Workers’ compensation is a system that compensates employees for workplace injuries. Contrary to other types of personal injury claims, workers’ compensation does not provide compensation for pain and suffering. The two types of compensation available under workers’ compensation in Ohio are medical benefits and wage benefits.
Workers in Ohio have the right to swift, quality medical treatment from a doctor of their choice. Managed care companies work together with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation in the oversight of treatment, therefore disputes over claim denials or physician choice may be difficult to resolve without the assistance of an experienced attorney. The experienced workers’ compensation lawyers at the Philip J. Fulton Law Office can help to ensure that claimants receive compensation for their medical expenses and assist in navigating complicated workers’ compensation disputes or denials.
Wage benefits are calculated according to the worker’s average weekly wage. Depending on the type of injury sustained, an Ohio worker may be entitled to total disability benefits or permanent partial disability benefits. Total disability benefits are available to workers who are either temporarily or permanently unable to work. When a worker suffers an injury that limits their ability to work such as the loss of a limb, they may be entitled to permanent partial disability benefits.
Other types of wage benefits include lump-sum settlements and vocational rehabilitation and living maintenance. If a lump-sum settlement is accepted, the right to claim past or future benefits is waived. Vocational rehabilitation is designed to help workers return to the workforce by either returning to the same job with the same employer, a different job with the same or a different employer or training for a new job in a different industry. Living maintenance compensation is provided during the process of rehabilitation training.
The workers’ compensation lawyers at the Philip J. Fulton Law Office can assist you in calculating your average weekly wage correctly, determining which benefits you qualify for and guiding you through the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim. For more information on the benefits available under workers’ compensation in Ohio, please visit our Workers’ Compensation Benefits page.