Workers’ Comp Law: What If An Employer Doesn’t Want To Report A Workplace Injury?
Robert J. Dodd Jr., Co., L.P.A., was founded in 1981 to help those who have been injured in the workplace file claims for workers’ compensation and secure disability benefits. Today, lead workers’ comp attorney, Maureen Dodd carries on the family firm’s legacy. With over 25 years of experience and as a board-certified specialist in workers’ compensation law, she helps victims of workplace accidents and incidents throughout Ohio file workers’ compensation claims and secure available disability benefits.
Filing A Workers’ Comp Claim With The Ohio Bureau Of Workers’ Compensation (BWC)
Ohio businesses that have at least one employee are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. In the state of Ohio, workers’ compensation insurance is issued through the state, rather than a private company. Companies who employ more than 500 employees have the option to self insure for workers’ compensation and self-insured employers handle the initial processing of workers’ compensation claims.
Reasons Why An Employer Wouldn’t Want To File A Workers’ Comp Claim
Companies may be reluctant to report a workplace accident or try to fight a claim for workers’ compensation because expensive claims or multiple claims can result in increased workers’ compensation insurance premiums. An employer may not want your workers’ comp claim to prompt or encourage other employees to file claims of their own. In addition, a company may be concerned about its safety ratings or safety reputation in the industry.
Workers’ Compensation Claims In Ohio And Employer Reporting Requirements
Workplace accidents must be reported. Employers have the right to reject a claim for workers’ compensation or dispute the BWC’s decision regarding a workers’ comp claim. But an employer cannot prevent you from filing a claim for workers’ compensation. If an employer is encouraging you not to report your claim, or has somehow prevented you from reporting your accident, seek the advice of an experienced workers’ comp attorney immediately. If your employer is not going to report your claim, you can report the accident for yourself. After a workplace accident, workers have one year to file a workers’ comp claim with the BWC.
Call Today For Assistance With Workers’ Compensation Claims
If your employer is reluctant about you filing a workers’ compensation claim, Robert J. Dodd Jr. can help. Call us today at 740-693-1208 or send us an email for a free consultation. We look forward to answering your questions and telling you more about how we can help you with your case.