Answering Your Workers’ Compensation Questions
Getting hurt at work can limit your ability to support your family and jeopardize your long-term career options if you do not take the steps necessary to protect your interests. It can be difficult to know what to do without a legal background, however.
Our team of dedicated workers’ compensation attorneys is qualified and ready to assist you with your claim so that you receive the benefits you deserve. We invite you to read our answers to these workers’ compensation FAQs (frequently asked questions) to learn about your options. Then, reach out to us via email, text us at 440-922-6646 or call us at 216-930-6389 to speak to a skilled lawyer about your case.
Can my employer fire me for filing a workers’ compensation claim?
It is against the law for an employer to fire or retaliate against an employee for filing a workers’ compensation claim. If you were injured while you were working for your employer, either on-site or off-site, your medical bills should be covered by your employer or the state fund.
What workplace injuries does workers’ compensation cover?
In Ohio, workers’ compensation covers a range of injuries and illnesses that include:
- Illnesses caused by exposure to harmful materials, including asbestos. Dangerous working conditions can also increase the likelihood of suffering a heart attack or developing a hernia.
- Repetitive stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and bursitis from lifting injuries
- Pre-existing conditions, such as arthritis, that are aggravated by daily workplace responsibilities
- Injuries caused by contractors or other third parties working on site
You can meet with our attorneys for free to discuss your injuries and learn whether you have a strong claim. We provide our personal cell phone numbers to each client and encourage clients to call at any time because we want to help you on your schedule.
Do I file my claim with the BWC or an MCO?
File your claim with the BWC, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. This state agency is responsible for investigating and reviewing claims before issuing an order regarding their decision.
The Managed Care Organization (MCO) works with the BWC and medical providers to coordinate health care for injured workers. MCOs also make decisions regarding the treatment for injured workers.
How long do I have to file my claim?
You may only have one year from the date of injury to file the claim. Though there are some exceptions, it is critical that you file the claim as soon as possible to avoid missing the deadline.
My benefits claim was denied. Do I have any other legal options?
The BWC can deny your claim for a variety of reasons; however, you can appeal a disallowed claim. To successfully navigate the appeals process, you will need to submit completed paperwork to the correct agency before your deadline expires. After your appeal has been processed, you will receive a notice about your hearing.
Please read our firm’s blogs about workers’ compensation hearings. Then, contact our firm to learn how we can guide you through this process.
Concerned About Other Workers’ Comp Matters? Talk To Us Today.
We proudly serve injured workers throughout Northeast and Central Ohio, including Beachwood, Cleveland and the surrounding communities. Complete our online form or call 216-930-6389 to arrange a meeting today. You can also reach an attorney via text during and after hours at 440-922-6646.