You go to work every morning and expect to return home each night in the same shape you were in to start the day. But on-the-job accidents occur frequently, however, and your injuries could keep you out of work for some time.
If you're injured, the human resources staff for your employer likely will fill out an accident report and send you off for treatment. They're on your side and will see to it you get all the pay you have coming to you, you think.
It doesn't always happen that way.
That's why, if you're hurt at work, it would be advisable to contact a workers' compensation attorney to guide you through the process and let you know the benefits you're entitled to in Oklahoma.
Depending on the severity of your injury, you could be eligible for benefits that include the following: temporary partial or total disability, wage reimbursement, medical, death or vocational rehabilitation.
Just how can an attorney help you?
A workers' compensation case can be quite complex, actually, and could be tough to succeed in without assistance. An attorney's duties include:
- Answering your questions and leading you through the process
- Communicating with your supervisors about your recovery
- Putting together paperwork that includes medical evidence and records
- Leading the discovery phase
- Researching previous cases
- Interpreting recent changes to the law
- Negotiating a settlement
- Representing you at any hearings, depositions, oral arguments, mediation, arbitration or trial
Remember, to be able to make a claim for workers' compensation, your injury must have occurred on the job while performing your specific duties.