Can You Be Compensated for Work-Related Hearing Loss in Ohio?
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Beginning in October of 2017, Ohio workers’ compensation claims will have a statute of limitations of one year. This The statute of limitations refers to the amount of time between when an injury occurs, and when the injured person can make a claim for compensation. Thus, if you have been injured on the job, you must now file your benefits application with the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation (BWC) within one year of the injury.
The new Ohio worker’s comp statute of limitations restricts the time that you have to make an injury claim. Why would the Ohio state legislature want to make it harder for people to claim benefits after an accident at work? Those who voted for the change offered the following rationales:
The decision to decrease the statute of limitations for workers’ compensation claims was based on several assumptions, such as the value of a claim being related to the amount of time a person waits to file it.
Fortunately, the new one-year statute of limitations does not apply to the following types of claims:
Even with these longer statutes of limitations, it’s in your interest to file your workers’ compensation claim as soon as possible after your injury. Most workers’ compensation lawyers agree that the sooner you file your claim, the better your chances of getting compensation.
When you get injured on the job, you must report the injury to your lawyer, seek medical treatment, and make sure to keep all records that relate to your injury and your treatment. Then you must file a First Report of Injury (FROI) with the BWC. Within 28 days of filing this report, the BWC will investigate your claim and award or deny you compensation. Both you and your employer have 14 days to appeal the decision.
The workers’ compensation process can be stressful, especially if you are suffering as a result of your injuries or occupational illness. Hiring an Ohio workers’ comp lawyer can ease the stress of the process while increasing your chances of getting the compensation you deserve. The lawyers on our team can review all of the records pertaining to your injury and argue that your injury was caused by your workplace/employment.
If you’ve been injured on the job, contact Kisling, Nestico & Redick at 1-800-HURT-NOW for a free consultation.