Have you been injured at work somewhere in Oklahoma? You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Contact our knowledgeable lawyers today for legal help.
Workers’ compensation laws were established to provide medical and financial benefits to Oklahoma employees who have been injured at the workplace. These laws are in place to protect both workers and their employers. Workers receive monetary and medical protection under workers’ comp laws, which means if they are injured on the job, their medical care is taken care of and they receive fixed monetary amounts as compensation for lost wages at work. In return, the injured worker forfeits his or her right to take legal action against the employer in a work injury lawsuit.
There are a few situations however, in which general workers’ compensation laws do not apply. Under the Federal Employment Liability Act (FELA), railroads who engage in interstate commerce can be held liable for employee injuries if their negligence is found to be a contributing factor to the injury. The Merchant Marine Act (the Jones Act) provides the same protection from employer negligence to seamen as FELA does for railroad workers. The Black Lung Act requires liable mine operators to pay disability payments for workers who developed “black lung” (pneumoconiosis) during their employment in the mine.
If you are seeking workers’ compensation benefits for a work injury in Oklahoma, and would like to speak to an attorney familiar with workers’ comp laws in the state, contact our Oklahoma City-based law firm at Oklahoma Legal Center today. Our lawyers have extensive experience protecting the legal rights of injured workers in Oklahoma, and can help you pursue the benefits you deserve for your workplace injury, or for the death of your loved one on the job.