Does Ohio Workers Compensation Pay for Pain and Suffering?
No, in Ohio, the workers’ compensation system does not provide compensation for pain and suffering. Workers’ compensation is designed to provide benefits to workers who are injured or become ill due to their job-related activities. These benefits often cover medical expenses, temporary total disability (TTD), Living Maintenance (LM), Wage Loss (WL), Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) and Permanent Total Disability (PTD).
Pain and suffering, which typically refers to the physical and emotional distress a person experiences as a result of an injury or accident, are not covered under the Ohio workers’ compensation system. The system is designed to provide more specific financial support related to the direct costs of workplace injuries rather than non-economic damages like pain and suffering.
However, there are exceptions and nuances to this general rule. In cases of negligence by a third party, it might be possible to pursue a personal injury lawsuit outside of the workers’ compensation system, where compensation for pain and suffering could be sought. In a very limited set of circumstances, an injured worker may be able to sue their employer directly for Intentional Tort and recover additional damages. It’s important to consult with a legal professional who focuses on workers’ compensation and personal injury cases to understand the specific options available in your situation. Contact our Workers Compensation lawyers now to receive a free consultation.