What You Need To Know About Workers’ Compensation
Many people have misconceptions about worker’s compensation. At The Sammarco Law Firm, LLC, we aren’t surprised this is the case. Worker’s compensation procedures and laws are complicated and difficult to understand.
Just because you are pursuing a workers’ compensation claim, it doesn’t mean that you are suing your employer. Employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for the sole purpose of meeting an obligation to their employees to cover these claims. An employer cannot fire an employee for filing a claim, and there are legal protections against retaliation.
Worker’s compensation is a no-fault system. This means that it doesn’t matter whether you were at fault or your employer was at fault. You will still get treatment if you follow the correct procedures to get recovery.
What Does Workers’ Compensation Cover?
In Ohio, workers’ compensation covers all work-related injuries. These include physical injuries as well as mental health injuries. Workers’ compensation covers medical expenses and other payments depending on whether you are classified as temporarily or permanently disabled.
A lawyer can help with the classifications — such as temporary disability or permanent disability — so that you get the correct injuries addressed. At our firm, we evaluate you as your condition changes to make sure you get the treatment approved and covered. We want to ensure minimum delay so that you get monetary benefits in order to pay your household and medical expenses.
What Should I Do If I Have Been Injured At Work?
If you have been injured at work, you need to report it to your employer immediately. Then you need to seek medical treatment. Keep a record of your medical treatment, and if you are not getting better, you may need to choose another doctor or clinic.
Your employer must address the need for immediate treatment after you report your injury. The employer (and employee) must also report the injury to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
Get The Compensation You Deserve
If you need to file a workers’ compensation claim, you need to start by talking to an attorney. The sooner you call, the better; as with many cases, certain deadlines are set for making claims. Email us or call our Cincinnati office at 513-828-0243 for more information.