Working with McIntyre Law
The McIntyre Law team has been practicing in Oklahoma for many years, and a major part of our success is that we’ve invested time and energy into cultivating relationships with lawyers statewide who can work with you to get the best possible results for your workers’ compensation claim. That’s why, if you’re looking for an Oklahoma worker’s compensation attorney, McIntyre Law should be your first call. We’ll tap our extensive resources and contacts to connect you with the best possible people to manage your case.
What is a contingency fee?
When a lawyer works on a “contingency fee” basis, they’re agreeing to accept a fixed percentage of any monetary rewards from your lawsuit to cover their legal fees. If there are no rewards from your workers’ compensation case, you don’t pay the lawyer. We get paid if, and only if, you do.
Do I need a workers’ compensation attorney?
Even if you thought that perhaps the case would be simple and easily resolved, the moment that any wrinkle or complexity is introduced, it’s time to retain a workers’ compensation attorney. Here are just a few situations that would be a good time to make that call:
- Your employer denies your claim.
- You did not receive your workers’ compensation benefits promptly.
- Your employer’s offer to settle doesn’t cover all of your lost wages or medical expenses.
- Ongoing medical issues prevent you from returning to work.
- You are already receiving Social Security. Sometimes, Social Security is entitled to a portion of your benefits. Your workers’ compensation lawyer will know how to structure your settlement in a way that minimizes that offset.
- You are fired, demoted, hours are reduced, pay is reduced or you face any other kind of discrimination or retaliation because you filed a workers’ compensation claim.
In addition to any of these scenarios, you should also be aware that there is sometimes potential for a third-party claim. Workers’ compensation insurance is designed to compensate workers for injuries, but keep them out of the general court system. Sometimes, though, there is negligence by someone other than your employer, and in that case, workers’ compensation, alone, is not enough. For example, if you are a truck driver who is involved in a truck collision while on the job, you should be able to collect not only from your employer, but also from the motorist who caused the collision. Non-economic harms like pain and suffering are not covered by workers’ compensation, but they could be recovered in a personal injury lawsuit. If there is a possibility that other parties are involved besides your employer, a third-party claim would be appropriate.
Continuing medical issues as a result of a workplace injury
For many people who are injured on the job, the top priority is being able to return to work. Depending on the severity of your injury, you could be facing permanent partial disability or permanent total disability. If that is the case, you could be entitled to either lifetime weekly payments or a single lump sum that makes up for your lost wages. These payouts are expensive, even for a deep-pocketed insurance company, so they will do whatever they can to avoid them. An insurance company will always be looking to minimize your injuries so that it can pay as little as possible. For you, the hardworking individual who could be facing reduced wages or no wages for life because of an injury sustained at work, that is unacceptable. That’s why you need to consult a qualified, experienced workers’ compensation lawyer today. Contact McIntyre Law today and we will help you get the resources you need for a successful workers’ compensation claim.
The Importance of Workers’ Compensation in the Construction Industry
The construction industry is an essential component of our country’s economy. New buildings, homes, and roads are built everyday to allow businesses to grow, and to help keep our nation—and its economy—interconnected. Overall, nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across our nation each day. It’s also a very dangerous industry, and one that contributes greatly to the number of people who must use workers’ compensation benefits.
Oklahoma workers’ compensation laws state that if you have been injured on the job and you are unable to work for more than seven calendar days, you are eligible for weekly benefits amounting to 70% of your average weekly wage, up to the maximum set by law.
Unfortunately, the construction industry also has a fatal injury rate higher than the national average in this category for all industries. In Oklahoma from 1998-2008, 82 people were killed in construction-related incidents. Construction-related deaths accounted for 7% of all work-related deaths in Oklahoma during that period.
Meet our Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
If you’ve been injured on the job, contact us so we can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Could I handle my own workman’s compensation lawsuit?
It could be possible, in limited circumstances, to represent yourself for a workers’ compensation claim. These circumstances could include injuries in which:
- Your injury is minor (like a cut that required just a few stitches, or a pulled muscle that requires no treatment);
- Your injury did not cause you to miss work;
- Your employer takes immediate and full responsibility by admitting that the injury happened on the job; or
- You have no relevant pre-existing conditions.
If you are certain that there will be no lingering effects or ongoing or delayed medical treatment necessary, and that there are no additional aggravating factors, it might be worthwhile to represent yourself. However, in most circumstances, it would be wise to retain a workers’ compensation attorney in order to achieve the best possible result.