Assertive Representation Through Workers’ Compensation Appeals
Has your workers’ compensation claim been denied? Do you disagree with the order issued by the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC)? A workers’ compensation appeals lawyer at Morgan & Justice in Columbus can help you with the next step. We are committed to protecting employee rights and making certain injured workers get maximum compensation.
The Workers’ Compensation Appeals Process
The appeals process varies depending on what issue is in dispute. For example, if the dispute is over medical treatment, there is an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process that may be followed. However, the basic steps are typically as follows:
District Hearing Officer
The first level of appeals through the Industrial Commission of Ohio is with a district hearing officer at one of 14 locations statewide. These hearings occur within 45 days of filing an appeal. Our attorneys will gather any supplementary medical documentation and other information to present a strong case at this hearing. A decision is issued within seven days.
Staff Hearing Officer
If the decision made by the district hearing officer is not acceptable, the next step is an appeal in front of a staff hearing officer. Again, we will thoroughly prepare for this hearing, taking great care that we have all of the evidence necessary to argue your case. This hearing will occur within 45 days of filing the appeal and a decision will be issued within seven days.
If the results are still not favorable, an appeal can be presented at a hearing before the Industrial Commission itself. With more than 50 years of combined experience, our lawyers are well-versed in handling appeals at this level. We will present a compelling case in favor of you getting the much-needed workers’ compensation benefits.
Further Appeals Options
If the decision is still not acceptable, and if appropriate, we can further pursue your workers’ compensation matter in the court of common pleas or court of appeals.
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