Workers' Compensation Attorney
A workplace injury can affect your ability to participate in work and everyday activities, dramatically lowering your quality of life.
If your injury is connected to work, workers' compensation lawyer Joey Chiaf in Oklahoma City, OK, can help you pursue a claim.
Am I automatically entitled to workers' compensation?
You Have Rights
The workers’ compensation system is intended to ensure employees have the funds necessary to recover from a work-related injury or illness.
In Oklahoma, employers are required to have insurance to cover workers’ compensation claims and those providers must fairly consider your claim for coverage.
However, navigating a workers’ compensation claim can be complex and cause unneeded anxiety when you should be focused on your recovery. This is especially true if your initial claim is denied.
Workers’ compensation attorney Joey Chiaf of Chiaf Law Offices, P.C., in Oklahoma City, OK, can help with all stages of your claim and will fight to ensure you receive what you need to recover and begin rebuilding your life.
Workers' Compensation Requirements
Workers' Compensation Insurance
In the state of Oklahoma, employers are required to provide workers' compensation insurance for their employees, no matter the size of the work force or how many hours they work.
In order to qualify for your employer's workers compensation, you must be an eligible employee. Typically, freelancers or consultants are disqualified from these benefits.
In order to qualify for workers' compensation, you must have been performing a work-related activity during your time of employment when you were injured.
Proper Reporting and Filing
In the state of Oklahoma, the deadline for notifying your employer of your injury is 30 days after you notice the injury. To avoid affecting the outcome of your case, notify your employer of any injuries as soon as possible.
Review Your Options
Whether you are pursuing a new workers' compensation claim or disputing a denied claim, we can help. Call our Oklahoma City office at (405) 524-1501 to schedule your free consultation.
A Workers' Compensation Attorney Can Help You:
Secure BenefitsIf your employer denies your claim, does not take action fast enough, or tries settling for an unfair amount, hiring an attorney is essential. By adding a dedicated legal team to your corner, you have the best chances of recovering a full, fair settlement for your injuries.
Help You Recover
If you are unhappy with the medical care provided by your employer, a lawyer can help you get a second opinion from a different medical provider.
Hold Third Parties AccountableIf you were injured on the job from someone other than your employer's negligence (fault), you may be able to pursue a different or separate action by filing a third-party claim.
Hiring a Lawyer Can Relieve the Stress of Dealing with a Workers’ Compensation Claim
Workers’ compensation law is complex, and each case has its own distinct circumstances. Claimants without an intimate knowledge of these policies are at a distinct disadvantage. Without the help of a workers' compensation attorney, you may find that your losses and expenses are not adequately covered.
A workers’ compensation attorney can review your case and resolve any disputes between you and your employer, and maximize the payout of lost wages and medical care. Joey Chiaf has represented injured workers for over three decades, and can help prove the full extent of damage and losses. This results in better compensation and reduced stress for our clients. We are proud to stand up for the rights of injured workers to make sure they receive the compensation they will need to rebuild their lives in the wake of an injury.
Do Not Wait Get the Help You Need Today
Workers' compensation claims can quickly become more complicated than you expect.
The team at Chiaf Law Offices, P.C., in Oklahoma City will work closely with you throughout your case to ensure you receive what you deserve after a work-related injury or illness changes your life.
There are no upfront fees for hiring an attorney from our firm.
With workers' compensation claims, there are time limits on receiving compensation so do not wait to call.
Reach out to our firm online or call us at (405) 524-1501 today.
We Work for the People
"YOU DON'T PAY ME ANYTHING UNLESS WE WIN, AND I DON'T LIKE LOSING!" Joey Chiaf
Think Hiring an Attorney Is Too Expensive? If We Don't Win, You Don't Pay
Unfortunately, many injured workers put off filing a claim until it is too late, or do not file a claim at all because they think they cannot afford professional help.
This is not the case at Chiaf Law Offices, P.C., in Oklahoma City, OK. Joey Chiaf takes all workplace injury cases on a contingency basis. This means that if you do not get paid, we do not get paid.
Our firm also offers free consultations for clients so you can discuss the details of your case, risk-free. You have more to lose if you do not contact a lawyer, so reach out to our office in Oklahoma City and see how we can help.
- Back Injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Loss of Limb
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Struck by Object
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Vision Loss
- Wrongful Death
Which Benefits May Be Awarded?
If your work injury claim has been approved by your employer’s insurance carrier, you can receive:
- Two-thirds your average weekly wage during the time that you are ordered not to work by the insurance company's authorized physician.
- Payment for a permanent partial impairment, or a partial disability classified by the insurance company's authorized physician.
- Payment of medical expenses to physicians authorized by the insurance company, and reimbursement of related out-of-pocket expenses, including medication and mileage if you are required to travel beyond the county of your employer.
Contact Our Law Firm Today
Our attorney is dedicated to protecting disadvantaged workers throughout Oklahoma City. If you believe you are entitled to workers' compensation or your claim has been denied, contact us online or call (405) 524-1501 to request a free consultation.
Your Legal Options Personalized Solutions from the Team at Chiaf Law Offices, P.C.
In most work-related injuries, the main route for compensation is an administrative claim. These types of claims typically only cover lost wages and medical expenses, though they may also include benefits for permanent impairments.
With an administrative claim, you follow the normal steps for reporting a work-related injury or illness. While you do not need an attorney for this type of claim, additional support from our team can ensure you follow the process properly and receive fair coverage.
If your injury was caused by someone other than your coworker or employer, you may have the right to file a third-party claim. With a third-party claim, you can receive compensation for pain and suffering, as well as medical expenses and lost wages.
This type of civil case can supplement your benefits from an administrative claim or help you receive what you need if your employer’s insurance carrier denies your claim. The team at Chiaf Law Offices, P.C., in Oklahoma City can investigate the cause of your work-related injury or illness and pursue a personal injury case against those responsible.
We Can Help Call Today
Our firm focuses almost exclusively on job-related injuries so that we can provide you with the most attentive service and favorable results. Injured workers and their loved ones can reach our attorneys in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, by calling:
There Is a Time Limit for Filing a Claim in Oklahoma
Injured workers have a limited amount of time in which to file a workers' compensation claim. The amount of time differs depending upon the type of injury you have suffered, whether you have received medical treatment, whether you have received disability or medical compensation, and other factors. File your claim as soon as possible after the injury, or as soon as you become aware of the injury (as in the case of a diagnosis of a cumulative injury). Under many circumstances, you are only allowed a year in which to file, so it is in your best interest to take fast action. If you have any questions or concerns, book a free consultation with our Oklahoma City attorneys.
No Fees Until We Win Your Case
At Chiaf Law Offices, P.C., in Oklahoma City, we do not get paid until you do. And our attorneys do not like losing.
We will represent you on a contingency basis, meaning that we will only collect legal fees if we are able to recover compensation on your behalf.
Our Attorneys Can Guide You Through the Process
Although the specifics of your workers' compensation case will depend on the nature of your injury, here is what you can generally expect:
If your employer denies your claim or does not take action fast enough, hiring an attorney is essential.
Contact Chiaf Law Offices If You:
Did Not Receive Sufficient Compensation
If the workers' compensation you were offered does not fully cover your losses, Joey Chiaf can file an appeal on your behalf and build a compelling case to illustrate why you deserve a larger settlement.
Were Denied Benefits
In many cases, victims are denied workers' compensation benefits. Chiaf Law Offices, P.C., in Oklahoma City can appeal your case and work with experts to show why you qualify for workers' compensation.
Are Preparing to File
Contacting an attorney as soon as possible is the best way to ensure that you receive the amount of compensation you deserve and are not denied benefits in the first place.
35 Years Representing Clients in Workers' Compensation Claims
With over three decades in practice representing injured workers in Oklahoma City, the team of workers' compensation lawyers at Chiaf Law Offices, P.C., offers free consultations for every client and can help clients pursue the compensation they deserve. To schedule your free case review, call us at:
Following a Workplace Injury, You May Be Entitled To:
Medical CareBy law, workers' compensation benefits will cover 100 percent of the medical costs associated with your injury as well as any time off taken due to your injury.
Temporary DisabilityIf your injury temporarily prevents you from returning to the same job you had before your injury, you may be eligible for temporary disability benefits. But if you can still work (although not as many hours are before) due to physical restriction, you may receive temporary partial disability benefits.
If you are permanently disabled because of your injury, you may receive permanent disability benefits. If you are completely unable to return to work at all, you may receive permanent total disability benefits. But if you can still work with your physical impairment, you may receive permanent partial disability benefits instead.
Death BenefitsIf your loved one was killed by a workplace injury, you are entitled to death benefits as a dependent or family member.
These Benefits Can Help You Pay For:
- Funeral Expenses
- Hospital Bills
- Lost Wages
- Physical Therapy
- Programs or Services
- Temporary Compensation
- Vocational Rehabilitation
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