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.

Negligence or Not – With Workers Compensation, It Doesn’t Matter

By August 24, 2013Blog

Workers compensation insurance provides the monies to compensate a worker who is injured performing a job-related task. Medical bills and time lost from work will be reimbursed to the injured employee. But this reimbursement comes at a trade-off. Yes the injured person is assured of getting compensated—but it is limited. And they also give up their right to sue their employer for negligence. It’s sort of like workers and employers striking a bargain. The workers will receive some monies, but they can’t try to sue for more.

You may think that an injured worker would need to prove negligence on the part of the employer in order to collect workers compensation benefits. But this is not the case. The bottom line is if you are hurt at work, you’re covered. This insurance was designed specifically to make sure that no injured worker would go unpaid, and be left struggling with no wages coming in, unable to pay medical bills. The compensation insurance that employers purchase covers every single employee.

As long as the injury arose from performing work-related duties, the insurance kicks in and the claim is filed. Negligence on the part of the employer may or may not have been present. Sometimes, accidents really do “just happen” – without specific cause, or anyone’s liability. Workers compensation benefits guarantee that lost wages and medical bills are paid. But what about pain and suffering? What if you are permanently disfigured by a preventable accident? What if the employer was indeed negligent? Well, now we refer back to that trade-off we spoke of earlier.

For example, maybe a worker loses a finger using a piece of equipment that used to have a safety guard. But the employer removed the safety guard because it slowed down production,  or because a manager simply felt the guard was unnecessary. This worker is missing a finger for the rest of his life. So you would think he could pursue additional damages and a higher level of compensation. But the reality of workers compensation coverage is that it is the only recourse for an injured worker. So every injured worker gets compensated–but no injured worker gets compensated above and beyond what the coverage allows.  Some people argue that this creates an unfair system. Others say it’s the only way to go. Regardless, just imagine the sheer volume of lawsuits if workers compensation was not in place.

It is not a perfect system, but it has worked well to help injured employees over the approximately 85 years that it has been in place.

There is one exception to the limitations of workers compensation insurance. And that is something called intentional tort. We will explain this in the next article.

Of course any worker who is concerned about claiming their workers compensation benefits can always speak to an attorney who handles this area. Workers compensation laws can be a confusing, depending on what state you live and work in.

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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