Frequently Asked Workers’ Comp Questions

Questions about Workers’ Comp?

Our Columbus Workers Compensation Lawyers Have the Answers

Have you suffered an on the job injury? The experienced Columbus workers’ compensation lawyers from Cox, Koltak & Gibson, LLP can help you seek fair compensation for your injuries.  Filing a workers’ compensation claim is not an easy process, and many work injury victims do not know what their options are or what benefits they deserve.  If you have been in an on the job accident, contact a Columbus workers compensation attorney from Cox, Koltak & Gibson, LLP today.  Please feel free to review some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our clients, which you can read below.

Frequently Asked Questions about Ohio Workers’ Compensation

Q: What on the job injuries does workers’ compensation cover?

A: Workers’ compensation covers almost any on the job injury, including long-term diseases resulting from your work (asbestos, etc.), pre-existing injuries that were exacerbated by an accident at your job, and even injuries caused by a third party while on the job.

Q: Who pays my workers’ compensation benefits?

A: Ohio law requires that virtually all employers purchase workers’ compensation insurance coverage from the state fund or insure themselves. Therefore, either the state fund or your employer will be responsible for paying your compensation.

Q: How long will it take to get benefits?

A: This depends on the specifics of your injury, whether your employer is self-insured or state funded, where you received medical treatment, and many other factors.  Having an experienced lawyer on your team will help you receive benefits much faster, as you can be sure that your attorney has filed all the necessary paperwork to keep your claim moving.  Ultimately, you must trust that your attorney is doing everything that he or she can to ensure that you receive benefits as quickly as possible.

Q: Do I have to go back to work before I am ready?

A: Ultimately, your doctor’s advice determines when you are ready to go back to work.  When you suffer an injury on the job, your employer or your employer’s third party administrator will likely suggest a doctor.  However, you are free to go to any doctor you like who the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) has certified.  You do not have to return to work until your doctor believes you are ready.

Q: Do I have to file my workers’ compensation claim within a certain time limit?

A: There is a two-year statute of limitations for filing a workers’ compensation claim.  If you do not file your claim within two years of your injury, you will not be able to seek compensation.  If you are in an on the job accident, you should move quickly to seek legal representation and file your claim so that you are sure to receive the benefits you need.

Q: The BWC denied my workers’ compensation claim.  Is there anything I can do?

A: You can appeal your claim before the Ohio Industrial Commission.  You should absolutely hire an attorney if you are filing an appeal, as you need a legal professional who can gather and present the evidence necessary to prove that you were hurt on the job and deserve compensation.  Do not attempt to appeal a denied workers’ compensation claim alone.