What is the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Appeals Process?
Columbus Workers Compensation Attorneys Explain How to Appeal Job Injury Benefit Denials
A work injury can turn your whole world upside down, including:
- Leaving you without the ability to walk due to a spinal injury, partially or fully blind or deaf, mentally impaired due to a brain injury or without a hand, leg, arm or other limb;
- Resulting in the wrongful death of a worker, leaving his or her family without someone they had planned their future with;
- Burying you under years of debt due to hospital bills, rehabilitation/physical therapy expenses, funeral costs, lost income and expensive long-term care at home or in an assisted living facility.
Bottom line, if you or a family member have been the victim of an on-the-job accident, you need help. However, in some cases, the initial Ohio workers compensation claim does not provide injured workers and their families with the assistance they need. For workplace accident victims, the Ohio workers compensation appeals process is often their last and best option.
How Does the Ohio Workers Compensation Appeals Process Work?
After the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) makes a decision regarding an initial claim, an employer or injured worker that disagrees with the Ohio BWC’s ruling may file an appeal. Generally, the Ohio workers compensation appeal process will involve a hearing. Any government entity or employer involved in the appeals process will have legal representation during the hearing. Injured workers in Ohio also have the option of having a workers comp lawyer represent them in an appeal hearing. However, you do not have to do so, though we recommend having one.
You must file an Ohio workers compensation appeal in writing. Verbal appeals will not be considered. The first step to filing an appeal is to submit an Ohio workers comp appeal form. It must include the following information:
- Claim number
- Name of the injured worker
- Name of the employer
- Date of the BWC decision you are appealing
- Reason why you are appealing the decision
If a hearing is necessary, it will likely be held at the local Industrial Commission (IC) office nearest to where the injured worker resides. Each party involved in the hearing will be notified at least 14 days before the hearing. The IC may ask injured workers to submit to a medical examination prior to the hearing. If the IC requests the medical exam, injured workers must submit to it. The hearing’s administrator may issue a compliance letter. This allows each party in the appeal the right to submit interrogatories to or depose an IC or BWC doctor involved in the case. The IC will mail the decision regarding the appeal to all parties via US mail following the hearing.
I Need a Lawyer for Help with the Ohio Workers Compensation Appeals Process
The Columbus work injury lawyers at Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC have been helping injured workers and their families since 1929. As our client testimonials show, we know how to successfully guide on-the-job accident victims through the Ohio workers compensation appeal process.
At Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC, we believe in working as a team. Thus, when you hire us, you get our entire team of experienced workers compensation attorneys and legal staff. We have offices across Ohio, including our main location in Columbus in addition to branch offices in Zanesville, Shadyside, Portsmouth, Newark and Lima. We regularly handle Ohio BWC hearings in Cambridge as well.
If you have a question about the Ohio workers comp appeal process, forms or how you can afford workmans comp attorney fees, give us a call. We offer free inital consultations with our experienced workers comp lawyers. There is no obligation to hire us. Therefore, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Call us today.