If you have suffered an injury on the job or while performing work-related duties, you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits according to Oklahoma law. Unfortunately, many people are often denied fair compensation because they failed to take the proper steps after the injury occurred.
You must do the following are suffering an injury in a workplace accident:
- Report the injury immediately – Inform your employer of your injury as soon as possible. In Oklahoma, you must notify your supervisor within 30 days of the accident or injury. Even if you believe your injuries are minor in nature, you still need to report it. What if it turns out your injury is serious a few hours or even days after the accident occurred. Failure to report an injury on time can result in denial of your claim, since insurance companies often assume the injury is not that serious in the first place because the worker failed to report the injury in a timely manner.
- Collect evidence – Use the camera on your cell phone to take pictures of the workplace accident scene and any injuries related to the accident. Take notes or keep copies of anything you report to your employer and all of the responses from your employer. If there were witnesses at the scene, obtain their contact information.
- Obtain immediate medical attention – Following the accident, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. If your injury is serious, go to the emergency room. If your injury is minor in nature, ask your employer if you should see a company-based doctor or one of your choosing. If your employer decides for you, we recommend you see another doctor if you are not satisfied with how your visit went. If you are satisfied or if you visit your own doctor, make sure you follow his/her orders to ensure a speedy recovery.
- Contact a work injury lawyer – If your employer won’t help you file a worker’s compensation claim or the insurance company denied your claim, you need to seek legal assistance from an experienced attorney who can protect your rights and best interests throughout the legal process. A lawyer can investigate the accident, collect evidence, and help you obtain the maximum benefits possible.