If you're seeking legal assistance for a Permanent Partial (PP) – Scheduled Loss workers' compensation claim in Ohio, it's advisable to consult with an experienced workers' compensation attorney. These attorneys specialize in helping individuals navigate the complex legal processes associated with workers' compensation claims, including those involving scheduled losses.
Remember that workers' compensation laws and procedures can be complex, so having a knowledgeable attorney by your side can greatly improve your chances of a successful claim. They can help you gather the necessary evidence, navigate administrative processes, negotiate with insurance companies, and represent your interests if your claim needs to go to court.
Permanent Partial (PP) pays for loss-of-use injuries, such as the loss of vision, hearing or an amputation caused by a work injury. A certain amount of permanent damage (also called residual damage) may remain because of a work-related injury. The Permanent Partial (PP) – Scheduled Loss pays for loss-of-use injuries, such as the loss of the injured worker's vision, hearing or an amputation caused by a work injury. It is based on the loss suffered prior to treatment, not on the injured condition after treatment.
In Ohio, the Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Motion C-86 refers to a specific form used in workers' compensation cases. The C-86 form is titled "Application for Additional Award for Violation of a Specific Safety Requirement (VSSR)." It is used by injured workers in Ohio who believe that their workplace injury or occupational disease resulted from a violation of a specific safety requirement by their employer.
Overview of the C-86 Form & VSSR Process:
Specific Safety Requirement (SSR): In Ohio, there are specific safety requirements (SSRs) that employers must follow to ensure the safety of their employees. These SSRs are regulations that cover various aspects of workplace safety, such as machine guarding, fall protection, chemical handling & more:
- VSSR Claim: When a worker believes that their injury or illness was a result of their employer's violation of a specific safety requirement, they can file a VSSR claim using the C-86 form.
- Investigation: Once a VSSR claim is filed, the Ohio BWC will investigate the claim to determine if a violation of a specific safety requirement indeed occurred and contributed to the injury or illness.
- Potential Additional Compensation: If the BWC finds that a VSSR violation occurred, the injured worker may be eligible for additional compensation. This compensation is in addition to their regular workers' compensation benefits and is meant to provide extra compensation for the violation of safety regulations.
- Legal Proceedings: If the BWC's decision is disputed, either the employer or the injured worker may request a hearing before the Industrial Commission of Ohio to present evidence and arguments regarding the VSSR claim.
The C-86 form is a crucial part of this process, as it initiates the application for additional compensation based on the alleged VSSR violation. If you are an injured worker in Ohio considering filing a VSSR claim or have questions about the process, it is highly recommended that you consult with an experienced workers' compensation attorney. They can guide you through the process, help you complete the necessary forms, and represent your interests during any legal proceedings that may arise from your claim. Workers' compensation laws and procedures can be complex, so legal assistance can be valuable in ensuring you receive the appropriate benefits.
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