Injuries from construction equipment can be devastating, both physically and financially. If you are injured by construction equipment, our workers compensation attorneys will help you navigate the complex process of filing not only a Bureau claim, but possibly gain a Violation of Specific Safety Requirement (VSSR) recovery or compensation from a third party claim as well. Ohio law requires employers provide safe equipment at construction sites, and when malfunctions due to carelessness or cutting corners violate specific safety requirements, injured workers can receive additional compensation.
Construction equipment can range from ropes and safe walkways all the way to skyscraper cranes and heavy machinery. These injuries account for some of the most deadly and physically devastating injuries an individual can sustain in the workplace. The attorneys at Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC know what it takes to maximize the amount of your workers compensation benefits to ensure that you have what you need to begin the recovery process without financial worries.
When hurt on the job, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention and notify your employer. Any doctor can give emergency medical attention, but non-emergency care must receive authorization within the Ohio workers compensation system. Additionally, you must file a complete written accident report and your employer, your doctor or you must file a First Report of Injury with the Bureau. If you suspect a specific safety requirement violation has occurred, you must file the Additional Award for Violation of Specific Safety Requirement in a Workers Compensation Claim as well. A workers comp lawyer can make sure you follow the correct processes to preserve your benefits when injured.
To receive all your benefits from workers comp, it is critical to file a complete and error-free claim. Timeliness is also important, as you only have two years from the injury to file a claim. If you have an additional VSSR claim, there will be another investigation and hearing, but only after the Bureau reviews your workers compensation claims in which they may approve, approve in part or deny. An approved workers comp claim will cover any medical costs as well as lost wages. A VSSR can add substantial, additional compensation to the award. The Bureau returns a claim decision within 28 days, and a Violation of Specific Safety Requirement claim usually takes a few months due to the hearing requirement. If you receive a partial or full denial of your claim, the appeals process may allow more opportunities to reverse this judgment so that you may receive the benefits you deserve.
An attorney is your essential partner in the application and appeals process. A qualified workers comp attorney can properly file your claims so that you gain all of the available benefits for your construction injury. If you were hurt by equipment on a construction job site, speak with our workers compensation attorneys for more information. With more than 80 years of experience upholding the rights of injured workers throughout Ohio, our firm knows what it takes to secure a satisfactory result for your workers comp claim. Our law firm has offices in Columbus, Zanesville, Shadyside and Newark.
“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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