One of the most important protections you have as an employee is the right to seek workers’ compensation benefits in case of an on-the-job-injury or sickness. The law requires most employers to carry this type of insurance, which protects both the employer and worker. It provides you a way to get support when needed, and it protects the employer from a lawsuit after a workplace accident.
Regardless of the type of job you have, it is in your interests to know your rights regarding workers’ compensation. You will find it beneficial to understand how the claims process works, what to do after an accident and what to expect from your employer. In addition to simply carrying this insurance, there are other things an employer has to do regarding workers’ compensation.
Expectations for your employer
There are a few things employers have to do regarding workers’ compensation, both before a claim and after an employee files a claim. Some of these requirements include:
- The employer has to post a notice about workers’ compensation benefits in a place where workers will easily notice and read it.
- After an accident, an employer has to call for emergency medical treatment. He or she cannot prevent someone from calling for emergency support when needed.
- The employer has to help an employee find medical support if he or she cannot select a doctor.
- The employer has to provide a copy of the accident report to the local workers’ compensation board office and the insurance company. Failing to do this could result in certain penalties.
- An employer must create a report every time there is an accident that results in injury or time away from work, or requires the attention of a doctor for certain types of treatment.
- Comply with requests for additional information in a timely manner from the workers’ compensation board or the insurance company.
Your employer cannot punish you for filing a workers’ compensation claim, and you should not face any type of retaliation for seeking benefits after a work accident or becoming ill due to your job.
What do you need to get better?
You do not have to walk through the workers’ compensation claims process alone. From completing the initial claim, dealing with your employer or fighting to maximize the benefits available to you, there is significant benefit in working with an Ohio attorney committed to your full recovery and long-term interests.