Virtually any worker in any profession can sustain an injury or illness serious enough to result in a considerable financial hardship. While some occupations, like construction and mining, tend to be more inherently dangerous, even workers in comparably safe industries, such as grocery store employees or office employees, can suffer serious injuries on the job. For this reason, workers’ compensation laws are in effect in Oklahoma and across the U.S. to protect the rights of employees injured in workplace accidents. Unfortunately, not all injured workers receive the benefits they deserve for their injuries, which can lead to a significant financial burden resulting from costly medical bills. If you have been injured on the job in Oklahoma City, or elsewhere in Oklahoma, don’t hesitate to protect your legal rights. Contact our knowledgeable attorneys at Oklahoma Legal Center to discuss the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim and pursuing critical income benefits.
Injuries and Illnesses Eligible for Workers’ Comp Benefits
When it comes to workers’ compensation, almost any type of physical injury or occupational illness is covered, including broken bones, sprains, strains, head injuries and more. What many workers fail to realize however, is that there are many other medical conditions that may qualify for workers’ compensation in Oklahoma, including strokes, heart attacks, hearing or vision loss, hernias and injuries caused by repetitive motion or strain – i.e. typing on a computer or lifting heavy boxes. In order to be eligible for workers’ comp benefits, the injury or illness sustained by the worker must arise out of and in the scope of employment. In other words, if you break your arm during a fist fight with another employee at work, your injury is not likely to be covered by workers’ compensation, since it didn’t arise out of or in the scope of your normal work duties.
Contact Our Experienced Attorneys for Help
The unfortunate truth though, is that many legitimate workers’ compensation claims are initially rejected by the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier. In fact, some insurance claims adjusters are trained to deny claims, drag them out over a long period of time, or offer an injured worker far below what he is entitled to, all in an effort to save the company money. Under these circumstances, an injured worker may be left to shoulder the burden of costly treatment, lost income due to missed days at work and future medical expenses on his own. If you have been injured in an on-the-job accident in Oklahoma, our skilled lawyers at Oklahoma Legal Center can help. Our Oklahoma City-based law firm has experience handling workers’ compensation cases throughout the state of Oklahoma, and our lawyers will work diligently to help ensure that you receive the workers’ comp benefits you deserve for your workplace injury or occupational illness. Contact our workers’ compensation lawyers today for qualified legal help.