Workers’ Compensation Guide

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- Tim Misny - The man that “Makes Them Pay!®”

“Please understand that the slogan, I’ll Make Them Pay!® is not a guarantee of payment. Both liability and real damages must be proven with preponderance of the evidence.” – Tim Misny

Workers’ Compensation Guide

We all have our routines. We wake up, we brew a cup of coffee and sip it while reading the morning headlines, we shower and shave, we kiss our family goodbye and then we head to work. It all sounds so mundane and so safe, doesn’t it? Nobody plans on unexpected injuries to derail them when they’re going through their day-by-day, but the fact is, workplace injuries are more common than you might think.

It’s a common misconception that workplace injuries are exclusive to high-risk jobs. While certain jobs are more likely than others to be associated with workplace injuries, even the most benign office job can cause devastating injuries that can leave you out of work and unable to provide for your family. Some injuries can be sudden and catastrophic, and others can gradually develop over time through repeated exposure to an irritant or even a continuous motion or action you perform at work. These include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome or bursitis
  • Loss of hearing
  • Loss of vision
  • Back, neck, or shoulder injuries
  • Disc issues (herniated or degenerative)
  • Injuries to any part of your body (including hands or legs)
  • Burns to any part of your body
  • Amputations (loss of limb or body part)
  • Brain injury or paralysis
  • Heart attack or stroke
  • Automobile injuries (that occurred while you were working)
  • Inhalation injuries (asbestos or other chemicals)
  • Chemical poisoning (such as carbon dioxide or gasoline)
  • Death

Even if you believe you were responsible for the injury, you still have rights and you need to call me. If your injury was due to a third-party (such as the manufacturer of equipment that you use, or if you were hit in your vehicle while working, or defective equipment failed while you were working), you still have a claim.

Another common mistake that employees make is erroneously and innocently believing that their boss is their friend and is looking out for their best interest. That could not be further from the truth. Even the friendliest boss and turn sour and hostile the moment you have a workplace injury.  Even if you think your case is open-and-shut, don’t be surprised if you find resistance and backlash in your workplace. Claims get denied more often than you think, and Ohio is extremely adversarial to employees who file workers’ compensation claims.

You have rights, but you also have a certain set of responsibilities that you need to make sure you follow after a workplace injury. Right after you are injured, you need to:

  • Immediately seek medical treatment. You want to get this injury documented by a doctor or medical professional right away to help bolster your case.
  • Make sure you comply with all of your doctor’s instructions.
  • Do not miss any follow-up medical appointments, either.
  • If you need any other follow-ups, pursue them and keep those appointments, as well.
  • Speak with a supervisor right away to create a report with them about your injury.
  • File your workers’ comp claim right away.

When you file your claim, there will be specific information needed for it. You’ll need to make sure it has your name, your address, and your employer’s name. The claim will need a detailed description of the injury and the official diagnosis from your doctor or medical professional, including supporting documentation. Any details about your disability after the injury are extremely beneficial. Lastly, your workers’ compensation policy number will be needed, too.

The state of Ohio does require all employers to have workers’ compensation insurance. Even if they are not insured, you still have rights, and they can be penalized for non-compliance. You should not have to fear backlash, either, after your injury. Any sort of retaliation is highly illegal, so any attempts to fire you, lay you off, blacklist you, denying you benefits, cutting your pay or denying you overtime, threats and intimidation should not be tolerated. These behaviors still happen, which is why it’s all the more important that you reach out to me right away after your injury.

After a workplace injury, your life may be turned upside down. You may find yourself surrounded by a growing pile of medical bills and no way to pay them. You may also have a long and painful recovery process ahead of you and without work, your future may seem bleak and uncertain. I’m here to help you. I will help you obtain:

  • Compensation for any medical bills.
  • Disability compensation (including temporary total disability, permanent partial disability, and permanent total disability) to help give you compensation for any lost wages while recovering or if you are unable to work ever again.
  • Restitution for any wage loss, including future potential earnings.
  • Compensation for any facial disfigurement that might prevent you from future employment.
  • Access to the Disabled Workers’ Relief Fund, a supplement to permanent total disability compensation.
  • Death claims (if the injury led to a tragic death of the employee).

If you have been injured at work, you need to call me right now at 1 (877) 944-4373. I take on Big Cases with Big Results, and I have nearly 40 years of experience serving the greater Cleveland area. You can trust that when you call me, you are getting all of my knowledge and experience to work for you.

When I take on your case, I will not only fight tirelessly to ensure that you get the compensation that you deserve, but that nobody else will suffer at work like you have. Changing corrupt workplace policies is a passion of mine, and I will strive to see the necessary change happens on my watch. You do not need to worry about payment when you call me, either. When I take your case, you can be confident that I’ll not only file all the paperwork on your behalf, I’ll also pay all associated fees. I work on a contingency basis, which mean that if you don’t get paid, then neither do I.

I know your schedule is probably packed with doctor’s appointments and other concerns, so please do not feel like you can only reach out to me on a typical 9-to-5 basis. When I take on your case, you will be given my personal cell phone number so you can call me 24/7. I’ll also meet you any time, any place that works best for you, so you don’t have to take time out of your busy schedule to drive out to see me. With me as your lawyer, you can rest assured that you’ll get the compensation that you deserve, and that I’ll Make Them Pay!®.

 

DISCLAIMER “Please understand the slogan, I’ll Make Them Pay!® is not a guarantee of payment. Both liability and real damages must be proven with a preponderance of the evidence.”

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