BWC Program Helps Injured Workers Get Back to Work

Being injured on the job can have a devastating impact on your life. You may be unable to continue working and your reputation may be permanently tarnished. While compensation for injured workers is supposed to cover your financial needs, if you have been hurt at work, insurance companies will look for any reason to avoid paying a claim. You must report your injury immediately. If you wait more than a few days to report your injury, for example, the employer or Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will suspect that you are being untruthful and deny the benefits you desperately need.

If you or a loved one has had a workers’ compensation claim denied by an employer or the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, contact the Ohio workers’ compensation lawyers at Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA We have been very successful in helping people get their claims paid, even when they were denied initially. Call our Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialists, Victor Kademenos or Adrienne Hines today at (419) 625-7770 for a free consultation to see how we can help.

A Program That Benefits Everyone

It was recently announced that the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is expanding a program meant to benefit everyone, including employers. In essence, the Bureau provides grants to employers who create programs that are meant to modify injured workers’ job responsibilities. The idea is to provide injured workers with the opportunity to do what they can while they are recovering. This allows employees to keep their positions and gradually return to their previous job duties.

In order to qualify for this program, employers must work with an outside organization to create plans that help injured workers transition back into their normal roles. Once a plan is approved, the Bureau pays 75 percent of the plan cost. In addition, once a plan is implemented, the employer receives large cash bonuses from the Bureau.

Before July 1st, only businesses that had at least one lost-time claim, or a claim involving an injured employee being off for more than 7 days, were allowed to participate in the transitional workers program. As of now, though, any business in good standing with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation can participate.

Fight for the Compensation You Deserve

Unfortunately, it may take time for this program to catch on. While many businesses are shifting to a transitional workers’ model, many more rely solely on the unreliability of managed care organizations. These companies will do almost anything to prove that you were not injured on the job. Do not be taken advantage of. Call Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA at (419) 625-7770 to see how we can protect your rights and get your benefits paid to you. We will work tirelessly to preserve your reputation and get you the compensation you deserve.