Did you fail to get the contact information for witnesses? You will learn what happens at a real trial and how it is different from what you’ve seen on TV. Alex was in extreme pain and was on high doses of narcotics, but the insurance company had no reservations about questioning him regarding the facts of the accident, his injuries, and his treatment. In addition, you can usually purchase comprehensive coverage, rental car coverage, roadside assistance, and many other options.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
- Frank W. Frasier, III
- James E. Frasier
- A. Laurie Koller
- Aaron D. Bundy
- Duke Halley
- Spencer B. Housley
- Jordan Klingler
- Noble K. McIntyre
- M. Eric Bayat
- Fletcher Dal Handley, Jr.
- L. Ray Maples, II
- David Burrage
Frank W. Frasier, III
Attorney Frank W Frasier, III, is a partner at Frasier, Frasier & Hickman LLP, a personal injury law firm located in in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mr. Frasier practices personal injury and employment law and handles other general civil litigation matters while serving individuals and claimants in Tulsa and throughout the state of Oklahoma.Licensed to practice law in Oklahoma since 1998, Mr. Frasier has two decades of experience. He is admitted before the U.S. Supreme Court and all Oklahoma state courts, federal courts in Oklahoma and Illinois and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.Mr. Frasier earned a bachelors degree from The George Washington University and received his law degree from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. While attending law school, he gained legal experience by working for the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs and for a private law firm that focused on representing professional athletes.Following law school, Mr. Frasier worked for a former congressman, providing advice on national security topics, public works and transportation. He later returned to Oklahoma and joined Frasier, Frasier & Hickman LLP, which was founded by his uncle.An active member of his local legal community, Mr. Frasier is a member of various local and statewide professional organizations. He belongs to the Tulsa County Bar Association, the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Oklahoma Association for Justice and is one of Oklahomas Governors (Board) of the American Association for Justice. He belongs to national organizations such as the Attorneys Information Exchange Group and the American Council of Young Political Leaders.
James E. Frasier
Attorney James E. Frasier is the managing partner of Frasier, Frasier & Hickman LLP in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mr. Frasier practices criminal defense, employment law, family law, probate, estate planning, Social Security Disability and personal injury law. He represents clients in Tulsa and throughout Oklahoma in matters involving car accidents, truck accidents, products liability, union plus and workers compensation.Mr. Frasier has been licensed to practice law since 1965 and has more than five decades of experience. He is licensed in all Oklahoma state courts and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois and the Supreme Court of the United States.Over the course of his career, Mr. Frasier has represented many significant clients, including the American Postal Workers Union, Communications Workers of America, the Oklahoma State AFL-CIO and United Steelworkers. In addition to his law practice, he owns the Ring-F Ranch in Talala, Oklahoma.As an active member of his legal community, Mr. Frasier is a member of the Attorneys Information Exchange Group and the American Association for Justice. He also belongs to the Oklahoma Association for Justice and is a former president of the organization.Mr. Frasier has always been involved in community service and activities. He is a former chairman and board member of the Grand River Dam Authority and has served on the executive committee for the Democratic National Committee and as a Democratic National Committeeman for the state of Oklahoma.
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.
Aaron D. Bundy
Attorney Aaron D. Bundy is the founder of the Law Office of Aaron D. Bundy, PLC, with offices in Tulsa and Sapulpa, Oklahoma. A top-rated, award-winning trial attorney with more than 13 years of legal experience, Mr. Bundy represents the rights, interests and liberties of a diverse range of clients throughout the greater Tulsa metro region and surrounding areas who have legal needs involving any of the following:,Family law and divorce,Child custody and support,Alimony,Criminal defense,Catastrophic personal injury,Juvenile law,Appeals,In all cases, Mr. Bundy provides the personalized counsel and dedicated support his clients deserve during some of the most stressful and uncertain times in their lives. Focusing primarily on family law and divorce, he has helped numerous clients resolve their conflicts and reach agreements with regard to their property division, contentious child custody matters and much more. He has also helped secure favorable outcomes for those accused of serious criminal offenses, such as sexual crimes, as well as personal injury claims arising from someone elses negligence or wrongdoing.Recognized for his impeccable professionalism and exceptional legal abilities, Mr. Bundy holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and he received the Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award in 2013. He also received the Earl Sneed Award for his outstanding contributions to continuing legal education. Moreover, Mr. Bundy has earned top ratings from his peers as well as many positive reviews and referrals from his satisfied clients. He is a ,fellow, of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.A 2002 graduate of The University of Tulsa, Mr. Bundy returned to his alma mater and obtained his Juris Doctor from The University of Tulsa 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 District of Oklahoma, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.A leader in his field, Mr. Bundy has numerous publications to his credit, and he has conducted many lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics. He has also held leadership positions with several professional legal organizations, including co-chair of the Tulsa County Bar Associations Litigation Section and Family Law Section.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.
Duke Halley ,graduated from Sharon High School in 1966 and Southwestern Oklahoma State University. This was followed by admission to the Oklahoma University School of Law and graduation in 1973. He has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court as well as other Federal courts and the Oklahoma Bar Association. He has extensive trial experience and has participated in litigation in Arkansas, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas as well as Oklahoma. ,Mr. Halley has been admitted to numerous professional groups and has served as an officer of many. For example he has been inducted into prestigous groups such as the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has also served in many capacities dedicated to fair and meaningful access to justice by all members of society. He has been appointed to many duties. These include being appointed to a selection committee for appointment of Federal District Judges, a member of the Professional Responsibility Tribunal assigned the responsibility of conducting trials in disciplinary proceedings involving members of the legal profession, and election to the Judicial Nominating Committee which recommends judicial appointments to the Governor. ,He has served as the President of the Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association (now the Oklahoma Association of Justice), an association dedicated to the preservation of rights for hurt people and the right to trial by jury. ,Mr. Halley was born in 1948, in Vici, Oklahoma, a small community in Northwestern Oklahoma. His father took a job with an oil company when he was 2 years old. This required many moves over the next few years. He went to 15 schools his first three years of public education. Those schools ranged from Pensacola, Florida to Devils Lake, North Dakota. The family moved back to Northwest Oklahoma when Duke was in the 4th grade and remained there. The roots grew deep. He owns land that his great grandfather claimed in the land run and one of his favorite ways to spend his leisure time is working with his cattle herd and farming. ,Upon graduating from law school Mr. Halley moved back to Northwestern Oklahoma and joined a law firm in Woodward. His early years involved the general practice of law. His passion became trying lawsuits and preparing them for trial or settlement. After 9 years he opened his own office in order to concentrate more on this type of practice. As that practice grew he found himself in Oklahoma City on a regular basis and an office was opened there in 2004. ,Mr. Halley has been involved in various types of cases. For example, in one case iodine producers were extracting natural gas from its product and not paying the mineral owners for it. Mr. Halley sued the companies on behalf of a group of mineral owners. The case was tried , and after being appealed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court resulted in a settlement which returned Millions of dollars to the mineral owners. He also successfully obtained a ruling from Oklahoma Supreme Court that establishments who negligently or knowingly sell alcoholic beverages to minors are legally responsible when persons are injured as a result. He then helped obtain a $2,500,000.00 verdict against a large convenience store chain for the family of a minor killed in an automobile collision after he and some other minors were sold beer by the store manager. In another case State Farm Insurance Company unreasonably refused to pay $10,000.00 underinsured motorist benefits. The case was tried resulting in a verdict of $50,000.00 for actual damages and $400,000.00 punitive damages. ,There have been many seven figure settlements reached involving oil field accidents, medical malpractice and truck/auto collisions. ,Despite his success in larger cases, Mr. Halley continues to handle cases of all sizes. He is firmly dedicated to providing legal assistance to anyone who has not been treated fairly.
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.
Noble K. McIntyre
Noble K. McIntyre is the founding partner of McIntyre Law, P.C. in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and the immediate past President of the Oklahoma Association for Justice. Mr. McIntyre is an astute and experienced litigator who represents clients in cases involving all forms of personal injury, including mass torts, nursing home injury and neglect. His past cases have included car and truck accidents, product liability, drug liability and medical malpractice. He is currently a diligent and formidable advocate for individuals injured in cases involving defective hip implants, transvaginal mesh implants, Paxil birth defects, IVC filter litigation, Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI) and Physio Mesh cases.Mr. McIntyre was born in North Dakota, but he moved to Oklahoma with his family when he was one year old. He earned his undergraduate degree from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1992, and he graduated with his Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1995.After law school, Mr. McIntyre worked as an attorney and then as a partner with an Oklahoma City law firm for several years before leaving to start his own firm. He and the attorneys at McIntyre Law, P.C. strive to improve their clients lives through dedicated representation and finding full and fair resolutions to challenging situations.Mr. McIntyre is licensed to practice before the state courts of Oklahoma. He is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the American Association for Justice. Outside of the courtroom, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters and, along with other employees at the firm, participating in and sponsoring a broad variety of community events and programs in the Oklahoma City area. Mr. McIntyre and the firm have most recently hosted a blood drive and distributed Easter hams and other food items to needy families in the community. His firm recently completed the 8th Annual Day of Kindness where over 6500 turkeys were handed out to needy Oklahomans.
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
Fletcher Dal Handley, Jr.
FLETCHER D. HANDLEY, JR. practices plaintiffs personal injury, including asbestos exposue law throughout Oklahoma. He is a former member of the Council of the American Bar Associations Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), and has also served as Chair of the Auto Law Committee. He most recently serrved as Chair of the Plaintiffs Policy Task Force. In 1999, he testified on behalf of the ABA before the US Senate Commerce Committee regarding no-fault insurance. He is a former member of the ABA Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law, and the ABA Working Group on Protecting the Rights of Service Members. Handley began his military career as an Air Force ROTC Cadet in 1966, and served on active duty with U.S. Navy Patrol Squadron 11 as a P-3 Orion aircrew member from 1969-1972. He enlisted in the Oklahoma Army National Guard in 1981 and was commissioned into the JAG Corps in 1983. He retired as the Assistant State Judge Advocate for Oklahoma and Military Judge in January, 2008. He was selected as Oklahomas Outstanding Young Lawyer of 1983 and was appointed to a temporary division of the Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals in 1991. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and is an Oklahoma Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is a Top 100 Trial Lawyer of the National Trial Lawyers Association. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Oklahoma Association for Justice, currently serving as President. He was selected as the OAJ Outstanding Trial Lawyer of 2018. He is a Charter Member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms, and currently serves on the Primerus Accreditation Board. He serves on the Membership Committee of the Public Justice Foundation and is also a member of the ABA Task Force of the American Association for Justice. He is an Oklahoma State Delegate to the AAJ Board of Governors and a member of the AAJ Council of Presidents. He is licensed to practice in all Oklahoma state and federal courts, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
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.