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Ohio Work Injury Attorneys

Ohio workers’ compensation is a no-fault system that covers medical costs and a portion of your lost earning capacity after a job-related injury or illness. But workers’ compensation does not always cover all of your costs. You may be able to make a third-party claim against a person or company outside of your employer. A third-party work injury claim can be made in addition to your workers’ compensation claim.

A dedicated and experienced Ohio workers’ compensation lawyer at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help. Our attorneys have a track record of fighting for injured or sick workers to appeal unfair denials and obtain the compensation they are due. We have a detailed understanding of the complex laws and regulations that apply to Ohio workers’ compensation and third-party claims and how to make strong arguments on your behalf.

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We Make Life Easier After a Work Injury

At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, our lawyers have more than 500 years of combined experience helping obtain compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and other types of losses. We have significant experience with workers’ compensation claims and appeals, including detailed knowledge of Ohio workers’ compensation laws and regulations and the best strategies for making or appealing a claim.

Ohio Workers’ Comp Claims

Under Ohio law, you may have a right to receive workers’ compensation benefits for your on-the-job injury or occupational illness. Ohio does not require you to prove that your employer was negligent or at fault for causing your injury or illness, or to sue your employer in order to receive benefits.

To receive benefits, you must demonstrate that your injury or illness:

  • Happened in the course of your employment — This means your injury or illness happened or developed while you were performing work-related duties; and
  • Arose from your employment — This means your injury or illness was caused by some factor related to your job

These two things can be complicated to prove, depending on the circumstances of your illness. Our Ohio workers’ compensation attorneys know how to gather the medical documentation and other evidence to support your claim and make strong arguments to the Industrial Commission to support why you are owed benefits.

Through a successful workers’ compensation claim, you may be able to receive:

  • Medical benefits
  • Lost wages
  • Disability payments
  • Retraining or rehabilitation benefits

Additionally, if you’re the surviving spouse or child of someone who died in a work-related accident or because of a work-related illness, you may be eligible to receive death benefits to compensate you for your loss.

Third-Party Lawsuits

Sometimes a work-related injury may be caused by the negligence of a person or company unrelated to your employer. Say you’re a pizza delivery driver on your way to deliver a pizza to a customer. You’re driving at a lawful speed and obeying traffic signals, but another driver runs a red light and broadsides you. You end up hospitalized with a broken leg that leaves you unable to drive for a prolonged period of time while your leg is in a cast.

In that scenario, you may be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits if you can demonstrate that your injury happened in the course of your employment and arose from your employment. However, you may be able to obtain additional compensation through a lawsuit against the driver who caused your crash.

In legal terms, that other driver is a “third party.” Through a lawsuit against a negligent third party, you may be able to receive compensation.

Workers Comp Vs.Third-Party Lawsuits

Sometimes a work-related injury may be caused by the negligence of a person or company unrelated to your employer. Say you’re a pizza delivery driver on your way to deliver a pizza to a customer. You’re driving at a lawful speed and obeying traffic signals, but another driver runs a red light and broadsides you. You end up hospitalized with a broken leg that leaves you unable to drive for a prolonged period while your leg is in a cast.

In this scenario, you may be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits if you can demonstrate that your injury happened in the course of your employment and arose from your employment. However, you may be able to obtain additional compensation through a lawsuit against the driver who caused your crash.

In legal terms, that other driver is a “third party.” Through a lawsuit against a negligent third party, you may be able to receive compensation.

We’re Close by After a Work Injury

Our statewide practice is designed to help victims make it through the workers’ compensation claims process. With 12 Ohio locations, KNR is a call or click away.

*KNR also serves Ohio’s rural counties & conducts consultations via Zoom.

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Types of Ohio Work Injuries

  • Sprains & Strains

    The leading cause of sprains and strains in the workplace is overexertion. However, sprains and strains can also occur from improper lifting, pushing, or pulling. Although these injuries aren’t as serious as others, they may still result in time away from work.

  • Cuts & Lacerations

    Lack of established safety procedures, improper training, clutter, debris, poor lighting, contact with nails and hand tools with blades can all lead to cuts and lacerations at work. While they are not usually life-threatening, cuts and lacerations can trigger serious consequences.

  • Bone Fractures

    Motor vehicle collisions, slips and fall accidents, falling objects, and equipment malfunctions can all cause bone fractures in the workplace. Even though all bone fractures are painful and deliberating, some can impede a bone’s ability to function.

  • Surface Wounds & Bruises

    Although many wounds and bruises are minor, some may be serious and force an employee to miss work. Car accidents, slips and falls, and the misuse of machinery, tools, or sharp objects may all prompt these serious wounds and bruises.

  • Back Injuries

    Back injuries are common in the workplace. While they are usually triggered by repetitive twisting, bending, or lifting, poor posture, or fatigue, back injuries can also stem from falls from heights or slips and falls.

  • Repetitive Strain Injuries

    Repetitive strain injuries occur when employees perform repetitive tasks in manufacturing, construction, and other similar industries. Although repetitive strain injuries are typically associated with the back, they can also hurt wrists, knees, and other body parts. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common repetitive strain injury caused by repetitive motion.

  • Brain & Head Injuries

    Brain and head injuries often lead to temporary or permanent disability. These types of injuries are extremely severe and may be caused by a motor vehicle crash, explosion, fall, or getting struck by an object. Employees who suffer from a brain or head injury may face a decline in their cognitive function, which may hinder their ability to return to work.

  • Vision & Hearing Injuries

    Vision and hearing injuries are some of the most challenging work-related injuries to cope with. Vision and hearing loss can make it impossible for an employee to interact with others at work. These types of injuries may be caused by car accidents, slip, and fall accidents, loud noise exposure, chemical exposure, and explosions.

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Ohio Work Injury Compensation

Our attorneys can explain in detail the types of benefits that may be available to you in compensation for a work-related injury or occupational illness.

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What Are You Entitled to After a Work Accident?

  • Medical costs: This includes your medical bills, the cost of traveling to and from doctor’s appointments, in-home care, at-home medical supplies, prescription drugs, physical rehabilitation, mental health treatment, and more.
  • Loss of income: Wages you lost while recovering as well as compensation for your income being lower limited physical capabilities.
  • Disability: Some work injuries result in temporary or permanent disability. Depending on your physical limitations, you could be entitled to additional compensation.
  • Disfigurement: If a work accident caused significant scarring or disfigured your appearance, you could receive additional compensation.
  • Pain and suffering: The discomfort and suffering you experience is not only physical. We’ll also seek compensation for a work injury’s emotional and psychological consequences.
  • Loss of consortium: Work injuries often affect relationships between partners and spouses. You may be entitled to damages if you cannot enjoy marital relations or have children because of your injuries.

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Workplace Injury Liability

Proving liability is a critical factor in any work injury lawsuit. If you intend on suing a third party for negligence, you’ll need to show how they are at fault for your workplace accident.

Workplace Negligence

Negligence is a breach of a duty of care, which leads to you suffering harm. To establish negligence occurred, you need to show four elements:

  • The Party Owed You a Duty of Care
  • The Other Party Breached it’s Obligation
  • The Breach Resulted in Your Injuries
  • You Suffered Financial and Emotional Harm.

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What Makes KNR Special?

KNR Does More For Injured Workers

We understand how devastating it can be to suffer a job-related injury or illness — especially when it leaves you unable to support yourself or your family. Our goal is to guide you through the system with compassion and to fight to see that you receive the benefits and compensation that can help make you whole.

At KNR, we ask, ‘what can we do?’ so you move on with more.

Our Work Injury Lawyers Will:

  • Investigate, collect evidence, and find those at fault.
  • Interview witnesses, medical professionals, and industry experts.
  • Communicate with the insurer, clarify liability, and pursue the max.
  • Determine your work injury’s full and fair value – what you lost and deserve.
  • Keep you informed and involved. KNR is available by phone, text, email, or Zoom.
  • Protect your rights and, if necessary, take your case to court.
  • Never charge you upfront. If there’s no recovery, there’s no cost.