Permanent or temporary disability due to work-related injury or occupational disease is a frustrating reality of being on the job. And while you don’t always see the work-related injury or medical condition coming, you expect workers’ compensation to be there when you need it.

In Ohio, employees have a right to workers’ compensation to help cover their medical costs and a portion of lost earnings as a result of being either temporarily or permanently disabled due to job-related injury or illness. Employers also have a right to fight a workers’ compensation claim.

At Boyd, Rummell, Carach, Curry, Kaufmann, & Bins-Castronovo, our experience and knowledge of complex workers’ compensation laws and regulations has helped countless Ohioans cut through the bureaucracy and get the coverage they are entitled to. We work with you to gather medical documents and other evidence to build the strongest case possible.

We represent workers from a number of professions. Some of the work-related claims we’ve handled include:

  • Asbestos
  • Construction accidents
  • Heavy equipment accidents
  • Industrial work accidents
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Occupational diseases
  • Oil and gas drilling accidents
  • Repetitive trauma injuries

WORKERS' COMPENSATION IN OHIO

Ohio law ensures a worker’s right to receive workers’ compensation for an injury that occurs, or an illness that develops while on the job. To receive benefits, you must prove that A) the injury or illness is a result of work-related duties, and B) the injury or illness was caused by job-related factors.

A successful worker’s compensation claim may entitle you to:

  • Medical benefits
  • Lost wages
  • Disability payments
  • Retraining or rehabilitation benefits

Spouses and/or children of someone who died in a work-related accident, or due to a work-related illness, may be eligible to receive death benefits to compensate the loss.

SAFETY CODE VIOLATIONS

Ohio Revised Code (ORC) states that every employer must provide a safe workplace and abide by all safety rules. However, oversights do happen. And if you sustain a work-related injury due to your employer’s violation of a specific safety requirement (VSSR), you may be entitled to additional compensation. The Industrial Commission of Ohio (IC) grants the award, which ranges from 15% to 50% of the maximum allowable weekly compensation rate granted to the injured worker. The worker must demonstrate that A) the safety requirement was both specific and applicable, B) the employer was not in compliance when the accident occurred, and C) the non-compliance contributed to the injury, illness, or death.

THIRD-PARTY LAWSUITS

In the event your work-related injury is the result of a negligent person or company unrelated to your employer, you might still be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if you can prove the injury or illness happened as a result of your job while you were employed there.

You may also be eligible for added compensation from the person or company responsible for your injury or illness. A successful lawsuit against that third party may get you compensation for:

  • Medical costs
  • Lost wages
  • Disability payments
  • Disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium

If you believe you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, contact our office for a free consultation.