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Workers' Compensation Benefits Archives

Will the Bureau of Workers' Compensation reimburse me for my loved one's funeral expenses?

Revised Code § 4123.66 authorizes the Bureau to pay reasonable funeral expenses in an amount not exceeding $5,500 if death results from a covered injury or occupational disease. The Bureau may reimburse anyone, whether that person is a dependent, a volunteer, or someone who otherwise pays the funeral expenses. A 1959 amendment authorized reimbursement of a volunteer. The cost of treatment by medical personnel given in an effort to revive the employee, including ambulance service, oxygen, injections, and the like, is also reimbursable in death claims. 

What is DWRF?

DWRF is an acronym that stands for Disabled Workers Relief Fund. This fund was created to assist injured workers who have been declared permanently and totally disabled whose compensation rates have not kept pace with inflation and the cost of living. DWRF eligibility is determined automatically for every injured worker who is declared permanently and totally disabled (PTD). No action on the part of the injured worker is needed. DWRF eligibility is based on the combined total of permanent toal disability and Social Security disability received by the injured worker. 

Maximum Medical Improvement

The term "maximum medical improvement" is one that comes up in claims where an injured worker is receiving temporary total disability compensation. A finding of "MMI" is one way in which the BWC or a self-insured employer can attempt to terminate temporary total disability benefits.

Amputation and scheduled loss of use benefits

Workers' compensation benefits include a specific provision for injured workers who have sustained the amputation or loss of use of body part due to a specific work-related injury. This type of benefit is referred to as a scheduled loss award or loss of use award. Scheduled loss award are based upon the specific part of the body that sustained the loss. These benefits are directly controlled by a specific statute that specifies how many weeks of compensation each loss is worth. For example, an injured worker who loses a thumb in an amputation accident is entitled to 60 weeks of compensation.

Permanent Partial Disability Benefits

Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) benefits are potentially available in all workers' compensation claims, even claims where an individual has not missed work on account of the injury. For recent claims, the injured worker may seek this benefit no sooner than twenty-six weeks after either the date of injury or after the last payment of temporary total disability compensation.

Temporary Total Disability Benefits

Temporary total disability (TTD) benefits are intended to replace lost wages while an individual is recovering from a work-related injury and is unable to return to his or her former position of employment. TTD benefits are typically paid on a bi-weekly basis and are based on the wages the individual earned over the last year of employment.

The permanent partial disability award

One of the monetary benefits available to injured workers through Ohio's workers' compensation system is a benefit known as a Permanent Partial Disability (PPD). Unlike other benefits, which typically replace lost wages, PPD awards are most akin to a "damages" award. As a result of a specific work injury, a claimant may find that his or body does not quite function the way it did prior to the injury.  This residual impairment is reflected in the PPD award.

How long do I have to file for an occupational disease?

Revised Code § 4123.85 prescribes the limitations and notice requirements governing occupational disease claims. In all cases of occupational disease, or death resulting from occupational disease, claims for compensation or benefits shall be forever barred unless, within two years after the disability due to the disease began, or within such longer period as does not exceed six months after diagnosis of the occupational disease by a licensed physician or within two years after death occurs. 

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