Filing a Workers’ Comp Claim in Cleveland
Attorneys Pursuing Work Injury Claims in Northeast Ohio
At Lallo & Feldman, we have been protecting the rights of injured workers in Cleveland, Lake County, Ashtabula and throughout the region since 1979. We have a complete knowledge of the Ohio’s workers’ compensation system, and we use that knowledge to secure the benefits our injured clients deserve.
Maximizing the Chances of Success
Once you suffer an injury on the job or you begin to feel the symptoms of an occupational disease, there are a number of steps that must be taken in order to set the workers’ compensation process in motion. Our Cleveland lawyers will make sure you understand the entire process when you visit our office, but the following is a general overview of the steps:
- Report the injury to your employer: Claims can be won and lost based on whether the worker properly notified his or her employer of the injury. Make sure to tell the employer that you got hurt on the job, clearly describe how you were injured and be sure to describe all body parts that are in pain, no matter how trivial they may seem.
- See a doctor: Find a doctor who treats workers’ compensation patients. Such doctors know how to properly document injuries for legal purposes. Our attorneys can assist with this.
- File a First Report of Injury (FROI): A FROI must be filed with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). The FROI can be filed by you, your employer or your doctor. The BWC will send you an identification card and claim number. Continue seeing your doctor while the BWC starts processing the claim.
- Cooperate with your employer: Certain employers have the right to request that injured employees sign a medical release or submit to a medical exam. Also, if you request certain services, such as an MRI, the employer may have you examined by another doctor first. Failure to sign the release or submit to an exam can lead to a suspension of the claim.
By Your Side Through Each Step of the Process
Lallo & Feldman’s attorneys help clients in Cleveland and the surrounding areas do everything from filing the initial workers’ comp claim to attending hearings to filing any necessary appeals. We have extensive experience with the BWC and the Industrial Commission of Ohio. You can rely on us to guide your claim as it moves through the system and to pursue all of the medical benefits and lost time payments you need.
Contact a Lake County Workers’ Compensation Attorney for a Free Consultation
To learn more about how the workers’ comp claim process works in Ohio, please contact our attorneys for a free initial consultation. You can reach us by calling 440-220-5921 or toll free 866-605-0236. You can also send us an email and we will respond promptly. If you cannot visit our offices in Cleveland or Willoughby, our lawyers can visit you in your home or other convenient location.