Understanding The Workers’ Compensation Process In Ohio
Ohio is different than most states when it comes to workers’ compensation. The state plays a major role in handling claims, because insurance is issued through the state, except in cases involving self-insured employers. This is just one of the factors that make the system and the process so complex. The bottom line is that trying to navigate through it on your own is risky, considering the number of obstacles that could arise. Enlisting an experienced attorney may prove to be extremely beneficial.
You can find that attorney at the Philip J. Fulton Law Office. We have more than 35 years of experience handling the workers’ comp process. In fact, we wrote the book on it. For decades, “Ohio Workers’ Compensation Law” by Philip J. Fulton has been an important source of information for attorneys throughout the state. We can assist at any stage in the process.
Step 1: File A Claim
Filing a workers’ comp claim is the first step that needs to be taken after suffering a work injury. You may need to file the claim yourself. It may be filed by a hospital or another party in some situations. We are happy to get involved from the very start to help avoid any problems.
Step 2: Approval Or Denial
The state of Ohio makes its decision. If you receive an acceptance, that is good but you may still experience changes or problems with getting benefits. Unfortunately, many people are denied. This is not the end of the road. We can challenge denials. We can also represent people who have been approved for insufficient amounts.
Step 3: Challenge The Denial
Our lawyers will put together a strategy to overcome the denial. We thoroughly review all the paperwork involved in your case. We work with your doctor as necessary. Many doctors will file paperwork for you, thinking they are doing the right thing. Unfortunately, they sometimes provide documentation that is ultimately not beneficial. We make certain all documentation is accurate and clearly presents the necessary information as we prepare for a hearing with the Ohio Industrial Commission.
Step 4: Approval Or Denial
In many cases, this is where we achieve success. The Ohio Industrial Commission sees things our way and approves you for the benefits you need. If not, we keep going.
Step 5: Take The Matter Up A Level
If the Ohio Industrial Commission denies your workplace injury claim, the matter must be taken into the court system. Here, cases become even more complex. Our experience allows us to help victims of workplace accidents navigate the complicated court system and address the many problems that may arise with workers’ compensation claims.
Start With A Free Consultation
Our services are available on a contingency fee basis, which means we only ask for payment if we are successful in getting you the benefits you need.