Can I Recover Damages If I Was Injured on the Job in Oklahoma?

In the event of a workplace injury in Oklahoma, many individuals instinctively turn to workers’ compensation as their sole remedy for recovery. While this may be the case, the path to compensation isn’t always straightforward. The circumstances surrounding the injury play a vital role in determining the available legal options. In certain scenarios, you may find yourself eligible for both a workers’ compensation case and a third-party civil liability case. Here is more about these situations and how to handle complex injury cases.

The Dual Nature of Work-Related Injuries

When you’re hurt on the job, the traditional route is to file a workers’ compensation case. This provides compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and rehabilitation costs, aiming to support employees during their recovery. However, it’s important to recognize that there are instances where a workplace injury may involve a third party, opening the door to a personal injury case.

Handling Both Fronts – A Real-Life Example

Consider the case of a client currently under our representation. This individual was operating an oil truck on an Oklahoma highway when another vehicle carelessly ran a stop sign, resulting in a violent collision and causing severe injuries. As our client was acting within the scope of his employment, he rightfully filed a workers’ compensation case. However, that was not the end of the litigation. Recognizing the negligence of the other driver, we pursued a personal injury case against them and their insurance company. This dual approach maximizes the client’s chances of obtaining the compensation they deserve.

The Complexity of Dual Cases

Dealing with both workers’ compensation and personal injury cases can be intricate. Each case involves distinct legal processes, requirements, and considerations. Navigating these complexities requires legal expertise and a comprehensive understanding of the nuances in Oklahoma law. 

In the realm of work-related injuries in Oklahoma, the exclusive reliance on workers’ compensation is not always the end of the road. Understanding the potential for dual cases involving personal injury claims is crucial for maximizing compensation and holding negligent parties accountable.

When a Third-Party Liability Case Comes into Play

A third-party liability case refers to a legal situation in which an individual seeks compensation for injuries or damages caused by the negligence or wrongful actions of someone other than their employer or co-worker. In the context of workplace injuries, a third-party liability case arises when a person is injured on the job due to the negligence of a party not directly associated with their employer or fellow employees.

In simpler terms, while workers’ compensation typically covers injuries sustained in the workplace, a third-party liability case involves holding someone outside of the employer-employee relationship responsible for the harm caused. This third party could be another individual, a company, or any entity not connected to the injured person’s employer.

In Pursuit of Justice

If you believe your workplace injury extends beyond the scope of traditional workers’ compensation, our office is equipped to guide you through the complexities of pursuing both avenues for justice. Your well-being and financial recovery are our priorities, and we’re here to help you navigate the intricate landscape of work-related injury cases in Oklahoma.

If you find yourself injured on the job and suspect that someone else’s negligence played a role, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our team is here to walk you through the process, exploring the potential for both a workers’ compensation case and a personal injury case. By seeking our guidance, you can make informed decisions about your legal options and take steps toward securing the compensation you rightfully deserve. 

Do You Suspect Negligence in Your Workplace Injury? Call Us

At Bryan Garrett PLLC, we know just how serious work injury accidents can be. When you’re hurt, the last thing you want to do is spend hours navigating the rules around worker compensation. Let our law firm handle your case so you can focus on recovering instead. For a free consultation with an Oklahoma workers’ compensation attorney, contact us today at (405) 358-2342.