We have new signs! In March 2014, we moved our office to the Midland Building in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. When visiting us on the 16th floor, be sure to check out our new signs. Even though we are in Suite 1610, please use the entrance at Suite 1600 where you will be greeted by the receptionist, Kathy, and a comfortable waiting area.
We explain on this website that our clients mean a great deal to us. We believe in Clients. Not Cases. This principal is very paramount. This week one of our workers comp clients took an extra minute to confirm that this is also important to her too.
This summer Garson Johnson was proud to sponsor a hole at the St. Basil Golf Outing. The annual golf outing raises money to support the endowment fund. All proceeds benefit the facilities and ministries of St. Basil the Great Parish located in Brecksville, OH. The golf outing was held at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course on July 24, 2014 in Brecksville.
Giving back to the community is a fundamental principal in our firm, our attorneys and our staff.
To learn more about St. Basil, visit their website at www.basilthegreat.org.
By Grace Szubski
Occupational disease claims can be tricky. One consideration is the statute of limitations date for filing a workers comp occupational disease claim under Ohio law. Statute of limitations means the period that allows a claimant to file a workers’ compensation claim in a timely manner. For work injuries the statute of limitations date is easy to determine. An injured worker has two years from the date of the accident that caused the injury to file a claim. For an occupational disease claim, the statute of limitations date is more complex. Most occupational diseases have a latency period, i.e. the disease is not evident until a significant period of time has lapsed after the disease is contracted or the exposure takes place. Therefore, a start date is more difficult to determine.
In general terms, an occupational disease is contracted in the course of employment. The disease is peculiar or unique to the job. The work exposure creates a greater risk to the worker than the general public. Ohio law allows a timely filing of an occupational disease claim based on the date of diagnosis, the date of disability from the disease and/or the date of death due to the disease. The start of the date of disability due to an occupational disease is also based on multiple factors.
If you think you may have an occupational disease, please contact one of the attorneys at our office to review the facts. The sooner, the better as it often takes time to secure records and reports from treating doctors which are key to pursuing such a claim.
On August 28, 2014, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation honored Ohio workers who tragically lost their lives as a result of a workplace accident. A complete list of names can be found on the BWC website.
“Each life lost represents a hardworking Ohioan who left behind grieving loved ones, friends and colleagues,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. “One workplace death is too many and a sad reminder of the tremendous sacrifice workers make in the course of their labor.”
At Garson Johnson, we extend our sympathies to all Ohio families and friends who have lost a loved one due to a workplace accident. Our practice focuses on helping injured workers through the workers comp system, and a death claim is emotionally difficult for all involved. We appreciate the BWC for making this memorial tradition a priority.
If you are to receive medical treatment or compensation from a work related injury, the medical condition must be allowed by the Ohio BWC. Some examples of medical conditions allowed in a workers comp claim are herniated discs, fractures, amputation, torn ACL, PTSD and depression.
The Ohio BWC website defines "allowed condition."
An allowed condition is recognized as being a direct result of a compensable work-related injury or occupational disease which is supported by medical documentation from your provider.
Ohio's workers' comp system is complicated. Injured workers who seek legal counsel and work with an experienced workers comp physician have a better chance to receive the medical treatment and compensation they need and deserve. Contact Jeff Johnson at Garson Johnson for a free consolation to discuss your case.