While workers’ compensation is available across the country to those who are injured at work, the laws relating to the terms and conditions, as well as the damages that you can claim, vary from state to state. Therefore, it is important that you look into how the law applies to the state that you work in.
If you were injured in a workplace in Ohio, you should act quickly to inform your employer in writing and to seek treatment for your injury. However, you should also read up on the law so that you know what you are entitled to in full. The following is an overview of workers’ compensation law in Ohio.
Filing a claim
You must inform your employer of your injury in writing as soon as is reasonably possible after your accident. However, you do have two years to file the claim. If you do not file a claim within two years, you’ll probably not be able to gain the compensation.
Your employer’s responsibilities
Employers in Ohio with more than one employee must obtain workers’ compensation coverage in the majority of circumstances, and they must post notice of this. They must also report to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) within one week after learning of the injury.
The benefits you may be entitled to
The key aspect of workers’ compensation is that you’ll be able to gain full coverage of all necessary medical treatment that you received, including hospital services. If you lost wages from taking time off work, you will be partially compensated for this. If you become disabled, either temporarily or permanently, you will also be entitled to compensation over a prolonged period of time. Death benefits are also available to the loved ones of those who pass away due to a work accident.
If you have been injured in an Ohio workplace, make sure that you take action to claim the damages that you deserve.