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Back Injury at Work & What to Do Now

Posted on April 5, 2021

If you are injured at work, Oklahoma workers’ compensation should cover your claim. Back injuries are one of the most common types of workplace injuries. Damage to your back can arise in virtually any industry, from working at a desk to working retail, to working on a construction site.

Even if you have a pre-existing back condition, furthering the injury at work from repeated use or acute damage can trigger a workers’ compensation claim.

If you feel like you hurt your back at work, it is a good idea to take the following steps.

1. Notify your employer.

As soon as you realize that your injury may be work-related, it is a good idea to notify your employer. You do not have to provide any formal notification, but you should tell your supervisor either verbally or in writing.

In Oklahoma, you are required to tell your employer about your injury within 30 days. As a rule—the sooner you tell your employer, the better.

2. Make arrangements to start a workers’ compensation claim.

Your employer should provide you with some forms to complete to get the workers’ compensation process started. Once you go through this initial first step, your employer will often help you get medical care by providing you with a list of approved healthcare providers that you can see.

Keep in mind that if you are in an emergency, you should get medical help immediately. You do not have to wait to get your employer’s permission to get care in a crisis.

If your employer does not provide you with a list of approved healthcare providers within seven days of you notifying them about the injury, then you can get care wherever you would like.

3. Get medical care and follow up with appointments.

You should make active efforts to seek the medical care that your employer is providing to you. Be sure to follow the doctor’s advice and follow up with treatment as needed. Taking good care of yourself should be your number one priority.

4. Involve a workers’ compensation or a personal injury attorney.

Although workers’ compensation is supposed to be a simple system designed to get you immediate medical care and replacement funds if you can no longer work, it does not always work as designed. Instead, you may need to involve an attorney to help you get the compensation you deserve after your back injury.

There are cases where someone else, other than your employer, maybe at fault for your injuries, as well. As an attorney, I can help you navigate these more complicated cases. Give me a call at (918)745-9960 or contact me online.