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Columbus, Ohio Workers' Compensation Attorneys


In 2018, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation denied or dismissed 12.4 percent of all claims for replacement wages and coverage of medical bills. That means about 1 in 8 Ohio workers who suffered on-the-job injuries or accidental deaths at work, or who developed occupational illnesses, could not count on the state government program whose only purpose is to assist them.

When we hear things like that, we think about how many of those people could have been properly taken care of if they had a skilled and motivated Ohio workers’ compensation attorney on their side. If your Ohio workers’ compensation claim has been disallowed or dismissed, a knowledgeable Columbus workers’ compensation lawyer can help you.

Barkan Meizlish DeRose Cox, LLP is a Voice for Ohio Workers

Barkan Meizlish DeRose Cox, LLP has been representing individuals who sustain work-related injuries across Ohio for over 65 years.

Our Ohio workers’ compensation attorneys do not represent businesses or insurance companies – only people like you and your family. We have extensive experience representing workers across a wide spectrum of industries and occupations, including the airline industry, ground transportation, warehousing, manufacturing & assembly, construction, teachers, first responders, the service industry, health care and government service.

As a client, you are provided with an individual lawyer and paralegal that are trained and available to help with your case all throughout Ohio. We encourage anyone who has sustained a workplace injury to seek the advice of a professional Ohio workers’ compensation attorney.

Workers’ compensation claims in Columbus present many varied and challenging situations. Barkan Meizlish DeRose Cox, LLP is dedicated to providing workers with legal counsel throughout the entire administrative process and in court.

Should you decide to seek the advice of counsel, the Columbus workers’ compensation attorneys at Barkan Meizlish DeRose Cox, LLP are here to help. If you have questions about your legal rights, we will review your potential claim during a free consultation.

Reasons Your Worker’s Compensation Claim Was Denied

Workers’ compensation claims in Ohio fail for many reasons. Often, people wait too long to submit their applications. They apply within the far-too-short one-year statute of limitations but fail to include all the necessary medical evidence. More often than not, and no matter what a workers’ compensation applicant does, the person’s employer contests the claim.

Businesses hate seeing their employees receive workers’ compensation benefits because each successful claim potentially increases their insurance rates. Managers and supervisors will try all kinds of arguments to convince the Ohio workers’ compensation program that an employee either was not doing authorized work or ignored some rule and harmed themselves.

The high rate of rejected workers’ compensation claims just inspires Barkan Meizlish DeRose Cox, LLP to fight even harder for their clients.

Our Ohio workers’ compensation lawyers only assist workers, never businesses or insurance companies, and we have taken cases from nearly every industry, including:

  • Airlines
  • Trucking
  • Warehousing
  • Manufacturing and assembly
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Police
  • Firefighter
  • Emergency medical services
  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Restaurants and hospitality
  • Government
  • And more

We work for you in each stage of the application and appeals process. We help clients file accident or incident reports to make sure they’re complete and accurate, assist with completing workers’ compensation application forms, and facilitate the collection and submission of medical records.

Should a client have an application denied, our Columbus workers compensation attorneys file appeals, gather additional evidence, and stand ready to take on the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation anywhere in Ohio to secure the replacement wages and medical care you have earned and are entitled to.

We also examine the facts of each Ohio workers’ compensation case to see if grounds exist for filing a third-party personal injury or wrongful death claim. The laws of Ohio make it nearly impossible for employees to sue their employers for job-related injuries, but the maker of a defective tool or a negligent driver can absolutely be held accountable for harming a person who was just doing their job.

We Protect You Even After Your Ohio Workers’ Compensation Claim

As workers’ compensation attorneys in Ohio, we have seen too many employers retaliate against employees who file injury or illness claims and call attention to safety issues.

Even though it is illegal to demote, reassign, or fire an employee for exercising his or her rights under the Ohio law, it still happens because people don’t feel like they can challenge or fight these illegal practices, and employers feel they can get away with it.

Not on our watch. Our employment law attorneys do not shy away from workplace retaliation and wrongful termination lawsuits, so if we need to shift from being your Ohio workers’ compensation attorneys to your Ohio employment law attorney, we have the knowledge and experience to do just that and make sure you’re protected.

Contact Our Columbus Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

Our law firm has spent more than 65 years representing and advising injured and sick workers, as well as the loved ones of workers who died on the job. To learn how we can help you, call one of our attorneys at (614) 221-4221 to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION. You can also set up an appointment online or email specific questions to