What steps should I take if I am injured at work?
Workers’ compensation law in Ohio is designed to provide medical and lost-wage benefits to employees injured during the course of and/or arising from their employment. If you are injured at work, you should take all necessary steps to assert your Workers’ Compensation claim and protect yourself in order to collect the benefits to which you are entitled under Ohio’s workers’ compensation laws.
Notify Your Employer
If you suffer an injury at work, immediately notify your employer of your injury or injuries. If possible, a written report should be filed. Never attempt to hide an injury. Note that an occupational disease is completely different, in legal terms, from an injury. Occupational diseases must therefore be approached with a different workers’ compensation claim strategy. If you learn you have an occupational disease, contact us immediately for a free consultation to discuss the options available to you.
Seek Medical Care
You should seek some immediate medical care. This will document your symptoms and injuries if they should later come into dispute. If you can, go to an emergency room. If the emergency room is not available then go to the nearest Clinic or Urgent care. In Ohio, injured workers have the right to choose medical providers.
Try to get the names of any coworkers who may have witnessed the incident or who assisted you right after the incident.
Seek Legal Help
If you are not familiar with the process of Workers’ Compensation any mistake you make can cost you a lot. There are very short time limits in the law to perfect your claim or to file an appeal to a denial of your case or benefits. At your free consultation, our lawyers will explain the steps you need to take to document your injuries and protect your rights.