Have you been injured at work? If so, you might not realize that as an employee, you may be able to a file a claim to obtain compensation. However, some workers compensation claims can be especially complicated. And sometimes employers — who do not want to pay the increased insurance premiums that often result when an employee collects workers compensation benefits — might dispute your claim.

It is always wise to consult with an experienced Ohio attorney prior to filing for workers compensation benefits. He or she can explain the following steps involved in filing for compensation:

  • Seek medical attention: After suffering an injury, do not hesitate in seeking medical attention. Your top priority must be your health. Additionally, seeking prompt medical care is important for your workers comp case.
  • Notify your employer: You must notify your employer of your injury within 30 days of your accident. Be sure to tell him or her what happened and the extent of your injuries.
  • File a claim: Your next step is to obtain the paperwork necessary to file a claim. Be sure to check that each part of the application is filled out correctly before submitting it.
  • Retain an attorney: One of the most important things you can do after suffering an injury at work is to contact an experienced workers compensation lawyer. Not only can a lawyer ensure that your application is filled out correctly, but he or she can also protect your rights as an employee.

In addition, if your injury was caused by a third party — such as the manufacturer of defective equipment — you might be able to pursue that party for fair compensation with the help of a skilled personal injury attorney.