Workers’ Compensation Common Questions
It’s likely that your workplace accident or injury was completely unexpected, and you likely have dozens of unanswered questions. First and foremost, call our lawyers and attorneys to set up a free consultation at no charge. We want to hear from you and what your questions and concerns are so we can fight to get you the full benefits to which you’re entitled.
Here are some frequently asked questions and concerns:
How do I know if my injury is covered by Workers’ Compensation?
Almost any acute injury caused while working in the service of your employer can be claimed. In some circumstances, even a medical condition that was pre-existing and not related to work can be covered under a workers’ comp claim if your job duties or work environment has caused that medical condition to substantially worsen.
Some common injuries filed under workers’ comp include: head trauma, neck and back injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, and knee and shoulder joint injuries. Call Marshall Grinder Debski Pitts today if you or your doctor suspect a medical condition may be work related.
What benefits are included under workers’ comp?
Workers’ compensation benefits include replacement of income, payment of medical costs, and occasionally assistance for job placement. In rare circumstances, lifetime benefits may be awarded if your work-related injury has disabled you from any future employment. Keep in mind that while this may seem extensive, these benefits are usually modest. The purpose of workers’ comp benefits is to keep workers stable and treat their injuries until they can return to work again.
If the injury or accident causes only temporary time off work, you may receive a portion of your wages through workers’ compensation for the duration of that period. However, the Ohio BWC’s analysis of your claim and whether you’re entitled to those benefits is complicated. Benefits are not guaranteed just because you miss work due to your injury. Our lawyers will advise you of your rights to compensation, and pursue all benefits to which you’re entitled.
If you’re permanently unable to work due to the injury, you might be able to receive lifetime benefits called Permanent Total Disability Compensation (PTD). Again, your rights to this type of compensation requires a legally technical analysis that relies on a number of different factors. It’s helpful to have an expert workers’ comp attorney on your side.
Will my benefits be taxed?
Ohio does not tax these benefits, and most states do not. The federal government also does not tax workers’ compensation benefits.
What To Expect From A Workers’ Comp Attorney
The attorneys at the Marshall Grinder Debski Pitts Law Firm will protect the rights of workers who have suffered a workplace injury and either need to apply for workers’ compensation or have been denied benefits. Our top priority is providing you the best possible representation to get you the full benefits you’re owed.
Before committing to working with a workers comp attorney, we understand that you have questions or concerns about the process. It’s why we’re here and why we offer a free consultation, so you can discuss your case without feeling like you have to commit immediately.
For most workers’ compensation cases, cases are handled on a contingency basis. What this means is that no retainer is required (in most instances). For our attorneys, this is not about getting your case settled quickly so we can move on to the next client. We truly take the time to connect with you, hear your story, and serve as a source of expertise and peace of mind throughout the process.
About The Team At Marshall Grinder Debski Pitts
Here at Marshall Grinder Debski Pitts, client communication is our top priority, and we are here to answer your calls. When you choose to work with our attorneys, you’re choosing a firm with 40+ years of experience, attention to detail, care and compassion, and support every step of the way.
We focus on cases involving workers’ compensation, social security disability, veterans benefits claims, and evaluation of all legal matters. Our lawyers and staff understand each client requires a new perspective and a different understanding of their case. We’re here to help and support you, and use our expertise to resolve your situation.
Our lawyers are members of acclaimed organizations, such as the Akron Bar Association, The Ohio Association of Justice, and the Workers’ Law and Justice Group. Our attorneys, past and present, have worked in a variety of related roles such as an adjunct professor of workers’ compensation law at the University of Akron School of Law, as a settlement advisor with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, and as a District Hearing Officer for the Ohio Industrial Commission (IC), the agency that holds hearings should in a workers’ compensation dispute. Real-world experiences like these further add to the knowledge and insight within our offices.
If you are seeking help with a workers’ compensation claim, call Marshall Grinder Debski Pitts Law Firm to get started. This team of dedicated lawyers will take the time to understand your case and your needs, and will work to get you the full benefits you are owed. If you need a workers’ comp attorney in Akron, you have come to the right place.
Don’t wait. Schedule a free consultation today, and for immediate assistance, call us toll-free at (330) 762-0280.