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Work-related injuries can be devastating, resulting in lost wages, medical bills, and rehabilitation expenses. At Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy, we believe every person has the right to work in a safe environment and receive fair compensation for his or her injuries. If you’re suffering from an on-the-job injury, we’re here to help you.
Our Ohio workers’ compensation lawyers have experience representing a variety of injured workers from business professionals and students to construction workers and teachers. We’ll walk you through the legal process and work hard to get you the compensation you need to recover from your injuries.
Workers’ Compensation benefits are designed to cover an injured worker’s 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 workers to replace their lost income while recovering from their injuries. Benefits may be granted when a physician of record determines that a worker’s injuries prevent him or her from returning to his or her former position of employment on a temporary basis.
- Wage Loss Benefits
Wage loss benefits are meant to compensate an injured worker 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 a worker’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 worker is permanently unable to return to the workforce, PTD benefits compensate the injured worker 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 worker who is already receiving PTD benefits, but receives less than state mandated minimum benefit levels. DWRF provides an annual cost of living adjustment for an injured worker.
- Facial Disfigurement (FD)
FD is a one-time award given to a worker 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.
There are many legal options and complexities involved in workers’ compensation cases, and you may be eligible for additional benefits. Don’t face this difficult time alone. Get the help of an experienced Ohio workers’ compensation attorney on your side. Contact Nurenberg Paris today—we’ll handle the details of your case so you can focus on your recovery.
Workers’ Compensation Laws
Every employer, with few exceptions, is required by state law to provide workers’ compensation benefits for employees who suffer from work-related illness or injury. According to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC), as an injured employee, you have the right to:
- a quality independent medical examination when required in your claim.
- access your records either in person or online.
- appeal a decision made on your claim to BWC, Ohio Managed Care Organizations (MCO), or the Industrial Commission of Ohio (IC).
- be considered for all benefits and rehabilitation services for which you may be eligible.
- expect prompt, professional, and courteous customer service from all BWC employees.
- have your approved medical bills paid and not to be billed an additional amount.
- quickly access high-quality healthcare from any BWC-certified healthcare provider you choose.
- receive timely payments for the allowed conditions in your claim.
- represent yourself or hire a lawyer at your own expense.
The claims process can be complicated, and you may hit some road blocks along the way. Nurenberg Paris can help. Contact our workers’ comp lawyers today. We can assist you with filing a claim and fight to make sure your employee rights are protected. Fill out a free initial consultation form or call (888) 900-6075 today.