For workers in Ohio who are injured, become ill or a suffer a condition because of their work, workers' compensation benefits can be an important lifeline. The circumstances for the issue can vary and with that the available benefits differ. The Industrial Commission offers different types of workers' compensation. For people who are suffering from a residual impairment after workplace injuries, a percentage of permanent partial disability benefits is available.
These benefits are also referred to as C-92 benefits. The time at which a worker can apply for these benefits depends on the date of the injury. If the injury happened before June 30, 2006, the person can apply for permanent partial disability in the following time frames: 40 weeks after getting the final payment of temporary total compensation or wage loss; or 40 weeks from the date the injury occurred if compensation was not paid.
If the injury came about after June 30, 2006, permanent partial disability can be filed in the following time frames: 26 weeks after getting the final payment of temporary total compensation or wage loss; or 26 week from the date the injury occurred if no compensation was paid. The IC will use an independent medical examiner to determine the percentage that will be paid.
There is permanent partial (scheduled losses) disability in some cases. This will be awarded if the person loses the use of a body part from workplace injuries or suffering an occupational disease. The length of time for which benefits will be paid is based on where the issue - body part stiffness (ankylosis) or amputation - takes place. The applicant will not have to go through a waiting period as he or she does with C-92.
Workers who fall into the above categories should be cognizant of their rights to different types of workers' compensation benefits. Oftentimes, workers do not apply for all the benefits they can get because they are unaware of them. Discussing a case with a lawyer who is experienced in all aspects of workers' compensation can help with a case at any level.
Source: bwc.ohio.gov, "Handbook for Injured Employees -- Disabled Workers' Relief Fund, page 8," accessed on Oct. 30, 2017