If you suffer an injury at work, the first thing you must do is seek the appropriate medical attention. Next, you will want to make sure you inform your employer of the accident for them to make appropriate documentation.
When informed of an on-the-job injury, either you, your doctor or your employer will complete a form called a First Report of Injury [FROI] and submit it to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) and/or if your employer is self-insured, your employer’s human resource staff who deals with worker’s compensation.
The FROI will initiate your workers' compensation claim. Whoever completes the form should provide as much detailed information as possible. The form can be found on the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation website.
Currently, Ohio law gives injured workers one year from the date of injury to file their claim with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, or two years for an occupational disease. Under House Bill 75 however, in September 2021, that rule will change and injured workers will only have one year to submit a claim for an occupational disease.
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