Workers’ compensation is one of the most valuable government programs ever developed. At one time in the past, injured workers had few, if any, avenues through which to pursue compensation after a work-related accident.
The introduction of workers’ compensation gave injured employees financial options while protecting employers from injury lawsuits. As you can see, the program is mutually beneficial for those on both sides of employment. All workers in Ohio injured on the job have the right to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
What are some other rights injured workers have?
Recognizing the rights of those facing a loss of income and medical expenses after a work injury was a critical step for our government. In addition to the right to file a claim, you also have the rights listed below:
- “Prompt, professional and courteous customer service” from state workers’ comp staff members
- Fast access to quality health care from a provider certified by the state Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC)
- Coverage for your work injury-related medical expenses
- Online or in-person access to your workers’ compensation records
- Access to all benefits and rehabilitation services when eligible
- Appeal unfavorable decisions handed down by the BWC
- High-quality independent medical exam if required for your claim
- Self-representation or representation via a legal professional in case of a dispute
Knowing your rights can help you make critical decisions about your claim if it is denied or if a dispute arises. It can also be in your best interests to learn more about Ohio workers’ compensation laws. Taking this step enables you to recognize any violation of your rights by your employer or a BWC employee.