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When you get hurt or fall ill on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits in Cleveland, Ohio. In Ohio, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is responsible for ensuring that, for example, employees crushed by falling objects, injured in company cars and trucks while on the clock, burned or cut by equipment, sickened by toxic fumes or diagnosed with a disease after workplace exposure to germs and fungi, receive compensation to cover medical costs, lost wages and degrees of disability.

Claims Workers’ Compensation Using Workers Compensation Attorneys

Navigating the workers’ compensation claims process can be difficult. Working with an experienced Cleveland workers comp lawyer from Agee Clymer Mitchell and Portman can help you avoid common mistakes that result in unfairly reduced and unjustly denied workers’ comp benefits.

What to Do for Workers’ Compensation in Ohio

The first thing to do following any workplace injury or sickness in Cleveland or elsewhere is to file an official report with your immediate supervisor and your company’s management. While this is not always possible when a major workplace accident occurs and you need to go to the emergency room immediately, creating an official paper trail as soon as possible after an incident is essential to ensuring you can support your workers’ comp claim.

Seeking quality care for your work-related injury or illness is also a must. With only a few exceptions, your employer cannot require you to go to a specific hospital or clinic, nor can a company usually compel you to get a diagnosis and treatment from a doctor it chooses. Workers compensation attorneys with Agee Clymer Mitchell and Portman maintain a network of highly qualified physicians, physical therapists and mental health care providers in and around Cleveland to ensure our workers’ comp clients get the care and recovery services they need without feeling pressure or encountering interference from employers. Even if we do not take your case, we offer free consultations and may be able to point you to independent medical and psychological services.

Now, in a perfect world, workers’ comp benefits would be awarded automatically to all employees who can show they suffered injuries or became sick while carrying out the professional duties. Since we do not live in that world, a good deal of form filing, evidence collecting and, sometimes, legal proceedings are need to receive payments.

Depending on whether your company relies solely on the state plan administered by the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation or carries its own insurance, the kinds of forms you must fill out and the specific procedures you must follow will differ. You can also request and receive a variety of benefits depending on how, and how severely, you were harmed.

Basically, workers comp benefits in Ohio comes in these forms:

  • Temporary total compensation– paid to cover wages lost due to being unable to work while in the hospital or recovering at home.
  • Living maintenance wage loss– limited to six months unless a special extension is granted by the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and paid instead of temporary total compensation while you are taking part in an approved rehabilitation program designed to allow you to return to your job.
  • Wage loss compensation– covers the difference in wages when you cannot return to your old position at your previous pay rate; classified as working wage loss when you go back to work for less money and as nonworking wage loss during the period you are unable to find employment with different responsibilities and lower pay.
  • Permanent total disability– paid for life when a worker’s comp-eligible condition makes returning to work in any way impossible; the amount of weekly payments are determined by the Industrial Commission of Ohio.”
  • Percentage of permanent partial disability“- available for both physical and psychological problems that cannot be resolved with treatment and therapy but which do not prevent returning to work.
  • Lump sum settlement– one-time payment of all monetary benefits; you, your legal representative, your employer or the program providing the benefits can request this, but the settlement needs to be agreed upon by all parties.

Denial of any form of workers’ compensation benefits can be appealed. Securing the assistance of a Cleveland workers comp attorney from Agee Clymer Mitchell and Portman while pursuing an appeal could help you identify and produce the evidence needed to secure the payments you deserve.

Get a Free Consultation with One of Our Cleveland Ohio Workers Comp Attorney

If you have any questions about how and where to file your workers’ compensation claims, and especially concerning which types of compensation you may qualify to receive, a Cleveland workers’ compensation attorney with Agee Clymer Mitchell and Portman is available to offer a free consultation.

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