Qualifying for Workers Compensation Benefits
Ohio Workers Compensation Laws Protect Those Hurt on the Job
Our founder Richard N. Larrimer began to focus his practice on workers compensation in the 1920s, and our focus has never changed.
What Is Workers Compensation?
Workers compensation provides workers injured at work with wage and medical benefits. Because of workers comp, you cannot sue your employer if you suffer an injury while working. Workers compensation benefits range from permanent, total disability to partial and temporary benefits. The workers compensation system also provides for wage loss benefits when you are not able to return to your previous line of work or find a job that pays a comparable amount.
Workers Comp Qualification in Ohio
If you suffer an on the job injury, you may have a claim for workers compensation benefits.
If your injury or condition existed before your employment, you must be able to prove that it was aggravated while performing work related activities.
Filing Your Workers Comp Claim
The first thing you should do after a work injury is to seek medical attention and notify your employer; complete and file a written accident report immediately, explaining in detail what led to your injury. You, your employer or your treating physician must file a First Report of Injury with the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (the Bureau) as soon as possible.
It is important to remember that there is a two-year statute of limitations applicable to a workers compensation claim. If you do not file your claim within two years of your injury, you will not be able to collect Ohio work injury benefits.
If the Bureau denies part or all of your benefits, you will have to challenge the denial in a hearing before the Bureau’s Industrial Commission (the Commission). You also may want to retain a workers compensation attorney if you have not already. The review process is complicated and involves reviewing both your paperwork and medical records to prepare for the hearing. If the Commission denies your claim, you must appeal it to the court system.
Contact us today for a free consultation to have a workers compensation lawyer assess your case. Located in Ohio, we represent clients throughout the state of Ohio including Columbus, Zanesville, Shadyside, Newark, Portsmouth and Lima. Our family works for your benefit; we are ready to help you. Call today.