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.

Payments on Workers Compensation Claims

 

One question an injured worker has about Compensation claims is how much will they receive, and how do the payments work. The answer varies by state but, all of the following are considerations.

1. Lost Wages Compensation
When a worker is unable to work for a period of time due to a work-related injury it is called “temporary total disability”. He/she will generally be entitled to some compensation for lost wages. Each state is different as far as how many days of work must be missed due to the injury before they are entitled to receive compensation for lost wages but, after he/she has missed work for the required number of days, the lost wages benefits are generally retroactive back to the first day of work that was missed because of the work-related injury.

2. Amount of Workers’ Compensation Benefits Paid
The amount of lost wages compensation for a Workers’ Compensation claim is based on previous earnings from the employer. The injured workers’ weekly earnings will generally be averaged by looking at what was earned during prior months. Each state determines how many weeks’ or months’ pay will be taken into account when calculating a worker’s average earnings but, the average amount of the weekly or biweekly Workers’ Compensation benefit check is around 2/3 of the gross average weekly earnings. Typically, this is considered non-taxable income.

3. Medical Payments
During medical treatment for work-related injuries, the Workers’ Compensation insurance company pays the medical bills. Payments for medical care are paid directly to the health care provider(s). If an injured worker must travel a significant distance to obtain the necessary medical treatment(s), he/she might apply and receive a reimbursement for mileage.

4. Specific Loss Benefits and Scars
Benefit amounts for certain losses of specific body parts may be payable. The amount varies, as do the benefit amounts from state to state. Generally speaking though, the benefit amount for losing a leg would be more than the benefit amount for the loss of a fingertip. There may also be a benefit amount assigned under state law for permanent and significant scars or disfigurement as a result of a work-related injury.

5. Death Benefits
In the unfortunate circumstance when a worker dies in a work-related accident, a lump sum death benefit to the estate of the deceased worker may be paid. The amount of the death benefit depends on several factors including state law and the number of dependents the deceased worker had. A set amount for burial expenses for the deceased worker may also be paid. In some cases, the worker may have had medical treatment after the work-related accident, but later died. In those cases, the medical expenses prior to the worker’s death are also generally covered by Workers’ Compensation insurance. Permanent Partial Disability or PPD Permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits may be available for a permanent loss of functional use of a body part. Permanent Total Disability or PTD Workers’ Compensation insurance may also pay permanent total disability (PTD) benefits when the injury has:

1. Reached maximum medical improvement,
2. Results in a permanent disability and he/she will never be able to return to any type of gainful employment. PPD and PTD will be discussed in our next article

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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