Workers' compensation is an important protection for people working in Oklahoma. There is no waiting period, so even if you're hurt on your first day of work, you're protected.
Oklahoma residents who have suffered injuries while on the job may not know what they need to do to seek medical and financial care from their employers. Workers' compensation benefits are offered to most employed individuals and filing claims is actually fairly easy. The problem comes with achieving insurance approval and full benefits for losses suffered.
An incident at the Goodyear plant in Comanche County that left one employee injured is currently being investigated. The event occurred Thursday, Aug. 30. As employers in Oklahoma are required to have workers' compensation insurance, the injured worker may file the claims necessary to have his or her losses covered.
No one expects to experience hearing loss because of their job, but it happens all too often in Oklahoma and across the country. Every year, millions of individuals are exposed to hazardous noises and substances in their places of work that can cause them to experience temporary or permanent hearing loss. Thankfully, workers' compensation benefits do cover occupational hearing loss.
You were going about your day just like every other day, then it happened. While at work, you suffered an injury for which you required medical care. This could be an injury resulting from a one-time accident or it could be the result of repetitive movements you make every day. The burden of paying for your medical care is weighing heavily on your mind. Thankfully, whether you reside in Oklahoma or elsewhere, you may be entitled to access workers' compensation benefits in order to cover the costs of your medical care.
In the early morning hours of July 6, two Oklahoma-based construction workers were working on the Peoria bridge in Tulsa when a passing semitrailer struck the bucket they were in. Both men were critically injured in the event. As this happened while they were on the clock, workers' compensation benefits should help them and their families cover the financial losses they are experiencing because of this incident.
You were hurt in an accident at work. You know you may be eligible to receive workers' compensation, but getting it is confusing and you don't even know what type you qualify for. Do not let your opportunity to collect benefit pass you by because you are not sure of how the system works. An experienced Oklahoma-based workers' compensation attorney can help you as you seek coverage for your losses.
A fire crew was called to a construction site in Oklahoma City after receiving reports that the building had collapsed, injuring at least one individual. The victim's injuries were not classified as emergent, but he was transported to a medical center for evaluation and treatment. As his injuries occurred while on the job, workers' compensation should cover medical expenses and lost income he experiences as a result of this incident.
While workers in Oklahoma may find comfort in knowing that their employers carry insurance to cover their medical expenses and lost wages in the event of on-the-job injuries, they may not realize that some claims for benefits are rejected. Also, workers' compensation typically pays for medical expenses and only a portion of lost income, which in many cases only cover a fraction of the financial losses. The insurance system does not compensate workers for future medical expenses and income losses, nor does it cover emotional damage such as pain and suffering.
What started out as a normal day for two Oklahoma Department of Transportation workers ended with both of them in the hospital. While on the job, the vehicle these two individuals were in was hit by a semitrailer. Due to the circumstances of this event, the victims may utilize workers' compensation benefits and possibly be able to file third-party claims against the trucker and his employer.