WHAT IS WORKERS COMPENSATION?
The Oklahoma Workers Compensation Act provides benefits to workers injured on the job or having an occupational disease regardless of who was at fault.
Basic benefits under the Oklahoma Workers Compensation Act include:
- Weekly compensation to the disabled worker. These benefits are referred to as Temporary Total Disability Benefits or TTD Benefits. An injured worker who is off work due to his or her injury normally receives 70% of their pre-injury average weekly wage.
- Payment of all reasonable and necessary medical expenses related to the injured workers injuries.
- Compensation to the injured worker if the injure results in permanent impairment. These benefits are referred to as Permanent Partial Disability Benefits or PPD Benefits.
WHO CHOOSES THE DOCTOR WHO WILL TREAT MY INJURIES?
Under Oklahoma Law, your employer or their workers compensation insurance carrier are entitled to select your treating physicians. Our Act does, however, provide the injured worker with the one-time right to request a change of the treating physician.
HOW IS MY CASE DECIDED?
The Oklahoma Administrative Workers Compensation Act establishes an Administrative System to resolve the issues which commonly arise, in a Workers Compensation case. The new Administrative Act took effect on February 1, 2014 and can be found in Title 85A Oklahoma Statutes Annotated. We have one Court in Oklahoma City and another located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Once your case is filed, it will be assigned to a Workers Compensation Judge. If your case requires a trial, you will have the opportunity to testify and we will also introduce medical reports and evidence on your behalf. After all the evidence has been presented and the case is submitted, the Judge will prepare a written decision which will be mailed to our office. Depending on the Judge, this normally takes several weeks.
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY INJURY RESULTS IN PERMANENT IMPAIRMENT?
Under the Act, if your injury results in permanent impairment to the injured body part, you are entitled to receive permanent partial disability benefits. We will send you to a doctor who will be asked to evaluate your injury and resulting permanent impairment pursuant to the AMA Guidelines. This medical evidence will be utilized to establish your entitlement to Permanent Partial Disability Benefits or Permanent Total Disability Benefits if you are unable to return to the work force due to your injuries.
HOW IS MY CASE BROUGHT TO CONCLUSION?
Your case can be settled or tried, and both have benefits. If you choose to settle your case, you will receive a lump sum settlement. A settlement of your claim is negotiated with the Workers Compensation Insurance Carrier. Mediation is commonly utilized to help facilitate settlements.
Your case can also be brought to conclusion with a trial before an Administrative Workers Compensation Judge. You will have the opportunity to testify and we will offer medical evidence in support of your claim. Your employer will also offer medical evidence. The Judge will determine the degree of permanent impairment and award the injured worker benefits and compensation under the Act.
Finerty Law provides legal services for Workers Compensation across the state of Oklahoma, including the communities of Muskogee, Tahlequah and Wagoner.
“I would happily recommend Michael Finerty Law Office for injury related legal matters, their knowledgea
Michael Finerty Attorney At Law
436 Court Street
Muskogee, Oklahoma 74402-1542
REQUEST FREE CONSULATION
Discover why our clients return to us and recommend us to their family, friends and acquaintances.
Contact us today and put one of Muskogee's preeminent personal injury law firms to work for you.
Michael Finerty Attorney At Law and this website are owned and controlled by Michael Finerty, a licensed attorney in the State of Oklahoma. The information and visual assets on this website are for informational purposes only, are not legal advice or opinion, and do not create an attorney client relationship at anytime. Photos and videos on this website contain portrayals of clients by non-clients, re-enactment of scenes, pictures and persons which are not actual or authentic and depictions which are a dramatization. The information is not intended to create, and any receipt thereof does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship, nor does your use of any part of this website create or constitute an attorney-client privilege. No person or organization should act upon any information on this site without first seeking professional legal counsel, nor is it a substitute for the professional judgment of an attorney. Michael Finerty Attorney At Law cannot and does not represent you until after the client intake process is completed, and we reserve the right to accept or decline representing any person or organization in any matter. Do not send us any confidential information about any matter until you receive a notice from us advising you that we represent you.