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Obtaining Workers' Compensation benefits for occupational disease

Many workers in Ohio have contracted illnesses that were caused by the conditions under which they worked. Such illnesses are referred to as "occupational diseases." A person who has contracted an occupational disease that was caused by work-related conditions may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits.

Do Ohio workers compensation benefits include rehabilitation?

Many people in Ohio who have suffered work-related injuries would like to be able to return to work, and they naturally wonder if they can receive vocational rehabilitation as part of the workers' compensation benefits. In this blog, we will summarize the conditions that must be satisfied in order to obtain rehabilitation services for a workplace injury.

How does workers' compensation law define "injury"?

In prior posts, we have explained that any person working in Ohio who suffers an injury related to their employment is eligible for workers' compensation benefits. In this post, we will explore the precise definition of "injury" including what kinds of conditions are included in the definition and what kinds of conditions are excluded.

An overview of workers' compensation law

As the Industrial Revolution advanced across America and into Ohio and surrounding states, workplace injuries became common. Throughout the 19th century and the early decades of the 20th century, if injured employees tried to obtain compensation for their injuries, they were met by three effective defenses raised by employers: 1. The worker assumed the risk of injury by accepting the employment; 2. The injury was caused by the negligence of a fellow worker and that worker, not the employer, was liable for the injury; and 3. The employee's own negligence was the cause of the accident.

Prescribed medical marijuana? You may no longer be eligible for workers' comp.

While Ohio's recently enacted medical marijuana law has been heralded as a significant victory for needy patients suffering from severe medical conditions, it may not be all good news - particularly for injured workers who are in need of workers' compensation benefits.

Father fights for disabled son's compensation after severe injury

When you're injured at work, you shouldn't have to worry about the funds meant to care for your needs being cut off for no reason. If you find yourself fighting just to survive on the money you receive for disability benefits even though you're meant to get paid from an insurance company, you may be in a position like this family. According to the Aug. 1 news, the young man was 24 at the time of the accident that caused his disability. He had been working as an electrician when he was injured. He was working at a bank that was under construction when he was electrocuted by a high-voltage shock.

How does the claims process work after a workplace injury?

When you're hurt in Ohio while you're working your job, you have the right to make a claim for workers' compensation as long as you're not self-employed. To make this claim, you have to file a First Report of Injury and mail it into the Bureau of Workers' Compensation. 

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