Common Questions About Workers’ Compensation
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Do you have questions about your rights after a workplace accident? The Oklahoma City personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Dan Davis have answers. Our legal team has been fighting for the rights of injured employees for over two and a half decades, so please do not wait a second longer to give call us if you were hurt on the job. We can review your case for free in an initial consultation. We are also available 24/7!
How long do I have to file a workers’ compensation claim in Oklahoma?
As of 2014, the time to file your claim has been reduced from two years to one year.
Are employers required to offer workers’ compensation insurance in Oklahoma?
No. An employer can “opt out” of workers’ compensation and, if it does so, the employer – and not an impartial judge – determines who is eligible for benefits. What this means is that injured workers whose employers choose to opt out of the administrative system face a lower level of due process protection while filing a claim.
Can I use my own doctor if I’ve been injured and need to file a workers’ comp claim?
No. Under Oklahoma law, employees have no choice of physician. Those who have been injured on the job must see a physician that has been chosen by the insurance carrier.
Can I collect workers’ compensation if my employer makes me return to the same job?
No. Awards of compensation are eliminated for workers who return to the same job. So, if your injury renders you a paraplegic, but your employer sticks you back in the same job to avoid paying workers’ comp, you get no compensation for your condition. By the way, they would probably have to pay for the wheelchair!