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Choosing a Workers Compensation Lawyer

When you suffer an on the job injury in Oklahoma, you need an attorney who is experienced in helping injured workers get the compensation they deserve. Your workers’ compensation claim can be difficult to file and even more difficult to appeal if it is denied. Having a workers’ compensation attorney on your side from the beginning can ease this process and help ensure you are treated fairly and given what you are due.

Self & Associates: A Voice for Workers

With over 30 years of experience helping workers recover from their injuries, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma attorney Jay Self can assist you during every stage of your workers’ compensation process. You will be up against your employer’s insurance agency in this battle, and having an aggressive advocate on your side can make the difference between inadequate and full compensation.

Additionally, you may be eligible for damages beyond what workers’ compensation offers. Carefully reviewing the details of your case, attorney Self can help you determine if negligent parties can be held liable for your injuries.

If you live in the state of Oklahoma and have been injured on the job, please contact the dedicated workers’ compensation attorneys at Self & Associates to schedule a free consultation today.

When you suffer an on the job injury in Oklahoma, you need an attorney who is experienced in helping injured workers get the compensation they deserve. Your workers’ compensation claim can be difficult to file and even more difficult to appeal if it is denied. Having a workers’ compensation attorney on your side from the beginning can ease this process and help ensure you are treated fairly and given what you are due.

Self & Associates: A Voice for Workers

With over 30 years of experience helping workers recover from their injuries, Oklahoma... Read More of this Article from our Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Law Library Selected Article


Workers Rights

Workers’ rights have been hard to obtain, but after more than a century of battling, most of us enjoy considerable protections and rights under the law. These rights fall into many categories, but some of the most important include your right to a safe workplace, and your right to workers’ compensation for injuries in the workplace. Here are some rights you need to be aware of before, and after any workplace accident.

You have the right to a safe workplace: The Occupational Safety and Health Act became the law of the land in 1970, affirming the legal right of every worker to a safe workplace.

You have the right to report dangerous conditions: If you notice violations of safety codes that put you or other employees at risk, you can report these violations to OSHA, who can investigate them and ask your employer to remedy the violations.

You have the right to workers’ compensation: If you are injured in a workplace accident, you have the right to compensation for resulting medical bills and lost wages. It doesn’t matter if the accident was partly or wholly your fault.

You have the right to protection for workplace safety claims:Whether you are reporting violations to OSHA or filing aworkers’ compensation claim, you are protected from retaliation by your employer. If you do suffer retaliation of any kind, you can get compensation from your employer for this violation of your rights.

If you need help asserting your rights to workers’ compensation or protection against retaliation, please contact Self & Associatesin Oklahoma City to learn more about your legal rights and options.

Workers’ rights have been hard to obtain, but after more than a century of battling, most of us enjoy considerable protections and rights under the law. These rights fall into many categories, but some of the most important include your right to a safe workplace, and your right to workers’ compensation for injuries in the workplace. Here are some rights you need to be aware of before, and after any workplace accident.

You have the right to a safe workplace: The Occupational Safety and Health Act became the law of the land in 1970, affirming the legal right of every worker to a safe workplace.

You have the... Read More of this Article from our Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Law Library Selected Article


Choosing a Workers Comp Attorney

A workers’ compensation case is very difficult to navigate without the help of a skilled Oklahoma City workers compensation lawyer like James Self. Not all lawyers are equal in their skill and some lawyers say they are a workers’ compensation lawyer, but they do not have the knowledge and experience needed to successfully handle your case. You will want to have a great lawyer on your side to help you fight the insurance company and their lawyers.

Insurance companies want to negotiate the least amount of compensation possible. They may offer you an amount that is much lower than you are entitled to. Handling your case on your own may cause you to settle for a low amount. A skilled lawyer will fight to make sure you get the amount you deserve and will protect your rights in your workers’ compensation case.

Choosing the right workers’ compensation lawyer depends on the lawyers experience with workers’ compensation and if you feel you can work well with this lawyer. It is a good idea to schedule consultations with lawyers to help you decided which lawyer is right for your case. In your consultation, the workers’ compensation lawyer will answer all of your questions about his experience and the types of cases he has handled. He will also evaluate your case and explain your rights and what actions should be taken.

The workers’ compensation lawyer you choose will be one with many years of experience in law and experience with on-the-job injuries. He should also be easy to work with and will make sure all of your claim paperwork is filed properly and on time. Your lawyer will speak directly to the insurance company so you do not have to receive harassing calls or hear inadequate offers for compensation. Your lawyer should do everything he can to protect your rights and get you the compensation you need and deserve for your on-the-job injury.

To schedule a consultation with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer, please contact the legal office of Self & Associates today. We represent injured workers in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Tulsa, Midwest City and Norman, and statewide Oklahoma.

A workers’ compensation case is very difficult to navigate without the help of a skilled Oklahoma City workers compensation lawyer like James Self. Not all lawyers are equal in their skill and some lawyers say they are a workers’ compensation lawyer, but they do not have the knowledge and experience needed to successfully handle your case. You will want to have a great lawyer on your side to help you fight the insurance company and their lawyers.

Insurance companies want to negotiate the least amount of compensation possible. They may offer you an amount that is much lower than you are entitled to. Handling your... Read More of this Article from our Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Law Library Selected Article


Questions about Workers Compensation

What is workers’ compensation?

Workers’ compensation is a law that requires all employers to provide financial compensation and medical care to any employee that suffers a personal injury while on the job during the employee’s employment. Workers’ compensation covers any injuries suffered due to accidents, unsafe conditions, or negligence by your employer or another employee.

What compensation am I entitled to under workers’ compensation?

Under the workers’ compensation law, you may be entitled to damages for:

  • All medical bills including prescriptions, hospital stays, and physical therapy
  • Economic loss to include 70% of your average weekly wage (up to the legal limit
  • Compensation to the employee’s family if the employee died due to the injuries suffered
  • Training for another position if your injuries suffered prevent you from performing your current duties

The compensation you are entitled to depends on the injuries you have suffered and the cause of your on-the-job injuries. Tulsa workers compensation lawyer James Self at Self & Associates Personal Injury Law will discuss your workers’ compensation case with you in detail. He will answer all of your workers’ compensation questions and guide you through the legal process.

Will I get workers’ compensation benefits?

In order to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, you must prove that you are unable to perform your current duties for more than three calendar days due to the injuries you suffered in the on-the-job accident. Attorney Self will help prove that your working environment lead to the accident that resulted in your inability to perform the duties of your current job.

To schedule a free workers’ compensation case evaluation in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area, please contact workers’ compensation lawyer James Self at Self & Associates.

What is workers’ compensation?

Workers’ compensation is a law that requires all employers to provide financial compensation and medical care to any employee that suffers a personal injury while on the job during the employee’s employment. Workers’ compensation covers any injuries suffered due to accidents, unsafe conditions, or negligence by your employer or another employee.

What compensation am I entitled to under workers’ compensation?

Under the workers’ compensation law, you may be entitled to damages for:


Workers Compensation

Workers’ compensation is a law that makes sure all employers have insurance that will provide medial care and compensation to any employee who is injured in a job related accident. The damages you may be entitled to under workers’ compensation if you were injured while performing your job include:

  • Lost wages
  • Hospital bills
  • Cost of prescriptions
  • Doctor’s bills
  • Physical therapy

If you lost a loved one in an on-the-job accident, you may be entitled to compensation. With the help of Oklahoma City workers’ compensation lawyer James Self, you can file a workers’ compensation case to collect compensation for economic loss if your loved one was the main financial provider, burial costs, and medical bills.

The first course of action you must take after suffering an injury due to an on-the-job accident is to receive medial attention. Make sure your doctor evaluates your condition and determines if you need to take time away from work to heal. Documentation from a medical professional will aid in your workers’ compensation case.

The next course of action to take is contacting Self & Associates to schedule your free evaluation of your case. The skilled workers’ compensation lawyers at Self & Associates will guide you through the difficult legal process of workers’ compensation and help you file your claim.

After scheduling your consultation, remember to contact your employer and inform them of your accident. You must contact your employer and seek medical attention within 60 days following your accident or your claim may be denied. The workers’ compensation lawyers at Self & Associates will explain your rights and the legal actions that need to be taken in order for you to have a successful case.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed due to an on-the-job accident in or around Oklahoma City, please contact the workers’ compensation lawyers at Self & Associates today.

Workers’ compensation is a law that makes sure all employers have insurance that will provide medial care and compensation to any employee who is injured in a job related accident. The damages you may be entitled to under workers’ compensation if you were injured while performing your job include:

  • Lost wages
  • Hospital bills
  • Cost of prescriptions
  • Doctor’s bills
  • Physical therapy

If you lost a loved one in an on-the-job accident, you may be entitled to compensation. With the help of Oklahoma City workers’ compensation lawyer James Self, you can... Read More of this Article from our Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Law Library Selected Article


Workers' Compensation Eligibility

Workers' compensation covers injuries that occur to employees out of and in the course of employment. However, it can be hard to understand what, exactly, that means. Here is a quick guide to Oklahoma law.

Who Is an Employee?

Employees are defined under Oklahoma law as "any person engaged in the employment of an employer covered by the terms of the Workers' Compensation Code." It can also include Oklahoma National Guard members employed by state order, as well as volunteers for authorized organizations that are performing services as a firefighter, peace officer, or emergency management worker. It also refers to a participant in a certified sheltered workshop program.

Who Is an Employer?

An employer is, except for certain exemptions, "a person, partnership, association, limited liability company, corporation, the legal representatives of deceased employers" or state and local governments.

What Is a Compensable Injury?

A compensable injury for workers' compensation must arise "out of and in the course of employment." It is divided into two major categories. One category is caused by a specific incident that is identifiable in time, place, and occurrence. The other, called cumulative trauma, does not have to be associated with a specific instance. It includes cardiovasacular, coronary, pulmonary, respiratory, or cerebrovascular accident or myocardial infarction, but only when it can be established that a work-related activity is the major cause of harm, and it has to be shown that these were caused by extraordinary circumstances.

In addition, compensable injury covers damage to your prostheses like eye glasses, glass eyes, replacement limbs, and others that are considered "medically necessary."

It does not include psychological injury or trauma, unless it's related to a physical injury or crime of violence that occurs "out of and in the course of employment."

Proving Compensable Injury

Unfortunately, Oklahoma law puts the burden of proof on you for showing that your injury is compensable. To do this, you must show:

  • You were injured, using "objective medical evidence"
  • Your injury was related to your work
  • Your injury was not due to recreational or social activities
  • Was not due to aging, natural causes, or diseases not related to work

Sometimes, this is easy to prove. Other times, an injury lawyer may be helpful in proving these points.

If you need help establishing your eligibility for workers' compensation, please contact Self & Associates in Oklahoma City today.

Workers' compensation covers injuries that occur to employees out of and in the course of employment. However, it can be hard to understand what, exactly, that means. Here is a quick guide to Oklahoma law.

Who Is an Employee?

Employees are defined under Oklahoma law as "any person engaged in the employment of an employer covered by the terms of the Workers' Compensation Code." It can also include Oklahoma National Guard members employed by state order, as well as volunteers for authorized organizations that are performing services as a firefighter, peace officer, or emergency management worker. It also... Read More of this Article from our Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Law Library Selected Article


Workers Comp: Head Injuries

Any time you are injured on the job, it can have devastating consequences on your personal and work life. When you suffer a head or brain injury on the job, you are likely facing high-cost medical care and a long absence from work, if not permanent disability. Consulting a workers' compensation lawyer is the first step to recovering all of the compensation that you are entitled to.

 When you suffer on-the-job injuries, you must go through the workers' compensation system to receive benefits for your injury unless you have a separate claim for negligence. All of this can seem like it's too much to handle when you are just trying to recover from your injuries.

Especially where head injuries are concerned, you want aworkers' compensation lawyer on your side to guide you through the process and make sure that you are making the correct claims against the correct individuals to recover as much as you possibly can. If you are not able to return to work, you want someone representing you who will fight for the vocational rehabilitation or permanent disability benefits that you deserve.

If you have been injured on the job, please contact Self & Associates for your free consultation with an experienced Oklahoma City workers' compensation lawyer.

Any time you are injured on the job, it can have devastating consequences on your personal and work life. When you suffer a head or brain injury on the job, you are likely facing high-cost medical care and a long absence from work, if not permanent disability. Consulting a workers' compensation lawyer is the first step to recovering all of the compensation that you are entitled to.

 When you suffer on-the-job injuries, you must go through the workers' compensation system to receive benefits for your injury unless you have a separate claim for negligence. All of this can seem like it's too much to... Read More of this Article from our Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Law Library Selected Article


Workers Compensation Back Injuries

Back injuries are among the most common workplace injuries. More than one million American workers are adversely affected by back pain. Back pain is responsible for more lost work than any other musculoskeletal disorder, with nearly half a million workers missing at least one day of work due to back pain, and about 100,000 back pain sufferers miss 31 or more days of work a year.

Back injuries affect workers in all economic segments, including:

  • Retail
  • Medicine or nursing
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation

Worse, back injuries can be hard to properly document for compensation with workers’ compensation claims.

Under Oklahoma law, there are sample benefits prescribed for most types of injuries, such as a lost finger, broken arm, or amputation injury, but back injury compensation is based on a doctor’s estimate of your percentage disability to the body as a whole. This is based on descriptions given in the American Medical Association’s Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment. This will be based on the degree of your impairment in many types of activities, such as lifting, bending, sitting, walking, stooping, and other activities.

Back injury is highly susceptible to re-injury, so it’s important that if you return to work you are given appropriate limitations.

The workers’ compensation lawyers of Self & Associates have experience helping injured workers in Oklahoma City to get the compensation they deserve. For help with your workers’ compensation claim, please contact Self & Associates today for an appointment.

Back injuries are among the most common workplace injuries. More than one million American workers are adversely affected by back pain. Back pain is responsible for more lost work than any other musculoskeletal disorder, with nearly half a million workers missing at least one day of work due to back pain, and about 100,000 back pain sufferers miss 31 or more days of work a year.

Back injuries affect workers in all economic segments, including:

  • Retail
  • Medicine or nursing
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation

Worse, back injuries can be hard to properly document for... Read More of this Article from our Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Law Library Selected Article


Determining Eligibility for Workers Compensation

Determining your eligibility for workers’ compensation in the state of Oklahoma is not something you should do on your own. If you suffer an on the job injury, contacting Self & Associates for assistance in filling out paperwork and filing a claim can help simplify this often complex and confusing process.

Basic Eligibility for Workers’ Compensation

You are eligible to receive workers’ compensation for injuries sustained on the job that result in medical expenses and have the potential to interfere with your ability to work. These injuries include:

  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Chemical exposure
  • Burns and cuts
  • Broken bones
  • Disfigurement
  • Head, neck, and back injuries

If you are not certain about your eligibility for workers’ compensation, one of our experienced personal injury attorneys can provide you with a freecase evaluation to help determine eligibility.

If you have been injured on the job in the state of Oklahoma, please contact the workers’ compensation attorneys at Self & Associates to schedule your free case evaluation today.

Determining your eligibility for workers’ compensation in the state of Oklahoma is not something you should do on your own. If you suffer an on the job injury, contacting Self & Associates for assistance in filling out paperwork and filing a claim can help simplify this often complex and confusing process.

Basic Eligibility for Workers’ Compensation

You are eligible to receive workers’ compensation for injuries sustained on the job that result in medical expenses and have the potential to interfere with your ability to work. These... Read More of this Article from our Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Law Library Selected Article


Why Do You Need a Workers Compensation Attorney?

Technically, you don’t. Workers’ compensation is designed to be easy to file and should ensure you get compensation without having to defend yourself or your actions to anyone.

Unfortunately, the reality is often very different. “Easy” as defined by lawyers and bureaucrats is not the same as it is when defined by regular people or workers trying to get compensation. Although the instructions are “clear,” it can be next-to-impossible for people without legal training or experience with the law to file for the compensation they need.

Some injuries are particularly difficult to document. If your injuries are related to pain or nerve damage, it is not uncommon for doctors, employers, and workers’ compensation insurance companies to allege that you are either not hurt or are not hurt as badly as you claim.

Other times, your employer may try to make you defend your workers’ compensation claim. He may allege that you were on drugs at the time of the accident, that the injury was the result of a pre-existing condition, or that you suffered injury when you were off-the-clock or at a non-work-related activity.

If you are having trouble filing for or getting compensation for your work-related injury, a workers’ compensation attorney can help. Please contact Self & Associates in Oklahoma City today for a consultation.

Technically, you don’t. Workers’ compensation is designed to be easy to file and should ensure you get compensation without having to defend yourself or your actions to anyone.

Unfortunately, the reality is often very different. “Easy” as defined by lawyers and bureaucrats is not the same as it is when defined by regular people or workers trying to get compensation. Although the instructions are “clear,” it can be next-to-impossible for people without legal training or experience with the law to file for the compensation they need.

Some injuries are particularly... Read More of this Article from our Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Law Library Selected Article


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