The Legal Requirements of the Workers Compensation Law

legal adviceJust what are the legal requirements of the workers comp law in Cincinnati? In order to establish a valid claim, You must be injured in the course of and arising out of employment. You also must legally be an employee of the company. Independent contractors, for example, are not usually considered employees and therefore not covered, though it’s common for companies to misclassify independent contractors who are actually employees in order to reduce their tax commitment. Even if you are considered an independent contractor, you may want to consult attorneys who understand the laws of workers compensation, because you might in reality be a full time employee in the eyes of the law. Finally, the illness or injury must be work related. Generally, if it resulted from work that benefited the employer, it’s considered a work injury. Also, you must file your claim within the limitations period established under the workers compensation statute, which is generally two years from the date of injury.

Watch Out for Unfair Settlement Offers from Adjusters

The largest mistake injured workers make is trusting workmen’s comp to offer a fair settlement. The reality is that most workers do not receive a settlement that will cover all of their future expenses. Don’t be misled by a lump sum settlement that may look large at first glance. You should always try to calculate your future expenses into the settlement. This is especially important if you’re filing for disability after a work injury. A professional law firm can help you estimate your potential settlement amount before you proceed with the claim.

Proven Top Tier Lawyers to Fight for Your Rights

Clements, Taylor, Butkovich & Cohen, L.P.A., Co. have been dedicated lawyers specializing in workers compensation for nearly three decades. Our dedicated experience in workers comp law earned us the top tier of Best Lawyers by the US News & World Report. We’ll fight to secure your rights to the fullest extent of the law.

Workers Compensation Lawyers Who Believe in a Small Staff with a Personal Approach

As proven worker’s compensation lawyers, we primarily represent clients who are workers injured on the job. We do not specialize in multi-million dollar lawsuits, but cases involving everyday workers fighting for their just compensation after being injured during employment. We feature a small staff. In fact, in most cases, your lawyer will be your main point of contact. He or she will work with you directly to keep you informed of your case every step of the way. Most of our work is done on a contingency basis. We do not win unless you do too. We have been fighting for the rights of everyday workers in Cincinnati since 1988.