Columbus Workers' Compensation Lawyer
We provide legal help to injured and disabled workers from any industry. Whether you were injured in an office, on a construction site, company car, or while unloading a delivery truck, we are committed to protecting your rights and obtaining workers’ compensation benefits on your behalf.
Our law firm can help with your entire workers’ compensation claims process, from the initial application to an appeal. We represent injured workers before the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) and the Ohio Industrial Commission.
Injured at work? Call a Columbus workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible.
When you have suffered a back injury, neck injury or other work injury that limits your ability to do your job, you are faced with legal challenges, in addition to the physical and financial aspects of a work-related injury. Workers’ compensation benefits can provide much needed medical benefits and compensation for lost wages. However, the process of obtaining workers’ compensation benefits can be challenging and time-consuming. Without the help of an experienced Columbus workers’ compensation lawyer, many initial claims for benefits are denied.
We encourage you to seek help from an experienced workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible. We believe it is important that, as your legal advocates, we become actively engaged in your workers’ comp claim as soon as possible. This can ensure rules, regulations and time limits are complied with. Our law firm can provide experienced help at all stages of your work injury claim in order to ensure you receive proper compensation for your on-the-job injury.
We are experienced in handling workers’ compensation claims on behalf of injured and disabled workers who have been involved in construction accidents, warehouse accidents, manufacturing accidents, work-related car accident, office incidents, loading dock accidents and other on-the-job accidents.
Has your workers’ compensation claim been denied?
If the BWC has denied your claim – whether by citing an alleged preexisting condition, claiming you were injured elsewhere or any other number of reasons – the decision can be appealed before the Ohio Industrial Commission. We can ensure evidence, doctors’ records, test results, accident reports and other vital information is successfully presented to the Industrial Commission in your workers’ compensation appeal.
At GBM Law, we are dedicated to obtaining workers’ compensation benefits on behalf of injured and disabled workers throughout central Ohio. Contact us today to arrange your free consultation and learn how one of our experienced Columbus workers’ compensation lawyers can help.
Our Workers’ Compensation Affiliation
Geiser, Bowman & McLafferty is affiliated with The Law Offices of Charles W. Kranstuber, LPA. Their knowledge of the system can ensure that you get the money you need. Just as our clients’ needs matter most to us, the Workers’ Compensation lawyers at The Law Offices of Charles W. Kranstuber, LPA always put their clients first.
What should I do if I have been injured at work?
If you are injured at work, you should immediately report the injury to your employer. You should also go to an urgent care center, emergency room, or make an appointment with an Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation-certified physician. It is important to let the treating provider know how the injury occurred.
How long do I have to file a claim?
For an injury, you have one year from the date of injury to file a claim with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. For an occupational disease, you have two years after the disability due to the disease began or six months after the date of diagnosis by a physician. The statute of limitations for an occupational disease is somewhat complicated, so it is best to contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Can I have an allowed workers’ compensation claim if I was at fault in causing my injury?
Generally, yes. The Ohio workers’ compensation system is not based on fault. Therefore, it does not matter whether you or your employer was at fault when you sustained your injury. There are some exceptions to this rule, such as if you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of injury or if the injury was self-inflicted.
What benefits am I entitled to under my workers’ compensation claim?
Workers’ compensation laws entitle you to payment of medical bills for your allowed conditions, payment of temporary total compensation for your time off work, a permanent partial award for your residual disability due to the injury, wage loss if you have an impairment of your earnings, and potentially a lump sum settlement of your claim. If you never return to any sustained, remunerative employment due to your injury, you may also be entitled to permanent total disability benefits.
Will I be paid for my time off work?
Typically, an injured worker is eligible for lost time benefits (temporary total compensation) if he or she is off work for more than seven days due to the injury. The first seven days become compensable if the injured worker loses more than fourteen consecutive days due to the injury.