The workers in Jefferson County, Ohio, should certainly know how their cases will be handled if they are injured in any fashion while they are at a job site. Too often, workers' compensation is something that people only look into after they are hurt, but they could really benefit from knowing their rights and knowing what company will work on the claim before it gets to this point. Understanding all of this can make the process easier and less stressful.
Commissioners in Jefferson County hold a meeting each week, and one of the most recent meetings brought together large changes for comp claims. A vote was taken, and the outcome was that a company known as 1-888-OHIOCOMP was selected to work on the workers' comp claims that are submitted.
A representative of 1-888-OHIOCOMP stated that the company valued getting the injured workers the proper care in a fast and efficient manner. He said that some of this was for the benefit of the injured party, who needed excellent care to recover and eventually return to work. He also stated that it is in the best interests of the company to get them premium care quickly, though, as more days out of work can really increase the cost for that company. Specifically, each day could translate into future premium costs of roughly $1,000.
Data that was presented backed up the high costs, showing that the medical costs average at about $40,000 per month, and that goes for lost-time cases. There are thousands of these types of cases within Ohio, and the costs can certainly add up.
Source: WTOV9, "Jefferson County Employees Switch Comp Plans" No author given, May. 22, 2014