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How Does Workers or Workmans' Comp Work in Ohio?

Workplace injuries can be both physically and financially draining. Fortunately, Ohio has a robust Workers’ Compensation system in place to provide support for employees who suffer injuries or illnesses on the job. If you’ve ever wondered about the ins and outs of Workman’s Comp in the Buckeye State, you’re in the right place.

Understanding Workers’ Compensation in Ohio:

Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for Workers’ Compensation benefits in Ohio, employees must meet specific criteria. Generally, any worker who is injured or becomes ill as a result of job-related duties is eligible. This includes injuries sustained at the workplace or during work-related events.

Reporting the Injury and filing a claim:

Timely reporting of workplace injuries is crucial. It is extremely important to notify your employer and seek medical attention as soon as possible after a work-related injury. The statute of limitations to file a claim with the Ohio BWC is one (1) year from the date of injury.

Filing a Claim:

Once the injury is reported, the injured worker or their representative needs to file a Workers’ Compensation claim with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). This is done by filing a First Report Of Injury (FROI-1).  This involves providing detailed information about the incident, medical documentation, and other relevant details.

Medical Treatment:

Workers’ Comp covers medical expenses related to the workplace injury. Injured employees have the right to choose their healthcare provider, but it’s essential to follow the guidelines set by the BWC to ensure coverage.

Compensation Benefits:

In Ohio, Workers’ Compensation benefits include compensation for lost wages, disability benefits, and vocational rehabilitation if necessary. The amount of compensation depends on factors such as the severity of the injury and the impact on the employee’s ability to work.

Return to Work Programs:

Ohio encourages injured employees to return to work when medically possible. Employers may offer modified or alternative work arrangements to facilitate a smooth transition back to the workforce.

Third-Party Claims:

In certain situations, a third party (someone other than the employer) may be liable for the workplace injury. In such cases, the injured worker may pursue a separate personal injury claim against the responsible party.


Navigating the Workers’ Compensation system in Ohio can be complex, but understanding the process is crucial for those who find themselves dealing with workplace injuries. If you’re facing challenges with your Workers’ Comp claim or have questions about the process, consulting with an experienced Cleveland Workers’ Compensation lawyer can provide invaluable guidance. Remember, you don’t have to go through this process alone – help is available to ensure you receive the compensation and support you deserve. Contact Garson Johnson Attorneys today by calling (216) 696-9330.

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