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Wage Loss Compensation in Ohio
If you return to work after a job-related injury and are making less money because of restrictions related to the allowed work injury, you may be entitled to wage loss compensation. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury on the job that affects your earning potential, you may be entitled to wage loss compensation benefits in Ohio. Cincinnati Workers’ Compensation attorney Mark L. Newman has over 30 years of experience helping injured workers obtain the benefits they deserve.
What is Wage Loss Compensation?
0Wage loss compensation is a type of benefit awarded to workers who experience on-the-job injuries or illnesses. The compensation is intended to address a workers’ reduced income when medical limitations prevent them from returning to their former job and/or duties. The loss of earning capacity must be a direct result of a workplace injury or illness.
To qualify for wage loss compensation you must only meet these simple criteria:
- A loss or decrease in wages exists.
- The wage loss is a direct result of the restrictions caused by the work injury.
Types of Wage Loss Benefits
There are two types of wage loss benefits available to injured workers: non-working wage loss and working wage loss.
Working Wage Loss
Working wage loss (WWL) is payable to injured workers who are able to return to work but earn less money because of their restrictions. A WWL may occur if an injured worker returns to work with the employer where the injury occurred, or with a new employer, with a different job or fewer hours.
Non-Working Wage Loss
Non-working wage loss (NWWL) is compensation for an injured worker who is released to return to work with restrictions but cannot find employment within their restrictions. To qualify for non-working wage loss, an injured worker must make a good faith effort to obtain a job within his or her restrictions.
How To Request Wage Loss Benefits
To request wage loss benefits and injured worker files, you must first complete an Application for Wage Loss Compensation (C-140) form. A doctor must also complete the form identifying restrictions related to the work injury that prevents the worker from returning to the job he or she performed at the time of the injury.
The injured worker must also provide pay stubs or other proof of their earnings and must complete a job search form to show proof that he or she is searching for employment to receive working wage loss.
How is Wage Loss Compensation Paid in Ohio?>
Working wage loss is payable at two-thirds of the difference between the worker’s average weekly wage and their current earnings. Non-working wage loss is paid at two-thirds of the worker’s average weekly wage. It is possible to receive both non-working wage loss and working wage loss at the same time. This is typically the case if an employee initially files for NWWL while they cannot secure a job but later switches to WWL after obtaining one.
An injured worker may receive a maximum of 200 weeks of wage loss. However, the 200-week maximum may be extended up to 226 weeks if 26 weeks of non-working wage loss is paid.
Why Do I Need an Attorney for Wage Loss Compensation in Ohio?
When applying for any workers’ compensation benefits, it is imperative that you know your rights and what you are entitled to under the law. Having an experienced Ohio workers’ compensation attorney such as Mark L. Newman can help ensure your rights remain protected and you receive the maximum amount of compensation possible.
Mark L. Newman handles these claims on a contingency fee basis. This means he only charges an attorney fee for his services if he is successful in getting you an award. To learn more or to schedule a consultation with an experienced wage loss compensation attorney, call (513) 533-2009 or fill out our online intake form today.
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