Ohio workers’ compensation benefits can be essential benefits that injured workers need to help them following a workplace injury. Injured workers and their families should be familiar with the different types of benefits available and the application process for workers’ compensation benefits.
One of the potentially most important types of workers’ compensation benefits available to injured workers in Ohio include benefits for medical care costs and needs. Benefits can include those for hospital care, doctor visits, medication and other medical care expenses. In addition, injured workers can receive compensation for wage loss. Depending on the circumstances and needs of the injured workers, benefits for temporary total disability, permanent partial disability and permanent total disability are available. In addition to benefits for injured workers, death benefits may be available through workers’ compensation to surviving family members following a fatal workplace accident.
There is also a specific workers’ compensation process in Ohio for injured workers to be familiar with and to follow. Injured workers need to notify their employer of the workplace injury they have suffered and have 2 years to make a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. In Ohio, the employer then has a week to report the workplace injury to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has 28 days to make a decision concerning the injured workers’ claim and the injured worker has 14 days to appeal the decision if they disagree.
With few exceptions, employers who have one or more employees in Ohio are required to provide workers’ compensation coverage to employees and post notice of the workers’ compensation coverage. Workers’ compensation benefits can help with so many of the needs injured workers and their families have following a workplace accident which is why it is beneficial to understand the process and benefits available.