How Do You File for Permanent Disability Benefits in Ohio?
If you got hurt or sick at work and are no longer able to do your job, you may qualify for permanent disability benefits. Both partial and total permanent disability benefits are available through Ohio’s workers’ compensation system, and many different types of injuries and illnesses qualify for coverage. However, securing permanent disability benefits can be challenging; and, as a result, it is best to have an experienced Columbus workers compensation lawyer on your side. In this article, we provide an introduction to the types of information you will need to provide when filing for permanent disability benefits.
Applying for Permanent Disability Benefits Through Workers’ Compensation
The process for seeking permanent disability benefits varies depending on whether you are seeking partial or total benefits. For partial benefits, it also varies depending on whether you are seeking percent of permanent partial benefits or scheduled loss benefits.
Applying for Permanent Total Disability Benefits
To file for permanent total disability benefits, you must submit a completed Application for Compensation for Permanent Total Disability to the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC). This is a six-page form that requires lots of information about your injury, work, medical care and daily activities. In addition to your basic identifying information, you will also need to supply information such as:
- The dates of your medical exams and the names and addresses of the doctors who have treated you
- The specific conditions for which you sought treatment from each doctor
- All surgeries and/or other procedures you have had performed as a result of your job-related injury or illness
- Whether you can drive, how far you can walk, and how long you can stand and sit at one time
- How long you sleep each night
- Whether you need assistance with dressing yourself, maintaining hygiene and/or preparing meals
- Whether you are able to participate in your hobbies or do housework
- Your work history and job responsibilities
- Whether you are currently receiving any other government benefits (i.e. Social Security)
These are just examples. There are many additional pieces of information you will need to provide when filing for permanent total disability benefits. You must also submit medical documentation with your Application for Compensation for Permanent Total Disability, and you must ensure that you have accurately calculated the benefits you are entitled to receive.
Applying for Permanent Partial Disability Benefits
Applying for permanent partial disability benefits involves a different process entirely. There are different forms (C-92 for %PP benefits and C-86 for PP benefits), and you need to make sure you fully and accurately complete the correct form. You must ensure that you are seeking an appropriate benefit amount as well—and this amount will either be based on the nature of your injury or the effects of your injury depending on which form you need to file.
Talk to a Columbus Workers’ Compensation Lawyer About Filing for Permanent Disability Benefits
Are you entitled to permanent disability benefits for a job-related injury or illness? To find out, schedule a free consultation at Malek & Malek Law Firm. Call 888-444-7440 or contact us online to speak with a Columbus workers’ compensation lawyer in confidence today.