All workers in Ohio have the option of applying for workers compensation benefits when they are hurt on the job. Under the law, these benefits pay for the medical treatments that workers need after suffering serious harm. Although it may seem easy to understand these laws, our workers comp attorneys want to provide a more thorough explanation of the rights and benefits Ohio workers have.
If you have questions about your legal rights, the attorneys at Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC can review your potential claim during a free consultation. Individuals can also visit our injured workers blog for more information.
The Ohio workers’ compensation process can become very complex and require expert attention to be sure you receive the benefits to which you are entitled as an injured worker. If you are injured at work, the first step should be informing your employer of the injury. After you notify your employer, the next and very important step is to file a First Report of Injury (FROI) with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (OBWC). The FROI may be filed by your attorney, your employer, a medical provider, or your employer’s managed care organization. This is the important step that begins the Ohio workers’ comp claim process.
Depending on who is filing the claim, different information is required. As an injured worker, you will provide basic information such as your name; social security number; mailing address; home and work phone numbers; gender; and date of birth. Then the form asks for specific information regarding the workers’ comp claim which includes: date of injury or disease diagnosis; occupation; description of the accident; type of injury; and the employer’s workers’ comp policy number. According to the OBWC, after they receive the First Report of Injury, information gathering and claim investigation begins. OBWC will allow or deny the claim within 28 days.
In their 2017 annual report OBWC reports processing 10,745 lost time claims, 75,030 medical only claims, 360 occupational disease claims, and 155 death claims. Another 11,641 claims were dismissed or disallowed. An additional almost 705,000 claims were open. With that volume of claims being processed, it is important that you remain well-informed on the status of your claim to be sure you receive the help you need and are entitled to receive.
Almost 12,000 claims were disallowed in 2017. What happens if your claim is disallowed? You have an opportunity to appeal that decision, but the appeal must be filed within 14 days of OBWC’s decision. Often times, according to OBWC, claims are disallowed due to a lack of information. This is an often-avoidable mistake that can slow your claim and reimbursement process, or in a worst-case scenario result in not receiving your due from the Ohio workers’ comp claim process.
The experienced and qualified Ohio workers’ comp lawyers at Larrimer & Larrimer will help you no matter what the difficulty you’re experiencing in your workers’ comp claim – whether it be with filing the claim, or appealing a denied claim and preparing for a hearing. The workers’ compensation claim process can be tricky, and it is important it be done right the first time. Our family of Ohio workers’ compensation attorneys are ready to help you through the entire process.
If you have been injured at work, or are suffering from an occupation-related disease, you need an Ohio workers’ compensation attorney who can navigate these confusing laws and make sure deadlines are met. The attorneys at Larrimer & Larrimer are experts in the workers’ comp process and will see to it that you receive justice for your injury. Call the workers’ comp lawyers at Larrimer & Larrimer today for a free case evaluation at (614) 221-7548.
In addition to TTD and WL benefits, there are several other potential sources of compensation. These include:
It can be difficult to know what workers compensation benefits to apply for, not to mention the complexity of the application process and making sure that you have the required documentation. An experienced attorney can assist you with the application process. Our attorneys understand the unique Ohio workers compensation laws and can help prevent a denial of your benefits.
When you are hurt on the job, the Columbus workers compensation attorneys at Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC can ensure you get the benefits you deserve. Beginning in 1929, we protected the rights of workers throughout Ohio. Please talk to our work injury attorneys by calling (614) 221-7548 for free attorney advice. We have offices in Columbus, Zanesville, Newark and Portsmouth.
“I am very blessed to have found this firm. They have made sure that I have received all the compensation possible related to my claim. This is the firm I would recommend to my own family members and anyone else in need of legal representation due to work related injuries.”
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