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Michael J. Duber and Brandon T. Duber

Cleveland Workers’ Comp: Putting The Odds In Your Favor

A work injury can disrupt your life in a heartbeat. Between managing pain and lost wages, the entire process can feel overwhelming. Workers’ compensation is designed to help, but navigating the system can be tricky. Whether you’re filing a new claim or facing a denial, here at Bentoff & Duber Co., L.P.A., our experienced lawyers want to equip you with the knowledge to succeed.

Our skilled attorneys at Bentoff & Duber Co., L.P.A., have decades of experience helping Cleveland workers secure the benefits they deserve. We’ve seen it all, from initial filings to complex appeals. We’re here to offer valuable tips to maximize your chances of a successful workers’ compensation claim. We offer free consultations so you can get answers to your questions with no risk. In addition to our Cleveland office, we also offer appointments in Beachwood.

Building A Strong Case From The Start

You need someone who will be by your side as you go through the process of making your workers’ compensation claim. While we can support you at any stage, it is best to have an experienced advocate as soon as possible. We can help you build a robust case by helping you do the following:

  • Report your injury promptly: Ohio law typically requires you to report a work injury to your employer within one year. Don’t wait – the sooner you report the injury, the stronger your case will be. Ensure the report is in writing, and keep a copy for your records.
  • Seek medical attention right away: Getting medical attention right after your injury is crucial. Not only does it benefit your health, but it also creates a clear link between your injury and your job. Inform the doctor that your injury happened at work.
  • Keep detailed records: Throughout the process, organization is key. Hold onto all paperwork, including medical bills, doctor’s notes, accident reports and any communication with your employer or the insurance company.
  • Follow doctor’s orders: Attending all scheduled appointments and following your doctor’s treatment plan is essential. This demonstrates that you’re actively participating in your recovery, strengthening your claim.
  • Consider legal guidance: Workers’ compensation laws can be complex. Consulting with a knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyer can be invaluable. An attorney can help you navigate the process, ensure you meet all deadlines and fight for the maximum benefits you deserve.

Depending on your claim, you may face obstacles along the way, including denial. A denial does not mean you no longer have a claim; it likely means you need to provide more evidence that your claim should not have been denied in the first place. Our Cleveland workers’ compensation team at Bentoff & Duber Co., L.P.A., can help you overcome a denial and start moving forward.

Denied Claim? Don’t Give Up!

Even with careful planning, denials happen. But a denial doesn’t mean your case is over. Here are some tips for appealing a denied claim:

  • Understand the reason for denial: The denial letter should explain why your claim was rejected. Carefully review the letter to identify weaknesses in the insurance company’s reasoning.
  • Gather additional evidence: If the denial is based on a lack of evidence, it’s time to gather more documentation. This could include witness statements, work site photos or further medical records from your doctor.
  • Don’t go it alone: An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can be your biggest asset during an appeal. They can analyze your case, develop a winning strategy and represent you at hearings before the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.
  • Act quickly: There are deadlines for filing appeals. Don’t delay – contact a lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your options.

Remember, even a seemingly minor injury can significantly impact your life. Workers’ compensation is there to help you recover, so don’t hesitate to fight for the benefits you deserve. Our attorneys can give you the support you need to pursue compensation with confidence.

Let Us Help You Navigate Your Claim

Whether you’re filing a new claim, facing a denial or have questions about the workers’ compensation process, we’re here to help. Our attorneys at Bentoff & Duber Co., L.P.A., offer free consultations to discuss your case and answer your questions. Call us today at 216-861-1234 or complete our online contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve clients throughout Cleveland and have a by-appointment office in Beachwood.