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Akron Work Injury Lawyers
If you are hurt while working, you deserve to be taken care of. Fortunately, Ohio has a system in place for injured employees. This program, known as workers’ compensation, provides those who are hurt on the job with several helpful benefits, such as payment for the cost of living and medical bills.
However, these funds do not always cover all the costs associated with being injured in a workplace accident. If you were injured by someone other than your employer, it may be possible to recover additional compensation through a third-party personal injury claim.
At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, our Akron workers’ compensation attorneys have the knowledge and the resources to give your case the attention it deserves. To find out more, call KNR at (330) 869-9007 for a free consultation.
Akron Work Injuries: Sources of Compensation
Depending on the facts and circumstances involved with a work-related accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation and relief through:
Workers’ Compensation System
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) ensures covered workers have certain benefits if they are injured on the job. Ohio workers’ compensation laws provide compensation for lost wages and medical care, so the injured worker can obtain the necessary medical attention they need for a full recovery.
Social Security Disability (SSD)
SSD is a federal program, and benefits are paid through the Social Security Administration. SSD provides you with income if you become disabled and are unable to work. Unlike workers’ compensation, your disability does not need to result from a work-related injury or condition. To be eligible for SSD, you must have
- Earned sufficient credits over 10 years
- Paid into the social security system through previous employment
- Been diagnosed with an SSA recognized disabling condition
- Been unable to work for a year or have an expected fatal condition.
Third Party Work Injury Claims
Third-party claims refer to lawsuits or insurance claim against non-employers who are responsible for your work injuries. While workers’ comp may cover medical bills and a portion of your wages, a third-party claim can provide you with a settlement or jury verdict to pay for other losses such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and a decrease of enjoyment of life.
Work Accident Claims in Akron
At Kisling, Nestico, & Redick, we represent many Akron-area employees who have sustained a variety of work accident injuries. Some of the most common work accidents occur in thes following industries and scenarios:
- Construction Accidents
- Work-Related Vehicle Accidents
- Slip & Falls at Work
- Heavy Equipment Accidents
- Industrial Accidents
- Oil and Gas Accidents
- Railroad Worker Accidents
- Occupational Disease
Common Akron Work Injuries
- Sprains and Strains
- Cuts and Lacerations
- Bone Fractures
- Surface Wounds and Bruises
- Back Injuries
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Brain and Head Injuries
- Vision and Hearing Injuries
Third Party Liability Vs. Workers’ Comp
Workplace injuries are a common occurrence, with many employees receiving minor or severe injuries. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are nearly 3 million work accidents each year.
Workers’ compensation offers protection from personal injury lawsuits to companies while also providing necessary benefits to workers. However, the benefits may not fully compensate you for your losses.
When a third party, other than you or your employer, is responsible for your injuries, you may have another option to obtain compensation for your losses. Through a personal injury lawsuit, you can hold another individual or company liable for your injuries. For example, if a piece of equipment you use on the job was defectively manufactured, you may be able to hold the manufacturing company responsible for the injuries that you sustained.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Types of worker’s compensation benefits include, but are not limited to:
This benefit covers costs that are necessary for recovery. Physical therapy, counseling, and other services will all be paid for. In addition, this category of benefits covers the cost of re-entering the workforce.
You will likely require extensive medical care after a workplace accident. With the high cost of medical bills, this type of benefit can be essential in recovery. Costs that are often covered by medical care benefits include medications, consultations, and surgeries.
Wage Loss / Disability
When a workplace accident leads to temporary or permanent inability to work, workers’ compensation will pay a small amount for wage loss until you are able to return to work.
The family of a deceased employee is entitled to certain funds through workers’ compensation. When a financial provider of a family is killed in an accident, their surviving family members will receive a certain amount of death benefits.
KNR’s Akron Workers’ Comp Lawyers Can Help
There are few things more terrifying than being helpless because of a workplace injury. With the stress of paying bills and getting your life back on track, you may not be able to take on a legal battle on your own.
Our skilled Akron workers’ compensation lawyers at KNR know how difficult these situations can be. We will guide you through every step of the legal process. With our help, you may be able to obtain funds for your injuries.
At KNR, our attorneys will:
- Answer your questions and concerns
- Keep you updated during all stages of the process
- Obtain medical records about the extent of your work injuries
- Identify the responsible party
- Determine the fair and full value of your damages
- Negotiate for maximum compensation
- Fight for everything you deserve in court if necessary
Contact a Work Injury Lawyer Today. Free Consults.
Kisling, Nestico, & Redick has years of experience helping injured workers secure the benefits they are entitled to. Our Akron workers’ comp lawyers will make sure that your rights are protected, and you can move on.