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We understand how workers' comp benefits, labor law work. Put us to work for you.

Workers' compensation cases in Oklahoma might seem straightforward on the surface, but they in fact can be extremely complicated. Employers can be unresponsive. Government agencies can be confusing. Insurance companies can be combative. Don't let large corporations dictate what happens to you. Fight back. Contact us.

When you have experienced workers' compensation attorney on your side, you can take an aggressive approach right from the start. At Lawter & Associates, PLLC, our workers comp lawyer Timothy S. Reese wants to hear from you and help you decide the best course of action.

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"Lawter worked on my behalf even after my case was settled."

Put your trust in us. Contact Lawter & Associates, PLLC, and schedule a free case evaluation today. Call our Oklahoma City office at (866) 584-1027 or our Tulsa office at (866) 584-1028. Best of all, you only pay fees if you win. That's because we work on a contingency fee basis

What types of workers' compensation cases do Lawter & Associates handle?

Most employees in Oklahoma are covered by workers' compensation law, but many do not know or understand their rights. Lawter & Associates, PLLC has the experience to help workers who have been injured or disabled on the job.

Our lawyers have filed thousands of Oklahoma workers' compensation claims on behalf of people who sustain injuries at work. Our lawyers have extensive experience with the following workers' compensation-related issues:

We leave no stone unturned in pursuit of justice. Contact us today.

Our attorneys at Lawter & Associates carefully investigate every workers comp case. Our detailed approach often includes:

  • Reviewing accident reports
  • Reviewing inspection reports
  • Consulting with experts in their field
  • Negotiating directly with insurance companies and employers
  • Filing a workers' compensation lawsuit if necessary
  • Taking other legal action on your behalf if necessary

We leave no stone unturned in pursuit of justice. Contact us today. We're ready and eager to help you get your life back on track.

Frequently asked questions about workers' compensation in Oklahoma:


What is workers' compensation?

Employers in Oklahoma must provide workers' compensation coverage to employees in case they become ill at work or sustain an injury there. By law, workers' compensation benefits must provide financial compensation to workers for various expenses, including:

  • Lost wages
  • Lost future earnings if applicable
  • Medical expenses
  • Temporary total disability benefits
  • Temporary partial disability benefits
  • Death benefits
  • Disfigurement
  • Vocational retraining

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What should I do if I'm injured on the job?

We strongly recommend taking the following steps if you sustain an injury or illness on the job:

  • Notify your employer you were hurt or sustained an illness at work
  • Seek immediate medical attention. If you employer neglects to send you to a doctor, seek immediate medical attention at a nearby emergency room at your employer's expense.
  • Write down details about your injury or illness
  • Take photographs of your injury or illness if visible
  • Schedule a follow-up appointment with your doctor
  • Contact us. Our experienced workers comp lawyers can help you.

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What injuries are covered by workers' compensation?

Workers' compensation covers a wide range of injuries and illnesses sustained by people at work. Some of the most common injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Surgery because of a work-related injury
  • Work-related heart attack
  • Work-related hearing loss
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Re-injuries at work
  • Injuries from cumulative trauma

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Who determines if I'm eligible for workers' compensation?

Initially, your employer will decide whether you will receive workers' compensation benefits, according to the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Court of Existing Claims for injuries occurring prior to Feb. 1, 2014. However, doctors and insurance companies often play a role in determining whether an injured or sick worker is eligible for workers' compensation benefits.

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Is there a time limit for notifying my employer I've been injured at work?

Yes. You should notify your employer within 30 days of your workplace injury or illness. Failure to give notice of the accident to the employer or seek medical attention within 30 days could result in the loss of workers' compensation benefits. Hernias have special requirements that require 5-day notice.

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What workers' compensation benefits am I eligible for if I'm hurt at work?

An injured worker is entitled to receive 100 percent of "all necessary and reasonable medical expenses incurred as a result of a job-related accident." These expenses include first aid, emergency room services, hospital care (inpatient/outpatient), doctor's fees, prescriptions, etc. In addition, you might be entitled to lost wages during the time a doctor takes you off work, permanent partial disability if you do not fully recover, vocational retraining and other miscellaneous benefits.

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Who will pay for my workers' compensation benefits?

The employer is, by law, 100 percent responsible for providing benefits. Under the Workers Compensation Act there are no co-pays. The employer provides benefits directly (self-insured) or indirectly through a workers' compensation insurance company. You cannot be charged for benefits provided by the Act or any portion of your employer's workers' compensation insurance premium.

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Can I choose my own doctor if I'm injured at work?

Yes and no. Your employer has the right to choose your initial doctor.  They must do this within 3 days of learning of your injury. If you want a different doctor, the law allows injured workers the right to file a motion in court to change physicians.  The employee and employer must agree on the second opinion or the court will select a new doctor.

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Can I file an appeal if my workers' compensation benefits are denied?

Yes. Any decision of the court or Workers' Compensation Commission is subject to appeal.

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Who will rule on my denied workers' compensation appeal?

The Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Court of Existing Claims or the Workers' Compensation Commission for injuries after Feb. 1, 2014, can rule on denied workers' compensation claims the state. The court's six judges rule on most cases in either Oklahoma City or Tulsa, OK.

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What if a doctor determines I should return to work, but I'm still injured?

If a doctor rules that you are fit for work but you do not feel ready to return to work, you can request to have a second doctor diagnose you. However, receiving permission to have another doctor examine you can sometimes be challenging. That's why it's important to have an attorney on your side.

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Am I entitled to workers' compensation if I'm disfigured at work?

Yes. If you suffer a serious and permanent disfigurement, such as a scar or burn, to the head, face, neck, arms or legs as a result of a work-related injury, you are entitled to benefits under the Workers Compensation Act.

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What if my injury prevents me from doing any type of work?

Under the Act, if you are unable to return to "any type gainful employment" you are considered totally and permanently disabled. You would be entitled to weekly benefits at your T.T.D. (Temporary Total Disability) until your normal social security age, or 15 years, whichever is greater, or until you are capable of returning to some type of gainful employment.

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Why should I hire Lawter & Associates for my workers' compensation claim?

Workers' compensation cases can be very complicated. Don't take chances with your future. Put your trust in a law firm with more than 40 years of experience successfully handling workers' compensation claims in Oklahoma. Contact us.

We know what evidence to look for, and we have the case results to prove it. Read our testimonials to learn more. In case after case, we have consistently helped people get the compensation they deserve for their workplace injury or illness.

Contact our personal injury attorneys in Oklahoma and discover what we can do for you. Contact us and schedule an appointment today. Call our Oklahoma City office at (866) 584-1027 or our Tulsa office at (866) 584-1028. We're ready and eager to work with you.

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Lawter & Associates, PLLC

3313 North Classen Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Phone: (405) 525-4131

 

Lawter & Associates, PLLC

6450 S Lewis Avenue #100
Tulsa, OK 74136
Phone: (918) 496-9577

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