There are many myths surrounding workers’ compensation. One damaging myth is the idea that your workplace injury needs to be “serious” to receive workers’ compensation benefits. You might feel awkward asking your employer to pay for costs associated with a minor sprain, for example, but that’s why the program exists. It’s better to report a minor injury right away. If you wait for it to either go away or worsen, you risk your claim being denied. Since many injuries do worsen over time, play it safe: file your claim as soon as possible.
In 2017, the statute of limitations for reporting a workplace injury was reduced to one year. If you have an occupational disease, the statute of limitations is still two years. While that might seem like a lot of time, many workers wait too long to file. When their injuries persist and their medical bills pile up, they’re disheartened to find there’s no legal recourse.
Whether your injury is mild or serious, it is important to file your workers’ compensation claim as close to the date of injury as possible to ensure that your claim is taken seriously by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, and to prevent your injury from worsening.
For assistance with your claim, contact one of the worker’s compensation attorneys at Nager, Romaine, & Schneiberg Co. L.P.A. today.