In Ohio, there are thousands of workers who are employed in areas which might be considered to be "high risk." For example, construction and manufacturing workers may be at a higher risk for suffering an on-the-job injury, as might those who travel extensively in their jobs, such as truck drivers. When workers are injured on the job they can face significant financial hurdles, sometimes lasting weeks, months or even years.
Fortunately, injured workers in Ohio can turn to workers' compensation in an attempt to secure financial benefits that can be critical in a time of need. The vast majority of workers in Ohio are covered under the state's workers' compensation laws. However, that doesn't mean that every claim for workers' compensation benefits is approved. Some workers may run into the unfortunate position of having their employers and their employers' insurance companies fight back against a claim for benefits. In such situations, it may be argued that a workplace injury did not occur in the course of the person's employment, for example.
The potential for this type of move is why it is crucial for injured workers to follow the rules when it comes to applying for workers' compensation benefits. For starters, injured workers need to report their injuries as soon as possible. This way, the details of what occurred are fresh, and any witnesses to the incident in question can be more readily identified.
Injured workers have many questions when they are dealing with these difficult times. At our law firm, we work with Ohio residents to try to help them understand their options. For more information, please visit the workplace accidents overview section of our law firm's website.