Simply put, you are overwhelmed by the whole process, and you wish it would just go away. Mind you, routine is not the same as boring. They taught us what equipment we would need and how to use it. If you were a pedestrian, bicyclist, or passenger, you may be covered by the driver’s PIP coverage. A good lawyer will be able to determine very quickly whether such coverages exist.Read More
Workplace Accident Claim
In order to avail the benefits provided by workers’ compensation, you are required to prove that the injury or illness is related to your work. Rephrased in legal jargon, the unfortunate event must be “arising out of employment and occurring during the course of employment,” commonly abbreviated as AOE/COE. Know the rules that dictate whether or not an employee’s injury or illness is work-related and covered by the workers’ compensation.
Injuries sustained while travelling: The workers’ comp does not cover injuries that occur while the worker is commuting to and fro form work. This is called the “going and coming rule”.
The AOE/COE requirements appear simple enough. However, many events that occur in the workplace can be of a dubious nature. Here we list down some common occurrences that may allow you to avail the benefits provided by the workers’ comp.
Similarly, if you sustain an injury while having your lunch on company grounds (like the cafeteria) you are free to claim the benefits as the injury is work-related. However, there won’t be any workers’ comp coverage available if you were found doing something that is not permitted or if the act falls under some other exception to the coverage. For example, a Connecticut court discovered that in a case in which an employee was allegedly hurt while she was walking, the incident fell under the exception according to state laws regarding recreational activities. Different states have different laws concerning work-related injuries and you are required to know them.
Seek a lawyer
Many times a worker's injury or illness may be of a dubious origin, a gray area when it comes to understand worker's comp coverage. In these special circumstances, it is always worth seeking a lawyer’s expertise. The lawyer may be able to tell you whether or not you qualify for the benefits. As a lawyer is aware of your state laws he may be the best counsel in such matters.
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Top Lawyers Pick
- Spencer B. Housley
- Jordan Klingler
- M. Eric Bayat
- T. Luke Abel
- Kevin E. Hill
- Brent L. Neighbors
- Joe E. White, Jr.
- James A. Belote
- Maurice G. Woods, II
- L. Ray Maples, II
- David Burrage
- Cory Hicks
Spencer B. Housley
Mr. Housley specializes in medical malpractice and personal injury. He began his legal career defending physicians and hospitals in high profile medical malpractice cases across the state. In 2013 Mr Housley opted to start his own law firm and represent patients that are injured as a result of medical negligence. In doing so, he is able to utilize the knowledge he learned of insurance companys tactics to deny patient claims, and instead to help the injured patients obtain the full recovery they deserve. He is recognized by his peers as an Oklahoma Top Lawyer in the field of medical malpractice. Mr. Housley has tried multiple trials to successful verdict in state and federal courts. His accomplishments include over $5 million dollars in settlements in the past 5 years, a $2,500,000.00 plaintiffs verdict in a Cleveland County wrongful death action, as well as multiple large confidential settlements.
Attorney Jordan Klingler is a partner with McIntyre Law, P.C. in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Nationally recognized as one of the leading trial advocates in her area as well as the entire country, Ms. Klingler devotes her practice to personal injury law. She has achieved notable success fighting for the rights and entitlements of auto accident victims and others who suffered an injury or loss as the result of someone elses negligence or wrongdoing.Having started her legal career as an insurance defense attorney, Ms. Klingler possesses a unique insight into the tactics insurance companies use to reduce or deny claims, which enables her to devise the most effective strategies possible to help her plaintiff clients recover the full amount of compensation they deserve. Passionate about seeing justice served, she has secured numerous substantial settlements and awards for her clients. She has also earned recognition from her peers for her exemplary professionalism and exceptional legal abilities.Of note, Ms. Klingler recently received recognition as a Lawyer of Distinction in 2019, and the Oklahoma Association for Justice voted her an Outstanding New Lawyer in 2018. She was also named among the Top Young Professionals Under the Age of 40 in 2019, and she has received many positive reviews and referrals from her satisfied clients.A graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelors of Business Administration, Ms. Klingler obtained her Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2012. The Oklahoma Bar Association admitted her to practice that same year, and she maintains active involvement in several legal organizations, including the Oklahoma County Bar Association and the American Bar Association, among her other professional affiliations.
M. Eric Bayat
Founder of the Bayat Law Firm, M. Eric Bayat handles cases of criminal defense, family law and personal injury. He represents individuals in the following counties in Oklahoma: Canadian, Logan, Garfield, Cleveland, Kingfisher, Alfalfa, Grady, Jackson, Greer, Caddo, Kiowa, Custer, Carter, McClain, Garvin, Lincoln, Seminole, Pottawatomie, Pittsburg, Sequoyah, Love, Coal and Payne. Although his practice is focused in the metropolitan area, he is admitted to practice throughout the state of Oklahoma and in the Federal Western District of Oklahoma.At the University of Central Oklahoma, Mr. Bayat earned a bachelors degree in geography. He then went on to law school on a scholarship to Oklahoma City University School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor. During his time in law school, he gained experience in criminal law as an intern at one of the top criminal defense firms in the metropolitan area.Mr. Bayat founded his law firm on the belief that clients deserve the undivided attention of their attorneys. With a focus on personalized service and accessibility, he has handled cases in the following municipal courts: Edmond, Bethany, Oklahoma City, Warr Acres, Choctaw, Valley Brook, Mustang, Yukon, Forest Park and Moore.Mr. Bayats areas of practice include arrest and arraignment, assault, assault and battery, child support, criminal domestic violence, criminal fraud, criminal law, custody and visitation, dissolution of marriage, divorce, domestic violence, dramshop laws, drug and alcohol violations, expungement, failure to pay child support, felony, juvenile law, marital property, misdemeanor, motor vehicle accidents, murder, name change, personal injury, probation, sex offenses, theft, and wrongful death.
830 NW 10th St, Oklahoma City OK 73106
T. Luke Abel
T. Luke Abel is an attorney with the Abel Law Firm in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Nationally recognized as one of the top trial advocates in the country, Mr. Abel has more than 13 years of experience representing plaintiff clients throughout the state who have legal needs involving any of the following:,· Personal injury,· Products liability,· Insurance litigation,· Medical malpractice,· Nursing home negligence,· Car and truck accidents,· Wrongful death,Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Abel has gained considerable success fighting for the rights and entitlements of innocent accident victims and their families. A veteran of dozens of trials in state and federal courts across his region and widely regarded for his exceptional negotiation abilities, he has secured millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for his clients, including many multimillion-dollar awards.Whether inside or outside of the courtroom, Mr. Abel is fully devoted to helping his clients secure the maximum amount of the damages they incurred, and he has earned praise for his exemplary professionalism and outstanding service to those in need. Among his most notable accolades, Mr. Abel holds an AV-Preeminent peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and The National Trial Lawyers voted him a Top 40 Under 40. He has also earned Superb client ratings on Avvo, and he has received many positive testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.A 2003 graduate of The University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Mr. Abel studied at Brasenose College in Oxford, England, before obtaining his Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2006. The Oklahoma Bar Association admitted him to practice that same year, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Western Districts of Oklahoma and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.A leader in his field, Mr. Abel has served as vice chairman of the Oklahoma Bar Associations Legislative Monitoring Committee. He is also a member of the board of director of the Oklahoma County Bar Association and the Oklahoma Association for Justice. In addition, he is a member of the American Bar Associations Young Lawyers Division and Litigation Committee as well as the organizations Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section.Dedicated to helping those less fortunate in his community, Mr. Abel also volunteers with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma and assists in the organizations fundraising efforts.AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
Kevin E. Hill
People in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, may experience a number of challenges after being injured in an accident. Kevin E. Hill, an attorney with Colbert Cooper Hill, is dedicated to serving clients throughout the Oklahoma City area. Focusing his practice on personal injury, Mr. Hill passionately advocates on behalf of those who have been injured by the negligence of others.Whether they were injured in a motor vehicle accident, work accident, slip or fall incident, or due to a dangerous product or drug, Mr. Hill knows his clients concerns may extend beyond the damages to property. Instead of focusing on their recoveries, they may be worrying about lost wages and mounting medical expenses. With each case he handles, Mr. Hill works closely with his clients to understand their situations and needs. He offers his clients personalized attention and guidance tailored to help them obtain maximum compensation. Standing by his clients throughout the legal process, Mr. Hill communicates frequently with them regarding what is going on and what their options may be, so that they are able to make informed decisions about their futures.Mr. Hill is actively involved in the legal community. He is a member of the American Association for Justice, the American Inns of Court, the Oklahoma Association for Justice, the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Oklahoma County Bar Association.In 1987, Mr. Hill earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Central State University. He went on to attend the Oklahoma City University School of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctor in 1992.
Brent L. Neighbors
Brent L. Neighbors has provided dedicated and zealous representation of his clients throughout the state of Oklahoma, for over 20 years. From the firms office in Norman, he focuses his practice on plaintiffs personal injury, medical malpractice, and general business litigation matters.Prior to attending law school, Mr. Neighbors first completed his Bachelor of Arts at Baylor University, from which he graduated in 1990. He then went on to attend Oklahoma City University School of Law, from which he graduated with his Juris Doctor in 1994.Mr. Neighbors is admitted to practice law before all of the state courts of Oklahoma as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma. A passionate believer in obtaining justice for ordinary people in their battles against major companies, hospitals and corporations, he has garnered many successful results for his clients. In addition to his practice in medical malpractice and plaintiffs personal injury cases, Mr. Neighbors also has passionately advocated for his clients recovery in insurance bad faith litigation, wrongful death matters and products liability matters. Mr. Neighbors spends time to work closely with each client in order to gain a thorough understanding of the facts of his or her case and how his or her injuries have affected his or her life so that he can maximize recovery.A strong believer in the need for continued learning, Mr. Neighbors is an active member of both the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Oklahoma Association for Justice. He has received an AV peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, and he additionally has taught others about medical malpractice by leading a course called Medical Malpractice From A-Z at the National Business Institute.AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc. used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.
4217 28th Ave NW, Suite 101,, Norman OK 73069
Joe E. White, Jr.
Attorney Joe E. White Jr. is the managing partner of the Oklahoma City law firm of White & Weddle, P.C. Serving a diverse range of clients throughout Oklahoma, Mr. White has achieved considerable success representing the rights and interests of those who have legal needs involving any of the following:,· Personal injury and wrongful death,· Bad faith insurance,· Traumatic brain injuries,· Dangerous products,· Class actions,· Business litigation,· General civil litigation,· Education law,Throughout his more than 31 years of practicing law, Mr. White has earned a reputation as a formidable opponent in court who always aggressively pursues the most favorable outcomes possible for those he serves. A staunch advocate for justice, he provides a voice to those who are suffering needlessly through no fault of their own, and he finds great reward in being able to help so many in his community during some of the most difficult and uncertain times in their lives.Regarded as an authority in education law, Mr. White helped to establish the Personal Legal Services Program (PLSP) for the Oklahoma Education Association, and his law firm continues to manage the program. Through this service, Mr. White has become an indispensable ally for teachers and educators who need assistance with financial matters, family issues, simple wills, legal planning, administrative actions and criminal defense.A 1985 graduate of Central State University, Mr. White obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1988. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Western and Northern Districts of Oklahoma, the Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas, the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, and the District of Colorado.Committed to his practice, Mr. White is an active member of the Oklahoma County and Oklahoma Bar Association, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the American College of Trial Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Litigation Counsel of America, and the Outstanding Lawyers of America. He is also a fellow with the Litigation Counsel of America, and he has served as trustee of the Oklahoma Student Loan Authority and the University of Central Oklahoma Foundation.Mr. White holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell along with numerous other accolades from his peers. He has also earned many five-star reviews and positive referrals from his satisfied clients.AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
James A. Belote
A partner with the Law Offices of Stipe & Belote, James A. Belote has significant experience providing representation to clients in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and throughout the State. He focuses his practice primarily on plaintiffs personal injury litigation, with cases that involve motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, defective products, medical malpractice and nursing home negligence. Mr. Belote also assists people in pursuing their insurance bad faith claims.A 1985 recipient of a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma, Mr. Belote stayed in Norman and pursued his legal education at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1988 and joined his current firm in 1990. Admitted to practice in both Oklahoma and Texas, Mr. Belote is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of Oklahoma and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.Mr. Belote is highly regarded as a dedicated and compassionate lawyer by both his clients and his fellow professionals. He has received an AV Preeminent peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell as well as a 10.0 Superb peer review rating through Avvo. Mr. Belote has also been selected for membership in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, an invitation-only group made up of the leading plaintiffs personal injury and criminal defense trial lawyers from each state. A former president of the Oklahoma Association for Justice, Mr. Belote is an active participant in a variety of other legal organizations. His memberships include the Oklahoma and Oklahoma County bar associations, the State Bar of Texas and the American Association for Justice.AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
9400 Broadway Extension, Suite 420,, Oklahoma City OK 73114
Maurice G. Woods, II
Maurice G Woods, II has been a trial lawyer for 23 years, and founded McAtee and Woods, P.C. in 2001. McAtee & Woods is established within the industry for its thorough, effective and aggressive litigators. The attorneys at McAtee & Woods successfully represent and counsel clients throughout the State of Oklahoma. With nearly fifty years of combined trial experience Mike McAtee and Maurice Woods, II have earned Martindale-Hubbells AV rating and the firm has received a listing in the prestigious Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Our reputation has been built by obtaining results in the courtroom. Many of our clients are insurance companies that look to us for our trial expertise, but that experience also makes our lawyers equally adept at representing Plaintiffs. We have won several seven-figure settlements in the areas of trucking negligence, products liability, and automobile negligence. As problem solvers the firm routinely counsels clients on how to avoid situations or claim practices which could result in litigation. Our near-paperless office system and use of cutting-edge litigation management software allows for unmatched efficiency in handling cases locally or remotely. McAtee & Woods is uniquely positioned to meet its clients needs with a proven edge over the competition.
L. Ray Maples, II
Ray Maples is the founder of Maples Law Firm an AV rated law firm. The firm originated in 2002 after Ray had been working in a large firm in Atlanta handling personal injury litigation matters on behalf of large corporations and insurance companies. In 2002, he devoted his entire practice to helping individuals who are helpless against the corporate giants whose only objective appears to be the bottom line. In essence, he calls it profits over people. Now, Ray devotes 100% of his practice to helping the injured person and focuses his practice primarily in the fields of catastrophic injuries, defective products, trucking accidents, personal injury and nursing home neglect across the country. In 2015, Maples Law Firm merged with Nix Law Group to become Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst, PLLC. Born in 1971 in Albany, Georgia, Ray obtained his undergraduate degree in marketing from Valdosta State University in 1993. He attended Law School at Oklahoma City University, where he obtained his Juris Doctorate degree. Ray is married and has two wonderful children. Ray is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, Oklahoma Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, American Bar Association and has been admitted to practice in all Oklahoma courts. He has also been recognized by several peer organizations for his advocacy skills.
David Burrage is a founder of the Burrage Law Firm PLLC, located in Durant, Oklahoma. Focusing his practice primarily on plaintiffs personal injury and wrongful death litigation, he represents clients throughout the state who have been harmed by another partys negligence in cases involving automobile and commercial truck accidents, nursing home abuse, traumatic brain injuries and paralysis. Mr. Burrage also has experience representing policy holders in insurance bad faith cases, and he handles property disputes and other real estate litigation.Mr. Burrage is a native of Oklahoma. As an undergraduate, he attended The University of Oklahoma, where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration in international business in 1999. Remaining in Norman, Mr. Burrage enrolled at The University of Oklahoma College of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 2002. Admitted to practice before all Oklahoma state courts, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Western and Northern Districts of Oklahoma.Active in his community and state, Mr. Burrage has been appointed by two successive governors to the board of directors of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, and he currently serves as its vice chairman. He also volunteers for numerous community activities and events, and he coaches his sons soccer and football teams. Mr. Burrage is actively involved in several professional organizations as well. He is the vice president of the Bryan County Bar Association, and he has served as an assistant bar examiner for The Oklahoma Board of Bar Examiners. Mr. Burrage is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, a federally recognized Native American Tribe.
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