In the state of Ohio and most other states, workers have the right to work in a safe environment and be protected if an injury in the workplace occurs.
All Ohio employers, with the exception of sole proprietors and partnerships, must obtain workers compensation coverage to ensure their employees will be covered in the event of an injury.
If you are hurt on the job, there are several important guidelines to follow.
Follow these 4 steps after a workplace accident:
- Notify your employer of the injury. Your employer should file an injury report as soon as possible so the workers’ compensation claim process can begin.
- Seek medical attention immediately. Make sure to notify your treating doctor that the injury/injuries are from a work-related incident. Any doctor you use must be work comp certified.
- Confirm your claim has been filed with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. If it was not set up after seeing your doctor, you can file a claim by contacting the bureau or setting it up online at www.bwc.ohio.gov.
- Contact an attorney if your claim has been denied. Your employer’s work comp insurance provider will review your claim and decide if it will be approved or denied. If your claim is denied, you should contact an experienced workers compensation attorney immediately.
Your employer should inform you on what to do when an injury occurs and how to begin the workers compensation process.
However, if you feel that your employer is not following procedure and you aren’t getting answers, you need to call me immediately. I will fight for the compensation you deserve and help take the burden off your shoulders because once you hire me, your problems become my problems.
As your Ohio workplace accident attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®
Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus, Dayton and neighboring communities.” You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 1 (800) 556-4769.