Ohio Work Injury and Workers' Compensation Attorney Patrick Merrick - Representing workers for Fair Compensation for Injuries on the Job in Ohio
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Workers' compensation (workers' comp) is an administrative area of Ohio law that requires employers to compensate workers that are injured at work for lost wages, medical bills, permanent injuries, regardless of who was at fault. If you have sustained an injury on the job, your Ohio BWC workers' compensation claim could need immediate action to preserve your rights. Attorney Fees are limited to a reasonable percentage of any compensation you receive.
Whether your employer carries workers' compensation insurance (state fund) or is a self-insured employer, they are required to fully compensate you for your injuries. If you've been injured at work, you are entitled to Ohio BWC workers' comp. If a third party was at fault for your injuries you may also have a personal injury claim.
If you've been injured at work (whether your injuries happened in an office building, in a factory, on a construction site, while driving a truck, or under any work-related circumstance) you are entitled to Ohio BWC workers' compensation, and if a third-party was at fault for your injury, you may also be entitled to compensation in a personal injury lawsuit (you may have a personal injury claim against someone other than your employer, such as a subcontractor, vendor or equipment manufacturer).
Ohio Car/Truck Accidents while at work: work-related car and truck accidents can be difficult because of the different standards of negligence that apply in workers' compensation and personal injury cases. A car accident may be considered work-related whether the injured worker was driving a company vehicle or his or her own vehicle, as long as the driving was for a work purpose (not during a "personal errand"). If you were injured in a work-related auto accident, you are entitled to Ohio BWC workers' comp no matter who was at fault. You may also have a claim against the another driver if he/she was at fault.
Ohio Construction accidents: When injuries occur on construction sites in Ohio, injured workers may have several sources of compensation available. Often Ohio construction accidents can be very serious and cause catastrophic injuries or even death. Examples of construction site accidents:
Scaffolding Problems - scaffolding accidents occur through unsafe access to scaffolds and tools and other materials falling off scaffolding and injuring workers.
Collapsed Excavation Walls and Trenches - The weight of soil (2000-3000 pounds per yard) prevents a trapped worker from breathing, leading to death within minutes.
Work-related fatalities: The spouses and children of workers who are killed on the job are entitled to special compensation under Ohio law. If you have lost a family member or loved one in a workplace accident, nothing will ever compensate you for your loss; however, your family may need financial assistance after losing the person who provided you with support. The Ohio BWC workers' compensation death claim procedure provides allowances for the spouses and children of workers who have been killed in workplace accidents. Children are entitled to payments until they turn 18, and spouses are entitled to payments for life unless they remarry. While Ohio BWC workers' compensation death claim benefits are available regardless of who was at fault for the fatal accident, we can also explore whether you have a valid wrongful death claim against someone other than your loved one's employer whose negligence may have contributed to his or her death.
Temporary Total Disability (TT): At different stages of your claim, you may be entitled to benefits for your total or partial disability status. Injured workers are entitled to these benefits if it is medically proven that they are temporarily unable to go back to work. This stage ends either when the employee is ready to work or the doctor has determined that the employee has achieved maximum improvement (MMI) and is still unable to work.
Permanent Partial Disability: If your workers' comp doctor determines that you are able to return to work, you will probably be entitled to a permanent partial disability settlement to compensate you for the long-term results of your injury on your ability to work the same as you were before your injury. Form C92 is filed with the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation and once your percent of disability is established you are paid at a rate established by Ohio BWC for the year in which your injury occurred.
Permanent Total Disability: If it is proven that you are no longer able to work due to your most recent workplace injuries or due to the impact of all of the workplace injuries you have suffered over the course of your life, you are entitled to benefits for the rest of your life, unless you return to work. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits and you can receive both at the same time but cannot receive more than 80% of your pre-injury wages.
Reviewing older Ohio BWC workers' compensation claims: If you have received Ohio BWC workers' compensation in the past, you may deserve additional benefits. Ohio BWC workers compensation Attorney Patrick Merrick can represent you at any stage of your Ohio BWC workers' compensation case (whether you still haven't your initial claim FROI, are scheduled for a hearing at the Ohio Industrial Commission, or need to appeal a bad decision).