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More than 1,000,000 private sector employees in the US sustain a job-related injury each year according to data compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2018, private sector employers reported 2,800,000 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses. While data has trended downward in the past few years, a third of the reported work injuries and illnesses resulted in missed days of work. In Ohio, private industry employers reported 101,500 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2017, and 174 workplace injuries were reported as fatal.
Under the state of Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) health care system, managed care organizations (MCOs) manage services in your claim for medical treatment, payment of bills, and rehabilitation if you miss more than eight days of work from a work-related injury or illness.
If you’ve been injured in the workplace, our Youngstown work injury attorneys at KNR have the knowledge and understanding you need to navigate the legal process of filing for worker’s compensation or pursuing other legal remuneration from your employer while also helping you recover from painful personal injury. Our experienced team of work injury lawyers advocates for work injury patients in a variety of circumstances through both short-term and long-term care. Call us today at (330) 729-1090 or use our online contact form.
Common Causes of Work Injuries
Depending on where you work and what you do, occupational hazards can vary. A substantial number of reported workplace injuries are caused by accidents related to malfunctioning or neglected equipment or other repetitive or unnatural movement that can inhibit your body long term. Common causes of work injuries in Ohio include:
- Lifting heavy objects
- Falling objects
- Equipment-related injuries
- Automobile collisions
- Fire and explosions
- Building or trench collapses
- Heat stroke or hypothermia
- Respiratory diseases including asbestos, a startlingly high statistic in Ohio, and silicosis
If you or a loved one have experienced a work injury, call our Youngstown workers’ comp attorneys at (419) 324-8205. Or contact us via our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Youngstown work injury lawyer.
Common Types of Work Injuries
Workplace injuries not only can cause serious physical damage but also can cause psychological side effects and may be severe enough to cause permanent or long-lasting damage. These damages can include:
- Back injuries such as lower back injuries, spine injuries, and herniated discs
- Joint injuries, including shoulder injuries, elbow injuries, hip injuries, and knee injuries
- Stress fractures
- Repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Brain injuries including concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Crush injuries (from limbs caught in machines and heavy equipment)
- Psychological conditions
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome
- Occupational diseases from exposure to toxins or chemicals
Work injuries may be keeping you in varying degrees of pain, out of work, on disability, in debt, or simply unable to participate in your day-to-day life at full capacity. Work injuries can require both nonsurgical care as well as invasive surgery and you may also need weeks of physical therapy to correct the problem and eliminate the pain.
No matter what type of workplace injury you’ve sustained, our Youngstown work injury attorneys have the experience to help you with your work injury case by seeking treatment, recovering your health and mobility, and gaining compensation for your loss. With our help, you will be able to navigate the legal process and medical system toward seeking compensation, returning to work, getting health coverage, and recovering your mobility.
What to Do After a Work Injury
If you or a loved one have sustained a work injury because of the actions or negligence of your supervisors, your company, or another related person or entity, you may be able to open a work injury case and worker’s compensation for your loss. Medical treatment and rehabilitation related to work injuries are often long term and can be incredibly costly. It is important to seek compensation for damages for workplace injuries. The statute of limitations is two years in Ohio, so you should file within that time frame. If you are injured at work:
- Seek immediate medical attention. Mercy Health is Mahoning Valley’s largest hospital system with three locations in the Youngstown, Ohio area.
- Notify your supervisor/employer about your work injury.
- When you fill out paperwork at your doctor’s office or the local hospital, name your MCO. Your employer, you, or your doctor must then file the visit on your worker’s compensation claim.
- Your doctor should report your visit within 24 hours to the BWC.
- Inform your pharmacist that your prescription is for an Ohio workers’ compensation claim and provide your BWC claim number if you’ve already filed your claim.
- If you are essentially able to return to work but may be affected by your work injuries while still in recovery, you may want to work with your doctors and employers to modify your job and continue receiving a paycheck. Your employer may also provide you with transitional work based on approved medical restrictions as a temporary solution.
Our KNR Youngstown workers’ compensation attorneys can guide you through every step of understanding the legal process, help you get treatment, and assist you in seeking compensation.
Our Youngstown Work Injury Lawyers Can Help You
Our skilled legal team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help you seek compensation for work injuries and after-effects you sustained from activity-related injuries, accidents, and other structural incompetencies. We have 11 locations throughout Ohio, covering extensive ground and including many regions and cities in the state, including Youngstown. In addition to work injuries, our diverse team of attorneys has skills in numerous other legal areas including wrongful deaths, rideshare accidents, birth injuries, and motorcycle accidents.
If you have any questions regarding your case, call our Youngstown work injury lawyers at (330) 729-1090 or contact us via our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced work injury attorney.