There are work injury accidents that occur more often than many people realize. Our Ohio work injury lawyers have seen hard-working individuals suffer from both physical and psychological injuries that will stick with them forever, but may still allow them to continue to work.
If a worker is a victim of an accident that results in a permanent injury, but they are still able to work, they would be eligible for permanent partial disability. The award or compensation given for this type of disability is based on the percentage of the impairment that is suffered.
If you have suffered an injury at work that resulted in permanent partial disability, you may file a claim 26 weeks after the date of the injury.
The way that an injured worker can determine the percentage of loss from the injury is from an examination by a Bureau of Workers’ Compensation doctor. A BWC doctor will determine the percentage of impairment of the body part in question on the American Medical Association’s Guides to Evaluations of Permanent Impairment.
If an injured Ohio worker is seen by a BWC doctor and thinks that the percentage that is determined is lower than it should be, the injured worker can object to the finding and opt for an examination by their own doctor. In the event that this happens, the hearing officer then examines the findings by the doctors and determines the percentage of impairment from the work injury accident.
The percentage then acts as the basis for any compensation that the injured worker will receive.
A formula exists to determine the award paid that uses the percentage of disability.
An example of an injury that would be the basis of a permanent partial disability claim would be an Ohio worker who is burned on the job and is left with permanent scar tissue. A percentage of disability would be determined to calculate the award paid to the worker.
If you have been injured while on the job, it is always best to seek the advice of an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer. The lawyers at our office have helped numerous clients through the confusing legal process, successfully getting them a favorable settlement for their injuries.
Permanent injures affect you for the rest of your life. You deserve the proper compensation. To speak to an Ohio work injury attorney about your case, call 800.637.8170. You can ask any questions that you may have as well as receive a free case evaluation. Our office also provides The Ohio Work Injury Book for free to anyone who calls and requests one, or orders directly from our website. Get the information and representation that you need so you can receive the compensation you deserve.