Ohio Workers Compensation Attorneys
Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Committed To Protecting Ohio Workers
We know how challenging it can be for injured workers to receive appropriate treatment and compensation when these benefits are needed most. Numerous legal requirements are involved in settling a workers’ compensation claim, and it can be difficult to navigate them on your own. At The Bainbridge Firm, LLC, we understand the Ohio workers’ compensation system and have experience handling all phases of workers’ compensation issues, including:
- Financial compensation, including lost wages, temporary and permanent total disability, permanent partial disability and lump-sum awards
- Medical benefits
- Settling a case
If you are injured while working, then you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation provides payment to employees to cover lost wages, medical expenses, and other losses experienced from the injury. Employees have certain rights in Ohio workers’ compensation cases. For assistance in filing a workers’ compensation claim, contact the Ohio workers’ compensation lawyers at the Bainbridge Firm.
Who Qualifies for Workers’ Compensation
A person who is an employee that suffers an injury during the course of their employment may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. This may include injuries sustained on the premises of your employer or during your work shift. If you were engaged in your job duties when suffering the injury, then you may have a claim.
Persons who are considered independent contractors, rather than employees, will generally not qualify for workers’ compensation, but independent contractors may receive workers’ compensation depending on the situation. If you are an injured independent contractor, contact the workers’ compensation attorneys at The Bainbridge Firm to review your situation. Also, if your injury was sustained outside of your work shift or the injuries were not related to your employment, then a claim may be denied.
Common Workers’ Compensation Misconceptions
Workers’ compensation cases can be complicated and confusing, and there are many misconceptions you may have about it. One of the most common misconceptions about workers’ compensation cases is that you can’t receive compensation for a pre-existing injury. While every case will be different, if your occupation has substantially aggravated and worsened a pre-existing injury, you may qualify for compensation. Another common misconception is that once your claim is denied, you can no longer receive compensation. With the help of an Ohio workers’ compensation lawyer, you may be able to appeal the decision.
Things to Know before you File for Workers’ Compensation
Here are some things you should know before you file for workers’ compensation:
- Report the injury as soon as you can
- Seek medical help for your injuries
- Understand what benefits you can receive from workers’ compensation
- Keep records
- Hire a workers’ compensation attorney, especially if you are not getting the compensation you deserve
The Ohio Workers’ Compensation System
The Ohio Workers’ Compensation system is made up of two agencies: the Industrial Commission of Ohio (IC) and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). Claim processing, compensation benefits payments, and employment rehabilitation services are administered through the BWC. Claim disputes are resolved through the IC.
Often, the pressure to remain employed supersedes the need for an objective diagnosis from a doctor certified by the BWC. Instead, many clients are pressured to go to doctors recommended through employer referrals, and the resulting medical findings can compromise the validity of workers’ claims in the future. To start the claim process with objectivity, we provide clients with referrals to a network of doctors who are certified by the BWC.
Columbus Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Focused On Your Interests
As attorneys dedicated to defending the rights of injured workers, we know what it takes to successfully navigate the complex workers’ compensation system.
Our roots as a firm start right here in Central Ohio, and we never forget that we’re fighting for people in our community just like you. Our firm’s founder, Andrew Bainbridge, was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. Graduating from the Toledo College of Law, he has spent over twenty years defending injured workers in his home state. As a leader among Columbus workers compensation lawyers, he continues to fight tirelessly for workers in Columbus and throughout Ohio.
While we have offices throughout Ohio, our Columbus workers compensation attorneys have been operating in the Short North district for over 13 years, and previously operated out of our German Village office. We live and work in Columbus, and we fight for Columbus workers.
Our emphasis on client service delivered with a personal touch helps form lasting professional relationships that lead to successful claims. From a history of helping thousands of clients that spans more than 50 years, we understand that clients would rather focus on personal health and recovery than deal with the legal requirements of claims.
How an Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney can help Recover Your Benefits
Workers’ compensation claims can be complicated and the process requires a showing of certain information. Many who try to pursue a claim on their own often become frustrated or confused with all of the legal requirements and procedures. Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Ohio will represent you in the claim and help ensure that the process is completed correctly and efficiently.
An attorney will also advocate for you to receive the full extent of workers’ compensation benefits for which you qualify. We will help you understand your rights and what to expect during the process.
Involving a knowledgeable attorney from the outset can improve your chances of quickly and effectively resolving your claim. Our attorneys can take care of the details and provide insightful guidance about the process so you can continue with your life.
Our dedication to proficient, personalized client service goes beyond the original settlement of a workers’ compensation claim. We recognize that some workplace accidents result in injuries that are chronic. It is always our goal to seek maximum benefits for a client and form an ongoing client relationship during the process.
We place a high value on our capacity to resolve workers’ compensation issues for a range of injuries that result from a variety of workplaces across Ohio.
Learn How We Can Help Pursue Compensation For Your Work Injuries
To discuss a workers’ compensation issue with one of our Columbus Ohio workers compensation lawyers, reach out to us and schedule a free consultation at our Columbus, Marion, Portsmouth, Waverly, Cambridge, and Springfield or Ironton law offices. Please call 800-762-1612 or contact us online. We value your inquiry and will respond to you promptly.