You went into work just like any other day. After clocking in and checking your schedule, you got in your work vehicle and started about your day. While on your way to your first appointment, a car ran through a red light and slammed into you. You were hurt pretty severely, but many of your losses are being taken care of through your workers' compensation benefits. Your question is, though, "in Oklahoma, can I file a third-party claim against the driver who hit me?"
Those who suffer injuries while on the clock as the result of someone else's negligence may file legal claims against that individual. In the example above, the injured employee -- even though he or she is already receiving compensation for his or her losses though work -- may seek further relief by filing a personal injury claim against the driver who caused the accident. This goes beyond road accidents. Those who suffer injuries in construction, industrial and office settings may also file legal claims against the individuals responsible -- such as manufacturers or third-party individuals, outside of your employer or co-workers.
If you are not sure if you have a case for a third-party claim, it is okay to ask questions. An experienced workers' compensation attorney can review your case and help you decide the best way to proceed. To learn more about third-party claims and how and attorney can be of assistance to you, please take a minute to visit our firm's website.
Workers' compensation benefits can prove extremely valuable following an at work injury. Sometimes they do not cover everything, though. By pursuing a third-party claim in an Oklahoma civil court -- if applicable to your case -- you can seek maximum relief which, if awarded, can really help you as you strive to move forward.