SKILLED IN WORKERS' COMPENSATION
WORK INJURIES CAN OCCUR AT ANYTIME AND WHEN THEY DO THE DAMAGES CAN BE SEVERE.
Work-related injuries and illnesses can happen in any occupation. Whether you work behind a desk, at a factory, in a restaurant, or on a construction site, serious, potentially disabling, and even life threatening accidents can occur that put you and your loved ones’ financial future in jeopardy. At Groth & Associates, we understand the devastating impacts job-related injuries and illnesses can have on every
aspect of your life. You may be dealing with mounting medical bills and the need for ongoing treatment, while being unable to work or even engage in hobbies and activities you previously enjoyed. Fortunately, when these types of accidents and injuries occur, the Ohio workers’ compensation program is there to act as a safety net, providing the compensation you and your loved ones need to help you recover.
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ON-THE-JOB ACCIDENTS AND INJURIES IN ILLINOIS
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), close to three million job-related accidents and illnesses occur each year in the United States, resulting in more than 4,000 deaths. While some careers and job sites are more inherently dangerous than others, work-related accidents can occur anywhere, in any occupation, and regardless of the types of duties you perform.
Locally, BLS statistics for Ohio indicate that as many as 200 workers each year are killed on the job, while thousands more employees suffer serious and potentially disabling injuries. The most common causes of job related injuries and deaths for Ohio residents include the following:
- Slips, trips, and falls;
- Being struck by or against an object;
- Transportation accidents;
- Fires and explosions;
- Exposure to harmful substances and chemicals;
- Violence in the workplace.
Serious injuries on the job are not always the result of an accident or due to a onetime event. In addition to the above, the BLS reports that poor workplace ergonomics have risen to become one of the most frequently cited causes for workers’ compensation claims. These types of injuries, which involve the way you are seated at your desk and how you are required to perform certain tasks, can result in repetitive stress injuries that develop over a period of time and result in permanent impairments.
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INJURIES AND ILLNESSES COVERED BY OHIO WORKERS COMPENSATION
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For workers who are injured or become ill while on the job, workers’ compensation benefits are a form of insurance required by employers to provide much needed relief when workplace accidents and injuries occur. Under the Ohio Workers’ Compensation laws (ORS 4123), these benefits cover injuries and illness that occur on the job site, as well as those that occur as the result of or during the course of your employment. Common types of on-the-job injuries covered by workers’ compensation in Ohio include the following:
- Muscle and tendon strains, sprains, and tears;
- Broken bones and fractures, caused by contact with other objects;
- Severe cuts and lacerations, including amputations;
- Back and neck injuries, including herniated disks and spinal cord injuries;
- Head and brain injuries, including traumatic brain injuries;
- Thermal and chemical burns;
- Respiratory ailments and other diseases due to exposure to harmful chemicals.
Pre-existing conditions may be covered under Ohio workers’ compensation if your condition was made worse or aggravated as the result of an on-job-accident or due to workplace conditions. Injuries not covered by workers’ compensation include those suffered during employer sponsored recreational activities that are voluntary, such as at a company picnic or during an employee softball game, and conditions resulting from the natural aging or deterioration of a body part.
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TYPES OF BENEFITS PROVIDED BY WORKERS’ COMPENSATION
While workers’ compensation benefits are part of a national program to protect and provide for injured workers, these benefits are administered locally by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). If you are injured or become ill as the result of an on-the-job accident or due to hazardous conditions in your workplace, your first steps are to report your injury or illness
immediately to your employer or a supervisor, and get medical attention as soon as possible. Failing to do so could result in a denial of your claim. Once your injuries have been reported, your employer is obligated to file a claim on your behalf with the BWC. Depending on the nature and severity of your injuries, workers’ compensation benefits you may be entitled to receive include the following:
These include payment of doctor visits and treatments, medications, physical therapy, and transportation costs to and from appointments.
Disability Benefits:You may be entitled to temporary disability benefits if you are unable to work for a period of time after your illness or injury, or permanent benefits if your injury is severe enough to prevent you from working both now and in the years to come.
Wage Replacement:This provides compensation when you are able to return to work, but are unable to fulfill your prior job duties, as well as in cases where the previous position you held is no longer available.
Death Benefits:In the event a loved one dies as the result of an on-the-job accident or illness, death benefits help pay for their funeral and provide for surviving family members.
INJURIES AND ILLNESSES COVERED BY OHIO WORKERS COMPENSATION
If you or someone you love has suffered an on the job injury or illness, it is important to know that help is available. Contact Groth & Associates today to get the experienced, professional legal representation you need to ensure your rights are protected when on the job accidents and injuries occur. Our Toledo workers’ compensation attorneys will work with you, your doctors, and the BWC to assist in getting you the maximum amount of benefits you are entitled to, including compensation for lost wages and lingering disabilities. Whether you are just beginning the claims process or have previously had your benefits reduced or denied, one call is all it takes to get our team of attorneys hard at work on your case. We serve Toledo and the surrounding areas; call or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation.