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Claims process for workers’ compensation benefits

People in Oklahoma work many different types of jobs. People may work in an office, in healthcare, construction, the restaurant industry, transportation and many other types of jobs. Each of these jobs require different physical requirements. However, one thing that they all have in common is that people need to be healthy in order to go to work. That is why it is important that employers have the proper safety requirements in order to keep their employees safe.

However, this is not always the case and people are injured in various workplace accidents or because of repetitive movements required of their job. People also may develop diseases over time because of exposure to certain chemicals. When people are unable to work due to these injuries, it can be very difficult both physically and financially. That is why employees who are injured while at work they may be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits.

Employers usually have workers’ compensation insurance and claims may be handled quickly. However, disputes may arise about whether a worker is entitled to the benefits, the extent of the injuries and also when people may be able to return to work.

When there are disputes there is a process to resolve them. The first step is filing a claim with the Workers’ Compensation Commission. After it is filed, workers have the option of requesting a hearing with an administrative law judge. Prior to the hearing, the parties need to gather and exchange evidence. At the hearing, the two sides will present their evidence to the judge who will then make a determination.

Unfortunately, many people are injured at work each year in Oklahoma. These injuries can cause medical problems and also force people to miss time at work. To help ensure they receive medical treatment and also are able to continue to pay their bills while unable to work, these workers may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Experienced attorneys understand the workers’ compensation process and may be able to guide one through it.


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