Posted by: Kisling, Nestico & Redick, LLC
Unfortunately, work-related injuries are common in Ohio. However, most employees are able to recover fully and return to work. For some employees, on the other hand, injuries are so severe that they must undergo amputation or suffer permanent damage to a part of their body.
Although these employees may be able to return to work sometime in the future, an amputation or any permanent damage will change their life forever. In Ohio, workers’ compensation recognizes this and offers a schedule loss award for employees in this situation.
If you have been hurt at work and suffered from an amputation or permanent damage, it is in your best interest to reach out to our experienced Ohio work injury lawyers today at 1-800-HURT-NOW for a free consultation. Our attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can inform you whether you are eligible for this award and other workers’ compensation benefits.
What is a Scheduled Loss Award?
When an injured employee is forced to undergo amputation or is unable to use a specific body part, a scheduled loss occurs. A scheduled loss also arises when a hurt employee faces ankylosis, which is a stiffness of a joint as a result of abnormal adhesion and rigidity of the joint’s bones.
All of these conditions can make it challenging for an employee to make a living and enjoy life in the same way they did prior to their injury. The Ohio workers’ compensation system states that scheduled losses can involve the loss of the following:
- Eye or vision
What is Compensation for a Scheduled Loss in Ohio?
An employee who has experienced loss of use may collect compensation on the date of their initial injury. The type of scheduled loss will determine the number of weeks they may receive compensation. Here are the maximum weekly payments for each type of scheduled loss:
- Eye or vision loss: 125 weeks
- Hearing: 125 weeks
- Hand: 175 weeks
- Arm: 225 weeks
- Leg: 200 weeks
- Foot: 150 weeks
Employees who qualify for this benefit can expect to get paid every other week. They may collect compensation that is equal to 100 percent of the average weekly wage in Ohio. In 2018, injured workers may receive up to $932 per week depending on the type and severity of their injury.
Independent Medical Evaluation
In order to receive a schedule loss award, an injured employee must complete an independent medical evaluation (IME). In an IME, a doctor will calculate the extent of the employee’s injury and attribute it to an equal percent.
If a doctor determines that an employee has lost 25 percent of their vision, they will be entitled to 25 percent of the 125-week maximum. By working with a highly skilled Ohio work injury lawyer, injured employees can ensure that their IME properly reflects the extent of their injury, so they can receive the full compensation they deserve.
Contact Our Ohio Work Injury Lawyers
If you’ve sustained a work injury and are wondering whether you are eligible for a scheduled loss award or other benefits, you should contact one of our Ohio work injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick at 1-800-HURT-NOW for a free consultation. We can help you seek compensation for your injuries.