If you’re like a lot of our more frequent readers and have been injured while on the job, then chances are you were also filled with a sense of fear when it happened. Not only were you probably afraid of how you’d be able to pay your medical expenses and other bills if you had to leave work to recover, you might have also been concerned that you might lose your job as well.
For some people, this fear stems from conversations they’ve had with their employers about reporting workplace injuries. Despite our state’s laws, there are still some employers here in Ohio that take advantage of their employees and try to convince them that it’s wrong or even illegal to report a work-related injury. We’d like to point out once again to our readers though that you do have rights to compensation.
If you are considered an employee and are injured in an Ohio workplace — whether it’s here in Columbus or elsewhere in the state — you always have the right to file an injury report with your employer. Your employer is then required to submit the report along with a claim for compensation to the Ohio Workers’ compensation office. If the claim is approved, the injured worker can receive compensation for medical expenses and lost wages because of time away from work.
As you can imagine, reports of workplace injuries can look bad for an employer, which is why they may discourage their employees from filing injury reports and workers’ compensation claims. Remember: you do have rights and should seek help from a skilled Columbus workers’ compensation attorney if you think these rights are being violated.