Workers’ compensation claims begin after an employee sustains an alleged injury. Successful defense of such claims begins even earlier. While many workers’ compensation claims are legitimate, Pepple & Waggoner provides school districts with training on how to properly investigate and defend against the frivolous claims that drain school district resources. We can also assist school districts in recognizing patterns of injuries and examining options to prevent such injuries.
Upon the filing of a claim, we thoroughly review all documents and conduct necessary legal research to formulate a sound defense strategy. This allows us to effectively represent school districts before the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and the Industrial Commission during administrative hearings. These hearings include the initial defense against claim allowances when warranted, defending against requests for additional allowances, and resolving issues related to compensation.
We also defend and represent school districts in appeals brought before Ohio’s courts. Our extensive experience is also valuable to districts as we can offer advice regarding various employment law issues that often flow from workers’ compensation claims. These include the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and retaliation laws.
Ask to speak with one of our attorneys today, and find out how we can help you resolve your workers’ compensation needs.