Ohio Workers’ Comp: How Long Can I Collect Benefits?

A job-related injury would overwhelm most Ohio workers.

Fortunately, the Ohio workers’ compensation system covers medical costs, lost wages, and disability payments. If you suffered a work injury, dealing with this process is a lot. You likely have questions and may be worried about how long your workers’ comp benefits will last.

At Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co., LPA, our Ohio workers’ compensation attorneys understand how stressful it is to be out of work because of an injury. That’s why we provide personalized and skilled representation, so you get all the Ohio workers’ compensation you deserve.

As Certified Specialists in Workers’ Compensation Law, Adrienne M. Hines and Victor Kademenos can help. Call (419) 625-7770 to find out how.

When Do Workers’ Comp Benefits End?

Workers’ comp payments depend on the type and severity of your injury.

The most common type of workers’ compensation is for temporary total disability. Temporary total disability or TTD is for employees that have been 100 percent disabled because of a work injury or occupational disease but will be capable of working once they recover.

An employee is eligible to receive TTD once they are out of work for more than seven days. The first seven days are only compensable if you miss at least 14 consecutive days. Most workers will receive TTD benefits for the entire time they are out of work. However, payments are contingent on independent medical exams.

TTD benefits end once you return to work or when a physician determines that you reached maximum medical improvement (MMI). MMI is when a condition has stabilized, and no further improvement is expected, despite continued treatment or rehab.

Other Workers’ Comp Benefits in Ohio

Even if TTD benefits end, you may be eligible to receive other benefits. For example, you may receive wage loss benefits if you return to work with fewer hours or less pay because of any physical limitations or restrictions caused by the injury. In addition, you may be eligible for permanent partial disability (PPD) if your injury resulted in residual damage.

If you are permanently unable to return to work, life-long compensation is an option. This is called permanent total disability (PTD). If PTD is approved, you will receive payment for your lost earning capacity for the rest of your life. Remember, if you apply for PTD, you will need to attend an Industrial Commission of Ohio exam and a hearing to determine eligibility.

How Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co., LPA Can Help

If you get hurt on the job, Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co., LPA can help you understand your rights, explain your options, and maximize your claim.

When you are recovering from a workplace accident, the last thing you should be worried about is dealing with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) or the Industrial Commission. Let us put our experience, resources, and knowledge to work while you focus on healing.

Adrienne M. Hines and Victor Kademenos are Certified Specialists in Workers’ Compensation Law. This is a rare qualification, meaning we have specific training recognized by the Ohio Bar Association.

Call us today at (419) 625-7770 to schedule your free consultation.