Workers' Compensation and Disability Retirement Attorneys
Certified Specialist in Ohio Workman's Comp
Work Injuries Happen
Last year, 12,130 new lost-time state fund claims were filed with the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation. There were an additional 87,943 medical-only claims, 920 occupational disease claims, and 172 death claims filed with the Ohio BWC. (See Annual Report of the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation for Fiscal Year 2012, at p. 11). At the end of the 2012 fiscal year, the Ohio Bureau of Workman's Compensation had 1,070,056 open lost-time and medical-only claims. This does not even include the many self-insured workers' compensation claims that may never be filed with the Ohio BWC. The Ohio BWC paid almost
two billion dollars ($1,827,550,255 to be exact) in all types of compensation and medical benefits in the 2012 fiscal year. The benefits and compensation paid directly to injured workers by self-insured employers are not included in these statistics.
Obtaining medical treatment and appropriate types of compensation (for instance, temporary total disability or wage loss) should be an injured worker's clear right after an industrial accident. Yet, many injured Ohioans endure delays and denials because their claims for benefits are opposed by their employers or by the BWC. All too often, obvious industrial injuries are worsened due to denials of necessary medical treatment or opposition to diagnostic testing. Other consequences include unnecessary periods of extended time off work and the development of emotional distress.
We Can Help You
At the Law Office of Charles Zamora Co., L.P.A., we use our knowledge and experience to assess your situation and develop a proactive plan to make sure your claim is not one of the 11,448 claims that are denied or dismissed (See
Annual Report at p. 11). The Ohio BWC has the state fund to protect, and your employer has its own financial interests to protect. Our office understands your situation and we actively prosecute your case to the fullest extent of the law. Our sole job is to protect your interests.
Whether you have suffered an injury, contracted an occupational disease, or experienced the death of a family member as a result of an accident, we will navigate the system with you and ensure the BWC and/or self-insured employer follow the law with respect to your claim. There are many pitfalls that may jeopardize your workman's comp claim or benefits if you do not have an attorney. Employers have lawyers who will challenge your claim and benefits. Chuck Zamora was one of the first lawyers to become a certified specialist in the field of workman's compensation and our attorneys will level the playing field for you when your case is before the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, Industrial Commission of Ohio, Ohio Courts of Common Pleas, Ohio Courts of Appeals, or the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Our attorneys represent only injured workers and claimants in order to obtain all types of compensation. We represent injured workers and their dependents before the BWC and Industrial Commission throughout the State of Ohio, and we attend hearings for clients in Dayton, Lima, Mansfield, Akron, Cambridge, Logan, Columbus, Portsmouth and Cincinnati.
Other Programs To Help You
Our attorneys also use their knowledge and experience to represent police officers and firefighters throughout the State of Ohio before the Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund (OP&F), as well as members of the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS). If you are a police officer injured in the course of your employment by a criminal, our attorneys are prepared to represent you in the pursuit of compensation under the Ohio Victims of Crime program administered by the Attorney General of Ohio.
We are devoted to fighting for the rights of injured workers and their families. We provide personal attention to your claim, answer your questions promptly, and pursue all benefits you are entitled under the law.
We proudly represent law enforcement officers, police officers, and firefighters injured in the line of duty. We are friends of the Fraternal Order of Police, Capital City Lodge #9, and we support the City of Columbus Police Softball League, the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, Inc., and the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police Foundation.