Workers' Compensation

In most cases, you will immediately realize when you are injured on the job, like if you have a work accident. Sometimes, however, work injuries occur over a period from repetitious movements or activities.

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In most cases, you will immediately realize when you are injured on the job, like if you have a work accident. Sometimes, however, work injuries occur over a period from repetitious movements or activities.

If you are injured on the job, you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits. However, if your company does not subscribe to Oklahoma’s Workers’ Compensation System, the company may deny benefits for on-the-job or work-related accident injuries. In either case, to get all the money you deserve, hire the work injury attorneys at Jeff Martin & Associates. We may be able to pursue a claim against the company and get fair compensation for the injured employee.

The insurance carriers for employers know how to use the system to their advantage to limit benefits for injured workers. Individuals who suffer a work accident or injury on the job should know their legal rights so that they can receive the compensation they deserve.


Our Experience in Workers’ Compensation Cases

At Jeff Martin & Associates, our highly skilled team of workers’ compensation attorneys in Tulsa, Oklahoma is dedicated to helping individuals who have been injured on the job. We will be happy to answer your questions without obligation. Se Habla Español.

If you or someone you know has suffered a disability that prevents them from working and earning, our law firm can assist you. Our Social Security Disability attorneys can help you navigate the claims process and fight to get the compensation you deserve.

If you ask us to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if you get paid. In almost all cases, a lawsuit must be filed within a certain amount of time from the date of the work accident injury.


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If you intend to pursue a claim, you should contact the Law Offices of Jeff Martin right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to possible compensation. Our experienced workers' compensation attorneys in Tulsa, Oklahoma are ready to advocate for your rights and help you navigate the complexities of the legal process.

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What is Workers' Compensation?

In the State of Oklahoma, worker's compensation is a comprehensive system of laws meticulously designed to provide financial and medical benefits to employees who sustain injuries or illnesses as a direct result of their job duties.

Enforced under the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Code, this state-mandated insurance program ensures that workers have readily available access to necessary medical care and robust financial support without bearing the full burden of the costs associated with workplace injuries.

Worker's compensation operates on a no-fault basis, meaning that compensation is provided regardless of who is at fault for the injury, thereby promoting a swift and fair resolution.

The program encompasses a wide range of benefits and coverage, including medical treatments, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and disability benefits, ensuring that injured employees receive the comprehensive support they need to recover and regain stability in their lives.

We understand that navigating the intricacies of workers' compensation claims can be overwhelming, which is why we are committed to serving as your unwavering ally throughout the entire process. Our team is equipped with a deep wellspring of knowledge and an understanding heart, ready to guide you through each step, offering clarity, support, and experience. Rest assured, your well-being and rightful recompense are always our utmost priority.


Am I Eligible for Workers' Compensation in Oklahoma?

Determining eligibility for workers' compensation in Oklahoma requires a clear-cut understanding of the state's regulations. You are typically eligible if you are an employee who has suffered an injury or illness directly resulting from your employment duties. This includes employees of most industries, with a few exceptions, such as independent contractors and certain agricultural workers.

Eligibility hinges on whether the injury is work-related, meaning it occurred within the course and scope of your employment, including company-sponsored activities. Even injuries incurred off-site while engaging in job-related activities may qualify.

It's imperative to report any workplace injury to your employer promptly—Oklahoma law mandates reporting within 30 days of the incident to maintain your eligibility. Following your report, your employer is then required to file a claim with their workers' compensation insurance carrier.

We recognize the intricacies involved in workers' compensation eligibility can be daunting. Our experience and empathetic guidance ensure that you are not navigating this crossroads alone. Trust in our commitment to safeguard your rights and facilitate a process designed to secure the benefits you rightfully deserve, as swiftly and smoothly as possible.


What Types of Injuries Are Covered Under Workers' Compensation?

Workers' compensation in Oklahoma encompasses a wide umbrella of injuries to ensure that employees are protected in a variety of unfortunate circumstances. Covered injuries not only include the immediate traumatic physical injuries such as fractures, lacerations, and contusions commonly associated with workplace accidents, but also cumulative injuries that develop over time, like repetitive strain injuries or occupational diseases caused by long-term exposure to hazardous work conditions.

Moreover, psychological injuries that can be traced directly to the employment environment, such as work-induced stress or depression, are also recognized under certain conditions. Importantly, in the event of the unthinkable, workers' compensation extends to providing death benefits to the dependents of a worker who dies from a job-related injury.

We recognize that understanding the scope of your coverage is fundamental to your peace of mind. Therefore, we assure you that our professional guidance is informed by a thorough comprehension of the intricacies of workers' compensation. Our empathetic lawyers are dedicated to ensuring that your claim encapsulates the full extent of your injury, offering robust support as you navigate the path to just compensation.


How Do I File a Workers' Compensation Claim in Oklahoma?

First and foremost, it is critical that you notify your employer of the injury as soon as possible. In Oklahoma, the law requires that this notification be given within 30 days of the accident or recognition of a cumulative injury or illness. Delays in reporting may impede your claim, so it is prudent to act with diligence.

Upon notification, your employer should provide you with a Form 3 (Employee's First Notice of Accidental Injury and Claim for Compensation) to file with the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission. This form must be completed with utmost attention to detail, accurately reflecting the circumstances and the nature of your injury.

In addition to the Form 3, it may be necessary to submit medical documentation that supports your claim. This includes medical evaluations, treatment records, and diagnoses from health care professionals. These records play an instrumental role in validating the legitimacy of your injuries and the necessity of your claim.

Once your claim is filed, an insurance adjuster will be appointed to assess your case. During this process, be sure to maintain all correspondence and information exchanged with the insurance company. It's also advisable to keep a personal record of your injury's impact on your daily life and work, as this information can be vital during your claim evaluation.


Can I See My Own Doctor for a Work-Related Injury?

When faced with a work-related injury, the right to choose one’s own healthcare provider is a matter of significant concern for many employees. In the state of Oklahoma, you reserve the limited right to select your own physician.

However, there are specific conditions attached to this right to ensure compatibility with workers' compensation coverage. Initially, the choice of doctor may be directed by your employer or their insurance carrier, but subsequent changes in your healthcare provider can be made according to regulations set forth by the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission.

Should you decide to change doctors after beginning treatment, this process typically requires approval via a 'Change of Physician' request, which must be authorized by the Workers' Compensation Commission to ensure your treatments continue to be covered under workers' compensation benefits. It is essential to follow these procedures diligently, as deviation from the protocol could risk the seamless continuance of your coverage.

We know that the well-being and peace of mind that comes from being treated by a trusted healthcare provider are invaluable during such challenging times. It is our mission to guide you with empathy in aligning your choice of healthcare with the stipulations of Oklahoma workers' compensation law, facilitating a smooth and secure path to your recovery and claim entitlements. Your health and satisfaction remain central to our advocacy on your behalf.


What Benefits Can I Receive from Workers' Compensation?

Workers' compensation benefits in Oklahoma provide essential support to injured employees, underscoring our dedication to your recovery and financial stability.

These benefits are designed to cover various aspects of the aftermath of a workplace injury, including:

  • Medical Benefits: Full coverage for all necessary medical treatments related to your injury, including emergency care, ongoing treatments, surgeries, medications, and rehabilitation services, without deductibles or co-pays that could otherwise add financial strain.
  • Disability Benefits: For those unable to work due to their injury, temporary total disability (TTD) payments act as a financial lifeline, compensating a portion of your lost wages. In the case of sustained impairment which restricts the type of work you can perform; you may be entitled to permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits.
  • Rehabilitation Benefits: Vocational rehabilitation services aim to help you return to work as swiftly as possible, reflecting our commitment to your professional fulfillment and economic security.
  • Death Benefits: In the gravest of circumstances, workers' compensation provides for the dependents of a worker who has passed away due to a job-related injury. These benefits ensure that families are supported during their time of loss, both through a coverage of funeral expenses and through ongoing financial sustenance.

We understand the importance of thorough and diligent advocacy in securing each of these benefits on your behalf. Our experience is backed by a deep empathy for your situation, ensuring that you receive not only the guidance necessary to navigate this complex landscape but also the assurance of having a steadfast ally in your corner throughout this process.


What If My Workers' Compensation Claim Is Denied?

A denial of your workers' compensation claim may feel disheartening, but it is important to remember that it is not the end of the road. There are structured avenues through which you can challenge the decision and have your case reconsidered.

Should you encounter such an obstacle, promptly filing an appeal is a crucial next step. The appeal process in Oklahoma involves submitting a request to the Workers' Compensation Court of Existing Claims within a specified time frame after the denial notice.

During this critical juncture, combatting a denial while coping with an injury can be overwhelming – but you need not face it alone. Our seasoned professionals will stand with you, providing an unwavering pillar of support and keen legal acumen. We are well-versed in the intricacies of workers' compensation law and equipped to contend on your behalf at each stage of the appeal process.

In contesting the denial, we meticulously prepare your case for re-evaluation, marshaling the requisite evidence, organizing detailed medical records, and assembling expert testimonies that may be pivotal in supporting your claim. Our approach is not only tenacious but also empathetic to the emotional and financial toll such setbacks can place upon you and your loved ones.

Consider us not merely as your attorneys but as committed advocates for your rights and recovery. As you heal, let us carry the burden of legal proceedings with the objective of securing the compensation you rightfully deserve. Your well-being and return to a fulfilling work life are paramount, and our mission is to maneuver through legal hurdles to lay the groundwork for your prosperity.


Can I Sue My Employer for a Work Injury Instead of Filing for Workers' Compensation?

Suing your employer in lieu of filing a workers' compensation claim may appear to be a viable alternative, especially if there's a premise of negligence or deliberate harm. However, it's crucial to understand that in Oklahoma, as in many states, workers' compensation laws often provide an "exclusive remedy" to employees.

This means that workers' compensation is typically the sole avenue through which an injured employee can seek redress from their employer, barring a few exceptions that are rigorously defined by law.

Our judicial experience and considerate guidance become your strategic advantage in navigating these exceptional cases. If your situation falls within these narrow exceptions, such as instances of intentional torts, we can thoroughly assess the merits of a direct lawsuit against your employer. Taking such a course, however, requires a mindful examination of the circumstances, a comprehensive understanding of Oklahoma's legal provisions, and a strategic approach to litigation.

We recognize the complexity of these decisions and their profound implications on your life and career. Rest assured that your rightful interests and welfare are at the forefront of our representation.

With our committed support, you are not alone in these daunting legal waters. We stand ready to advocate vigorously for your rights, ensuring that every legal avenue is assessed and pursued in the interest of justice and your well-being.


How Long Do I Have to File a Workers' Compensation Claim in Oklahoma?

Understanding the time-sensitive nature of workers' compensation claims is critical. In Oklahoma, you are generally given up to two years from the date of your injury or the last payment of compensation to file your claim. This statutory timeframe is intended to ensure that claims are made while evidence is fresh and treatment is relevant to the injury, providing clarity and efficiency in the adjudication process.

It is, however, essential to act promptly to safeguard your rights. Delaying the initiation of your claim may result in unnecessary complications or even forfeiture of your right to benefits. Our firm stands ready to assist you in submitting your claim in a timely and effective manner, thus allowing you to focus primarily on your recovery, confident in the knowledge that your legal concerns are being managed. We maintain a steadfast commitment to ensuring that the intricacies of legal timelines do not impede your path to compensation.


Do I Need an Attorney to File a Workers' Compensation Claim?

Engaging the services of an attorney may not be a statutory requirement for filing a workers' compensation claim, yet the benefits of legal representation cannot be overstated. Embarking on this process alone can be daunting, especially when you are already navigating the physical and emotional consequences of a workplace injury. Our legal team brings both a profound understanding of the complexities of workers' compensation laws and a compassionate recognition of the challenges you face.

With our firm advocating on your behalf, you gain not only an ally but also an assurance that your claim will be handled with the utmost care and professionalism. We meticulously prepare and present your case, ensuring that all relevant facts are communicated effectively and that your claim meets all procedural and evidential requirements. Our dedication to your cause is unwavering, as we strive to secure the benefits that will aid in your recovery and contribute to your financial stability during a trying time.

Your trust in us allows you to focus on what is most important—your health and rehabilitation. Allow our legal experience to guide you through the claim process, so you may emerge with the support and resources you need to move forward with confidence.

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