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Rights of an Injured Employee in Ohio: Making an Ohio Workers' Compensation Claim

by Andrew Tobergte on Apr. 27, 2016

Employment Workers' Compensation Accident & Injury  Personal Injury 

Summary: Understanding workers' compensation in Ohio by contracting an Ohio workers' compensation attorney can go a long way to ensure you get complete benefits from your claim.

Under Ohio law, a worker who is injured or contracts an occupational disease “in the course of and arising out of” his or her employment is entitled to workers’ compensation. Ohio workers’ compensation is payable whether or not an injured worker was negligent (i.e., “at fault”) with regard to the injury. Compensation may include, but is not limited to: wage compensation (e.g., “temporary total disability compensation” and “wage loss compensation”); payment of medical, chiropractic, psychological, psychiatric, or physical therapy bills; awards for violations of specific safety requirements; and compensation for permanent disability. Further, if an injury or occupational disease causes the death of an employee his or her dependents are entitled to compensation.

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The term “injury” includes, but is not limited to: sprains, strains, broken bones, lacerations, bruises, amputation, loss of use, disfigurement, loss of hearing and/or sight, herniated or bulging discs, and aggravation or acceleration of pre-existing conditions. “Injury” does not always arise from a specific accident or a particular incident. Sometimes, compensable injury can result from repeated minor injuries or repetitive trauma such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, or even torn muscles, ligaments or tendons. “Injury” may include psychiatric or psychological conditions, including depression, arising from an injury, occupational disease, or even from the anxiety and feelings of despair that may arise from being unable to work due to injury.

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In addition to seeking immediate medical attention, injured workers should make sure to file a “First Report of Injury” (FROI -or “FROI-1” for self-insured employers) with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC), as well as an incident or accident report with his or her employer in accordance with the employer’s guidelines. The filing of a FROI starts the workers’ compensation claim process with the BWC.
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If you are injured or contract an occupational disease on the job, you should consult a competent workers’ compensation attorney promptly to ensure that your claim is allowed to the full extent of your injury, your necessary treatment is paid for, and someone is watching out for your interests.

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