Ohio Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Helping work injury victims throughout Ohio
Workers’ compensation laws provide injured or disabled employees who were hurt on the job monetary awards. Benefits are also provided for dependents of those workers who are killed because of work-related accidents or illnesses.
All it takes is one wrong move in front of a bench grinder, a head-on collision with the company vehicle or being under a poorly secured load at the wrong time, and you’re in for quite a lesson in law.
If you or a loved one has been injured at work, Elk & Elk will fight to protect your rights. Call 1-800-ELK-OHIO or contact us online to learn more about your legal rights and options.
4 Reasons you should call an attorney:
- Your employer refuses to believe you were injured on the job.
- The insurance carrier has denied you benefits.
- You can’t get the necessary medical treatment.
- The insurance adjuster promises benefits or care that never arrives.
Why you need an experienced workers’ compensation attorney
Workers’ compensation law is an ever-changing landscape that hinges on the latest court decisions and constantly evolving statutes. We will help get you through this situation. When you or someone you know winds up in this situation, we will provide needed guidance.
We have the knowledge, determination, and resources to make sure you are treated fairly and receive each benefit allowed to you by law. We have the experience and the know-how to handle the legal side of these terrible tragedies, and we understand how workers’ compensation overlaps with other parts of the law so that we can maximize our clients’ results.
Exploring all possible sources of compensation
Many injured workers do not know that workers’ compensation pays nothing for pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment. Nor will workers’ compensation ask a reckless employer to pay for its conduct unless that employer violates a written Ohio safety rule.
Because workers’ compensation fails to fully compensate the injured worker, it is necessary to carefully evaluate the facts. We will investigate every aspect of your case to see if a lawsuit against a third party, an intentional tort or a safety violation claim can be pursued.
Frequently Asked Questions About Workers’ Compensation in Ohio
Q: What is workers’ compensation?
A: ” Workers’ compensation is a state-mandated insurance program that provides compensation to employees who suffer job-related injuries and illnesses. While the federal government administers a workers’ comp program for federal and certain other types of employees, each state has its own laws and programs for workers’ compensation. For up-to-date information on workers’ comp in your state, contact your state’s workers’ compensation office.” (Source: Nolo.com)
Q: When would I need a workers comp lawyer?
A: While this is by no means a complete list, the following situations would call for a workers’ compensation attorney:
- The employer denies you were injured on the job.
- The insurance carrier has denied you benefits.
- You cannot get the medical treatment you need.
- You aren’t getting paid.
- An insurance adjuster promises benefits or care that never arrives.
- A lawyer for the insurance company wants you to take a deposition.
- In an attempt to sue a third party, you represent yourself and are confronted by someone on the other side who tries to take advantage of your lack of legal training and knowledge.
Q: How do I file a claim?
A: An injured worker can file a claim by completing the First Report of Injury (FROI) and mailing it to any Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) service office, or the FROI can be completed online.
Most Ohio workers’ compensation claims are filed by a managed care organization (MCO) after being notified of a work-related injury or occupational disease by a health care provider or employer. If you have been treated for a work-related injury, a claim may have been filed for you already. To check this, you may contact the BWC. (Source: Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation)
Q: Who can file a claim with the BWC?
A: Injured workers, employers, authorized representatives and designees can file claims with the BWC. MCOs and medical providers can also file claims.
Q: Why should I choose Elk & Elk to represent me when I’ve filed a workers’ comp claim?
A: Considering Elk & Elk’s stellar, 50-year history representing victims of all manner of workplace injury – including loss of life and limb – choosing us to handle your employment injury claim is a no-brainer. You need a highly-skilled, well-informed and well-prepared lawyer with the resources necessary to take on the most skilled workers’ comp defendants and their lawyers. You need to see that your rights are protected and you are able to get your life back on track as 9soon as possible following an on-the-job injury. That’s why you should choose Elk & Elk to represent you in the event of a work-related injury or death.
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If you or someone you know has been the victim of a work accident and are unsure of your rights, trust the workers’ compensation attorneys at Elk & Elk to determine your benefits.