The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has recently released statistics that show over 5,000 Ohio workers have suffered amputation injuries since 2005. The data shows 5,405 workers’ compensation claims related to such injuries were made between 2005 and 2012. Officials say many of these injuries are non-life-threatening and involve losing fingertips or thumbs. However, these injuries are serious and may leave workers with a physical handicap, render them unable to work, and throw a wrench in their financial stability.
Fortunately, workers’ compensation can be a real life saver for those who are injured in job-related accidents. The benefits may help cover loss of wages, future earning capacity, and medical expenses, thus enabling the worker to reach as full a recovery as possible and, hopefully, get back to work. However, obtaining workers’ compensation is not always as easy as it should be.
Insurance companies may dispute a claim, charging the injuries were not sustained through the workplace accident or the worker was outside his scope of employment when the accident took place. When a denial happens, a worker should consider consulting an attorney who will fight for what is rightfully his.
An attorney with experience handling workers’ compensation claims will take the steps necessary to put the injured worker’s best case forward. This may mean presenting oral arguments based on evidence gathered, such as accident reports and witness accounts. If successful, the worker’s claim denial will be overturned and he may receive the benefits to which he is entitled.
Workers often put their own well-being on the line to further their employer’s cause. When a workplace mishap occurs and leaves one of these dedicated individuals harmed, he should be given the resources he needs survive and heal. An attorney can be a powerful advocate in this process by defending the worker’s rights and fighting for what is deserved.
Source: Insurance Journal, “Ohio Workers’ Comp Data Shows 5K-Plus Worker Amputations Since 2005,” Nov. 8, 2013