According to a recent Occupational Safety and Health Administration report, workplace deaths have increased drastically in Ohio in the past few years. And for every worker who is killed, many more are injured-on-the-job.
When you’ve been injured on the job, you want to believe that your employer and the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation want to be fair. The truth is, nobody wants to pay out money unless they have to. In order to get all the help you are entitled to by law, you need to have a skilled attorney in your corner who knows your rights and knows how to get you all the compensation you qualify for.
At Isaacs & Isaacs we are vigilant about guarding our clients’ rights and skilled in all areas of injury law, including on-the-job injuries. We will make sure you get all the benefits you’re entitled to, for as long as you need them.
What Kind of Benefits Can I Qualify For?
There’s a whole range of benefits which your particular condition or injury may qualify you for. In order to maximize your compensation you should be aware that you could be entitled to:
- Temporary Total Disability when a physician determines that you cannot work until your injury or medical condition improves.
- Permanent Partial Disability if your injury or disability is permanent but you can still work.
- Facial Disfigurement will get you a lump sum settlement of up to $10,000.
- Wage Loss Benefits if you cannot earn as much due to your injury or illness.
- Permanent Total Disability if you are severely injured and cannot work for an indefinite period of time.
- Disabled Workers Relief Fund to make up the difference in your disability payments and the cost of living if your payments are below state minimum.
Ohio Workers’ Comp Death Benefits
If a workplace injury leads to death, Workers’ Compensation pays up to $5,500 in funeral expenses. For family members who are wholly dependent on the deceased worker, Workers’ Compensation benefits are paid in the following manner:
Surviving Spouse: Sixty-six and two-thirds of the workers’ income, up to the statewide average weekly wage, for life. If the widow/widower remarries, two years of benefits in a lump-sum payment and the case is closed.
Other dependents: The payment described above until the dependent:
- Reaches age 18
- Reaches age 25, if in school full time
- If dependent is mentally or physically incapacitated, until the time the dependent is no longer incapacitated
Why Do I Need an Attorney?
The workers’ comp claim process is complicated, and if you miss a deadline or make a mistake, you could be barred from getting your benefits. Applying for workers’ comp can be like running an obstacle course, and if you want to win the race, you should have a good coach. Your attorney could help you:
- File all the forms correctly
- Submit all the medical evidence you need to submit
- Prove your injury happened on the job
- Appeal if your claim has been denied
- Know about all the benefits you’re eligible for to maximize your payments.
- Fight for you if your employer appeals your approval (Ohio employers have a right to appeal when a workers’ comp claim is allowed)
In some cases, such as malfunctioning machinery or safety equipment, you should file a workers’ comp claim and also file a lawsuit against a third-party such as the manufacturer of the faulty equipment. Your experienced workers’ compensation attorney could investigate the cause of your accident or injury and determine who is liable and what action to take to get your maximum compensation.
What If My Claim Is Denied?
If your claim is denied, you will have a deadline to file your appeal. Your denial letter should tell you what to do to appeal your denial, but the appeal process is even more complicated. Your appeal will be heard before the Ohio Industrial Commission.
Navigating the complex appeal process is even more difficult than filing the original claim correctly, but an experienced attorney who is familiar with the process and the evidence you need to substantiate your claim would help you win all the benefits you’re entitled to.
Isaacs & Isaacs Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Can Win Your Claim!
It doesn’t seem fair that the claim application process for an injured worker is so complicated that you need to hire an attorney to be successful. But Isaacs & Isaacs didn’t write the code. Our disability lawyers understand the code though. We know about all the various benefits injured workers could qualify for. We are dedicated to making sure that you get all the benefits you are entitled to under the law.
It doesn’t cost you anything to enlist our help. Our dedicated attorneys will represent you on a contingency fee basis. We won’t get paid until and unless we get you your money. Workers are injured all the time, and we are on call 24/7 to assist you before you miss an important deadline. Call 800-800-8888 to speak with an experienced Isaacs & Isaacs Cincinnati Workers’ Comp Attorney.