Workers’ Compensation claims rarely go as expected and can often be confusing. Below are a list of the most common questions. To schedule a free consultation with a workers’ compensation lawyer, contact our law office in Columbus, Chillicothe, or Lima, Ohio at 1-800-573-9503.
Ohio Workers' Compensation FAQ
I've been injured on the job, what do I do first?
As soon as you are injured it is crucial to seek medical attention, notify your employer, and file the appropriate paper work.
Can I choose my own doctor for my workers' comp claim?
Ohio law gives an injured worker has the right to choose his or her own health care provider as long as the physician is “Ohio BWC certified.”
When you are hurt on the job, you can see any doctor for your first visit but if your doctor is a BWC-certified provider, he or she may continue to treat you.
Note: If your employer is self-insured, you should contact the employer to obtain information concerning choosing a physician.
This doctor will be responsible for requesting authorizations for most types of treatment (Form C-9) and certifying any time off from work (MEDCO14).
You can contact BWC to see if a doctor is certified or you can click below to access BWC’s Certified Provider Look-Up.
Do I need an attorney to file a claim?
You are not required to have an attorney represent you in a workers’ compensation claim. However, workers’ comp claims rarely go smoothly. You will be expected to negotiate with the opposing lawyer or representative at hearings, have the appropriate paperwork completed by their respective deadlines, and file for the specific benefits in which you are entitled.
Here at the Knisley Law Offices, we have over 60 years of workers’ compensation experience to help you navigate the maze that is the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to be sure that you receive all the benefits you deserve.
What kind of benefits am I entitled to?
The BWC offers a variety of compensation types. Here are some of the most common types of compensation.
When will workers' compensation benefits begin if I am out of work?
If you are out of work for 14 days or more, you are entitled to benefits from the first day out of work. These benefits are payable on a weekly basis until you are fit to return to work. Insurance companies often delay in paying benefits or deny them all together. If you have been out of work for more than two weeks and have not received your weekly workers’ compensation check, set up a free consultation with us today so we can expedite your payments.
Who pays my workers’ compensation benefits?
After a claim for a work injury is allowed, the BWC will cover payment of medical bills, compensation for lost wages, permanent disability and settlements. However, employers who are self-insured pay workers’ compensation benefits directly to their employees.
My claim has already been denied, what should I do now?
Once you file a claim with the BWC, they have 28 days to issue a decision as to whether or not your claim should be allowed. Once you receive the BWC order, you have fourteen days to file an appeal if you disagree with the decision. Once you file an appeal, a hearing will be set before a hearing office to rule on the issue. It is important that all documentation is accurate and is clearly presented at the hearing.
At the Knisley Law Offices, we will fight for your right to participate in the BWC! We will ensure you don’t miss deadlines and will guide you through the process.
How long do I have to file a claim?
Whether you were injured in Toledo, or in Cincinnati, you have two years from the date of the injury to file a claim in the Ohio. However, you should notify your supervisor immediately, or as soon as possible, after your accident. Failure to tell your supervisor or your employer in a timely manner after your accident may delay your benefits.
If you have been injured on the job, understand your rights and learn how to ensure you receive the compensation and/or benefits you are entitled to.