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Akron, Ohio Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Millions of hard working Americans are seriously injured on the job each year. Sadly, a lot of these injuries result in disabling permanent conditions that can lead to the inability to maintain employment in the future. The law allows injured workers to claim benefits for temporary disability, but it’s often quite difficult to prove permanent disabilities without the help of an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer.

Similarly, federal law allows disabled individuals to apply for benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA). Of course, a large percentage of initial applications are denied, even when the individual is completely disabled and deserving of assistance.

Our Workers’ Compensation Attorneys In Akron Can Help You!

If you’ve been permanently injured or disabled by a workplace accident, or you suffer from a serious disability that prevents you from working, contact the Akron disability lawyers of Heller, Maas, Moro & Magill Co., LPA, to schedule a free case consultation today. We might be able to help you recover compensation for your injuries and help you recover long-term benefits through Social Security Disability (SSD).

An injured worker speaks with an Akron social security disability attorney.

Common Misconceptions About Akron Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation is sometimes very misunderstood. People tend to think it is entirely non-adversarial and lawyers are unnecessary. To be blunt, it should be this way, but it’s not.

When states began enacting workers’ compensation laws, the goal was two-fold. On one hand, it was intended to protect workers by offering them a guaranteed method of being paid for Akron injuries suffered on the job, without the need to go to court and prove that the employer was negligent. On the other hand, the employer would receive the guarantee that employees could not sue them for injuries, and damages would be set and predictable.

The system was set up to be easy, convenient, and fair, and it was intended to be handled without the need for lawyers, courts, or adversarial proceedings. Unfortunately, insurance companies and unscrupulous employers have turned this system into something very different. Valid claims, catastrophic injuries, and terribly injured workers are all often denied from the outset, leaving entire families in financial ruin. Complex laws and regulations can make it practically impossible for an injured worker to get the compensation that the law supposedly guarantees.

How A Workers’ Comp Lawyer Can Help With An Akron Workers’ Compensation Claim

An Akron workers’ compensation lawyer is often needed to represent the injured worker and make sure that his or her rights are protected throughout the process. At Heller, Maas, Moro & Magill Co., LPA, a skilled workers’ compensation attorney will:

  • Communicate with the employer and insurance company on your behalf
  • Track and monitor your medical care
  • Make sure a defendant doctor does not destroy your case using junk science or false reports
  • Negotiate with the insurance company for maximum compensation
  • Take your case to a hearing before the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
  • Appeal to the courts, if necessary

Tips For Protecting Your Rights After An Akron Workplace Accident

After a workplace injury, you have a short amount of time to take swift action to protect your rights. Here are 5 quick steps every injured worker should follow:

  1. Immediately Report the Incident: Ohio law requires you to report your injury to your employer. Failure to do so can bar your right to recover compensation.
  2. Complete an Incident Report: It’s not just a good idea for documenting your injuries; failure to complete one can result in a denied claim.
  3. Get Immediate Medical Attention: It’s almost impossible to prove an injury without medical evidence. The sooner you are treated for your injuries, the easier it is to prove the connection between the workplace accident and your injuries.
  4. Call a Knowledgeable Akron Work Injury Lawyer: You should never try to take on the big insurance companies without help. Our team has decades of experience fighting the insurance companies and employers. We know what it takes to win. The sooner you meet with a lawyer, the better your chances of avoiding costly mistakes.
  5. Follow Medical Advice: Always follow your healthcare provider’s recommendations. If you are instructed to go to physical therapy, do it. If you are advised to avoid lifting, listen. Failure to follow your doctor’s advice can put your claim in jeopardy.

Getting The Social Security Disability Legal Help You Deserve in Akron

An injured worker speaks with an Akron workers' compensation lawyer.

A workplace injury can devastate your finances, leave you with large medical bills, and leave your family without income. A skilled Akron Social Security Disability lawyer from Heller, Maas, Moro & Magill Co., LPA will work tirelessly to recover the compensation and benefits you and your family deserve.

Don’t expect your employer or the insurance company’s high-paid attorneys to care about your situation or look out for your interests. Their goal is to pay as little as possible for your injuries. You deserve to have an aggressive team of local workers’ compensation attorneys on your side. Contact us today to schedule a private and personalized free consultation.

Why We Love Living And Working In Akron, Ohio

Over several years at the turn of the 21st century, city of Akron leaders made investments that today bring hours of entertainment to hundreds of thousands of Akron residents and visitors, while contributing millions of dollars to the local economy:

The John S. Knight Convention Center, 1995: The $33 million, 129,000-square-foot facility provides a conference center, exhibit space, a multi-purpose lobby, banquet hall, and meeting rooms. The Knight Center is home to the Rubber City Roller Girls, Akron’s roller derby team.

Canal Park Baseball Stadium, 1997: The $30 million, 8,500- seat ballpark is home to the Akron Rubber Ducks, a Double A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. An entertainment district, including several restaurants, has emerged around the stadium.

Akron Civic Theatre, reopened 2002: The city put more than $19 million into the historic 1929 theater to bring it up to modern performance standards.

Lock 3 Park, 2003: The former Ohio-Erie Canal site downtown was resurrected as a park with an amphitheater that hosts weekend concerts, festivals and community events, including the City of Akron’s official 4th of July fireworks display.

Akron-Summit County Public Library, reopened 2004: A $51 million expansion and renovation nearly doubled the size of the existing structure.

Akron Art Museum, expanded 2007: A major expansion added a 50,000-square-foot building to the existing museum, which is in a former post office built in 1899. Several galleries, restaurants, shops and nightclubs have opened nearby to create an arts district in downtown Akron.

Firestone Stadium, reopened in 2015:  The historic stadium, built in 1925, underwent $1.5 million of renovations before reopening. The historic stadium is home to the Akron Racers, a women’s fast-pitch professional softball team, and hosts collegiate and other amateur games and tournaments.

The recently opened Lock 4 Park downtown host festivals and features the sight of multiple waterfalls created by the Ohio-Erie Canal lock and brick facades of some of the oldest buildings in the city. At night, multi-hued LED lighting reflects off of the cascades and makes the historic buildings and pedestrian bridge over Route 59 glow. Bright white lights twinkle from trees planted around the park’s perimeter.

Our Offices Amid The Fighting Spirit of Akron, Ohio

Downtown Akron , Ohio skyline.

The Akron workplace injury attorneys of Heller, Maas, Moro & Magill Co., LPA, maintain a regional office in Akron, Ohio, some 50 miles due east from our home offices in Youngstown. With a population of about 198,500, Akron is the largest home to an HMMM office.

Akron is well-known historically as a Midwest industrial town. It’s been called the “Rubber Capital of the World,” due to Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, Goodrich Corporation and General Tire all calling Akron home.

The decline of American industry that has hurt all of the Midwest affected Akron, too, but Akron did not sit still. As a Brookings Institute study declared, Akron is now more involved in knowledge production than goods production. The city has leveraged its central Midwest location, the University of Akron’s highly rated polymer science and engineering program, neighboring Kent State University’s Liquid Crystals Institute, and the vision and leadership of city officials to drive economic development in Akron and Summit County.

More than 150 Fortune 500 companies now reside in the Akron / Summit County region. There are also 400 polymer-related companies, and Akron is now known as the center of the “Polymer Valley.” Meanwhile, Akron has not forgotten that the availability of arts and entertainment raises the quality of life, and has invested in this realm as well.

As attorneys who fight for Akron injured or disabled individuals and their families, we appreciate the Akron spirit of not giving in. Just as Akron has maximized its assets, we utilize our 150 plus years of experience, investments in technology and commitment to client satisfaction to guide clients dealing with claims for Akron workers’ compensation and Akron Social Security Disability.

Our office is located at 495 Portage Lakes Drive, just south of downtown Akron. If you’re coming from downtown, take Main Street South, turn right onto Turkey foot Road, then right onto Portage Lakes Drive.

Call us at 330-974-1231 to discuss how we can fight for you.

Akron Work Injury Attorneys Fighting For Ohio Workers

An injured worker fills out an Akron workers' comp form.

Akron is a vibrant northeast Ohio city that Heller, Maas, Moro & Magill Co., LPA, is proud to be a part of. However, we know that members of an active city’s workforce are vulnerable to accident and injury. When working men and women are badly hurt in occupational accidents, the rush to move ahead should not leave their needs behind. Akron, Ohio workers compensation lawyers are here to help.

The attorneys of Heller, Maas, Moro & Magill Co., LPA work to obtain workers’ compensation benefits and other financial assistance for workers who have been injured on the job. We fight to make sure their needs are not brushed aside by employers, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation or other elements of a system arrayed against the little guy.

Additionally, Heller, Maas, Moro & Magill Co., LPA, assists those who are unable to work due to a physical or mental impairment.  Akron Social Security Disability programs were created just for these people and HMMM wants to be sure benefits are paid to those that qualify.

Our attorneys have a combined 150 years of experience practicing law and our firm has provided trusted legal advice across Northeast Ohio since 1985. If you have suffered a workplace injury or need Social Security or VA benefits in Akron or elsewhere in Summit County, Ohio, we will fight for you.

About the Author

The injury lawyers of Heller, Maas, Moro & Magill Co., LPA, are from northeastern Ohio and are active members of the Mahoning Valley community. Our firm been established as a legal practice here since 1985. We know this area. All of our seven attorneys grew up here, were educated in local schools and worked jobs for companies and in plants here before joining our firm.