Workers’ Compensation – What to Expect

Cleveland Workers’ Compensation

What to expect during the workers’ comp process

Obtaining workers’ compensation benefits can be a confusing and time-consuming process if you attempt to tackle it on your own. With more than 150 years of combined legal experience and appearances at more than 2,000 workers’ comp hearings a year, the lawyers of Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg Co., L.P.A. (NRS) have the expertise and skill to guide you. NRS keeps the doors of communication open at each step of the process and helps you understand your options.

Cleveland workers’ comp process

You should start the workers’ comp process immediately after a workplace accident or when you discover you have an occupational disease. To begin the claims process, complete the following steps with the help of a workers’ comp lawyer in Cleveland:

  • Notify your employer about your accident and injuries or occupational disease.
  • File your claim by completing the First Report of Injury (FROI). A managed care organization (MCO) should file your workers’ comp claim after your employer or healthcare provider notifies it of your work-related injury or occupational disease.
  • The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) begins gathering information and investigating your claim after receiving your FROI.
  • The BWC should allow or deny your claim within 28 days.

To file a complete claim, you must provide the following information:

  • Your name and address
  • Employer’s name and workers’ comp policy number
  • Detailed accident description
  • Medical diagnosis
  • Supporting medical documentation
  • Information regarding your disability

Providing complete medical information is essential to getting your claim approved. A workers’ compensation attorney in Cleveland at NRS helps you provide thorough medical information to the BWC to support your claim.

Cleveland workers’ comp appeals

Injured workers who file a claim without the help of an attorney often leave out important information or do not provide enough supporting medical, disability and work-related documentation. If your claim has been denied, a Cleveland workers’ comp attorney can help you through the appeals process. You have 14 days to file an appeal online or in writing to the Ohio Industrial Commission (IC). Once the IC receives your appeal, it will schedule a hearing. Our attorneys use appeals hearings to present new supporting evidence and make a stronger case for your claim to help you obtain your benefits or additional benefits.

Contact NRS today for workers’ comp claims assistance

If you are injured in an on-the-job accident or suffer from an occupational disease or toxic exposure, contact a workers’ compensation lawyer in Cleveland at Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg Co., L.P.A. today for experience, skill and expertise in handling your claim. Our attorneys also assist clients who have suffered unfair employer retaliation for filing a workers’ comp claim, as well as victims injured in auto accidents. Call us toll-free at 1.855.GOT.HURT (1.855.468.4878) or contact us by filling out our No-Risk Consultation form.

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