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.

The First Workers Compensation Case – How Did Workers Comp Start?

By December 3, 2013Blog

In 1911, the only option for a worker that was injured on the job was to sue in a civil or “tort” action; this did not differ from any other injury case that occurred with any other circumstances. This was a tough time period for American workers, as many of them were working in dangerous factories in conditions that were far from ideal, and they were unable to protect themselves. The big downside to these civil cases was that a worker had to prove (using their own time and expense) that an employer or fellow employee was negligent…and this made it extremely difficult to then recover any damages at all. Not to mention the possible repercussions of going against your employer.

However, as early as 1905 there was a trend that had begun in Massachusetts and Wisconsin that was gradually spreading; juries and judges were actually starting to reward employees more on injury cases that occurred while at work. This was not an easy struggle! The government would actually close down law practice after practice that had pursued this initiative.

After many unsuccessful attempts, however, Wisconsin’s Worker’s Compensation Act was recognized by the federal government in 1911. This Act sought to remove employers’ three common law defenses and push the intent of the law to prompt compensation. This became the norm and widely embraced, but it also came with limits that were placed on wage loss benefits, a cap on medical compensation, disability, and rehabilitation retraining. Even with the limitations in compensation, this was still better than risking gaining nothing at all, as had happened to many injured workers in the past. The value of an employee really became the driving force of this movement, and an awareness grew that families needed to be provided for if a worker was disabled or even killed.

Outside of the United States, many other countries were already practicing worker’s compensation/ worker’s insurance practices long before 1911. In 1884, Prussia passed the Worker’s Accident Insurance law, and then in 1887 England actually mirrored this same law (minus injuries caused by fellow employees). What is important about this, though, is that The Worker’s Accident Insurance Law of Prussia is believed to be the model for modern worker’s compensation in America.

Nowadays, of course, the Worker’s Compensation Act has been revised and included in states across the country, but the main value still remains, and workers no longer need to suffer physical and financial harm with no recourse. Laws vary state to state but all states have workers compensation laws in place. Many dangerous jobs and countless employees would not have the protection they do today if not for the long history of this law and the determination of those early supporters in 1905 to 1920.

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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