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Ohio Injured Employee Workers Compensation Benefits

Important workers compensation benefit information for injured Ohio employees

Ohio Workers Compensation Medical Benefits -

  • All injured Ohio workers with allowed workers' compensation claims are entitled to payment of medical bills for treatment related to the injury or occupational disease.

Who Chooses the Physician for Injured Workers in Ohio -

  • The BWC rules provide that an injured worker has the right to be treated by a doctor of their choice as long as the doctor is a BWC certified provider.
  • If your employer is self-insured, you should contact the employer to obtain information concerning choosing a physician.
  • If your employer's insurance carrier is using a managed care program the injured worker must choose a doctor within the network, if not then the choice of physician is up to the injured worker.

Ohio Workers Compensation Disability Benefits -

  • Temporary Total Disability (TTD) Benefits:
    • The injured Ohio worker will be eligible for lost time benefits if they lose more than seven days of work. The first seven days are not payable until you lose 14 consecutive days.
    • An Injured Ohio worker's wage is paid at 72% for the first 12 weeks of disability and 66 2/3% after the initial 12 weeks.
    • The weekly payment minimum is 33 1/3% of the Ohio state average weekly wage, $250.33, or the employees actual wage if it is less.
    • The weekly maximum is $751, 100% of the Ohio state average weekly wage.
    • Maximum period of payments is the length of disability.
    • Benefits are offset by Social Security payments and may coordinate other benefits.
    • Note:
      • If an injured Ohio worker is off work for three months (90 days) a medical exam may be scheduled. Continued payment of temporary total disability will be dependent on the outcome of the independent medical exam.

  • Permanent Total Disability (PTD) Benefits:
    • An Injured Ohio worker's wage is paid at 66 2/3%.
    • The weekly payment minimum is 50% of the Ohio state average weekly wage, $375.50, or the employees actual wage if it is less.
    • The weekly maximum is $751, 100% of the Ohio state average weekly wage.
    • Maximum period of payments is life of the injured worker.
    • Benefits are offset by Social Security payments and may coordinate other benefits.

  • Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Benefits:
    • There is no specific percentage paid.
    • The weekly payment minimum is not specified.
    • The weekly maximum is $751, 100% of the Ohio state average weekly wage.
    • Note:
      • Non-scheduled injuries have a maximum period of payments of 200 weeks.
      • Non-scheduled injuries are restricted to 1/3 of the Ohio state average weekly wage.


Ohio Workers Death/Dependency Benefits -

  • If an Ohio employee loses his or her life as the result of a work-related injury or occupational disease, the surviving dependent(s) may qualify for compensation. According to law, BWC can pay benefits and cover funeral expenses for surviving dependent(s) of a work-related death.
  • Spouses and all dependent children receive those benefits on a biweekly basis. Spouses will continue to receive compensation until their death or remarriage. If the surviving spouse remarries, BWC will terminate benefi ts permanently and award a final payment equal to a two-year dowry.
  • BWC covers the funeral expenses of the deceased up to a maximum of $5,500 (this amount is subject to change).


Ohio workers Compensation Attorney Fees -

  • Attorney's fees are approved by the BWC on each case.

More specific workers compensation employee benefit information for this state can be found by following the link below. It will take you directly to the state web page containing employee's workers compensation rights and benefits:

http://www.ohiobwc.com/basics/guidedtour/generalinfo/InjuredWorker(FAQ).asp



Important Notice Please Read: All information on this page is provided only as a reference. While we strive to mantain accurate information on this site please realize workers compensation laws are complicated and subject to change at any time. If you need help with a workers compensation problem or have a specific situation or question please contact our office. Otherwise please consult your states governing authority or an attorney in your state of residency for assistance.


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