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How Long Can I Receive Medical Care if I Have Been on Workers’ Comp?

On behalf of Brad Wicker of BDIW Law posted on Monday April 11, 2022.

Is there a limit as to how long you can receive medical treatment and benefits?

It can be frustrating to be injured on the job. You may have a lot of questions about the workers’ compensation process. On top of everything else, you may be concerned about your medical treatment, especially if you suffered a serious injury. When you are on workers’ compensation, how long will your medical care continue? Will your employer suddenly stop paying for it, causing you to lose out on beneficial treatment that can help you heal?

What to Expect in Oklahoma

Those who are sick or injured while on the job in Oklahoma may be able to receive a range of workers’ compensation benefits. This includes money to help pay for medical treatment. The type of benefits and amount you will receive depends on several factors, such as the salary you earned before your injury, the severity of your injuries, and whether or not you are able to return to work.

As far as medical benefits go, your employer must promptly provide all necessary medical treatment. If you are an eligible employee, you should not be forced to pay for any medical costs out of pocket. Your employer or its insurance company must pay for all medically necessary care for a workplace injury. While your employer has the right to select the doctor, you are allowed to use a doctor of your choice, at the employer’s expense, if the employer fails to provide treatment within seven days after the injury occurs.

If you cannot return to work while recovering from your injuries, Oklahoma offers temporary disability (TTD) benefits. TTD benefits provide 70% of your average weekly wage, with the maximum weekly benefit set at $953.18.

TTD benefits are available until you return to work, reach maximum medical improvement (MMI), or have received the maximum amount of TTD benefits. MMI occurs when your doctor determines that your condition has healed as much as possible, and no treatment will allow it to improve further. There is a time limit on TTD benefits. In Oklahoma, it is generally 156 weeks, or three years. However, some medical conditions have much shorter limits. For example, the limit is six weeks for hernias and eight weeks for soft tissue injuries.

In any case, you should not worry about not getting the medical care you need. Under the law, your employer should continue to provide medical payments until the doctor has completely released you from care. Once you are completely healed, payments will stop and you should be able to return to work.

Contact Our Tulsa Workers’ Comp Attorneys Today

After a workplace accident, it is important that you get the benefits you need so you can fully recover and move on with your life.

The Tulsa personal injury attorneys at Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker will ensure you have all the necessary medical and financial resources so you can effectively heal from your injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call our office at (580) 765-9660 or fill out the online form.