When an Ohio worker suffers workplace injuries or an illness from their work, the priority is to get treatment and try to improve sufficiently and get back on the job. Workers' compensation benefits are in place to provide for workers so they can get that treatment and receive payments to cover for the time lost on the job. Wage loss is a main concern of many injured workers and their families. This makes it imperative to understand living maintenance wage loss (LMWL) and living maintenance (LM).
LMWL is workers' compensation that can be paid to a worker who was injured on or after Aug. 22, 1986, To receive this type of wage loss, it is required for the worker to have taken part in a rehabilitation protocol and, after it has been completed, to still have physical restrictions with wage loss even after he or she has gotten back to work.
LM is workers' compensation that an injured worker will get while taking part in a rehabilitation plan. That rehabilitation plan must be approved by the Bureau of Workers' Compensation. The length of time for which LM will be received cannot go beyond six months in total unless there is a review and it is determined that the person can benefit from an extension. The payments will be made weekly and are not to go beyond what he or she would get if they were getting temporary total disability. It cannot be less than half of the average weekly wages in the state. The payments start when the worker begins the rehabilitation program.
For many workers, workers' compensation benefits are a lifeline to be able to support themselves while getting the treatment and rehabilitative care they need. There might be confusion as to whether the worker is eligible for various workers' compensation benefits including LMWL and LM. Should there be a problem getting these benefits, a law firm experienced in helping Ohioans who were injured on the job should be contacted to get the workers' compensation they are entitled to.