Workers’ Comp Law in Northeast Ohio
You work each and every day to provide for your family. It is your income that provides the stability and comfort that they need the most. You have pride in your livelihood, and you should; you work hard and dedicate yourself, knowing that your employment provides happiness for you and your loved ones.
It is their dependence, your pride, and your family’s stability that makes sustaining a work injury so devastating. Embarrassed about the injury and insecure about your employment, you may be confused about where you should turn. Your vacation days you’ve used to recover from your injury are rapidly decreasing, and your entire future is at risk. It can feel like rock bottom.
Where do you turn when you’ve been denied help from your employers after being injured at work? Do you need a lawyer? What rights do you have?
Whether you’re employed at a large government agency or a small private company, the size of the company does not matter; know that you do deserve help if you’ve been injured while at work.
By filing for workers’ compensation, you are taking your future back into your own hands. By calling me, Martin S. Horwitz, Attorney at Law, you are putting that future in capable hands. I have 35 years of experience in helping people just like you get the aid they deserve. I provide personalized and professional assistance from the moment you call me.
When you pick up the phone, you won’t be speaking with a paralegal or administrative assistant; you will be speaking directly with me. I am 1 of 150 Board Certified Specialists in Workers’ Compensation in Ohio. I will explain your right to benefits as an injured worker so that you can understand what steps you should take next.
Qualifying for OH Workers’ Compensation
When people call me, the first question is most commonly, “Do I qualify for workers’ compensation?”
Knowing whether or not you qualify for workers’ compensation in the Cleveland metropolitan area can be incredibly confusing, especially after your employer denies you help after your injury. If you meet these two qualifications, you may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits:
1. You sustained an accidental injury in the course and scope of your job.
2. You are regularly employed by an Ohio company.
Many employers will tell you that you do not have a workers’ compensation claim; remember that it is they who will be affected if you file a workers’ compensation claim. They are not giving you quality legal advice. They are trying to protect their best interests. Every injured worker has the right to file a claim with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
Especially due to complications like these and other factors hindering people from achieving workers’ compensation, speaking with a Board Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation can be in your best interest.
Types of Injuries Covered Under Workers’ Compensation
You can recover from some work injuries in a couple weeks, but some could affect you for a lifetime. People call me with anything from a sprained ankle to a psychological condition. Regardless of the recovery time or severity of the injury, if you are injured at work, you deserve the benefits that come along with Ohio workers’ compensation. Below are common injuries often covered under Ohio workers’ compensation laws:
• Torn knee meniscus
• Torn shoulder rotator cuff’s
• Sprained back
• Herniated disks
• Joint injuries
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Allergic reactions
• Occupational diseases (i.e. from chemical exposure)
• Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)*
*Psychological conditions alone, like PTSD and depression, are not a covered under workers’ compensation. However, when they accompany a work-induced physical injury, both may be covered.
Benefits You Can Receive from Workers’ Compensation
Depending on your injury and your situation, the Ohio’s workers’ compensation system offers benefits that can get you back on your feet after being injured in the workplace. You can receive compensation for the following:
• Emergency room bill payments
• Compensation for permanent and total disability
• Lost wages
• Medical and psychological bills
There are more benefits, though, that come with workers’ compensation. The state offers:
• Vocational retraining
• Job search assistance
• Lump sum due to loss of a body part
If you have been hurt at work, contact Martin S. Horwitz, Attorney at Law today to speak with a Board Certified Specialist.