A work accident can leave an Oklahoma employee without income and dealing with accumulating medical bills. Fortunately, workers' compensation benefits exist to financially support an individual after a work accident. After suffering an injury at work or contracting an illness as a direct result of job requirements, it is important to understand how to file a claim to get the compensation that is deserved.
Any injury should be reported to the employer as soon as possible. At that point, the employer must promptly report the incident through the proper channels. While an Oklahoma employee does not have to have a lawyer to file a workers' compensation claim, it can be useful to have assistance when navigating the claims process. A worker has the right to legal assistance in order to achieve his or her desired outcome.
Should a claim be denied, there are legal options available to the injured worker. Mediation allows for two parties to discuss their interests with the help of a neutral third party. Additionally, an individual may file an appeal if a claim is denied. The claims process may be complex, especially for an injured individual already facing physical and financial difficulties after an accident.
It is important to remember that a worker has certain rights after a work accident. If there is concern that a claim was not properly handled by the employer or the compensation claim was denied, it is best to have a workers' compensation attorney explain specific options. Acting quickly after an accident is the best way to ensure that a claim is handled in a timely manner and that the injured party receives the support that is deserved.
Source: ok.gov, "Understanding the Claims Process - A Guide for Injured Workers", Accessed on Feb. 2, 2015