To the right are some of the most commonly asked workers' compensation questions we receive. Browse through our responses or feel free to contact us using our inquiry form.
If you have been injured at work the first thing you should do is report the injury in writing to your employer. You should also go to an urgent care center, emergency room, or make an appointment to see a doctor who is Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation certified. You should tell the doctor how your injury occurred. Once you tell a doctor that you were injured at work they will normally complete the form that starts the claim called an FROI.
In most cases the answer to this questions is yes. If you are not represented by an attorney and you received notice of a hearing then you should always attend, whether it be in person, via Webex, or by telephone. Even if you are not prepared for the hearing, the hearing officer should give you a continuance if you tell him or her that you plan on retaining an attorney. If you do not attend, it is possible that the hearing will go forward without you and this could end up being harmful to your claim.
If you are represented by Dean R. Wagner Co. LPA we will send you a letter letting you know that a hearing has been scheduled and we will let you know whether your attendance is necessary. Since the Covid 19 pandemic, most hearings are attended virtually by Webex or telephone. The option for in-person hearings remains, and before your hearing you and your attorney at Dean Wagner Co., LPA will make a decision on the best way to attend. Also, an attorney may contact you to discuss the issue(s) and specifics of the hearing. In some situations we may attend a hearing on your behalf and it will not be necessary for you to attend. Whether or not this is possible really depends on the issue of the hearing and whether your testimony will be required.