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Navigating Ohio’s workers’ compensation system is complex. At the law offices of Robin J Peterson Company, LLC, we deal with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC), the Self-Insured Employers, and Managed Care Organizations (MCO) and their attorneys so you don’t have to. With decades in practice, we believe you can benefit from our experience. Put a proven Ohio workers’ compensation lawyer on your side. You focus on recovery -- we’ll take it from here.
What Are Your Rights If You Have Been Injured At Work?
If you have suffered an injury while at work, then you may be entitled to receive workers compensation benefits. Obtaining workers compensation is a complicated process, and it is important to do everything correctly to ensure you receive the full benefits available. A skilled Ohio workers compensation lawyer can assist you in the process and make sure everything is done correctly.
What should you do if you are injured at work?
If you have been injured at work, then it is important that you take certain actions immediately. This will help improve your chances of receiving workers compensation benefits. If you are injured at work, here are some important steps to take:
- Report the accident
- Request that an accident report be completed
- Document the accident scene (e.g., photographs)
- Seek out immediate medical treatment
- Contact a Cleveland Ohio workers’ comp attorney
Are there any consequences for filing a worker’s compensation claim?
Some who suffer injuries at work are concerned that pursuing a workers compensation claim could result in a loss of employment or other consequences. Fortunately, the law prohibits employers from taking adverse action against an employee who files a workers compensation claim.
If your workers compensation claim is successful, you will receive funds to help you get by as you recover from your injuries. Workers compensation payments are intended to help ensure that you receive your wages and relief from medical expenses. This will allow you to recuperate and hopefully return back to work.
What Are the Most Common Workplace Injuries?
In the state of Ohio, a work injury is any physical or psychological harm that occurs in the course of employment and is related directly to the tasks performed on the job. These injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to severe traumas that can result in disability or even death. It's important to note that illnesses or diseases contracted as a direct result of the employment conditions also qualify as work injuries under the Ohio workers' compensation system.
Common work injuries suffered by workers' compensation claimants include:
- Slips and falls: These can occur on wet, oily, or uneven surfaces, or from a height, leading to injuries such as sprains, fractures, or concussions.
- Overexertion injuries: These injuries occur from activities such as lifting, pushing, or pulling heavy objects, leading to muscle strains, ligament sprains, or herniated discs.
- Repetitive strain injuries (RSIs): RSIs, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis, develop over time due to repetitive movements or awkward postures.
- Machinery accidents: These accidents can result in serious injuries like fractures, amputations, or crush injuries.
- Exposure to harmful substances: This can lead to various illnesses, including respiratory diseases, poisoning, or skin conditions.
- Motor vehicle accidents: These occur when employees are driving for work purposes and can result in a broad range of injuries, from minor whiplash to serious head and spinal injuries.
- Workplace violence: Injuries can also occur from altercations at the workplace, leading to physical harm or psychological trauma.
- Stress-related injuries: These are psychological injuries, such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, resulting from high-pressure work environments or traumatic events.
How Can a Cleveland Workplace Injury Attorney Help?
An Ohio workers' comp attorney plays an essential role in ensuring that injured workers receive the benefits they are entitled to. They navigate the complex legal terrain of workers’ compensation claims, advocating for their clients' rights, and relentlessly fighting for the compensation they deserve. The process of claiming workers' compensation can be daunting, but with the knowledge and skills of an experienced attorney, it becomes much less stressful and more successful.
Services provided by Ohio workers' comp attorneys include:
- Filing claims: They help prepare and file your workers' compensation claim accurately and timely, ensuring that all required details and documentation are included.
- Appealing denied claims: If your claim has been denied, they can prepare an effective appeal, present your case in the best light, and fight to get the denial reversed.
- Negotiating settlements: They negotiate with employers or insurance companies to get the maximum compensation possible.
- Representing you in court: If your case goes to trial, they will represent you, present your case professionally and persuasively, and fight for your rights.
- Advising on legal rights and options: They provide expert advice on your rights, the Ohio workers' compensation process, and your best legal options.
- Communicating with the BWC and others: They handle all communication with the Bureau of Workers' Compensation, your employer, and any other relevant parties, protecting you from potential pitfalls.
- Gathering evidence: They can investigate your case, gather necessary evidence, and build a strong case for your claim.
- Medical issues: They can help ensure you receive the medical treatment you need and that the cost of this is included in your compensation.
- Identifying third-party liability: If a third party (not your employer) is partially responsible for your injury, they can identify this and possibly help you file a separate personal injury claim.
To obtain workers compensation in Cleveland Ohio, you must comply with the specific procedures and provide all necessary information. The process can be complicated and overwhelming for many, especially when you are dealing with an injury. An attorney can assist you in the process and relieve some stress by providing legal representation.
We always have our clients’ best interests at heart. When tenacity is needed to enforce your rights to treatment and compensation, we work aggressively to ensure your needs are met. If you would be better served by settlement, we take a measured approach to get the job done while preserving your work relationship with your employer.
We do what is necessary to get you the wage loss and disability compensation to which you are entitled along with the medical treatment and benefits you need to get healthy.
We also often represent clients who have been injured in a serious workplace accident due to an employer’s violation of safety regulations or VSSR. In these cases, injured workers are entitled to additional compensation above and beyond Ohio’s state-mandated workers’ compensation.
To fight for compensation after being injured at work, contact our firm today.
Contact our experienced Cleveland workers’ comp attorneys today for competent and reliable legal representation to get the medical treatment and monetary compensation you need to recover and move forward with your life.
Hearings and court proceedings before the Industrial Commission of Ohio (IC) or State Courts of Law are a distinctive feature of our legal proficiency. We have been representing injured workers in their workers’ compensation claims since the year 2000 at countless hearings and court proceedings. We know the law, we know what you are entitled to, and we will work on your behalf to get you the compensation and benefits to the maximum extent permitted under Ohio statute.
Our role is to take on the complex workers’ compensation system so you don’t have to. We want you to concentrate on recovering your health. The system was established to assist individuals like you to get the benefits you need to move forward with your life and work as quickly and smoothly as possible. We take that mission seriously and pull out all the stops in representing you at every phase of the process. If you were injured at the workplace, get in touch with our firm today. We serve the entire Cleveland, Akron, and Canton Metro areas and accept clients from Cuyahoga, Summit, Lorain, Portage, Medina, Lake, and Stark County, Ohio.
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