Can My Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Claim Be Denied Because I Am Not Eligible?
Oklahoma workers’ compensation lawyers explain how workers qualify for benefits
Getting work-injury benefits can be a difficult task. Your employer and the employer’s insurance company will do everything they can to try to deny you benefits. They will use factual and legal arguments to claim you are not eligible for the lost wages and medical bill payments you desperately need.
At Stipe Law Firm, our Oklahoma workers’ comp lawyers have more than 60 years of combined experience representing injured workers. We anticipate many of the arguments employers and insurance companies make to try to deny your claim or to limit the amount of benefits you receive. Our legal team works with each new client to make sure the client’s claims are properly prepared and that the employer can prove he or she is eligible. We are ready to help you get all the benefits you deserve if a workplace accident caused any type of harm.
To what benefits are injured workers entitled?
Each case is different, but many of the principles are the same. Workers’ compensation laws in Oklahoma and across the country were designed to help injured employees obtain money faster, so they can pay their bills and get the medical treatment they need. We fight to get workers the following payments, depending on the facts of their case:
- Medical compensation. This includes hospital bills, doctor visits, medical equipment such as prosthetic devices, and prescriptions.
- Lost wages. Workers generally are entitled to 70% of their average weekly wages for as long as they cannot work. Some preset limits may apply.
- Partial or permanent impairment, or total disability. Workers who lose a qualifying body part, or who can never return to work in any capacity, may be entitled to additional wage-loss benefits based on their disability.
- Physical rehabilitation. Many employees need extensive occupational therapy to get healthy again. Your rehabilitation costs should be covered.
- Vocational training. Some workers may not be able to return to their old job ever. Vocational rehabilitation includes education and other expenses to enable the worker to learn new skills so he/she can get a new job.
- Mileage expenses. Patients are entitled to reimbursement for the transportation expenses needed to see their doctors.
- Cost of living adjustments. We advise clients on when to ask for Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) benefits and how much the new benefits should be.
Our Oklahoma workers’ comp attorneys understand what you need to do to qualify for benefits and work closely with you to get what you are owed.
Common employer defenses
Employers will try to deny benefits to workers. We understand the common defenses that employers use and know how to counteract them. Some common defenses employers use include:
- The worker was really just an independent contractor and not an employee.
- The injuries were self-inflicted.
- The worker was intoxicated or under the influence of narcotics when the accident happened.
- The accident occurred away from work.
- The injuries predated the accident.
Our Oklahoma workers’ compensation lawyers work to show that the employer controlled your actions, making you an employee and not an independent contractor. We fight to show your accident was indeed work-related and due to legitimate reasons.
Contact an experienced Oklahoma workers’ compensation lawyer for tough representation
After a work-related injury, your employer and their insurance company will have lawyers working for them. You need a strong Oklahoma workers’ comp attorney who fights for injured workers. At Stipe Law Firm, our legal team answers your questions, prepares your case for a hearing or mediation, and fights for every dollar you deserve. Our skill and resources help clients prove they are entitled to benefits. Make the call to a McAlester, Oklahoma work injury lawyer today at 918-558-2255 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.