If you are injured on the job or become ill due to unsafe conditions on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Most employers are required by law to provide workers’ compensation insurance to their employees to cover medical treatment, prescriptions, rehabilitation, and lost wages for work-related injuries. Firing an employee for filing a claim or otherwise discouraging an employee from filing a claim is illegal.
Filing a workers’ compensation claim is not the same as suing your employer. Unlike a personal injury lawsuit, you are not required to prove that your employer was negligent, only that your injury was acquired on the job. If you become injured on the job, you must inform your employer or seek medical treatment within 60 days of the accident for your claim to be considered. Be prepared to explain how the injury occurred, the time and date of the injury, and the names of any witnesses.
Why You Might Consider Hiring a Lawyer
Workers’ compensation claims are often denied simply because the paperwork is not filed correctly. With the help of an experienced Ohio workers’ compensation attorney, you can leave the paperwork and communication with the workers’ compensation commission up to us while you focus on your health. An attorney can also help calculate your medical bills and level of disability.
Your employer may try to dispute your version of events or claim your injury was due to a pre-existing condition. If we take your case, our attorneys can collect evidence to support your claim, or bring your case before a workers’ compensation judge in an official court hearing. Your attorney can also act as a mediator in a private settlement between you and your employer.
After an On-the-Job Injury, Call Parrish DeVaughn
The workers’ compensation attorneys at Parrish DeVaughn are ready for fight for Oklahoma’s injured workers. If you or someone you love was injured or became disabled while on the job, contact us today for a free case review.