So you’ve filed a FROI (First Report of Injury) with the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation, but your claim has been denied. Why was your claim disallowed? (That is the terminology used by the BWC.) A claim can be disallowed for many different reasons. It depends on your particular situation. The Bureau reports a claim is usually disallowed due to lack of information.
If you disagree with the Bureau, you must file an appeal within 14 days. That is right- we’ll say it again. YOU HAVE ONLY 14 DAYS TO FILE AN APPEAL. You can file an appeal several different ways.
- Go online to the Industrial Commission. Follow the log on instructions. Ohio Industrial Commission- File an Appeal.
- Download and print the Notice of Appeal (IC-12). Complete the form then mail it to any Industrial Commission Office. For a list of offices, visit the IC Website.
- Call the BWC customer service at 1-800-OHIOBWC.
The Bureau of Workers Compensation was not created to advocate for you or your benefits. The most important thing for you to understand is your employer has an attorney representing their best interest.
You should also have an attorney that understands the complex BWC system and knows how to advocate for you. An experienced workers’ comp attorney can file appeals for denied claims and benefits. Call to speak with a lawyer at Garson Johnson to help.