Workers’ Compensation FAQS
Cincinnati Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
A workplace injury is a stressful event in anyone’s life. Not only are you concerned with getting well again, but you also have the added stress of possibly losing income because you are off the job and have to fight to get what you are entitled to.
If you have been hurt on the job, many questions may be going through your mind. How will I take care of my family? How will I pay my medical bills? When can I work again? What kind of work will I be able to do?
You can get these questions answered by setting up a free initial consultation with the workers’ compensation lawyers of The Harris Firm. The following is a guide of some of the topics you may discuss when you call:
- Ohio law requires all employers to provide workers’ comp coverage for all full-time and part-time employees. Some employers provide compensation through the state fund, which is administered by the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). Other employers are self-insured, and pay their own claims under the monitoring of the BWC. Injured workers can receive benefits for: 1) workplace injuries and 2) work-related occupational diseases.
- The first thing you should do if you have been hurt on the job is to immediately report the injury to your employer as soon as possible. State law requires that your employer provide you all the workers’ compensation forms you must complete.
- You also schedule a visit to your physician. Carefully and accurately describe your on-the-job injury to your physician. Only injuries and diseases that your doctor identifies as work related will be covered by workers comp benefits. If your doctor decides you can immediately return to work, or even if you miss less than a week of work, you should still file a claim.
- There are strict time limits for filing claims – they must be filed within two years of the date of the workplace accident that caused the injury or disease. After a claim is filed, the BWC will issue an order approving or denying your claim. Subsequently, either you or your employer may ask for review of that decision.
The above is merely a brief overview. We have more general information on our Types of Workers’ Compensation Payments page and our Workers’ Compensation Information Center. Our attorneys have also provided pages devoted to types of on-the-job injuries, such as construction accidents and industrial accidents and repetitive stress injuries.
For help from one of Ohio’s most well-respected workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability, and personal injury law firms, call us at (513) 924-4135 or visit our contact page for a free initial consultation. We do all work on contingency which means that we charge you nothing until we win you money. We take clients from the greater Cincinnati area, Dayton, West Chester, Mason, Hamilton, Middletown, Batavia, Amelia, Blanchester, Fairfield and other areas throughout Ohio.