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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions on Worker’s Compensation Law from our Attorneys in Columbus and Steubenville, Ohio

The following are answers to some frequently asked questions on Ohio worker’s compensation law and what to expect when you file a worker’s compensation claim:

Q: I need surgery due to a serious work-related injury. How can I obtain money to cover my medical expenses?

A: Obtaining compensation for a workplace injury typically starts with filing a claim (called a “First Report of Injury”) with the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation (BWC). The BWC (or your employer, if it is self-insured), will consider your claim and decide whether or not you are entitled to recover worker’s compensation.

If it is determined that you are eligible for benefits, you will receive financial compensation to cover your medical bills, including the costs of any surgery necessitated by the accident. This is a complicated and time-sensitive process, and worker’s compensation attorney George M. Sarap can help make sure that you present the best possible case for obtaining coverage for your medical expenses and other losses.

Q: How long will I have to wait for wage compensation after filing a claim?

A: The answer to this question depends greatly on the individual circumstances involved in your case. The BWC will issue its initial decision whether to allow or deny your claim within 28 days of filing of the First Report of Injury. However, if the BWC denies your claim (or if your self-insured employer denies your claim), you have the right to file an appeal with the Ohio Industrial Commission, and final administrative appeals can be challenged in the Ohio state courts. Steubenville attorney George M. Sarap regularly represents clients in all stages of the worker’s compensation claim process.

Q: What qualifies as a “permanent total disability” in Ohio?

A: “Permanent total disability” is defined as an occupational injury or disease that prevents an individual from returning to work. The Industrial Commission has established special procedures for administering permanent total disability (PTD) claims. With PTD claims, the employee must submit a physician’s report and other evidence of his or her inability to work, and the employer will have the opportunity to present its own medical evidence to defend against the claim. If you believe you may be entitled to benefits for PTD, you should contact a Columbus worker’s compensation lawyer right away to begin building your case.

For More Information, Contact the George M. Sarap Law Offices Today

Attorney George M. Sarap has over 36 years of experience representing clients in personal injury and worker’s compensation litigation. Contact Mr. Sarap to discuss your case today.

With offices in Columbus and Steubenville, the George M. Sarap Law Offices represents workplace injury victims in Cambridge, St. Clairsville, and throughout Ohio.


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