whose preexisting medical condition worsened as the result of working conditions or a workplace accident.
Does It Matter Who Is At Fault for the Accident?
When an Oklahoma worker sustains an injury on the job, it doesn’t matter who was at fault. When workers report a compensable workplace injury, their employer should provide medical treatment. If you report a compensable workplace injury to your employer, and they do not send you to a doctor within three days of the report, you have the right to choose your own physician to provide medical treatment. If your employer is refusing to provide you with medical treatment for an injury sustained on the job, contact an experienced Tulsa, Oklahoma workers compensation lawyer to discuss your case.
What Injuries Are Covered Under Workers’ Compensation?
Generally, any injury, disability, or illness sustained (or made worse) by working conditions or on-the-job injuries may be covered under Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation. Some of the medical conditions and injuries that are often covered include:
- Hearing impairment or loss
- Vision impairment/loss
- Back injury
- Neck injury
- Brain or head trauma
- Broken bones and fractures
- Burn injuries
- Cardiac arrest or heart attack
- Strains and sprains
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Workers’ compensation benefits may be available to employees who re-injure a former non-work-related injury because of working conditions or while performing work-related duties. If you have a question about workers comp eligibility for a specific injury you have incurred, contact an Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation attorney.
What Are Oklahoma Workers’ Rights Under Workers’ Compensation Laws?
Oklahoma’s workers are provided with many rights under Workers’ Compensation laws, but the insurance companies processing their claims may not disclose the information. Consider some of the rights provided to Oklahoma workers now, and discuss them in more detail with your attorney.
An injured worker’s medical expenses must be paid by their employer.
Injured Oklahoma employees that cannot work may qualify for Temporary Total Disability (TTD) to cover lost wages.
Injured Oklahoma employees who can work but only with restrictions may be eligible to receive Temporary Partial Disability (TPD).
If an injured worker disagrees with the selected doctor’s return to work release, they may seek a second opinion.
Injured workers have the right to change doctors and get a second opinion called an Independent Medical Exam (IME) about their condition.
An injured worker’s employer can be responsible for paying necessary retraining costs (i.e., tuition, books, travel expenses, etc.)
Once an injured employee is recovered enough to return to work, they may qualify for job placement assistance.
Injured employees may request medical care and compensation even if they quit their job or haven’t lost any time from work.
Employers cannot fire an injured employee for filing a Workers’ Compensation claim.
An injured employee may contest the termination of weekly disability pay.
An injured employee may request a hearing to have weekly disability pay reinstated.
Injured employees can refuse to allow an insurance representative to be present during their medical exams.
Should I Work with a Workers’ Comp Attorney?
An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can help you reach the most satisfactory resolution of your workers’ compensation claim. The Workers’ Compensation system can be complicated, but working alongside an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer increases the chances of obtaining the best results by pursuing every potential benefit and full compensation for your injury under Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation laws.
What Should I Do If I Am Injured on the Job?
If you suffer an accident or illness on the job, report it immediately to your employer or a supervisor. Workers’ compensation cases are time-sensitive, so acting quickly is necessary. The incident must be reported within 30 days of the event to be eligible for workers’ compensation. Once the incident is reported within the timeframe offered, you have up to 12 months to file a claim for benefits. Medical care should be sought for your injury or illness. It’s also helpful for your workers’ comp claim if you keep medical and insurance records to help determine the level of benefits to which you are entitled. When you are injured at work, legal representation is available and strongly recommended, so you can rest assured that a professional is looking out for your best interests.
Contact an Experienced Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Today
At Armstrong Law Firm, P.L.C., we take all cases on a contingency fee – in the rare event we do not obtain compensation for you through settlement or trial, you pay no attorneys fees and only minimal court costs. Call for a free consultation and evaluation of your workers’ compensation claim and talk to an experienced workers compensation lawyer today. Call us at (918) 262-5466 or toll-free at (800) 722-8880 or complete the simple form.