Updated August, 2020
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Workers compensation pays you for work-related injuries and illness. Because workers compensation is the only legal remedy available to you for most work-related illnesses or injuries, you depend on the financial benefits it provides. At Clements, Taylor, Butkovich & Cohen, L.P.A., Co., we understand this and help you recover the maximum amount to which you are entitled. The Ohio workers compensation system provides this coverage by charging employers premiums, which the state collects and uses to pay injured workers.
How much am I entitled to under workers comp in Ohio?
Workers compensation rates are set each year. The rates set the maximum and minimum amounts that workers comp will pay in connection with work-related injuries. As such, workers compensation rates provide useful guidance concerning the amount you may collect under the workers compensation system.
Our workers comp attorneys are familiar with the workers compensation rates in all categories of recovery and work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. We understand the importance of workers comp to your treatment and recovery. That’s why it is vital to take the necessary steps for filing a claim. Our seasoned legal team has the experience and skill set to help you do this.
Workers compensation rates for wage loss and other categories
The amount of compensation payable weekly to an injured worker is set by the Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC). Maximum workers compensation weekly benefit rates for 2020 for certain categories are:
- Temporary total maximum: $980
- Amputation Award (weekly amount paid for amputation or loss of use): $980
- Temporary total minimum: $326.67
- Wage loss maximum: $980
- Permanent partial maximum: $326.67
- Permanent total maximum: $980 (for a worker not receiving Social Security Disability)
- Permanent total maximum: $653.33 (for a worker receiving Social Security Disability)
- Death maximum: $980 (The minimum for death benefits is half of the maximum.)
The rates listed above do not reflect how much you will receive. The specific details of your situation and the wages you earn will determine where you fall in the range of compensation payable. The number of weeks a worker can recover certain benefits (e.g., wage loss benefits) is also limited.
A few points to keep in mind:
- The rate for death benefits is based on the year of the worker’s death, not on the year that the worker was injured.
- The compensation amount for an injured worker is based on the year in which the injury occurred.
- The amount of workers’ compensation benefits that would be paid out is, in most cases, based on the weekly wage for that worker in the year PRIOR to the injury.
- The formula for paying out wage loss claims is based on 2/3 of the weekly wage loss suffered by the injured work The total amount paid out is capped by the average weekly wage across the state of Ohio.
- Awards based on amputation, or on loss of the use of a limb, are based on the average weekly wage across the state. Different numbers of weeks are paid out based on which limb is lost (or unusable).
Contact one of our knowledgeable workers compensation attorneys in Cincinnati, OH
The workers compensation attorneys practicing at the Cincinnati law firm of Clements, Taylor, Butkovich & Cohen, L.P.A., Co., Co. are dedicated to protecting your rights under the law and will work tirelessly on your behalf if you have been injured at your workplace. Call us today at 513.721.6500 to schedule your initial consultation, or contact us online. We welcome the opportunity to put our skills and dedication to work for you.