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.
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:
If you have been hurt on the job, a knowledgeable workers compensation attorney can determine whether you may be entitled to a VSSR award.
To initiate an Ohio 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 Ohio VSSR process.
If you have suffered an injury at work, speak with our attorneys today and let us work for your benefit. Our family of attorneys continues to represent clients in workers compensation and Social Security disability cases all over Ohio. Contact our workers compensation lawyers right away to schedule a free consultation.
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