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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Statute of Limitations for Workers’ Compensation Claims Changes to One Year – Always See a Doctor About Your Injury ASAP

Recently, a bill was passed that changed the Statute of Limitations in Ohio Workers’ Compensation claims from two years to one year. The effective date of this change is September 29, 2017. This means if you were injured on September 28, 2017 or sooner, you have two years to file for Workers’ Compensation benefits. If you were injured on September 29, 2017 or later, you only have one year to file for Workers’ Compensation benefits.

This means it becomes even more important to see your doctor regarding your injury. Our firm often handles cases where the injured worker will wait for several months to see a doctor for his or her injuries, hoping that the injury will heal on its own. Others simply put off going to the doctor. This is always bad practice for a workplace injury because it will be used against the injured worker to deny benefits. Even though most workers will see the doctor within a year, this could cause a denial of benefits if there is a problem filing the claim.

The injured worker also needs to make sure that all body parts affected are reported. Take the example of someone falling at work, hurting his or her back and wrist, but the back injury is much more severe. The back may be the bigger concern when he or she goes to see the doctor, and the doctor files a First Report of Injury form asking for the allowance of a back condition. The doctor may not feel the need to treat the wrist until it gets worse. This might be okay medically. But Ohio Workers’ Compensation law requires that the BWC (or a self-insured employer) be put on notice of every injured body part within one year of the injury. If a motion is not filed within one year of the injury to add the wrist to the claim, the Injured Worker will not receive benefits for the wrist in most cases.

As soon as you believe you may need treatment for a workplace injury, you should go see your doctor. Afterwards, call the law firm of Allotta | Farley for a free consultation to make sure you are adhering to all deadlines in the claim.  


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