While many Ohioans were enjoying the summer, lawmakers in the Buckeye state were busy reforming worker’s compensation.
In October 2017, the worker’s compensation reform will take effect, meaning the statute of limitations for an injury or death claim have been changed. Injured workers or beneficiaries have only one years to file a claim – and not two years, as it had been in the past.
While most worker’s compensation claims are filed in the first year already, this is a significant change to the law and should not be ignored.
For about 100 years, Ohioans have had two years to file worker’s compensation claims. And the new change to the statute of limitations applies to injury and death claims only – not illness or disease claims or VSSR applications.
So, what was the goal of lawmakers in reducing the timeframe for claims? It appears they wanted to reduce the number of claims filed. The change is also expected to make it easier and more efficient to file a claim, as well as streamline investigations and resolution of claims.
It could also save the state money and reduce the amount of false claims filed.
What does this mean for you? Probably not much. The best thing you can do if you have been injured – or a loved one has been killed – on the job is to contact a skilled worker’s compensation attorney like the experts at the Schottenstein Law Offices.
Our legal experts can protect your rights and help you file a claim so you can get back to your old self again. More than ever, you need an experienced attorney to navigate worker’s compensation issues.
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If you have questions about the state’s new worker’s compensation rules, call our legal experts today! We can help explain how these changes will affect you or your loved one.