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Man denied workers' compensation for post-traumatic stress

In news out of Oklahoma, there is an interesting story about a former cameraman who has been denied workers' compensation despite claiming that he has post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The videographer worked for a television station and spent his time covering tragic events throughout the state and elsewhere.

Can an employer stop you from filing a claim after an injury?

Workers' compensation is an important protection for those who get hurt on the job. It means they can focus on recovery without worrying about the expense of seeking medical help. It also helps with new training if it's needed and even covers some lost wages.

Get the help you need after an injury on the job

If you are hired to work for an employer in Oklahoma, then you should be covered by workers' compensation in the case of an injury. There is no waiting period to be covered by workers' compensation, so even if you are hurt on the first day of the job, you still have the opportunity to file a claim.

In what circumstances will workers' compensation refuse to pay?

In Oklahoma, anyone hurt in the workplace generally has the right to pursue a workers' compensation claim. There are exceptions, but on the whole, it is a worker's right to make a claim when they suffer a workplace injury.

5 killed in explosion: Companies face citations

On Aug. 1, a report came out explaining the deaths of five workers who were located at an Oklahoma drilling rig when it exploded. According to the report, Patterson-UTI Drilling has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in relation to the deaths. Two other companies, Crescent Consulting LLC and Skyline Directional Drilling LLC, also faced citations for exposing their workers to explosion hazards and fire hazards.

Are you struggling financially after a work injury?

We all go to work in order to pay the bills and take care of our family. To do this, we must be physically able and healthy enough to perform the tasks at hand. Therefore, if you work in a job such as construction, factory work or mining role that requires physical ability, you depend on your body to make a living.

Why might your workers' compensation claim be denied?

The workers' compensation system protects Oklahoma workers if they experience a work-related injury or illness. If your claim is successful, you may be able to recover medical care costs, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages and payment for permanent disabilities. Additionally, this system pays benefits to family members if they lose a loved one in a work-related accident.

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