Monetary Awards in Ohio Workers’ Compensation

October 7, 2018

When injuries occur on the job, monetary awards from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation can make a huge difference for employees and their families.  Whether covering medical expenses, lost wages, or future costs, an adequate award can help those affected by workplace injuries maintain or adjust their lifestyle in their time of need.

Getting the full monetary awards available from workers’ compensation can be difficult.  Having an experienced Ohio workers’ comp law firm like Lowe Scott Fisher Co., LPA represent you or your loved one can expedite the process, protect your rights, and help you get the full value of your claim.

But what types of monetary awards are available under Ohio law?  Read on to learn more about the types of compensation available.  Or, if you would like a free consultation, call or email our dedicated attorneys now.

The Types of Ohio Workers’ Compensation Monetary Awards

The BWC is authorized by law and regulation to award many types of compensation, depending on the facts and circumstances surrounding an employee’s injury and the actual damage suffered by the employee.

Remember, though: only those whose claims are allowed will receive compensation, and many self-applicants have their claims denied for a variety of reasons.  That is why having a qualified attorney assist you from the outset is so valuable.

Common Compensation Types

Temporary Total compensation may be awarded when a workplace injury leaves an individual totally disabled/unable to work for a temporary (and relatively short) period of time.  This is typically an award based on lost wages during the time of disability.

A percentage of permanent partial award is a monetary award for residual damage that remains following an injury.  For example, following a broken leg, an individual may largely recover but be unable to stand for long periods or walk without a cane.  Their use of their leg is lessened because of their injury, and the BWC may award compensation for the permanent partial disability.

Permanent total disability compensation may be awarded to individuals whose injuries prevent them from working.  As the name implies, this type of compensation is awarded when an individual’s disability is both total and permanent, and requires the individual to prove their PTD to Ohio’s Industrial Commission.

Scheduled loss awards are paid to workers with particular losses set out by the BWC.  Amputated limbs, loss of hearing, or loss of vision are all examples of scheduled losses.

Why You Need to Speak to a Lawyer

The above list of monetary awards available should not be relied upon as a guideline to available awards.  Why?

First, the types of compensation discussed above all come with special rules, eligibility requirements, and exceptions.

Second, the list above is not comprehensive.  In fact, there are numerous other compensation types that, though less commonly awarded, may be available to help you and your family following a workplace injury.

Following a workplace injury, Lowe Scott Fisher Co., LPA’s experienced workers compensation attorneys can offer you the legal counsel and personal guidance you need to get the compensation you deserve.  Call or email today for a free initial consultation and let us fight for you and your family.

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