In 1912, the Ohio Constitution was amended to allow workers’ compensation legislation. This legislation allows employees to recover against employers for work-related injuries without having to prove negligence or fault by the employer. On the other hand, the law limits the scope of recovery that employees can obtain. For decades, Steuer, Escovar & Coleman Co. LPA attorneys have successfully represented the rights of Ohio injured workers. We thoroughly understand the nuances and complexities involved in Ohio workers’ compensation law. Let us show you how to maximize your workers’ compensation recovery.
Proving Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Work Injuries
The Ohio Workers’ Compensation Act applies only to parties who have entered into an employment relationship. Whether a worker is an employee entitled to coverage, or an independent contractor outside the scope of coverage, must be determined on a case-by-case basis, depending on the facts of the situation. Furthermore, covered accidental injuries must have arisen “out of and in the course of employment.” Generally, this requirement is met when the injury occurs at the place where the employee works while the employee is performing a job activity on behalf of the employer. Covered accidents can include the aggravation of a preexisting injury and repetitive stress injuries. Common industrial accidents include falls, machinery accidents, injury caused by lifting objects or falling objects, and lacerations.
Proving Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Occupational Diseases
Ohio law also provides workers’ compensation coverage for occupational diseases, or medical conditions that occur over time due to exposure to work or work conditions. Covered occupational diseases include poisonings, infections, respiratory ailments, neurological disorders, silicosis, asbestosis, hepatitis, mesothelioma, allergic contact dermatitis, lung disease, emphysema and other ailments caused by exposure to chemicals, oils, lubricants, dust, liquids, gases or other conditions in the work environment.
Contact Our Worker’s Comp Attorneys
Clients knowing the value of a paycheck, we work hard to obtain the best recovery possible for our workers’ compensation clients. If you have been injured at work, we can help you recover the payment of reasonable and necessary medical expenses, weekly payments while you are unable to work, and compensation for any disability. Let our workers’ compensation attorneys fight for you to obtain maximum benefits. Contact our office at 800-369-8121 to schedule a free consultation with a workers’ compensation attorney. You have a limited time in which to file or appeal a claim, so call today.