Workers Comp Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have to file a workers comp claim?

When you have been injured in an accident at work, you have one year to file a claim with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). The BWC processes applications for workers’ compensation and will issue a decision regarding your case within 28 days of filing.

Will workers compensation reimburse my full salary?

No, workers’ comp benefits will not cover your full salary. Injury compensation pays 72% of wages for the first 12 weeks; 66 2/3% thereafter. This compensation is payable if you find lower-paying work or even if you cannot find work, but are actively looking for it. Wage loss is paid at two-thirds of the difference between your previous wage and your current earnings, with a maximum in 2022 of $1,085 per week.

How long can I stay on workers' compensation?

Last, a workers’ comp case closes statutorily when five years have passed without the worker submitting a new claim for health expenses or lost wages

How much is the average workers' comp settlement amount in Ohio?

The average workers’ comp settlement amount is approximately $22,535.62. The compensation rate is typically equal to 2/3 (66.67%) of your weekly wages during the injured period. However, each case is unique and will vary based on the severity of injuries wages, and other factors.

Can my boss fire me for filing a workers compensation claim?

While Ohio employers can fire workers “at will,” they cannot fire someone in retaliation for filing for workers’ compensation. If you suspect this caused your job loss, or you just need help figuring out whether you’re eligible to continue collecting benefits after losing your job, contact our Columbus office.

How long do I have to file an appeal?

The time frame for filing an appeal varies depending on your jurisdiction. It is crucial to check your denial letter for the specific deadline or consult your Workers’ Comp lawyer promptly.

Can I handle the appeal on my own?

While you can represent yourself during the appeal process, having an experienced Workers’ Comp lawyer by your side can significantly increase your chances of success. They possess in-depth knowledge of the laws and can navigate the complexities of the legal system on your behalf.

How much will hiring a workers' comp lawyer cost me?

We work on a contingency fee basis, which means we only get paid if we win your case. The fee is typically a percentage of the benefits you receive, making legal representation affordable and accessible for many individuals.

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