The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ compensation is the agency responsible for providing medical and wage replacement benefits to individuals who experience work-related injuries, disease or death. In the state of Ohio, workers have the right to make a claim for benefits if they experience a health concern because of their employment at a company. When your health and income are concerns, every attempt should be made to seek the benefits to which you are entitled and which you deserve.
However, filing a workers’ compensation claim can be a tricky matter and one that should not be taken lightly. In some cases, injured workers who think they are doing the right thing concerning their workers’ compensation claims have been taken advantage of.
There are currently two separate lawsuits alleging that the agency in charge of dealing with workers’ comp claims is purposely shortchanging injured workers and employers out of nearly $4 billion dollars. The first suit argues that when the bureau offers lump sum benefit payments to injured parties instead of routinely sending them checks, as is the norm, the injured parties receive only 70 percent of what they are legally entitled to. The other pending case alleges that businesses with good safety records are receiving a discount on their premiums, but other businesses are receiving a rate increase because of that discount.
Filing a workers’ compensation claim can be an important decision, and injured workers are often overwhelmed by the confusing workers’ compensation system. Understandably, injured workers often have many questions about how they can get the benefits that they are entitled to. Experienced workers compensation attorneys can provide injured workers with the information they need to avoid making a mistake, so that they can seek all of the medical and wage benefits they deserve.