Workers Compensation

Why Hire the Malek & Malek Law Firm as Your Columbus Workman’s Compensation Attorney?

Malek & Malek has been representing injured workers in Columbus and throughout the state of Ohio since 1972. We have successfully recovered millions of dollars in compensation and medical benefits for our clients. We are the go-to Columbus workman’s compensation attorney for thousands of folks

We manage every aspect of your claim for your work injury. Hire us and we will take care of all the tasks related to your Ohio workers  comp claim. If the workers compensation system is a sponge, we will squeeze that sponge to maximize all the compensation and medical benefits you are entitled to.

As your Ohio workers comp attorney we will walk with you every step of the way. We will represent you at hearings We will represent you at jury trials. We will communicate with your medical providers, managed care organizations, your claim rep, your employers attorney, and whomever else we need to in order to manage your manage your claim.

Bottom line, Malek & Malek is a family run firm, so we understand how devastating a work injury can be not only for you but also your family. We truly care and wish the best for our clients.

What If I Don’t Have the Money to Hire a Workers Compensation Lawyer?

Good news! You don’t pay a Malek & Malek Columbus workman’s compensation attorney an hourly fee to represent you for your work injury. We are paid on a contingency fee basis. It doesn’t matter  whether we work 10 hours on your claim or 100’s of hours. You only pay us a percentage of money that we obtain on your behalf.

Read a few reviews to see why we are the best Columbus workers comp attorney:

How Do I Know if I Can File a Worker’s Comp Claim in Ohio?

In a nutshell, if you get injured at work in Ohio (or sometimes even outside of Ohio) you may have an Ohio workers compensation claim. You may be entitled to both medical benefits and compensation related to the allowed conditions in your claim. The medical benefits may be anything from physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, steroid injections, all the way up to surgery and beyond. In regards to compensation, money, there are various forms of compensation.

Workers compensation is a system in Ohio that every employer must have. Essentially its a type of insurance. If a worker has a job injury he or she files a claim, its processed against his or her employer’s workers comp coverage.

So how do I, as a worker,  know when to file a workers comp claim?

Simple, ask yourself the following:

1.) Have I had an injury?

2.) Did this injury happen at work or is it related to work?

If the answer to both of these questions is yes, then you very well may have a workers compensation claim.

Why Hire a Columbus Workman’s Compensation Attorney

Here’s the thing, the Ohio Workers’ Comp System is like working on a car engine. Working on a car engine takes  years of practice, instruction, and trial and error.

I know nothing about fixing a car. Now could I learn to fix a car engine. It would take time and I’d probably make a bunch of costly mistakes. So if something is wrong with my car I go to a professional.

Likewise, could you manage Ohio BWC workers comp claim  yourself ? Possibly. Unfortunately there are so many little twists and turns that at best you will not maximize your entitlement to money and medical treatment, and at worst your claim will be denied, or a condition will fail to be added to your claim, or treatment will not be paid for.

If you are reading this, more than likely you are injured, in a bind, you need answers, you need results. That is why you hire a workers comp lawyer. You didn’t ask to have a workplace accident, it happened, now you need help. That’s why you call a workers comp lawyer at Malek & Malek.

Common Workers’ Compensation Terms

Workers’ Compensation Disability – Workers injured on the job may be entitled to treatment and compensation. Under the no-fault system the worker must prove a causal connection between the injury event and his employment. Allow the Ohio Workers’ Compensation attorneys at Malek & Malek to get the treatment and compensation you deserve.

Permanent Total Disability – A worker may receive permanent total disability compensation when he is deemed unfit of sustained gainful employment The work injury attorneys in Columbus at Malek & Malek have been successful in obtaining permanent disability compensation for injured workers.

Permanent Partial Disability – An injured worker may file for a permanent partial disability award 26 weeks after his injury or the last receipt of compensation. The injured worker will be awarded a percentage as a result of an allowed condition(s). Malek & Malek is successful at getting substantial permanent partial disability awards.

Temporary Total Disability – A worker qualifies for TTD compensation if he is temporarily incapable of returning to work because of medical conditions caused by his work injury. The Columbus temporary total disability lawyers at Malek & Malek will fight to secure the TTD compensation you should receive.

Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) – An injured worker must file a claim with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (“BWC”) within two years from the date of the injury. Otherwise the worker will be barred pursuant to the statute of limitations from participation in the state workers’ compensation fund.

Common Workplace Injuries – Common workplace injuries include: severe back strains, degenerative disc disease and spinal nerve damage, occupational diseases from exposure to dangerous substances, repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, head trauma, and shoulder damage. The common workplace Injuries attorney in Columbus at Malek & Malek is here to represent you.

High Risk Occupations – High risk occupations are those in which injury is far more likely to occur, such as jobs in construction, factories, or that involve driving. The workers’ comp lawyers in Columbus, Oh at Malek & Malek have a wealth of experience when it comes to securing workers’ compensation for construction related work injuries.

Violation Of Specific Safety Requirement ( VSSR ) – If a worker is injured because employers are in violation of a specific safety requirement, he may be entitled to an additional award of compensation due to this violation. Filing a VSSR application is a highly involved process, please get in touch with an experienced VSSR attorney in Columbus, Ohio.

Contact Our Ohio Law Firm for a Free Consultation with a Top Columbus Workman’s Compensation Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured on the job site, contact an experienced and compassionate workman’s compensation attorney for a free consultation in Columbus, Ohio at Malek & Malek today.

We’ve created a number of articles and youtube videos which may help to explain some of the more common issues that arise in the workers comp realm:

Permanent Partial Disability Compensation:

Medco14 Document:

Maximum Medical Improvement:

Denied Medical Treatment:

Slipping and Falling, Work Injury?


BWC: Auto Accidents and Workers’ Comp

Medco-14: Return To Work With Restrictions



JURY TRIAL: Verdict For Client: Added Herniated Disc L5-S1 After Successful Jury Trial

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CASE: Client was a hardworking husband and father.  He worked at Kroger as a picker in their warehouse.  As a result of repetitive heavy lifting, he developed a herniated disc in his lower back.  He initially tried to represent himself before the Ohio Industrial Commission.  Kroger had hired a large law firm with substantial resources to fight the claim.  His claim was denied at all levels before the Ohio Industrial Commission.  Malek & Malek filed an appeal in the court system and requested a jury trial.  Kroger argued that the herniated disc was not related to client’s job duties at Kroger and also that our client’s condition was pre-existing.  On the morning of trial, Kroger indicated that they wanted to make an offer to settle the claim as long as the client would agree to walk away from his job at the Kroger Company.  In addition, they wanted a confidential agreement.  The client liked his job and did not want to be forced to quit.  Malek & Malek tried the case.  The Kroger Company brought in multiple witnesses to testify against the client, including a board certified neurologist, who made millions testifying on behalf of insurance companies and large companies like Kroger.

RESULT: The jury saw through all of this and after a very short deliberation, returned a verdict for the client and allowed his claim for the herniated disc at L5-S1.  The client was then able to get his surgery with pay and successfully returned to work in the warehouse where he was able to continue to provide for his family.

JURY TRIAL: $20,000.00 In Back Pay & $60,000.00 Settlement After Offer From The Attorney General For Only $5,000

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CASE: Client came to Malek & Malek after he had been advised to accept $5,000.00 to settle his workers compensation claim by his former attorney.  The claim was only recognized for a low back sprain and a bruised chest.  The client had not treated for a period of several years.  His claim had been denied for degenerative disc disease at L5-S1.  The attorneys at Malek & Malek believed in their client and asked the jury find that the client’s degenerative disc disease was caused by the injury several years before.  The two assistant attorney generals handling the case felt so confident that they never even hired an expert witness.  The offer stood all the way up to the date of trial and never changed from the $5,000.00 original offered.

RESULT: After presenting the evidence to the jury, they returned a verdict for the client and found that his degenerative disc disease at L5-S1 was caused by the original injury.  Malek & Malek was then able to recover over 2 years in lost wages.  The claim eventually settled for $60,000.00, over 12 times the original offer.

JURY TRIAL: $140,000.00 Settlement

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CASE: Malek & Malek went to trial to have the additional condition of pain disorder associated with psychological factors and general pain condition added to the client’s claim.

RESULT: After a successful jury verdict for the client, the client was awarded two years in back compensation based upon this condition. Over $400,000.00 in medical and indemnity was paid out. In addition to the $400,000.00, Malek & Malek also successfully settled the claim for $140,000.00.

JURY TRIAL: $185,000.00 Settlement

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CASE: Client’s original claim was only allowed for various sprains including: sprain of the neck, sprain of the lumbar region, sprain of the shoulder and arm, and sprain of the rotator cuff.

RESULT: After a jury trial, claim was additionally allowed for substantial aggravation of pre-existing depression.  Post verdict, over $300,000.00 in medical and indemnity was paid.  The $185,00.00 settlement with the BWC was an indemnity settlement, meaning the medical side of the client’s claim was kept open, allowing the client to continue receiving medical treatment.

$225,000.00 Settlement (Industrial Commission)

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CASE: Malek & Malek was able to get the following conditions added to the client’s workers’ compensation claim: T12 compression fracture, lumbar sprain, disc protrusion T12-L1, thoracic degenerative disc disease T11-T12, lumbar degenerative disc disease L1-L2 and L4-L5, and post traumatic myofacial pain syndrome.

RESULT: After adding these conditions to the claim and getting treatment for these conditions, Malek & Malek eventually settled the client’s workers’ compensation claim for $225,000.00.

JURY TRIAL: $400,000.00 in Indemnity and Medical

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CASE: Originally, the client’s claim was only allowed for fractured dorsal vertebra.

RESULT: After a successful jury trial, depressive disorder (not otherwise specified) was added to the claim. Over $400,000.00 in indemnity and medical was paid out post-verdict. In addition, Malek & Malek was able to get the client permanent total disability compensation.