Knowing Your Options When Confronted with a Disability

by NPHM | June 19th, 2020

Work-related injuries can be devastating, resulting in lost wages, medical bills, and rehabilitation expenses. But determining what type of disability benefits may be available is just adding stress and delaying your recovery.

Our Ohio workers’ compensation attorneys have experience representing a variety of injured employees from business professionals and students to construction workers and teachers. We will walk you through the available benefits that you could receive to recover from your injuries.

Available Benefits

Workers’ compensation benefits are designed to cover medical costs, lost wages, compensation for any ongoing impairment or disability, and vocational rehabilitation expenses (if applicable). Depending on the severity of your injuries, the Ohio workers’ compensation benefits you may be eligible for include:

  • Temporary Total Disability. This benefit is payable to injured employees to replace their lost income while recovering from their injuries. Benefits may be granted when a physician of record determines that an employee’s injuries prevent him or her from returning to their former position of employment on a temporary basis.
  • Wage Loss Benefits. This benefit is to compensate an injured employee for any reduction in earnings that result from restricted capacity due to limitations applied by his or her physician of record for injuries sustained in the claim.
  • Permanent Partial Disability Benefits (PPD). PPD benefits are available when a certain percentage of an employee’s injuries are expected to remain permanent – or an injury is not expected to fully heal – based on medical examination and review.
  • Permanent Total Disability (PTD). If an injured employee is permanently unable to return to the workforce, PTD benefits compensate the injured employee for the loss of his or her earning capacity. Compensation for PTD is payable for life.
  • Disabled Workers’ Relief Fund (DWRF). DWRF is a supplemental fund that provides relief to an injured employee who is already receiving PTD benefits but receives lass than state mandated minimum benefits levels. DWRF provides an annual cost of living adjustment for an injured employee.
  • Facial Disfigurement (FD). FD is a one-time award given to an employee who has suffered facial disfigurement that has the potential to hinder his or her ability to return to work in the same capacity. The maximum amount payable is $10,000.

Meet our Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

Benjamin P. Wiborg, trial attorney, has been with Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy since 2008. He attended The University of Findlay and then earned his law degree from Cleveland State University. Benjamin focuses his law practice on helping those who have been denied workers’ compensation benefits for on-the-job injuries.

Contact Our Workers’ Compensation Attorney

The claims process can be complicated, and you may hit roadblocks along the way. Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy can help, contact our workers’ compensation attorney today. We can assist you with filing a claim and fight to make sure your employee rights are protected. Call us today at (216) 230 -6352 or complete a free initial consultation form online.