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Workers' compensation benefits can make a dramatic difference after a workplace injury or illness. If you have been hurt on the job or cannot work because of a serious illness you sustained at work, you are eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits under Oklahoma law.
Not sure if you're eligible for workers' compensation benefits? Has your workers' compensation benefit claim been denied? Know your rights. Contact Lawter & Associates, PLLC. Our experienced Oklahoma personal injury lawyers can help.
We know what we're doing because we've been doing this work for more than 40 years. That's why we understand how the workers' compensation benefits system works in Oklahoma and what needs to be done to make things right.
What types of workers' compensation benefits exist in Oklahoma?
According to Oklahoma's Workers Compensation Act, employers must provide workers' compensation coverage to employees if they become ill at work or sustain an injury on the job. Workers' compensation benefits cover a wide range, including:
- Lost wages - If you cannot work because of a workplace injury or illness, you must be compensated for lost wages.
- Lost future earnings if applicable - Future earnings refers to compensation you would have received in the future if you had been healthy and able to work.
- Medical expenses - This is often the largest expense sick or injured workers incur because of an on-the-job injury or illness.
- Permanent disability benefits - A term used to describe benefits paid to sick or injured workers who are permanently disabled because of a workplace illness or on-the-job injury.
- Temporary total disability benefits - A term used to describe benefits for sick or injured workers who cannot work at all because of a disabling injury.
- Temporary partial disability benefits - A term used to describe benefits for sick or injured workers who can perform some work but in a limited capacity because of a disabling injury or illness.
- Disfigurement - Injuries that result in permanent scarring or loss of teeth.
- Death benefits - Workers' compensation benefits paid to family members who have lost loved ones because of a workplace illness or on-the-job injury.
Why should I hire an Oklahoma workers' compensation benefits attorney?
It can be difficult to decide which attorney or law firm is right for you. Large law firms often treat people like numbers. Small law firms often aren't equipped to handle big, complicated cases. We provide clients with the best of both - personalized service from experienced attorneys.
You have too much riding on the outcome of your case to leave your future to chance. Contact us and put the power of a results-driven law firm to work for you. Call (866) 584-1027 for our Oklahoma City office or (866) 584-1028 for our Tulsa office and schedule a free case evaluation.
Frequently asked questions about workers' compensation benefits in Oklahoma:
- How do I apply for workers' compensation benefits in Oklahoma?
- Who decides if I'm eligible for workers' compensation benefits?
- How much money can I receive in workers' compensation benefits?
- How long can I receive workers' compensation benefits?
- What should I do if my workers' compensation benefits are denied or stopped?
You must notify your employer within 30 days of your workplace injury or illness to be eligible for workers' compensation benefits in Oklahoma. 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 are treated differently and require a 5-day notice. Even if you didn't timely notify your employer you should seek the advice of a seasoned lawyer who can see if some exceptions apply.
Your employer will decide whether you should receive workers' compensation benefits. Most employers base their decision on the opinion of the doctor who examined you to determine the severity of your workplace injury or illness. If your employer or its insurance carrier fails to do what is right, you have a right to have a hearing where you can put on evidence and have a judge order benefits to start.
The amount of money varies greatly depending on the nature of your injury. In general, you can receive up to 70 percent of our average weekly wage in workers' compensation benefits, according to the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Court of Existing Claims. The maximum amount you can receive also depends on when you were injured. If you were injured between Nov. 1, 2013, and Jan. 31, 2014, for example, the maximum weekly rate is $801 in temporary total disability benefits. For injuries after Feb. 1, 2014, the maximum rate is $561 per week.
The time limit varies. If you have a permanent disability because of a workplace injury or illness, you could be eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits until your normal retirement age or 15 years, whichever is longer. If you have a temporary total disability, the time limit to receive workers' compensation benefits, depending on the type of injury ranges from 8 weeks to 156 weeks. That time limit can sometimes be extended for additional 52 weeks for injuries occurring before Feb. 1, 2014.
You have the right to file an appeal if your workers' compensation benefits have been terminated or your application for benefits has been denied. The Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Court of Existing Claims rules on such appeals.
Don't try to tackle such complicated cases on your own. Hire an experienced Oklahoma workers' compensation benefits lawyer to make sure your appeal receives the attention it rightfully deserves.
Contact Lawter & Associates, PLLC, and schedule an appointment today. We're conveniently located in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Call (866) 584-1027 for our Oklahoma City office or (866) 584-1028 for our Tulsa office.