Workers’ compensation benefits are an important safety net for those who become sick or get hurt on the job in Ohio. Workers can receive 100% medical coverage for necessary care and a portion of their wages until they can get back to work.
However, it can be incredibly stressful to have to wait to get those benefits. If you cannot work, your family may struggle to cover expenses like rent or grocery bills after your injury or illness. How long will you typically have to wait to hear back about an application for workers’ compensation benefits in Ohio?
Most claims will take less than a month
Ohio’s workers’ compensation program aims to quickly process claims so that workers do not experience financial hardship because of a work-related medical condition. In most scenarios, applicants can expect a response within 28 days of their initial application. However, sometimes the process of getting benefits can take a little longer.
You can appeal the decision if you do not receive an approval
Applying for workers’ compensation benefits does not automatically mean that the applicants will receive benefits. Those filing claims must show that an incident occurred at their job or that a recent diagnosis directly relates to the work they perform.
Failing to report an incident to an employer, contradictory records or inadequate information could all contribute to an initial denial of your benefits. If you find yourself dealing with a denied workers’ compensation claim, you may have to wait a little longer to get your benefits. The good news is that you do have the right to appeal to get the benefits you need.