During 2018, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation denied or dismissed 12.4 percent of all claims for replacement wages and coverage of medical bills. Looked at another way, 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 ensure that victims of unsafe workplaces do not suffer financially as well as physically. If your claim is disallowed or dismissed, a knowledgeable Columbus workers compensation lawyer can help you.
Barkan Meizlish, LLP has been representing individuals who sustain work-related injuries across Ohio for over 60 years. Workers’ compensation claims present many varied and challenging situations. The Columbus, Ohio lawyers at Barkan Meizlish, LLP are dedicated to providing workers with legal counsel throughout the entire administrative process and in Court. We do not represent businesses or insurance companies – only people like you and your family.
Our attorneys 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. We will provide representation all throughout Ohio. We encourage anyone who has sustained a workplace injury to seek the advice of counsel.
Should you decide to seek the advice of counsel, the Columbus workers’ compensation lawyers at Barkan Meizlish, LLP are here to help. If you have questions about your legal rights, the Columbus workers’ compensation lawyers at Barkan Meizlish, LLP will review your potential claim during a free consultation.
Workers’ compensation claims fail for many reasons. 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. Consequently, managers and supervisors will try all kinds of arguments to convince the workers’ compensation program that an employee either was not doing authorized work or ignored some rule and harmed themselves.
The high rate of rejected claims just inspires the Columbus, Ohio workers’ compensation lawyers at Barkan Meizlish, LLP to fight even harder for their clients. We only assist workers, never businesses or insurance companies, and we have taken cases from nearly every industry—airlines, trucking, warehousing, manufacturing and assembly, construction, education, police, firefighter, emergency medical services, health care, retail, restaurants and hospitality, and government service.
Our lawyers involve themselves in each stage of the application and appeals process. We help clients file accident or incident reports, assist with completing workers’ compensation application forms, and facilitate the collection and submission of medical records. Should a client have his or her application denied, our attorneys are ready to file appeals, gather additional evidence, and stand ready to take on the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to secure the needed replacement wages and medical care.
We also examine the facts of each 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 his or her job.
A final reason to partner with a Columbus, Ohio workers’ compensation lawyer is that 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 rights under the Ohio law, the attorneys at Barkan Meizlish, LLP have seen this happen all too frequently. Fortunately for our clients, our employment law attorneys do not shy away from workplace retaliation and wrongful termination lawsuits.
Our law firm has spent more than 60 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 Columbus workers’ compensation attorneys at (614) 221-4221 to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION. You can also set up an appointment online or email specific questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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