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Cincinnati Workers' Compensation Lawyer

Have you sustained injuries while at work? Young, Reverman, and Mazzei has a Cincinnati workers' compensation lawyer that can help relieve you of the burden of filing your claim, allowing you to focus on recovering from your injuries. A Cincinnati workers' compensation lawyer will file all of the required paperwork, ensure that the relevant deadlines are met, and argue your case to make sure that you receive what’s owed to you in compensation as prescribed by the law.

Workplace injuries generally involve a single event while an occupation-related illness arises from constant exposure to different hazards while working. If you experienced illness on your job or suffered harm at your place of work, you should first seek medical attention if necessary and then report it to your employer without delay. The illnesses may be caused by physical vibration from heavy equipment, radiation, chemical fumes, asbestos exposure, as well as drastic fluctuations in temperature, pressure, or noises.

Once you have been treated for your injuries and have communicated your claim to your employer, you need to call our injury lawyers at (513)400-0000. We will ensure that all necessary paperwork is completed and choose the most suitable procedures to follow to ensure that you receive full compensation for your illness or injury. Start the process of getting the compensation you are entitled to by scheduling your free case review today.

What should I do if I suffered a work-related injury?

If you sustained an injury in the line of work, following these basic steps can help protect your ability to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits:

  • Seek immediate medical attention: Some Workers’ Compensation insurance providers may require you to choose from a list of pre-approved facilities; this information must be provided to you and posted in the workplace, although this requirement may also be waived in the event that a facility is not within a safe distance or is closed when you need medical care
  • Report your injury: In most states, employees are required to report injuries to their immediate supervisors within 24 hours of the injury; there are exceptions based on the type and severity of the injury, but the injury should be reported as soon as possible
  • Note details about the event that caused the injury: If possible, document information about the circumstances surrounding the injury, including the names of others involved or any witnesses; photos and/or video of the conditions in which the incident occurred may also be helpful to support your benefits claim
  • Consult with a Workers’ Compensation lawyer: Before filing a claim, you may wish to arrange a free consultation with a knowledgeable Workers’ Compensation attorney who can help you understand your rights and pursue maximum benefits

Why Should You Consider Working with a Cincinnati Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?

You could choose to file your workers’ compensation claim yourself, but it is more preferable to use experienced lawyers such as those at Young, Reverman, and Mazzei for a variety of reasons. Pursuing a workers’ compensation claim yourself can be quite a complex undertaking and our input can allow you to navigate some complex aspects such as:

Your Workers’ Compensation Claim Was Rejected

A significant percentage of workers typically do not appeal claims once denied. Our team of experienced lawyers will work to ensure that your rights and interests are represented and addressed without an upfront fee and provide you with the best chances of securing fair compensation.

Offered A Settlement Amount That’s Lower That the Costs You Incurred

The settlement offered is sometimes not enough to cater for all your job income loss or medical costs from your workplace-related injury. Judges typically approve any settlement as long as it seems fair. Our workers’ compensation attorneys will fight hard for you to make sure that you get the maximum compensation you deserve.

The Injury Prevents You from Resuming Your Duties

A workers’ compensation disability or Injuries that limit your ability to work in your previous role or in any other role can be expensive for insurance companies because they will be required to pay either one massive lump sum amount or weekly wages for the remainder of your life in compensation for lost income.

You need to contact our professional workers’ compensation lawyers if you have suffered a permanent injury or illness. We are incredibly knowledgeable in Ohio law and can fight to ensure that you are fairly compensated.

How Do You File a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Ohio?

You can either lodge a claim at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) or your employer can submit claim forms to their insurance provider. The document you file with the BWC is referred to as the First Report of Injury (FROI). You need to consult our experienced lawyers before you present the FROI.

The FROI is a formal request for compensation for the injuries you have sustained from the state insurance fund. You can submit the application either online or via mail. The form meets all standards outlined by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). The form should include the following details:

  • All details pertaining to your disability
  • Health records as well as documents exhibiting direct evidence of the workplace accident
  • The medical pronouncement of your injuries
  • An account of the accident

The claim should only be filed after all the required documents are collected and organized. You can trust our team to collect and review such medical documents on your behalf.

What Are the Timelines within Which to File Workers Compensation Claims in Ohio?

Starting from September 29, 2017, Ohio effected a 1-year statute of limitations for filing online or written claims relating to workers’ compensation. Before then, the period was 2 years. The 1-year period starts on the day of your injury.

The time limit within which you need to file a workers’ compensation claim that arises from an occupation-related disease will depend on the context of the disease. For an assessment of your specific case, get in touch with us as soon as possible after your workplace injury.

Since the timeframe that you can file your case is so limited, you need to ensure that you seek the advice of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney without delay to explore all available options before you start. Our team of lawyers is ready and willing to answer your call any time you are injured.

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Will I Qualify for Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

Workers’ compensation benefits are aimed at protecting employees that are injured at their places of work by making sure that they don’t suffer financial losses due to the accident. Just about all businesses in Cincinnati are covered under the workers’ compensation system in Ohio since all businesses that employ at least 1 person are required to have coverage according to the law.

It is even possible for independent contractors in Ohio to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Our lawyers will explain your rights as an independent contractor to you in case you are ever injured while at work.

Once you have filed your workers’ compensation claim, the BWC assess your workers’ compensation benefits and determine whether you were harmed while carrying out your work-related duties. The BWC will then talk with your employer about a possible settlement. The claim can be allowed, denied, or passed on for further adjudication to the Industrial Commission of Ohio.

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What injuries are covered by Workers’ Compensation?

In order to qualify for Workers’ Compensation, the injury must have been acquired during the course of your duties or as a result of your duties. Depending on individual state laws, this could include but is not limited to:

  • Injuries suffered at your job site
  • Injuries sustained as a direct result of your work
  • Injuries suffered on other properties while you were “on the clock”

Does Workers’ Compensation cover repetitive-stress injuries?

Workers’ Compensation covers more than physical injuries that result from a single accident. Work-related injuries covered by Workers’ Compensation may also include repetitive-stress conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Repetitive stress injuries develop over time, as soft tissue is slowly damaged due to continuous overuse and repetitive movement. Usually, the injury cannot be traced back to one definitive traumatic event, but you may still qualify for Workers’ Compensation by proving that the injury occurred because of your job-related tasks.

What injuries are NOT covered by Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ Compensation typically does not cover an employee’s injuries if they are due to:

  • Use of alcohol or other drugs
  • Intentional self-harm
  • Committing a crime
  • Violation of company policy

It’s also important to note that you do not qualify for Workers’ Compensation if an injury was acquired while off the job.

What if My Injury Prevents Me From Returning to Work?

If you receive a permanent disability from your work-related injury, most employers and Workers’ Compensation funds will offer vocational training in another field. If you’re unable to work at all, you may be entitled to receive medical costs and wage replacement benefits.

Can I Sue My Employer for My Work-Related Injury?

Workers’ Compensation laws generally prevent legal action against employers. Should you accept Workers’ Compensation benefits, you essentially waive your rights to file a lawsuit in the future. However, there are some cases where a lawsuit may need to be filed in order to gain proper restitution for severe injuries or long-term health damages you’ve received as part of your work. A consultation with a knowledgeable Workers’ Compensation attorney can help you understand your options.

How Does Workers’ Compensation Work in Case of a Fatality?

If your loved one has suffered a fatality due to a workplace injury or occupational disease, all their dependents could be entitled to death benefits. A dependent as defined in Ohio, can be a family member of the deceased employee or any other person capable of showing some level of dependency. However, an official submission has to be presented, considered, and a ruling delivered. If the potential defendants or your employer aren’t satisfied with the ruling, an appeal can be filed and a request for a new hearing submitted.

Besides death benefits, you could also be eligible for additional benefits as the dependent of an employee that passed on due to a workplace injury or illness. In most instances, such benefits are massive amounts obtained through a wrongful death suit that are aimed at helping those left in need after the death of the employee. We can help you understand and claim any benefits that you are qualified to receive as a dependent.

Time is of the essence when lodging a workers’ compensation claim arising from the death of an employee. Under Ohio law, there’s a limit on the amount of time that dependents are allowed to apply for additional benefits. Our attorneys will ensure your safety by processing claims prior to the deadlines to avoid being time-barred.

What Kind of Compensation Can I Expect to Receive from a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

Each workers’ compensation claim is different and the benefits you end up receiving will depend on the specific circumstances. There are several types of compensation depending on your qualifications as mandated by the BWC. Keep in mind that you may be entitled to compensation even after skipping work due to the injury.

The different types of compensation are:

Loss of Wages

Injured workers can be approved to receive compensation in case their earnings are directly reduced because of the restrictions that arise from permitted conditions in their application.

Living Maintenance

It refers to compensation that injured workers receive if they actively participate in authorized rehabilitation programs.

Temporary Total

If you suffer a complete disability and are unable to work in the short-term due to an occupational ailment of workplace injury, you might be entitled to compensation for replacing missed wages.

You can find a complete list of the classes of benefits relating to workers’ compensation on the official BWC website.

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To find out if you are entitled to additional compensation, call our office for a free review.

Am I Entitled to Any Damages in Addition to Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

In some workplace injuries, negligent third parties may have contributed to your accident. If you were engaged in a job-related activity when you were injured in an automobile accident, slip-and-fall accident or dog attack, or your injury was caused by defective equipment or a reckless coworker, additional action may be possible. In some cases, you can file a lawsuit in civil court, even if you are receiving Workers’ Compensation payments.

What Are Some of the Reasons Why Workers’ Compensation Claims Are Rejected?

Once you have submitted your workers’ compensation application, the Ohio BWC will decide whether or not your claim should b approved. Your claim can be denied for the following reasons:

  • It was time-barred by the statute of limitations
  • The injury happened outside your workplace
  • You haven’t provided a detailed description of the workplace accident
  • Inconsistencies exist between your claim and the medical records you presented
  • Your employer has taken issue with the claim
  • A contest exists regarding your employment status

A high number of worker’s compensation claims can cause your employer’s insurance premiums to increase. It is due to this reason that employers are incentivized by their financial goals to ensure that your claims are rejected.

Your employer may offer an alternative description of the facts leading to your injury when requested to approve your claim. Your employer may also attempt to invalidate your claim by introducing a technicality.

What Should I Do if My Claim is Denied?

If your claim is rejected, you have just 14 days to appeal that decision under Ohio law. If you choose to appeal the outcome of the claim, it will be up to the Industrial Commission to hear the matter. On the hearing date, you need to bring copies of all relevant documents pertaining to your case.

It is also advisable to hire experienced workers’ compensation attorneys that are familiar with Ohio law, such as Young, Reverman, and Mazzei to represent you during the hearing since your employer too will probably have their lawyer representing them.

Get a Free Consultation from a Cincinnati Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Young, Reverman, and Mazzei has represented clients injured in their workplaces in Cincinnati and Ohio as a whole. If you have suffered a workplace-related injury and are considering pursuing a workers’ compensation claim, you can get a free, no-obligation consultation by calling us at (513)400-0000 to see how we can help you navigate the workers’ compensation claims process.

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