What is an Occupational Injury?

Our Columbus Workers Compensation Attorneys Explain

Photo of construction equipmentPeople are understandably anxious about filing a workers comp claim after an injury. Already suffering, the process of documenting and treating the work injury while filing a claim can be overwhelming. In addition to the financial and emotional hardships of lost wages and medical costs, you must navigate the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (Bureau) claims process and/or your employer’s self-insurance process. Filling a workers comp claim can be confusing and stressful.

Our family of Columbus workers compensation attorneys does everything possible to reduce the stress of pursuing your rights so you receive the benefits you deserve. Founded by Richard N. Larrimer in the late 1920s when the coal mining workers in southeastern Ohio were experiencing legal issues, our firm has continued to uphold the rights of employees in the Buckeye State.

What is an Occupational Injury?

When you are hurt on the job, it is important to know you can receive workers compensation benefits. In Ohio, workers comp covers most injuries occurring at or resulting from your employment. This includes injuries that significantly aggravate pre-existing conditions, injuries from falls, burns and other traumas as well as repetitive motion injuries. Occupational diseases, such as illnesses caused by hazardous conditions on the job, are also covered.

When the Bureau or an employer self-insurance company denies workers compensation benefits, they often claim the injury is not work-related. Our Ohio workers compensation lawyers help you challenge denials by evaluating your case, preparing for the critical review hearing and representing only you when the Bureau and employers are looking to keep your benefits. We help with all workplace injuries, including:

Types of Occupational Injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) considers any injury or illness work-related if something happened in the workplace that caused or contributed to the injury or illness, or if the workplace significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition. Common injuries we see include:

  • Head trauma due to falling objects and falls
  • Cuts and abrasions, sometimes involving tendon and muscle
  • Back and neck injuries including strains, sprains and bulging discs
  • Repetitive motion injuries, such as tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Torn ligaments or meniscus
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Burn injuries due to fire, electricity or chemicals
  • Psychological trauma, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken bones and sprains
  • Death from fatal workplace injuries

Types of Occupational Diseases

An occupational disease is a chronic ailment that occurs because of your work or occupational activity. Occupational diseases include:

  • Poisoning because of exposure to dangerous substances
  • Skin infection or inflammation from oils, cutting compounds or lubricants, dust, liquids, fumes, gases or vapors
  • Cancer, including mesothelioma, from exposure to dangerous substances

Find an Ohio Workers Compensation Attorney for filing a Workers Comp Claim

If you are hurt at work, contact our Columbus workers compensation attorneys at Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC. We are available by calling us locally at (614) 221-7548. We are dedicated to fighting for your rights. Our offices are located in Columbus, Zanesville, Shadyside, Newark and Lima.