If you are injured at work, you may have grounds to seek compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. With help from a Perrysburg workers’ compensation attorney from Schaffer & Associates, you can learn how to file a strong claim that proves you are owed benefits.
Workers’ compensation law in Ohio can seem complex–especially when trying to manage your injury recovery. Fortunately, our attorneys are well-versed in state law and know what steps to take to help you pursue a successful claim.
No matter what type of accident you have been involved in at work, we can help you determine how best to proceed to protect your future and your family. The sooner you get in touch with us after your accident, the more time we will have to help you explore your options.
What Is Workers’ Compensation?
In Ohio, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is responsible for running the system that helps injured workers manage workplace injuries. When a workers’ compensation claim is filed and approved, the BWC ensures the recipient receives benefits for their medical expenses and lost wages.
Every workplace carries risks; however, certain industries are more dangerous than others. Some of the most hazardous situations arise in sectors including construction, transportation, mining, agriculture, and healthcare. No matter what industry you work in or how your accident occurred, you may have grounds to file a claim to seek workers’ compensation benefits.
The majority of injured workers return to work within or after the first seven days after their injury. However, there are instances where employees sustain severe injuries that result in extensive recovery or disability. Depending on your damages and losses, you may be eligible for a number of different compensation types. What you receive and for how long depends on the severity of your injury.
Ohio also provides benefits for individuals dealing with occupational diseases. An occupational illness can develop as a result of exposure to hazardous materials or contagious pathogens. Conditions that develop over a long period of time can make it difficult to prove the correlation to work. A workers’ compensation lawyer can draw those connections for you and ensure the state understands how and why you are suffering.
Workers’ Compensation Services We Offer
As a full-service law firm, we offer a range of workers’ compensations services. When you reach out to us, we can explain which services are most applicable to your situation. With comprehensive knowledge of our services, you can confidently move forward with a decision. The services we provide handle the following workers’ comp issues and more:
- Claims Process
- Third-Party Claims
- Work-Related Car Accidents
In regard to benefits, employees in Ohio are entitled to seek compensation for losses when injured at work. Even if the accident is partially their fault, they still have the right to pursue benefits. The awarded compensation can help manage related medical expenses and lost wages in many instances.
A claim must be filed to seek compensation. The claims process can seem overwhelming; however, we are well-versed in the steps and know what it takes to develop and present a strong case on behalf of our clients.
Depending on your situation, you may be considering reaching a settlement with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation–or your employer if they are self-insured. Settlements mean negotiations, which may be challenging depending on the circumstances. Fortunately, we are skilled negotiators and will explain what you are entitled to so you do not accidentally settle for less.
Some workplace injuries are the result of third-party negligence. The process for filing a third-party claim can vary, so it is crucial to have an attorney by your side, so you understand what to expect. Negligent third-party cases are often the result of defective products or machinery, or vehicular accidents. Note that there are some car accidents that warrant a workers’ compensation claim. Which you file depends on the circumstances of the crash.
No matter what type of situation you are dealing with, a Perrysburg workers’ compensation attorney is ready to provide you with legal guidance and advice. All it takes is scheduling a free consultation.
How Can An Attorney Can Help With A Perrysburg Workers’ Compensation Case?
Ensure Your Claim Is Filed Properly
Your claim’s phrasing and word choice are more important than you may realize. Incorrect or inaccurate statements or forms could delay the process or allow the insurance company to reduce or deny your workers’ compensation claim. Fortunately, a lawyer with experience in workers’ comp law can help you fill out the necessary documentation and ensure complete accuracy to give you the best chance at success.
Improve Your Negotiation Situation
If your workers’ compensation claim results in negotiations with your employer’s insurance company, you are going to want back up. Remember that the insurance company is looking to protect its bottom line. They may try different tactics to find ways to reduce or deny your benefits. Your lawyer will ensure that your case is valued correctly and that you understand what you should be eligible for per state law. If that is not what you are offered, your attorney will explain your options.
Handle Claim Denials With Confidence
Unfortunately, valid workers’ compensation claims sometimes get denied. If that happens to you, you will have the opportunity to file an appeal. Doing so is a multi-step process that involves a hearing with the Industrial Commission of Ohio. When you have an attorney by your side, you will be able to handle the appeal process confidently. Your lawyer will ensure you have the documentation you need to prove the wrong decision was made.
Schedule a Consultation With Schaffer & Associates
Schaffer & Associates represents clients across the state of Ohio from our Toledo office headquarters. If you or someone you love has been injured on the job, a Perrysburg workers’ compensation attorney is ready to help.
We understand the complexities of the workers’ compensation system. Not only can we help you navigate the system, but we can ensure you avoid actions that could potentially jeopardize your claims. To learn more about the process or get started seeking benefits, schedule a case evaluation today.