Get the Most Out of Your Workers' Compensation Benefits
If you suffered a job site injury, the Ohio workers' compensation system is most likely your only remedy for recovering compensation from your employer. If you suffered an injury in a job accident, or become too sick to work because of exposure to a toxic substance or environment, you are entitled to recover benefits for medical treatment and lost earnings. The system is administered by a state government regulatory agency known as the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC).
Before You Start the Workers' Compensation Process, Get the Lawyer You Need
It shouldn't have to be this way, but the state's workers' compensation system can become frustrating in a hurry. Having an experienced attorney handling things for you can result in an effective, efficient application that puts money in your pocket sooner.
OhioBWCAttorneys.com is comprised of a group of independent workers' compensation and personal injury law firms throughout Ohio. The law firms in our group are among the most respected, experienced workers' compensation and personal injury firms in the state. Our network includes individual lawyers who have earned national recognition and legal certification in their area of specialty, as well as entire law firms that have handled some of the most important cases in our state's history.
We Want You to Understand the System
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, it's easy to get lost in the workers' compensation system. Don't let it frustrate you. Your OhioBWCAttorneys.com lawyer certainly won't. After you notify your employer that you intend to file a claim, several key processes are set in motion.
- The Ohio BWC hearing: The BWC is the key player, with responsibility for reviewing all initial claims (except when your employer is a self insured employer). The investigation reports and medical records must be submitted according to strict criteria for review. The primary reason many initial claims are rejected is because of insufficient information or incomplete records. Your lawyer will know how to prepare your claim correctly and on time.
- Appealing a denied claim: If the BWC rejects your claim, you may pursue an appeal before the Ohio Industrial Commission. The hearing officer at the Industrial Commission has one responsibility: to resolve disputes over denied claims relating to compensation for workplace injuries. At your appeal hearing, you attorney will present evidence to district hearing officers and staff hearing officers.
At each step of the process, you are likely to be facing a team of attorneys on the other side of your claim, fighting to protect their client's bottom line. It is important to stand up to the system. After all the burden will be on you to prove that your workplace accident resulted in an injury that prevents you from working. Our knowledge and experience gives you the power to fight back.
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