A lot of people, after suffering a work-related injury or realizing that they have an occupational disease, will immediately file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. For a lot of these people, there is no fear of losing their job or facing retaliation from their employer because they know that this isn’t allowed by Ohio law.
But there are some in our state who may not know this, which is why some people hold off on filing claims for compensation. But even though there is no harm in being caution about the integrity of your employment, there is harm in waiting too long to file a workers’ compensation claim.
In an article that can be found here on our website, we explain that Ohio has a statute of limitations on workers’ compensation claims. People who are injured have two years after suffering an injury to file a claim for compensation. After this time has expired, the injured worker loses their right to seek redress through workers’ compensation and must instead look to government programs such as Social Security Disability for financial help.
For people suffering from an occupational illness, a similar statute of limitations goes into effect except the two-year time period begins from the date the worker learns of the illness or six months after being diagnosed by a doctor. Either way, injured or ill workers need to make sure that they make prompt filings for benefits lest they miss their opportunity altogether.
Although filing for workers’ compensation is considered easier than filing for government assistance from Social Security Disability, the process of filing a claim for workers’ compensation can be equally challenging, especially if you are unfamiliar with the process or the expectations for your application. This is where a skilled workers’ compensation attorney can be incredibly helpful. They know what’s at stake and will work with you to make sure that you don’t miss out on the opportunity to seek benefits.
Talking to a lawyer can also increase your chances of getting your application approved sooner because they know what needs to be included with your application that gives the insurance company the information they need to get your full story.