Oklahoma Worker Compensation Attorney

Filing a Workers’ Compensation claim is a way for an employee to recover lost wages and medical expenses that occurred as a result of an accident that happened on the job. However, the laws are complicated and the process can be lengthy, which is why you want to find a qualified, experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer to take your case, regardless of how large or small it is.

Finding an Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Attorney

The McIntyre Law team has been practicing in Oklahoma for many years, and a major part of our success is that we’ve invested time and energy into cultivating relationships with lawyers statewide who can work with you to get the best possible results for your Workers’ Compensation claim. That’s why, if you’re looking for an Oklahoma Worker’s Compensation attorney, McIntyre Law should be your first call. We’ll tap our extensive resources and contacts to connect you with the best possible people to manage your case.

Do I really need a Workers’ Compensation lawyer?

It could be possible, in limited circumstances, to represent yourself for a Workers’ Compensation claim. These circumstances could include injuries in which:

  • Your injury is minor (like a cut that required just a few stitches, or a pulled muscle that requires no treatment);
  • Your injury did not cause you to miss work;
  • Your employer takes immediate and full responsibility by admitting that the injury happened on the job; or
  • You have no relevant pre-existing conditions.

If you are certain that there will be no lingering effects or ongoing or delayed medical treatment necessary, and that there are no additional aggravating factors, it might be worthwhile to represent yourself. However, in most circumstances, it would be wise to retain a Workers’ Compensation attorney in order to achieve the best possible result.

When do I need a Workers’ Compensation attorney?

Even if you thought that perhaps the case would be simple and easily resolved, the moment that any wrinkle or complexity is introduced, it’s time to retain a Workers’ Compensation attorney. Here are just a few situations that would be a good time to make that call:

  • Your employer denies your claim.
  • You did not receive your Workers’ Compensation benefits promptly.
  • Your employer’s offer to settle doesn’t cover all of your lost wages or medical expenses.
  • Ongoing medical issues prevent you from returning to work.
  • You are already receiving Social Security. Sometimes, Social Security is entitled to a portion of your benefits. Your Workers’ Compensation lawyer will know how to structure your settlement in a way that minimizes that offset.
  • You are fired, demoted, hours are reduced, pay is reduced or you face any other kind of discrimination or retaliation because you filed a Workers’ Compensation claim.

In addition to any of these scenarios, you should also be aware that there is sometimes potential for a third-party claim. Workers’ Compensation insurance is designed to compensate workers for injuries, but keep them out of the general court system. Sometimes, though, there is negligence by someone other than your employer, and in that case, Workers’ Compensation, alone, is not enough. For example, if you are a truck driver who is involved in a collision while on the job, you should be able to collect not only from your employer, but also from the motorist who caused the collision. Non-economic harms like pain and suffering are not covered by Workers’ Compensation, but they could be recovered in a personal injury lawsuit. If there is a possibility that other parties are involved besides your employer, a third-party claim would be appropriate.

Continuing medical issues as a result of a workplace injury

For many people who are injured on the job, the top priority is being able to return to work. Depending on the severity of your injury, you could be facing permanent partial disability or permanent total disability. If that is the case, you could be entitled to either lifetime weekly payments or a single lump sum that makes up for your lost wages. These payouts are expensive, even for a deep-pocketed insurance company, so they will do whatever they can to avoid them. An insurance company will always be looking to minimize your injuries so that it can pay as little as possible. For you, the hardworking individual who could be facing reduced wages or no wages for life because of an injury sustained at work, that is unacceptable. That’s why you need to consult a qualified, experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer today. Contact McIntyre Law today and we will help you get the resources you need for a successful Workers’ Compensation claim.

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