Violation of Specific Safety Requirements
Our Workers Comp Lawyers Help Injured Workers Get the VSSR Compensation They Deserve
Employers have a legal duty to provide employees with a safe work environment. If you sustain an injury at work in Ohio, you may be entitled to an additional award beyond workers compensation benefits if a Violation of Specific Safety Requirements (VSSR) has occurred.
VSSR awards typically range from 15 to 50 percent of an injured worker’s maximum allowable workers compensation benefits.
For over 80 years, Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC has been fighting for injured workers throughout the state of Ohio. We proudly handle workers comp and VSSR claims, standing by our clients every step of the way. You can count on our dedicated Ohio workers comp attorneys to help you obtain the full amount of compensation to which you are entitled.
What Is a Violation of Specific Safety Requirements (VSSR)?
Section 4101 of the Ohio Revised Code requires employers to “protect the life, health, safety, and welfare” of “employees and frequenters.” Failure to follow established safety requirements may constitute a violation. Examples of VSSRs include:
- Failing to provide safe and necessary tools
- Failing to train employees in the safe use of equipment
- Failing to properly maintain equipment
- Allowing defective or damaged equipment to remain in service
- Altering equipment to remove safety protections and guards
- Exposing employees to hazardous materials without proper safety equipment
- Requiring employees to handle dangerous materials without proper safety training
If you have been hurt on the job, a knowledgeable workers compensation attorney can determine whether you may be entitled to a VSSR award.
Understanding the Violation of Specific Safety Requirement Process
To initiate a VSSR claim, injured workers must file a form called Additional Award for Violation of Specific Safety Requirements in a Workers Compensation Claim. In cases involving worker death, the victim’s family can initiate a claim. Workers or surviving family members should file this form within two years of injury, death or initial diagnosis of occupational illness.
VSSR investigations typically include a site inspection, interviews, affidavits and other relevant documentation. Involved parties have 30 days to review the investigator’s report and provide additional information. The Industrial Commission of Ohio (IC) schedules a pre-hearing conference to review new information and reach a possible settlement. If the parties cannot reach a settlement, the IC sets a date for a merit hearing. At the merit hearing, an IC official renders a decision regarding the VSSR claim.
To avoid making mistakes that could result in denial of your claim, you should work with a qualified Ohio workers compensation lawyer throughout the entire VSSR process.