The Oklahoma City Law firm, Burton Law Group, P.C., was founded by the Late Lew Gravitt in 1992. Today, the firm is the people’s choice for personal injury attorneys, social security attorneys, and workers compensation attorneys. The firm serves all of Oklahoma and has offices in Oklahoma City, Walters, and Tulsa.

There are many attorneys in Oklahoma City but our firm gives every case the attention it deserves. You are not just another case in our office but rather someone we will treat like a family member. We will work tirelessly to pursue the benefits you are entitled to and we remain accessible throughout your case. Whether you have a car accident, social security disability claim, or workers compensation claim, we are here to help. People choose our law firm over others because we are extremely passionate about pursuing the rights of our clients – and about pursuing the maximum compensation possible under the law. We approach the case in a very personal manner. We talk to our clients, answer their questions and keep them updated throughout the legal process. Passion for Oklahoma City and the people who make it a great place to live.

Burton Law Group can provide services in a broad range of areas:

  • Auto Accidents
  • Construction Accidents
  • Medical Practice
  • Personal Injury
  • Truck Accidents
  • Bankruptcy
  • Defective Product Injury
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Defective Product Injury
  • Slip and Fall Injuries
  • Workers Compensation
  • Boat Accidents
  • Employment Law
  • On the Job Injuries
  • Social Security Disability
  • Wrongful Death

We’re also passionate about our town, Oklahoma City, and the people who make Oklahoma a great place to live. Naturally, we are keen to pursue the rights of our people. We will always answer any questions you have regarding your case and utilize our resources to obtain the best outcome possible for you.

In 2016, our firm was instrumental in helping undo a great injustice passed into law at the request of a few irresponsible employers. The Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down the Opt Out Act on September 13, 2016, as an unconstitutional special law. Dillard’s department store opted out of the Oklahoma Workers Compensation Act when it became lawful to do so on February 1, 2014. Subsequently, many injured workers were denied benefits that would have otherwise been due under the Workers’ Compensation Act. Employers were allowed to deny claims and if the employee sought an appeal the appeal was decided by Dillard’s much like the fox watching the hen house.

Though there are no guarantees, with the Burton Law Group, P.C., you can be confident that you have a capable and tenacious law firm at your side. We will devote our time, dedication, and all the resources necessary to pursue the best possible outcome for you.

Phone (800) 257-5533(800) 257-5533 for a free consultation with an Oklahoma City injury lawyer from The Burton Law Group, P.C.

wc compABOUT WORKERS COMPENSATION COVERAGE

Worker’s Compensation is insurance for employees injured during the course of their work. It provides wages and medical care in exchange for mandatory relinquishment of the employee’s right to sue his/her employer for any tort of negligence.  This tradeoff is known as “the compensation bargain”.

Plans vary among jurisdictions, and in some cases, provisions can include weekly payments in place of wages (functioning like disability insurance), compensation for past and future economic loss, and reimbursement for medical care expenses (functioning like health insurance). In addition, benefits may be payable to dependents of workers killed during employment which functions like a life insurance policy.

Worker’s Compensation is designed to ensure that employees who are injured or disabled during work are not required to cover medical bills related to their on-the-job accident.  The original intent was to eliminate the need for employees to litigate. The Workers Comp system means that workers give up the right to sue for pain and suffering awards.  Employers are protected by having limited amounts that an employee can recover. The coworkers of an injured worker are protected – because the liability of coworkers has been eliminated all together.  The actual amounts and details of workers compensation claims are established on a state-by-state basis.  Federal statutes in the United States are limited to federal employees or those workers employed in some significant aspect of interstate commerce.

HOW WORKERS COMPENSATION GOT ITS START

At the start, finding common ground between laborers and employers took some time and effort.  Laws passed simply allowed injured employees to sue their employers and then make a case proving a negligent act or omission.  Thus, an injured workers’ only potential for compensation was to sue their employer for negligence (via a civil or ‘tort’ action). However, most employers had better resources and used several effective defenses (described below), often rendering the lawsuit a wasted effort for the injured worker. In other words, employers would win, and the worker who sued them could be fired.

Back then, key defenses included Assumption of Risk, which stated the employee assumed the risk of dangerous or potentially dangerous activity when agreeing to work for the industry, therefore lifting any duty of care from the employer.  Contributory Negligence was used to make the case that if the injured worker was even partially responsible in causing or aggravating his/her injury, he/she was barred from any restoration from the employer.  And, the Fellow Servant Rule stated if the employee’s injury was caused by a fellow employee and not by the employer, then the employer was not at fault and should not be charged with negligence.

The constant litigation took up an enormous amount of time and money for both employers and employees. It also placed a heavy burden on the judicial system.

As years passed, there was a shift in the court’s recognition of an employee’s value and more judgments were being granted in their favor. The push and pull between employer and employee for liability was increasingly troublesome, and a compromise was needed.

Wisconsin became the first state in the U.S. to pass a workers’ compensation law in 1911. Judges in that state were awarding cases to the employees, and so employers became worried. They became open to some type of action that would rectify the situation, and thus the new law was passed. By 1949, all states had enacted some form of what was known as “workman’s compensation”. It is now commonly referred to as “Worker’s Compensation”.

About Burton Law Group

Our legal team brings you a wealth of experience in car accident, social security disability, workers compensation and employment cases. We can also handle bankruptcies for businesses and individuals.

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