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.
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.
In our last post, we provided an overview of the essential provisions of Ohio's workers' compensation law. In this post, we will provide a summary of the kinds of benefits that may be paid if a claim for workers' compensation is successful.
If you are ever injured at work, you may worry about upsetting your boss and losing your job if you decide to seek workers' comp benefits. Thankfully, this is not something you need to fear in Ohio.
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.
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.
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.
In Ohio, it is illegal for an employer to fire, demote or retaliate against an employee simply because he or she files or pursues a workers' compensation claim. While this anti-retaliation law is one of the bedrocks of Ohio's workers compensation system, its application was recently questioned in case before the Ohio Supreme Court.
If your workers' compensation claim has been denied, it can make you frustrated and leave you feeling like you have no way to access the money you need. Workplace injuries are usually covered by your employer's workers' compensation insurance, and when you're hurt at work, it should kick in to help you pay for the medical costs associated with your injury among other financial losses.
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.