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Ohio Workers’ Compensation: Frequently Asked Questions

Our workers’ compensation attorneys have been helping injured workers and their families in Ohio for decades. We are here to help you, too. For a free consultation regarding your specific injuries and benefits, please call us at 740-693-1208 or complete our contact form. We have offices in New Lexington, Zanesville, Marietta and The Plains, and we serve clients in all the surrounding areas.

What kinds of benefits can I get from Ohio workers’ compensation?

There are many types of workers’ comp benefits that may be available, depending on your specific injuries and the type of job you have. Here is a list of possible benefits that may be available:

  • Wage loss compensation
  • Compensation for medical expenses
  • Reimbursement for travel to and from medical appointments
  • Living maintenance benefits, which compensate an injured worker participating in an approved rehabilitation program
  • Change of occupation benefits for workers who have been medically advised to change occupations: for example, firefighters, coal miners and police officers
  • Compensation for permanent total disability, temporary total disability or permanent partial disability
  • Compensation for facial disfigurement
  • Lump sum settlement, which must be agreed upon by the injured worker, the employer and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
  • Death benefits for the surviving spouse or dependents of a worker who died due to a work injury

To find out what types of workers’ compensation you may be owed, we encourage you to contact our law office today. Our lead attorney, Maureen Dodd, is a Board-Certified Specialist in workers’ compensation law. She can answer your questions and explain your options.

Do I need to prove my employer was at fault for my work injury?

No. Ohio workers’ compensation is a no-fault system. That means you do not have to prove that your employer did anything wrong. You are generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if your injury arose in the course of your employment.

Who decides when I should go back to work after a work injury?

Usually, the treating physician decides when an injured worker can return to work. However, sometimes there is disagreement, and a second opinion may be necessary. If you disagree with your doctor’s opinion about your work injury, please contact our office.

Can my employer fire me for reporting a work-related accident?

No. It is unlawful for your employer to fire you for reporting a work injury or seeking workers’ compensation benefits. If your employer has retaliated against you in this way, or if you suspect that your employer will retaliate, our workers’ comp attorneys can advise on the best course of action for protecting your rights and eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits.

What can I do if my Ohio workers’ compensation claim is denied?

If your workers’ comp claim has been denied, you can appeal the decision. Often claims are denied because of errors in the application process or missing medical information. Remember, you do not have to go through the workers’ comp process alone. Our attorneys can help you appeal a denied claim.

Do I need an attorney for my Ohio workers’ compensation claim?

To get the maximum available compensation for your work injury, it is strongly recommended that you get help from an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer. At Robert J. Dodd Jr., Co., L.P.A., we can handle all the legal and insurance matters while you focus on what is most important: your health and family.

Contact Us For A Free Consultation

You have nothing to lose by contacting us. For a free consultation, please call us at 740-693-1208 or fill out our contact form. Our main office is in New Lexington, Ohio, and we serve clients throughout the surrounding areas.