If you get hurt on the job in Ohio, you are likely eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. The workers’ comp system is designed to cover medical costs, lost wages, and provide disability payments. But the program has limitations, and you need to know “how long you can collect workers’comp” if your claim is approved.
At Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA, our Ohio workers’ compensation attorneys understand how stressful this time is. You need answers and compensation quickly. That is why we provide personalized representation and are ready to assist you.
How Long Can I Collect Workers’ Comp?
The duration of workers’ comp depends on the type and severity of your injury. The most common type of workers’ compensation is for temporary total disability. TTD is for employees 100% disabled because of a work injury or occupational disease, but who will be capable of working once they recover.
You are eligible for TTD benefits once you 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, but payments are contingent on medical exams.
When Do Workers’ Compensation Benefits End?
TTD benefits are terminated once you return to work or when your doctor determins you reached what is known as “maximum medical improvement” (MMI). MMI is when a condition has stabilized and no further improvement is expected.
Even if TTD is terminated, you may be eligible for other benefits. For example, you may receive payments for wage loss if you work fewer hours or at reduced pay because of physical limitations or restrictions. Permanent partial disability (PPD) is alos an otion if your injury resulted in residual damage.
If you are permanently unable to return to any form of employment, you may be awarded life-long compensation, known as permanent total disability (PTD). If your claim for PTD is approved, you will receive lost earning capacity payments for the remainder of your life. However, if you apply for PTD, you must attend an Industrial Commission of Ohio exam and hearing to determine your eligibility.
How Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA Can Help
If you are injured on the job, Kademenos, Wisehart, Hines, Dolyk & Wright Co. LPA can help you understand your rights, explain your options, and maximize your workers’ compensation claim.
When you are recovering from a workplace accident, the last thing you should be worried about is the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) or the Industrial Commission. Let us put our experience, resources, and knowledge to work on you.
Call us today at (419) 625-7770 to schedule your free consultation.