File as soon as possible. Your employer may say they are handling the matter, or they may tell you they are self-insured and you do not have to file. Or they may tell you did not miss enough time from work so you can’t file a claim. It is important that you file a claim sooner rather than later. You cannot apply for all the benefits you may be entitled to unless you obtain a claim number from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
The law places the responsibility of filing on the injured worker. While the employer or hospital can send in the forms, they are not legally responsible to do so. In most cases, the claim must be filed with the BWC within two years. After that, if it is not filed, you cannot go back and say you thought the employer had taken care of it.
If your doctor places you off work it may take several weeks for the BWC to open, investigate and render a decision on the allowance of your claim. All this time you have no income coming in. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help cut through the delays and move your case faster.
If you are injured at your workplace in the Greater Cleveland area, contact an experienced worker’s compensation lawyer to help you receive the compensation that you deserve, everything from lost wages and medical treatment to permanent disability or death.