Do you need a lawyer to file a workers’ compensation claim? In reality, you shouldn’t need to, but the truth is that you may want to consult with one to make sure you’re not being taken advantage of. If a claim is denied or you don’t file paperwork correctly, you could be looking at paying for your own medical bills and recovery costs, and that’s not fair to you.
Filing a claim on your own isn’t the problem; the problem occurs when a claim takes a long time or when you’re being told your claim isn’t valid when it should be. It’s well known that some jobs carry serious risks, and you should always be covered by your employer’s insurance if you’re hurt. For example, the top four reasons for fatal and serious accidents are falls, electrocutions, being hit by an object and being stuck between or caught in objects.
Your employer should be aware that these risks are in your workplace, and if one of those things happens to you, you have every right to make a claim. Falls took the lives of around 40 percent of workers who died in 2014, so you should be fairly compensated if you’re exposed to this risk.
Your employer has the responsibility to provide you with coverage. If you’re struggling to make a claim or need help, your attorney can be of assistance in making sure you get what is rightfully yours. Our website has more information about how you can make a claim for workers’ compensation in Ohio and what to do if you’re denied.