Ohio Workers' Compensation Claims
Ohio workers' compensation claims should be filed with the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation. These claims are filed if an employee is injured on the job or becomes ill because of repeated exposures to hazards at the workplace, such as toxic chemical exposure. If you successfully file an Ohio workers' compensation claim, you will be eligible to receive income replacement benefits, medical benefits, death and funeral benefits, and various other workers' compensation benefits.
Process for Ohio Workers' Compensation Claims
If you have been injured or fallen ill because of work, you should follow the procedures described below in reporting your injury, consulting a doctor immediately, and submitting your Ohio workers' compensation claim.
Report Your Injury
If you do not tell your boss about your injury or illness promptly, you may lose the right to file your workers' compensation claim and will not receive workers compensation benefits, or will at least receive your benefits late.
Immediately notify your employer in writing of your injury. Your employer should then provide you with the appropriate forms to fill out and mail to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation. If you neglect to report your injury, you may lose your right to workers' compensation benefits.
Consult a Doctor about Your Injury or Illness
Immediately see a physician about your illness or injury. To receive workers' compensation benefits, you must establish a connection between your injury and your job. Informing your physician during your post-injury physical examination that you were injured on the job is crucial to establishing that link between your job and your injury or illness.
Submit Your Claim for Workers' Compensation
Complete and submit a claim for workers' compensation to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation. You should submit this workers' compensation claim within two years of the date you were injured or became ill. If you do not file your claim within this time, your claim for workers' compensation may be barred and you will jeopardize your recovery of workers' compensation benefits.
Contact an Ohio workers' compensation lawyer if you have questions or concerns about your workers' compensation claim, or if your claim is contested or denied by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation and you need additional assistance.
Reasons to Hire an Ohio Workers' Compensation Attorney
There are many reasons that hiring an experienced Ohio workers' compensation attorney is a good idea. At a basic level, having someone at your side who understands the Ohio workers' compensation process can be useful if you have questions or concerns about your workers' compensation claim or if you need help in formulating a strategy for your claim. Additionally, an Ohio workers' compensation lawyer can make sure you meet filing deadlines for your claim, educate you on your options for compensation, and argue your case if it is disputed or if a third party complicates matters when you file your claim. If your employer is uninsured, under-insured or simply uncooperative, an experienced lawyer who knows the ins and outs of the Ohio workers' compensation system can be of great assistance to you.