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Cincinnati Returning to Work Lawyers

Work-related illness and injury can create serious financial issues for employees. To receive suitable care to facilitate recovery, injured employees struggle to cover the cost of medical treatment, rehabilitative services, and lost wages. Fortunately, with the help of workers’ compensation benefits, employees have access to the resources that they need to cope with their injuries. If you have filed a workers’ compensation claim and your claim and conditions have been allowed, the specific benefits you receive will be tailored to address your particular situation.

An important part of a workers’ compensation case is the return to work plan. The ability to return to work as soon as possible is beneficial to both the employee and the employer. In some instances, a worker’s condition may permit them to remain at work and operate in a limited capacity that corresponds with their physical ability.

A case manager is often pivotal in helping craft an effective return to work plan. As with the amount of compensation you receive, if your return to work plan is not effective for your particular situation, a lawyer can help. In many instances, a lawyer will communicate with your case manager to make sure that the plan facilitates your ability to safely earn a living as you heal.

The team at Lawrence & Associates has been working in the greater Cincinnati community for years, providing workers with the legal support that they need during difficult times. We put our experience to work so that an injury or illness doesn’t disrupt our clients’ financial independence. If you are ready to speak with a skilled Cincinnati workers’ compensation lawyer about your case, call us today at (513) 351-5997 to schedule a free consultation.

Do I need a lawyer to help me return to work?

Making sure you have the resources you need is of the utmost importance after a work-related illness or injury. You are the best judge of what you need and what you are capable of doing at any given point in your recovery. A lawyer will be your advocate in seeking the resources necessary to support your condition. Depending on your situation, you may be able to stay at work while recovering or you may need to collect long-term disability benefits. In the spectrum of possibilities, a workers’ compensation lawyer will give a voice and legal support to your needs and limitations as you heal.

If you are grappling with a work-related injury or illness, it is simply unreasonable to expect that you will have the time to deal with the administrative burden that your circumstances might require. By speaking with you about your situation, a lawyer will help you access the best path to recovery, benefits, and getting back to work if you are able. Relying on a lawyer gives injured Cincinnati workers the confidence that they need to understand that their interests are being considered and properly acted upon.

Why Hire Lawrence & Associates to Handle My Case?

The experienced workers’ compensation lawyers at Lawrence & Associates understand how complicated life becomes when an injury or illness disrupts your ability to provide for yourself and your family. While injury and illness at one point or another are unavoidable, it shouldn’t have to break you financially. Our Cincinnati team leads with compassion and experience, empowering our clients so that they can move forward. Throughout our years in practice, we have stood with workers in both Ohio and Kentucky, making sure that they have the benefits and resources that they need during trying times.

In the midst of filing workers’ compensation claims, rightfully, many of our clients feel overwhelmed. It’s common to wonder and worry if you’re taking all of the correct precautions to achieve the outcome that you need. Though weighing the variables when planning to return to work is a new practice for our clients, it’s not for us. We understand what you are up against, and we are ready to help. It can be so easy to get lost in the administrative chaos that the process presents. Our team strives to give an order to this chaos by applying seasoned legal knowledge to each of our clients’ cases.

Returning to Work Cases We Handle

Being forced to take time off of work to recover can be taxing, both physically and mentally. Many workers in Ohio and Kentucky deal with physical pain, boredom, and restlessness through the course of their treatment. When an employees condition permits them to do so, there are programs in place meant to help you get back to work as soon as possible.

Vocational Rehabilitation — For people whose conditions are projected to have a long-term impact, Ohio and Kentucky both offer vocational rehabilitation programs for workers with long term disability claims. Many vocational rehabilitation programs are assigned to a case manager who specializes in coordinating getting employees back into the workforce safely and efficiently.

Remain-at-Work Programs — A remain-at-work program will vary depending on the employer, but they are programs meant to keep employees present and working if at all possible. In order for a worker to qualify for a remain-at-work program, they must meet the following:

  • The employee’s benefits claim is allowed or certified medical only
  • The employee is not easily able to perform their duties because of their condition
  • The employer, physician, or worker has verified the worker’s difficulty performing

Typically, remain-at-work programs will require different duties that fit the workers’ capabilities while injured or sick. These programs are especially helpful in ensuring that workers don’t lose their employment status or wages. If you are motivated and feel ready to get back to work, get in touch with a lawyer at Lawrence & Associates to learn how we can help you.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you need help with return to work plan or any other aspect of the workers’ compensation process, Lawrence & Associates can help. Following are answers to some frequently asked questions, and we’re available to discuss your case and answer specific questions when you call us at (513) 351-5997.

Being able to obtain quality legal representation should not be an added financial burden. For this reason, the team at Lawrence & Associates works on a contingency basis, which means that you don’t pay us unless we are able to help you achieve a favorable outcome. Our ultimate goal is to help you get the benefits that you need, and if we do, then our team is allotted a modest percentage. If we are unable to help you out, then you don’t owe us anything.
Maximum medical improvement denotes the stage in someone’s healing where their condition has improved as much as is possible or where no other change is expected. MMI is different for everyone. For some workers, it can be a total improvement to where they have regained full physical functionality, and for other workers, it may be a stabilization in their overall condition. Once a doctor finds that a worker has reached MMI, it must be reported; the benefits that the patient will be able to receive from that point on will be evaluated.
You may be eligible for temporary total disability compensation if your physical condition has rendered you temporarily unable to work during the healing process. If you are to be eligible for TTD, you should receive disability checks every two weeks. If these checks aren’t delivered promptly, a lawyer can help you follow up on these delayed payments. Workers might be considered eligible for TTD if they are unable to work or their employer doesn’t have any light work for them to complete in their current condition.
In Ohio and Kentucky, you can typically see any doctor you choose for your workers’ compensation medical evaluations. Some exceptions do apply, so it is always wise to check with your employer. The answer may depend on whether your employer has workers’ compensation through the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation or if they are self-insured. Ultimately, if you encounter other issues or can’t get a clear answer, reach out to a lawyer to get clarification.

Contact a Return to Work Lawyer Today

If you are working to figure out the best plan to return to work after an injury or illness, you don’t need to guess. An experienced lawyer can help you navigate the legal complexities of your situation. Seeking compassionate and capable legal support for your situation will give you the confidence and assistance that you need to make sure that everything is coordinated correctly and that your needs are being accurately communicated.

If you are looking for a lawyer in Cincinnati, the team at Lawrence & Associates is ready to help you. Our job is to make sure that the burden of your situation is shifted to our team so that you can focus on getting better. Call us today at (513) 351-5997 to learn how you stand to benefit from skilled legal representation.

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