Insurance companies have been doing this for a long time, and they are very good at it. We weren’t able to get Earl back into the fields, but we were able to get him a fair recovery that reflected the REAL value of his loss. You are usually not allowed to purchase UM/UIM coverage with a higher limit than your liability coverage, which is another reason you should always have more than the minimum required by law. Even if you were riding in someone else’s car when you were hurt, if that person doesn’t have PIP coverage, your PIP will cover you.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 F. Self, Jr.
- Jacob Diesselhorst
- Jordan Klingler
- Gary J. James
- Fletcher Dal Handley, Jr.
- Kevin E. Hill
- Gary B. Homsey
- David Bernstein
- Maurice G. Woods, II
- Gregg W. Luther
- 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 F. Self, Jr.
The founder of Self and Associates Inc. located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, James F. Self, Jr. is one of the most successful personal injury lawyers in the state. With 35 years of experience and numerous multimillion-dollar recoveries for his clients, James Self is who you want to call if you have been injured in any kind of accident anywhere in Oklahoma City or the surrounding areas. Representative matters include truck and auto accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, products liability, aviation accidents, slip-and-fall accidents and dog bites. Mr. Self also represents workers who have been injured on the job and who are fighting to obtain the workers compensation benefits that they deserve.Mr. Self pursued his undergraduate studies at Arizona State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science. He then went on to attend the University of Tulsa College of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1981. Admitted to practice in Oklahoma, Mr. Self is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Western and Northern Districts of Oklahoma, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.Mr. Self is highly respected by his clients and peers alike. He has taken many cases through jury trial to verdict, and he has also obtained numerous successful settlements for his clients. Many of his cases have received national notice.Dedicated to the furtherance of his profession, Mr. Self constantly strives to keep abreast of changes in the law as they occur. To that end, he is an active participant in several legal organizations, including the American Association for Justice, the Oklahoma Association for Justice and the Oklahoma Bar Association.
One of the most aggressive and well-thought-of young trial attorneys in Oklahoma litigation today, Jacob Diesselhorst has gained the trust, respect and admiration of not only his clients, but opposing counsel, judges and colleagues alike. He takes great pride in helping the victims and families of those who have suffered serious injuries or death due to the negligence of another person or a corporations improper conduct. He aggressively represents clients and successfully obtains justice and compensation on their behalf.Mr. Diesselhorst received his law degree from University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2002 and has focused his legal practice in the areas of medical malpractice, birth injuries, trucking accidents, brain and spinal cord injury, and catastrophic injury or death as a result of motor vehicle or on-the-job accidents. He is licensed to practice within the states of Oklahoma and New Jersey.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
What separates David Bernstein from most other trial lawyers is that David Bernstein also runs Focus Group Oklahoma, which has state-of-the-art focus group facilities with professional quality video and audio equipment at the Bernstein Law Building. Focus Group Oklahoma does focus groups usually once or twice a week. If a focus group determines a potential case is without merit, the case is declined. If a focus group identifies issues that need to be overcome, this information is utilized when presenting the case for trial. This focus-group-first mentality allows David Bernstein to have the confidence to spend whatever is necessary, even over $100,000 in expenses if required, to advocate on his clients behalf.If you have a case that needs assistance, consider contacting David Bernstein. Besides moderating over 250 focus groups at Focus Group Oklahoma, Bernstein also provides litigation assistance to other lawyers across Oklahoma. In addition, Bernstein teaches legal seminars every year to other lawyers on topics including personal injury, bad faith insurance, focus groups and trial practice. Bernstein has practiced law for over 35 years; has tried over 100 jury trials; has secured numerous six- and seven-figure jury verdicts and settlements; has been recognized as a Top Lawyer (which is restricted to the top 5% of all attorneys) in Oklahoma every year since this prestigious program began in 2006; and is the Dean of the Advanced Focus Group College at the Keenan Trial Institute. The initial consultation is always ,confidential, and ,free,.If you want to help the underprivileged that go hungry in Oklahoma, please consider making a tax deductible donation to Lawyers Fighting Hunger, a nonprofit charity started in 2011 by Noble McIntyre, Hugh Robert and David Bernstein, by visiting ,www.lawyersfightinghunger.org,. Please call ,405.329.1484, or ,800.235.0529, to set up a free initial, confidential consultation. In the alternative, you can send an e-mail to ,[email protected], and describe your legal issue. The main office has plenty of free parking and is located in downtown Norman at 104 W. Gray Street. If you are unable to travel, David Bernstein can come to your location. Please visit ,www.USASafetyLawyer.com, ,for more information
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.
Gregg W. Luther
The founder of Gregg W. Luther, pllc, located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Gregg W. Luther has aggressively litigated on behalf of his clients in the surrounding areas for over 20 years. From the start, his practice of law has been focused on medical malpractice law and the complex litigation involved in the representation of plaintiffs in cases involving birth injuries, surgical mistakes, medication errors and similar matters.Mr. Luther attended law school at the Oklahoma City University School of Law, graduating in 1992 with his Juris Doctor. While he was in law school, he served as an editor of the Oklahoma Law Review. Upon his graduation, Mr. Luther went to work for some of the largest medical malpractice defense firms in the state, where he honed his skills in litigating tough cases. After learning how these cases are defended, he then switched his focus, believing that injured patients need a voice advocating on their behalf. Mr. Luthers track record and superb ethical standards have led to his recognition by his clients, peers and the judiciary. He has received an AV Preeminent peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating an attorney may receive. In addition, his law firm has been listed as a Tier 1 law firm by U.S. News & World Report.Mr. Luther works alongside medical malpractice attorneys of national prominence. Dedicated to his profession as well as to his community, he is an advisory board member of the Oklahoma Association for Justice, a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, The American Board of Trial Advocates, and The American Association for Justice. Mr. Luther is also a faculty member of the Keenan Ball Trial College.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.
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.