In Ohio, employees who suffer an injury or illness on the job are entitled to certain rights and protections under the law. Understanding these rights will help you get what you are entitled to.
Your rights after a workplace accident are found here.
The right to file a workers’ compensation claim
Injured workers have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Reporting injuries promptly and accurately is essential to initiate the claims process.
The right to seek medical treatment
Injured workers have the right to seek medical treatment for their work-related injuries or illnesses. Employers are generally required to cover the cost of necessary medical care, including doctor visits, surgeries and rehabilitation services.
The right to wage replacement benefits
If an injury prevents workers from returning to work temporarily, they may be eligible for temporary total disability benefits. These benefits provide a portion of the injured worker’s lost wages while they are unable to work. Other cash benefits may be possible, as well, for long-term or permanent injuries.
The right to vocational rehabilitation
In cases where an injury prevents a worker from returning to their previous job, they have the right to vocational rehabilitation services. This can include job training and assistance in finding alternative employment.
Injured workers in Ohio have important rights and protections under the workers’ compensation system. If you are an injured worker who is having trouble with a workers’ compensation claim, it may be time to seek additional legal guidance.