The Ohio Revised Code and Ohio Administrative Code define two different types of wage loss benefits than an injured worker may be able to receive:
First, you may be able to receive what is known as Working Wage Loss benefits. This occurs when, as a result of a work-place injury, your doctor places restrictions on the type of job you can perform, which can possibly lead to a reduction in the wage you are receiving. An example of this is when an injured worker returns to work in a position that is different and that pays less than the former position of employment prior to the injury or occupational disease. Working Wage Loss benefits allow the person to make up the monetary difference between the wages made in the former position with the wages currently earned in the new position. To be eligible for this type of benefit, evidence must be submitted demonstrating there has been a wage loss, along with the doctor’s records indicating that work restrictions have been put into place that prevent you from performing your previous position of employment. The documentation must show tha the work restrictions directly resulted from the work-place injury or occupational disease.
Second, an injured worker may be able to receive what is known at Non-Working Wage Loss benefits. This occurs when the worker, after suffering a work-related injury, tries to get back into the workforce, however, he or she cannot find suitable employment. Again, the cause must be directly related to the work-place injury. In addition, it must be demonstrated that the injured worker made a good-faith effort in searching for suitable employment.