Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Tulsa
When you suffer on-the-job accidents and injuries, our Tulsa workers' compensation lawyers help you get the benefits you need to recover.
Job-related injuries and illnesses can happen in any occupation. When they do, the impact on you and your loved ones can be severe. You may be unable to work or perform even simple tasks at home while also facing a mountain of debt due to your medical care and treatment. At Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker, our workers' compensation attorneys can stand with you as you bring a claim to the attention of an employer. If your right to a work-related injury claim is denied, our team can discuss your right to file a personal injury complaint against an offending employer.
On-the-Job Injuries and Illnesses in Tulsa
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) , mishaps on the job site, exposure to harmful substances, overuse, and a lack of proper safety precautions can all put you at risk for a work-related injury. Occupational diseases can further jeopardize your health and financial security.
At Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker, we know that even in seemingly minor cases, the long-term ramifications of employer negligence can be severe. Our Tulsa workers' compensation lawyers help you get the benefits you need to recover from the following:
● Soft tissue injuries, such as muscle strains, sprains, and tears
● Broken bones and dislocated joints
● Severe cuts, lacerations, puncture wounds, and amputations
● Chemical or thermal burns and electrocutions
● Black lung disease
● Crushing injuries, resulting in damage to internal organs
● Back and neck injuries, such as slipped discs and fractured vertebrae
● Head injuries, such as concussions and traumatic brain injuries
● Illnesses such as cancer, asbestosis, and other types of lung diseases
We encourage injured workers interested in pursuing compensation through their employers to contact our attorneys for more information about the process of filing a claim. We offer legal advice about the workers' compensation process on a contingency fee basis.
Get Workers' Compensation Benefits
When on-the-job injuries and illnesses occur, workers' compensation benefits can help ensure that you get the care and treatment you need. At Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker, we defend your rights in filing a claim with the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC).
This support can help you address:
● Coverage of medical expenses, including diagnostic testing, treatment, medications, and follow-up care
● Replacement income to compensate you for lost wages
● Partial disability payments, in the event you are able to return to work but unable to perform certain tasks on your job
● Permanent disability payments, in the event your injuries or illness prevent you from working both now and in the years to come
How to File a Workers' Compensation Claim in Tulsa
If you're going to file a workers' compensation claim against an employer in Tulsa, you need to pursue medical treatment for your condition as soon as possible. Keep track of the bills associated with your expenses as you then take the following steps toward filing your workers' compensation complaint:
Step 1: Inform Your Employer of Your Intent to File
You have 30 days from the day your accident takes place to inform your employer, either orally or in writing, that you intend to file a workers' compensation claim. Your employer must be aware of your intent to file if you're going to fight for financial support.
Step 2: Wait For Your Employer to Contact Their Insurer
Upon receiving word that you intend to pursue a claim, your employer needs to get in touch with their provider and discuss what coverage may be available to you. Oklahoma employers are legally required to maintain workers' compensation insurance and can face legal consequences if they do not.
When your employer contacts their insurance provider, they initiate a workers' compensation claim on your behalf. An insurance company can then weigh your losses and determine to what support you may be entitled.
Generally speaking, an insurance provider should help you address your medical bills, lost weekly wages, and related economic losses after a workplace injury. Workers' compensation claims do not, however, address non-economic losses tied up in your accident.
What to Do If Your Workers' Compensation Claim is Denied
Your employer must have workers' compensation insurance for you to have the ability to file for aid. If your employer does not have this insurance on file, you cannot secure the financial support you need to recover through traditional means.
Instead, employers who endure workplace accidents and do not have the opportunity to file for workers' compensation have the right to sue their employers in civil court. You can do this by filing a personal injury claim with the help of a personal injury attorney.
Similarly, if an employer denies your workers' compensation claim without cause or explanation, you have legal options available to you. You can bring your case to the attention of an attorney and pursue civil action.
Our Tulsa Workers' Compensation Lawyers are Here to Help
At Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker, we have spent decades defending the rights of workers in our community, helping them get the benefits they need to recover when job-related injuries and illnesses occur. To see how we can help you, get in touch with our workers' compensation lawyers in Tulsa by calling our law firm or reaching out via our online contact form .