Workers’ Compensation laws can be very tricky and if you are one of the many people who are requesting either permanent or temporary disability status, then it is important to have a qualified, experienced Ohio Workers’ Compensation attorney on your side. A work injury attorney in Columbus at Malek & Malek will help you to obtain the benefits that you are entitled to from BWC state fund or private insured employer’s fund.
The other party will have their own attorney to protect their interests, therefore; you should have a workers comp lawyer in Columbus, Ohio as well. All workers’ compensation consultations are free. Call today to set up an appointment with one of our experienced workers comp lawyers in Columbus Ohio to discuss your workers’ compensation case.
Under the Ohio Workers’ Compensation scheme there are different types of “disabilities” for which one may receive compensation. These are temporary total disability (TTD), permanent partial disability (PPD) and permanent total disability (PTD). Disability in the workers’ compensation world is different from either the federal disability discrimination statute or social security disability. Essentially, workers’ compensation disability means you cannot perform the job you performed when you were injured. It doesn’t necessarily mean you are confined to a wheelchair or you are paralyzed. The overarching point is that Ohio Workers’ Compensation law is nuanced and can be complicated and a workers compensation lawyer in Columbus, Ohio at Malek & Malek can help you with this process.
Permanent Partial Disability is a form of comp you may be entitled too for your allowed workers comp claim. Your workers compensation lawyer in Columbus, Ohio will help you file for a Permanent Partial Disability Award in an application called a C92 application. The doctor will determine what activities are affected by your injury and how much this affects your daily life or activities of daily living. In most cases a partial permanent disability means that you can still work but you may have some limitations due to your work injury.
If you have an allowed claim and about a half a year has past since either your work injury occurred or you last received compensation then you may file for a permanent partial disability award. The best workers comp attorneys in Columbus Ohio at the Malek Law Firm will do this for you as part of our services.
Kip Malek has created a helpful video which explains how the Permanent Partial Disability awards are paid out here:
The Ohio Workers Compensation system is a no-fault system, meaning that you, the employee, do not have to prove that the employer’s carelessness caused your injury. If you were injured at work, then you have a workers’ compensation claim. Now if the employer fails to follow established safety codes then you may pursue a violation of a specific safety requirement (“VSSR”). This type of claim is especially common-place in the instance of workers falling from roofs without proper safety equipment. The various rule violations are enumerated in the Ohio Administrative Code. In a similar vein, if it is determined that a third-party disregarded certain safety rules, including, for example, texting while driving, or in the work setting, possibly another employee from a different company (e.g. if at a construction site) errantly striking you with a forklift, then you may have a “third-party” lawsuit against this individual/company/insurer.
There are many pitfalls involved in investigating whether you are entitled to workers’ compensation and additional benefits so please contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney in Columbus, Ohio as soon as possible in order to prevent evidence from being destroyed and to ensure that any additional avenue for benefits for those injured by others breaking rules is not barred by time.
Please let a Columbus, Ohio workers comp lawyer at Malek & Malek help you receive the compensation you are entitled to for your workplace injury.