Understanding Employer Violation of a Specific Safety Requirement is an important part of the workers’ compensation process in Ohio. This is because an Employer Violation of a Specific Safety Requirement (EVSSR) claim is one that may allow the injured worker to recover additional workers’ compensation benefits to help with their daily needs following a workplace accident or injury.
Ohio law requires that employers provide a safe working environment. As part of that, employers must adhere to all state safety laws that are intended to ensure a working environment is safe and that workers are kept safe. If employers in Ohio fail to follow those laws for the safety of their workers, they may be liable for an employer violation of specific safety requirement.
When an employer is liable for an Employer Violation of a Specific Safety Requirement, the injured worker may be able to claim an additional 15 to 50 percent of Ohio’s maximum weekly compensation rate in addition to their regular workers’ compensation benefits. To establish a claim for VSSR, the injured worker must demonstrate that the employer violated a specific safety regulation, that the violation of the specific safety regulation directly impacted their employment role and that the safety violation committed by the employer caused the worker’s injury or illness.
In addition, EVSSR benefits may also be possible in circumstances of a fatal workplace accident and are a resource surviving family members should be familiar with. There are also important timelines associated with filing a claim for Employer Violation of a Specific Safety Requirement so that is also something injured workers and their families should be familiar with. Generally, injured workers and their families should always be familiar with all the workers’ compensation benefits available to help when they have been harmed on the job in Ohio.