What benefits can I get if I am disabled at work?

Workers' compensation laws in Oklahoma stipulate that injured employees can receive benefits if they are hurt on the job. According to the law, these benefits must be covered by the employer. This means that the employer is expected to pay for the cost of the employee's medical treatment and rehabilitation. If the injury leads to a disability, the employer may be expected to pay for expenses associated with that disability.

The costs associated with a workplace injury can be high. Workers' compensation may be able to cover most or all of these costs. For example, if an employee suffers a broken leg as the result of a workplace accident, their employer must provide them with access to a physician. The employer is allowed to provide a physician of their choosing. All reasonable costs incurred during the medical treatment must be paid in full by the employer or employer's insurance company.

If the injury prevents the employee from performing their job for more than seven calendar days, the employee may be eligible for Temporary Total Disability benefits. These weekly payments are intended to cover the cost of living expenses while the employee is unable to earn wages. If the injury causes a permanent disability, the employee may be eligible for Permanent Total Disability benefits.

Workers' compensation cases don't always go smoothly. If the employer contests the employee's claims, the case might go to trial. If this happens, a personal injury attorney can try to build a case for the injured worker. Every workplace injury is notably unique, and as such, this information should not be confused for exact legal advice.

Source:  Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Court of Existing Claims, "Employee's FAQ", October 21, 2014

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