The next time you are injured at work, please contact us directly instead of going to an ER.
The doctors at AHC have extensive experience in providing medical care and handling paperwork for patients who have sustained work related injuries via the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation.
If you become injured or sick on the job, workers’ compensation along with Allied Health and Chiropractic can be of great benefit to you by helping you get crucial and immediate medical attention.
Under Ohio BWC regulations, you as an employee are eligible to get paid and have medical costs covered if you elect to receive BWC benefits. In return, you give up the right to sue your employer over the injury or illness you incurred.
Nearly every employee in Ohio must be covered by a WC policy through the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). That policy will cover a range of medical costs associated with an injury or illness, as well as wages for time off work due to the injury, and settlements for permanent disabilities caused by the injury.
So what medical costs does Ohio BWC cover?
Provided that your claim is allowed, Ohio BWC will cover medical treatment recommended by your doctor that is proper and necessary to treat your industrially related condition, as well as related costs that can help you return to your current job—or help you seek a new one, provided that your injury or illness prevents you from returning to that current job. That may include things such as:
- Emergency care
- Physician appointments
- Equipment (e.g., wheelchair or special vehicle)
- Ongoing treatment for your injury or illness
- Prescriptions related to the injury or illness. Note that it is very important to inform your pharmacist that the medications you’re receiving for your WC-related injury or illness will be covered by WC. If you don’t, you may have to pay for the prescription(s) up front and then wait for reimbursement
- Hospital stays
- Imaging studies (e.g., x-rays)
- Blood tests
- Rehabilitation treatment: These benefits pay for the medical and physical therapy that is necessary to help you cope with and recover from your injury or illness. Rehabilitation benefits also cover care and training that is necessary to help you regain skills and abilities that you’ll need once you eventually return to work. In cases where your injury or illness does not make it possible for you to return to your former job, rehabilitation benefits could be used to fund evaluation, retraining, tuition, and other expenses associated with helping you become qualified to work at a different job.
- Occasionally, transportation costs to and from appointments
- In some instances, workers' compensation may also cover services like counseling, pain therapy and acupuncture
Generally speaking, only widely accepted Western medical practices will be covered by WC in the state of Ohio.
If you have questions regarding your rights when involved in a BWC injury, we are happy to help you. A.K. Moghal, MD., Sarah Williams MSN-CNP, Ty Dahodwala, DC, Heidi Williams, DC, Eric Wolk, DC and Magge Mandic, DPT are all certified Bureau of Workers Compensation providers, and have a combined 50 years of experience in properly treating patients who are hurt at work.