I advised her that he was under no obligation to give a statement at any time, but that he certainly should not speak to the insurance company under those circumstances. When we get the claims adjuster to view you as a real person and not just a claim number, we’ve already won half the battle. Take photos, exchange information, call the police, and remain safe. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule. That is why, in article 3, I urged you to maximize your PIP coverage.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
- A. Laurie Koller
- Spencer B. Housley
- Rick W. Bisher
- M. Eric Bayat
- Gary J. James
- Kevin E. Hill
- Michael Hill
- Gary B. Homsey
- Brent L. Neighbors
- Joe E. White, Jr.
- James A. Belote
- L. Ray Maples, II
A. Laurie Koller
A. Laurie Koller is an attorney at Koller Trial Law in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ms. Koller dedicates her practice exclusively to representing plaintiffs who are the victims of sex crimes. She serves clients in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and throughout the state.Ms. Koller has more than 25 years of experience and provides compassionate, yet aggressive representation to each client with the goal of achieving justice. She is devoted to fighting for the rights of sex crime victims, particularly victims of sex crimes committed by institutions such as churches, employers or the government. Over the course of her career, she has counseled and helped many individuals through a traumatic time in their lives.Active in her legal community and various civic organizations, Ms. Koller sits on the board of advisers of the National Crime Victim Bar Association. She is a member of the Oklahoma Association for Justice and a former vice president and treasurer of the association. She also belongs to the Tulsa County Bar Association, the Oklahoma Bar Association and the American Board of Trial Advocates.Ms. Koller serves as an instructor and co-dean at the Keenan Trial Institute, teaching on topics, including depositions and voir dire. She is a graduate of programs, including Leadership Tulsa and the Oklahoma Working Group of the Trial Lawyers College.Born and raised in West Virginia, Ms. Koller earned a bachelors degree from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She received her law degree from Duke University School of Law and obtained her license to practice law in 1991. She holds a license to practice law before all Oklahoma state courts.
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.
Rick W. Bisher
Rick W. Bisher is a co-owner of the law firm of Ryan Bisher Ryan, with offices in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and has a Martindale-Hubbell AV rating, the highest rating for ethics and competency. He is listed in Sterlings ,Whos Who Among Executives and Professionals ,directory and has a Life Member Acceptance in the ,National Registry of Whos Who,. He is one of the top 100 trial lawyers as selected by the The National Trail Lawyers. Rick is admitted to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He has the highest AVVO rating possible. As a member of the Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association, he limits his practice to helping injured victims.
4323 Northwest 63rd Street, Suite 110,, Oklahoma City OK 73116
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
Gary J. James
Gary J. James is an experienced attorney who has helped clients throughout Oklahoma with a wide range of legal matters, including criminal defense in some of the most high-profile cases in the states history. As managing partner of Gary J. James & Associates, P.C. in Oklahoma City, Mr. James defends clients against allegations involving murder, white collar crimes, federal criminal defense, violent crimes, drug offenses, and other criminal matters.As a result of his numerous criminal defense acquittals, Mr. James is currently retained by Law Enforcement Associations and Law Enforcement Agencies to defend Troopers, police officers, and other Law Enforcement personnel. Mr. James devotes a vast majority of his practice to defending Law Enforcement officers in use of force investigations, shootings and defending civil rights lawsuits.A native of Oklahoma, Mr. James received his law degree from the Oklahoma City University School of Law and quickly began building a reputation in the State for his legal abilities and professionalism.After successfully securing an acquittal for his client in a high-profile murder trial, Mr. James received the 1996 Presidential Award for Outstanding Criminal Advocacy from the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Three years later, Mr. James was selected by the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System to defend Timothy McVeighs criminal charges, including 161 Murder Charges, stemming from the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.Among other honors, Mr. James has received an AV Preeminent rating for over 20 years from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible designation from the peer review service. He has and is included in lists such as the Best Lawyers in America, Outstanding Lawyers of America, Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers, and US News and World Report; Best Lawyers in America.”Mr. James is engaged in many professional organizations, including the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Association for Justice.A former high school and college football player, Mr. James continues to participate in organizations dedicated to promoting sports and athletics in the state and at the University of Oklahoma.AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc. used 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 confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.,The Best Lawyers in America,® 2013. Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc. Aiken, SC.
620 North Robinson Avenue, Suite 207,, Oklahoma City OK 73102
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.
Representing the people of Oklahoma with offices in Tulsa, Walters and Oklahoma City, Michael Hill is attorney and counselor at law for the Burton Law Group. His focus is on workers compensation and personal injury including wrongful death and car accidents.In 2014, Mr. Hill was listed in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 and The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40. That same year, the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys named him in the Top 10 Under 40. Mr. Hill is actively involved in professional organizations with memberships in the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Oklahoma Association for Justice, the American Bar Association, the Choctaw Nation Bar Association, the Chickasaw Bar Association and the Oklahoma Bar Association.Mr. Hill is admitted to practice in the state of Oklahoma and in the Choctaw Nation and Chickasaw Nation courts, as well as before federal courts including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Mr. Hill earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 2002. He then attended Oklahoma City University where he obtained a Juris Doctor in May of 2005. Since then, he has represented the rights of workers in Oklahoma and those who have been injured at the hands of another. With a goal to obtain the compensation his clients deserve, Mr. Hill focuses on comfort, security and dignity as they navigate life after an injury. Clients can rely on him to handle the concerns and burdens of the legal process as they work on healing and recovery.
Gary B. Homsey
Gary B. Homsey is the founder of the Homsey Law Center, an Oklahoma City law firm dedicated to providing aggressive and successful personal injury representation to seriously injured individuals and to the families of wrongful death victims.During his years as a trial lawyer, Mr. Homsey has achieved exceptional results in personal injury cases involving a wide range of issues and causes, including auto and truck accidents, oil field injuries, property owner negligence, defective products, insurance bad faith, premises injuries, helicopter and jet crashes and litigation.Mr. Homsey has also dedicated himself to preserving and protecting the ethics and integrity of the legal profession, serving on various fee grievance and ethics committees for the state and county bar, and serving as Oklahoma Chapter President of the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2015, which is dedicated to the preservation of the 7th Amendment and excellence in advocacy.Mr. Homsey earned his J.D. from Oklahoma City University in 1974 and is admitted to practice in Oklahomas state and federal trial and appellate courts, and before the U.S. Supreme Court. His professional honors include an AV Preeminent peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and recognition as one of the Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America by Lawdragon 3000 magazine. Mr. Homsey is a member of numerous professional associations as well, including the American and Oklahoma Associations for Justice. Homsey is also past President of the Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association and Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Oklahoma City University.AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished, are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc. used 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 confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.
4816 North Classen Boulevard, Oklahoma City OK 73118
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
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.