Columbus Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Workers’ compensation is often the easiest way for injured workers to receive financial coverage for their medical costs after a workplace accident. However, some deserving workers face roadblocks such as denied claims. Others may receive greater compensation from a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent party than a workers’ compensation claim. Hiring an attorney can ensure you receive the best possible outcome following an on-the-job injury. Contact Elk & Elk for a free legal consultation about your accident in Columbus, Ohio.
Why Choose Elk & Elk?
- We have more than 50 years of experience successfully representing clients in all types of workers’ compensation cases.
- We have a track record of success, with a total recovery of over $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for clients.
- We represent clients on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only charge for our services if we win the case.
How Can a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Help?
An attorney experienced in workers’ compensation law can give you peace of mind by taking care of all the legal proceedings necessary to maximize your claim. This includes:
- Understanding all the requirements necessary to make a successful workers’ compensation claim.
- Determining the full amount of compensation you need – and whether a third-party claim is necessary to supplement your claim.
- Appealing any denials made for your workers’ compensation claim.
Workers’ compensation can be a complex topic that requires experience and knowledge for a greater chance at success. At Elk & Elk, we can provide the support necessary to give you the compensation you deserve.
Ohio Workers’ Compensation Laws to Know
Each state has a unique workers’ compensation system. In Ohio, employees who suffer job-related injuries or illnesses may qualify for coverage of their related medical bills, disability costs, and two-thirds lost wages if they follow the rules for bringing a claim. First, you must notify your employer of your workplace accident right away, but at least within 30 days of it occurring. Your employer must then notify the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation by filing an official claim.
Upon receiving your claim, the Bureau will have 28 days to issue an acceptance or denial. If it accepts your claim, you should receive a settlement offer. With a denial, you should receive a letter explaining why the Bureau cannot accept your request. Either way, contact an attorney in Columbus. An attorney can help you negotiate a fair settlement amount or appeal a claim denial. A lawyer can walk you through all the necessary phases of the appeal process in pursuit of fair recovery for your damages.
What Types of Benefits Are Available?
The Ohio workers’ compensation system provides financial benefits to cover all accident-related medical expenses (past and future) and two-thirds gross wages for the days missed due to the injury. A worker may also qualify for temporary or permanent disability benefits, depending on the severity of the injury. These benefits can provide peace of mind and financial stability for families that otherwise would not be able to earn a living wage or cover medical expenses.
An injured employee does not have to prove an employer’s fault to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Instead, the only requirements are that the accident occurred while performing work-related tasks and that the employee did not cause the accident through an act of recklessness. The Bureau might deny a workers’ compensation claim if it believes the claimant’s injuries did not happen at work, if the claimant missed a deadline, or if the claimant did not properly fill out the required paperwork.
Contact Our Firm Today
Let a lawyer take care of your Columbus workers’ compensation claim. A lawyer can improve your odds of a successful claim your first time filing. If the Bureau has already denied your claim, a lawyer can take you through the appeals process while you focus on recovery. Let us maximize your financial recovery. Call (800) ELK-OHIO or contact us online today for a free consultation.