At the conclusion of my cases, my clients become part of my “extended family,” and I hope they continue to think of me as their attorney as well as their friend. The first thing, addressed in the next article, is to make sure you have adequate insurance coverage. You should photograph the damage to all of the vehicles involved, the overall scene, and any visible injuries. The money certainly didn’t undo the harm I suffered, but it paid the bills, made up for the time I had to spend away from my growing law practice, and allowed me to set something aside for the future.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.
Illnesses and diseases that develop because of constant strain on the worker are covered by the workers’ comp. Diseases related to work as well as psychological or physical illnesses resulting due to long-term exposure to stress and strain are all covered by the workers’ comp. However, in such instances, there is a difficulty in attempting to prove whether the illness is work-related or not. Different states have different rules for such situations. For more information, you are required to check out the employees’ rights booklet provided by your employer that lists down the injuries and illnesses that are covered by workers’ compensation.
In most cases, if you sustain an injury or develop an illness while doing something for your employer, then you can get the benefits provided under workers’ compensation. It is a given that you must meet other eligibility requirements that depend on your state laws.
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.
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
- Monty L. Cain
- C. Scott Loftis
- A. Laurie Koller
- Fletcher Dal Handley, Jr.
- T. Luke Abel
- Andrew M. Casey
- Gary B. Homsey
- Brent L. Neighbors
- James A. Belote
- Maurice G. Woods, II
- Emily Kitch
- Cory Hicks
Monty L. Cain
Monty L. Cain is an attorney at Cain Law Office in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mr. Cain focuses his practice on personal injury law, representing clients in matters involving car accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, Social Security Disability, truck accidents and workers compensation. He serves clients throughout the Oklahoma City metropolitan region.Mr. Cain has more than 20 years of experience and provides personalized and dedicated representation to injured victims. Over his career, he has recovered millions of dollars in successful verdicts and settlements for his clients. He is passionate about helping Oklahoma residents who have been injured or lost a loved one due to a catastrophic injury receive just compensation.Active in his legal community, Mr. Cain belongs to the Oklahoma County Bar Association, the South Oklahoma City Lawyers Association, the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Oklahoma Association for Justice and the American Bar Association. His success has resulted in recognition from the National Trial Lawyers, who selected his name among the top trial lawyers.Born and raised in Oklahoma, Mr. Cain earned a bachelors degree in petroleum land management from the University of Oklahoma and subsequently spent many years working in the petroleum industry. He received his law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law.Following law school, Mr. Cain developed his legal skills by working for a private Oklahoma based firm. He founded Cain Law Office in 2011. He holds an active law license before all Oklahoma state courts, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.
C. Scott Loftis
C. Scott Loftis focuses his Oklahoma practice on representing clients in their cases involving personal injury and wrongful death, insurance disputes and bad faith, criminal defense, divorce and child custody. An honors graduate of the Oklahoma City University School of Law, Mr. Loftis offers individualized, personal attention for legal representation throughout the states of Oklahoma and Kansas.Mr. Loftis is admitted to practice within the states of Oklahoma and Kansas as well as before the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Court of Kansas, and the Northern, Eastern and Western U.S. District Courts of Oklahoma. He is a member of the American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, Oklahoma Association for Justice, Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the Oklahoma and Kansas Bar Associations.
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.
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.
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.
Andrew M. Casey
With a varied practice that includes criminal defense, personal injury and wrongful death litigation, and civil rights, Andrew M. Casey is an attorney at Foshee & Yaffe. Based in Oklahoma City, he provides representation to clients throughout the greater metropolitan area and other parts of the state. Admitted to practice before all Oklahoma state courts, Mr. Casey is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit. In addition, he is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the Chickasaw Nation and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Supreme Court.Mr. Casey has been selected in two consecutive years to Top Lawyers, Rising Stars. Since his first selection, Mr. Casey won an appeal before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and successfully obtained a verdict of Not Guilty with a complete dismissal for a client accused of First Degree Murder. In addition, Mr. Casey has obtained dismissals for falsely accused clients in numerous felonies in the last year including sex crime accusations and white collar criminal allegations. In addition, Mr. Casey has represented the interests of numerous businesses including construction companies and jewelery retailers.Mr. Caseys criminal defense experience has included both trials and appeals, and the cases that he has worked on during his distinguished career have been based on charges of sex crimes, homicide, assault and battery, drug possession and distribution, weapons violations, and driving under the influence of alcohol. His personal injury background has centered on the representation of people who have been harmed by the negligence of other parties in cases involving motor vehicle crashes, premises liability, defective products and auto-pedestrian accidents. Mr. Casey has also assisted clients whose civil rights have been infringed upon by government employees.Mr. Casey is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, where he majored in political science and received a Bachelor of Arts in 2009. After being a debate teacher and coach at the University of North Texas, he decided to pursue legal education, and he enrolled at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. While he was there, Mr. Casey was an editor of the American Indian Law Review and served several internships before being awarded his Juris Doctor in 2015.
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
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.
Emily Kitch has dedicated her legal practice to protecting the rights of Oklahomans in oil and gas litigation and personal injury. A veteran of many trials and hundreds of courtroom appearances, Emily understands that victory doesnt happen by accident and because of this, she is a passionate advocate for each and every client she represents.
The mission statement on our website Serving all your probate, real estate, estate planning, business law, and litigation needs from the heart of the Oklahoma Panhandle summarizes well the core of what our office does. However, we practice in other areas and work with accountants, other attorneys, appraisers, surveyors, realtors, financial planners and other experts to help our clients achieve their goals. Please contact us if you have any questions about whether we can help you.