Greater Cleveland Workplace Injury Lawyer
As a Board Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation law, I strive to provide anyone who has questions about a workplace injury in the Cleveland metropolitan area with answers that are applicable, realistic, and honest. For most clients I speak with, this is the first time they have suffered a serious injury at work, and therefore have many questions about the legal process. Even for someone who has experience with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, each claim presents new challenges that must addressed individually.
YOUR EMPLOYER HAS A LAWYER AND YOU SHOULD TOO! This is an adversarial system. That means that each party involved, your Employer and the State through the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) will do what is best for their financial interests. Even before your injury occurred, your Employer had a lawyer, a service company that represents them and a Managed Care Organization, selected by the Employer, who approves your treatment requests. There is no one representing the Claimant in this process, except the Claimant’s attorney.
Below are many of the questions clients in Northeast Ohio ask me most often. While it is best to contact me directly to discuss specifics, I hope that my answers here can offer a basic understanding of the system. Whether you are considering if an attorney is necessary, or are already in the process of choosing legal help, these answers may help you select the right lawyer for you and your family.
Workers’ Compensation Law in Northeast Ohio
Starting your Claim
- What are the most important steps for me to take after an injury?
- When should I file my claim? Who is responsible for filing?
- How do I file and get a claim number?
- What should I include in my First Report of Injury Application?
- What does it cost to retain an attorney?
Injuries and Benefits
- What kinds of injuries are covered under workers’ compensation?
- What benefits can I receive from workers’ compensation?
- What is temporary total disability? Permanent total disability? Permanent partial disability? Living maintenance?
- Will I get paid for the time I miss from work?
- What is wage loss?
Claim Coverage and Processing
- How do I know if I qualify for workers’ compensation?
- Can I have a claim even if I don’t lose time from work?
- Who has the burden of proof in a Workers’ Compensation claim?
- What if I was fired, my employer has closed or moved, or I now work for another company?
- I filed a claim and received a letter from the BWC assigning a Claims Service Specialist (CSS) to my case. If he or she is supposed to help me, why do I need an attorney?
- What is the difference between the BWC and an MCO?
- My employer says he is self-insured and the company will cover my expenses. What does this mean?
- If I apply for Workers’ Compensation, does that mean I forfeit my right to sue my employer?
- If I had a pre-existing condition before my workplace injury, does this bar me from filing a workers’ compensation claim?
- Is it possible to amend my claim?
- Will I receive damage payments for pain and suffering or employer negligence under workers’ compensation?
- How does Workers’ Compensation handle a car or truck accident?
- When is a lump sum settlement appropriate?
If you do not see your particular Ohio workers’ compensation question listen, please contact my office to speak directly with a workplace injury attorney.