Ohio workers who suffer workplace injuries may file a workers’ compensation claim with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). However, they may not be granted the compensation they deserve the first time around. Many workers’ compensation claims are denied simply due to the complex nature of the system.
In Ohio, workers’ compensation denials may be challenged by appealing to the Ohio Industrial Commission (OIC). It is imperative to comply with all procedures and deadlines when appealing. There may be a deadline of as little as ten days. The workers’ compensation lawyers at Philip J. Fulton Law Office are experienced in handling workers’ compensation denials with accuracy and expedience.
At the appeal hearing before a hearing officer, the injured worker may represent him or herself, but it may be prudent to have a skilled and knowledgeable attorney to assist in the appeal. The employer will almost always have an attorney present, and injured workers have the right to legal representation as well. At Philip J. Fulton Law Office, we prepare to represent injured workers at appeal hearings by working with the injured worker’s doctor (medical evidence is often used as the basis for denial) and ensuring that all documentation is complete, accurate and filed on time.
The OIC allows for three levels of appeals. After being decided against by all three, injured workers may file an appeal with the Court of Common Pleas. Philp J. Fulton Law Office has been representing injured workers at all levels of appeal for more than 35 years. Our dedicated attorneys can help those initially denied to obtain the workers’ compensation benefits they deserve, including medical expenses and lost wages. For more information regarding workers’ compensation appeals, please visit our Denied Workers’ Compensation Claims page.