Ohio Workers’ Comp Attorney For Permanent Total Disability Benefits
Suffering from a work injury or illness is stressful and frustrating. When your injury or illness is deemed a permanent total disability, it can be devastating. At Robert J. Dodd Jr., Co., L.P.A., our lead workers’ comp attorney Maureen Dodd is a Board-Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law. She has more than 25 years of experience, and she continues her family’s legacy of helping injured workers throughout Ohio get the workers’ compensation and permanent disability benefits they need and deserve.
For a free consultation, please call us at 740-693-1208 or send us an email. We handle workers’ compensation and disability cases on a contingency-fee basis. That means you will not pay anything out of pocket, and we do not get paid unless we win benefits for you.
What Does It Mean To Be Permanently Disabled?
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation characterizes permanent total disability as an inability to participate in sustained remunerative employment. In other words, it is unlikely or impossible for the employee to ever work again in the same capacity that they have been trained in, or use the skills that they have developed, nor are they able to retrained to perform a job within his/her physical and/or mental limitation. A worker who is deemed permanently disabled is considered incapable of ever sustaining a job.
Eligibility For Permanent Total Disability (PTD) Benefits
Medical evidence is important to substantiate a claim for PTD benefits. A medical doctor must find that the injury or illness has resulted in a permanent and total disability. An opinion from a vocational expert can also be helpful. A hearing will be scheduled before a Staff Hearing Officer of the Industrial Commission of Ohio to hear your application and issue a determination. If workers comp claim is denied, there are still options available. However, prevailing on a Request for Reconsideration from a PTD denial is extremely difficult without help from an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.
Learn more about workers’ comp in Ohio. See our Ohio Workers’ Compensation Frequently Asked Questions.
Calculating The Amount Of PTD Benefits
The amount of PTD benefits are calculated by averaging the injured worker’s weekly wage at the time the injury or illness occurred. Several factors will also be considered to evaluate an applicant’s PTD claim, such as the worker’s age, education level, work history and what efforts the applicant has made toward rehabilitation.
Contact Us For A Free Consultation
At Robert J. Dodd Jr., we understand this is a difficult time for you. We are here to help. We offer a free case review so that we can better understand the facts of your specific situation and assess which types of benefits you may be eligible to receive. Call us at 740-693-1208 or send us an email for a free consultation.