Do I need a lawyer to file for workers comp?

Workers’ compensation (frequently referred to as “workers’ comp) is the system that compensates employees for workplace injuries without requiring a separate personal injury lawsuit.  Employers pay monthly insurance premiums, or self-insure, to hedge against potential liabilities.

Why do you need an attorney to guide you through the process?

Although the system is designed to be “no fault”, successfully claiming workers’ compensation benefits can be a frustrating and complicated process, especially if your claim gets denied.

Partnering with a skilled worker’s’ compensation attorney may ensure that you get maximum compensation for your injuries. Your needs are more than just a basic settlement.

4 Benefits of Using A Workers Compensation Lawyer:

Provide advice on whether your injuries are likely to qualify for worker’s compensation. Some injuries are excluded. Still, a “work-related” injury can encompass a wide range of injuries, including those that occur during a work-sponsored event or on employer-owned grounds. An attorney can advise you on the likelihood that your injury will be covered.

Make sure your claim is filed properly. The first step is filing your new claim. Claims involve multiple forms and Ohio laws have specific requirements that must be met. An attorney can ensure your claim gets filed accurately and in compliance.

Handle appeals. If your claim is denied, you may be able to appeal the decision. In many instances, the benefit compensation may be insufficient to cover your medical bills, time off work and costs you’ve incurred. Your attorney can help you decide whether to continue with a claim or file a civil lawsuit.

Explain other types of benefits that may be available. In some circumstances, workers who are collecting workers’ compensation benefits may be able to collect disability benefits also. Disability benefits and unemployment benefits may also be needed. Your workers’ compensation lawyer can help ensure you get all the benefits you may be entitled to receive.

Columbus Workers Comp attorney, Tom Marchese
I’m Thomas Marchese,


I was one of the first attorneys in the State of Ohio to be board certified as a specialist in worker’s compensation law and I will personally handle your entire case.

You will never be handed off to an inexperienced associate and your case is not just another file in a stack. From consultation to final settlements, I will be by your side.

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