Which Oklahoma employees are eligible for workers' compensation?

After a work accident, some Oklahoma employees may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits in order to cover the cost of medical treatment and other expenses. While most people employed in the state are eligible for workers' compensation benefits, there are exceptions. Every employee has the right to a clear explanation of his or benefits and rights, as well as what to expect after a work accident. 

Some of the workers not covered by workers' compensation benefits are independent contractors, as they are not actually employees within the meaning of the law. Other exceptions include real estate brokers, some agricultural workers and those employed by a tax-exempt sports organization. Those party to a franchise agreement, sole proprietors and several more categories are also excluded from coverage. If an injured worker is employed by an individual with five or fewer employees, all related by blood or marriage, workers' compensation coverage is not required. 

Certain types of truck drivers and those who provide voluntary services are also not covered by workers' compensation. When a person is initially hired, he or she should be provided a complete explanation of applicable benefits or lack thereof. If an employer does not provide workers' compensation coverage, but should, an injured employee will likely benefit from the assistance with an attorney familiar with workers' compensation law and employee rights. 

An accident at work can result in pain, injuries and many out-of-pocket expenses, including lost wages. The financial burden that often accompanies work injuries should not be carried alone. It is worthwhile for injured Oklahoma employees or the families of those who are killed at work to pursue rightful workers' compensation benefits with the assistance of a legal team experienced in this particular practice area. 

Source: ok.us, "Employee's FAQ", Accessed on March 9, 2015

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