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In Oklahoma, Injured workers' are receiving 70% smaller settlements than those who hire an attorney like Forbes & Renes. The Reason? No one is standing up for their rights.

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Whether you have a physically demanding job, or a desk job, any worker can have an accident in the workplace which results in injury. If you are injured on the job, you deserve financial compensation to cover your medical expenses, and lost wages. Although all states have workers’ compensation, the benefits can vary widely from state to state.

In 2013, the Oklahoma Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of new laws which replaced the Oklahoma Workers’ Comp Court with the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission. Unfortunately, workers typically receive much less in workers’ comp benefits under the new laws. This new law also allows employers to opt out of the Oklahoma Workers’ Comp Insurance so long as they provide equivalent coverage for injured workers, however even if a company only has one part-time employee, Oklahoma law requires workers’ compensation coverage.

When you receive an injury at work, it can be so unexpected and so traumatic that you may not remember what you need to do other than getting medical help. Unfortunately, in some cases, the things you forget to do following a workplace accident can have a direct effect on your future.  A highly experienced Oklahoma workers’ compensation lawyer can explain your rights under the law to you, as well as determining whether your particular case qualifies for a third-party lawsuit.

What Should I Do First Following My Workplace Accident?

For many of those who find themselves in the unenviable position of being injured at their place of work, the entire workers’ compensation process can seem like a very complex maze with tons of rules and regulations. For the hard-working, honest employee, filing an Oklahoma workers’ compensation claim can feel like a betrayal of their employer, however it is important to remember that employers are required under law to carry workers’ comp insurance. If you are injured on the job you will have medical expenses, possibly long-term rehabilitation expenses and lost wages to contend with, and you should not be responsible for these costs.

1. Report your work-related Injury.

The first thing you must do following a workplace injury is to immediately notify your supervisor or the human resource department if you happen to work in a larger company. Most human resource departments will have very specific procedures you are required to follow, and if you have an employee handbook which was issued by your current employer, you should follow the guidelines listed. Next, you must seek medical attention, even if you don’t believe your injuries are that severe. Remember, that in many instances your injuries may not become apparent for hours, days or even weeks following your injury.

2. Ask for medical attention.

Even if you simply suffered a slip and fall and might be sore but do not think you are seriously injured, you should nonetheless carefully follow each “step” in the workers’ comp process. If you decline medical attention, you could later be denied workers’ compensation benefits on the theory that you could have suffered an injury at home in the interim. So, even if you believe you are “fine” following your workplace accident, it is crucial that you inform your employer of the accident, and seek medical attention.

3. Call Forbes & Renes.

Your employer will submit the necessary paperwork to their Workers' Compensation insurance, who will be reaching out to you shortly. It is important to remember that while the insurance carrier can be helpful, you are not their client and they have no obligation to look out for your best interest. After an accident call Forbes & Renes at 405.733.1990 to make sure you have an attorney who understands the law and is looking out for your best interest.

Potential Benefits

Medical Treatment

Under Oklahoma law, you are entitled to all treatment that a doctor thinks is reasonably necessary. This means the insurance company will pay all bills for doctor visits, diagnostic testing, surgeries, physical therapy, and any other treatment related to your workers' compensation claim. If you need help getting medical treatment authorized, call us today to see how we can help.

Weekly Wages - TTD

If the doctor takes you off work completely (meaning you are temporarily totally disabled) then you will be entitled to 70% of your average weekly wage up to the state limit. If the doctor puts you on light-duty restrictions that your work cannot accommodate then you may be entitled to the same weekly benefits. To make sure the insurance company is paying you the correct wages, speak with one of our attorneys today.

Permanent Disability Benefits

When you are done with medical treatment you will likely be entitled to disability benefits based on what is considered your permanent disability. Part of our job at Forbes & Renes is to maximize the disability award in your case. To find out more about what permanent disability benefits you're entitled to, schedule an appointment with us.

Vocational Rehabilitation

If you cannot go back to the job you were doing after a severe work injury, you may be entitled to retraining to help get you into a new job that fits your new permanent restrictions. To find out more about these benefits call us today.

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