Oklahoma Workers Compensation and Disability

April 22nd, 2022 by admin Leave a reply »

If you have been injured at work and begun the process of pursuing your workers’ compensation claim for benefits in Oklahoma, it’s likely that you’ve already been introduced to a whole new world of jargon. Even though the intent behind the enactment of workers’ compensation laws in Oklahoma was to provide for a fast, efficient and simple system, most people agree that it’s become anything but easy.

Below you’ll find some basic terms and disability statuses explained within the realm of Oklahoma workers’ compensation law. If you’re having problems with your claim, your best step would be to contact an attorney to clarify your questions and help with your concerns.

The Types of Workers Compensation Disability
There are a few different types of disability statuses in Oklahoma, and these different terms are important because they factor directly into what your ultimate benefits award will be or even if your benefits will originate with the State of Oklahoma or the federal government. Examples of these statuses are as follows:

Temporary Total Disability (TTD) – This is a status that’s most common with workers’ compensation claims around the country. It basically means that a worker is completely unable to work in any fashion for a finite period of time, and will ultimately be able to return to work at least in some form or capacity.
Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) – PPD is basically the status whereby the worker may be able to return to work at some point in a limited capacity, but he or she will never be able to return to the duties he or she handled prior to the injury.
Permanent Total Disability (PTD) – PTD is clearly the most severe status. This classification means that the worker will never be able to hold gainful employment given his or her age, education and experience.
Social Security Disability (SSD) – Although this is generally the same classification as PTD but on the federal level, it’s quite common that a claimant will be awarded Oklahoma workers’ compensation benefits but not SSD and even vice versa.
How to Proceed
As you see, there are several different classifications that a claimant could be attached to given the severity of his or her injuries. The first step in this process is to seek medical attention, and the state law provides that the employer is the party who makes the decision on the specific doctor for the initial exam.
However, that does not mean that you simply must stick with the original diagnosis and prognosis. If you feel that this process is not treating you fairly, then you need to contact an Oklahoma workers’ compensation attorney to get the answers you need.

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