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Ohio Workers' Comp Settlement Charts for 2024

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Victoria Muñoz
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March 31, 2024  ·  5 min read
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Your workers’ comp settlement amount will depend on a variety of factors, including the severity of your injury, future income you could lose because of your injury, and the cost of any future medical treatment. While there’s no single chart or formula that will tell you what your settlement will be, you can find a reasonable baseline. The charts in this article explains the Ohio workers’ comp rates in different situations to give you a starting point in the settlement negotiation process. (If you were recently injured, start with our guide to the Ohio workers’ comp process.)


How to calculate your Ohio workers’ comp settlement

Your workers’ comp settlement is a lump-sum payment that’s meant to cover future loss of income and future medical benefits. Calculating a fair settlement value requires making multiple estimates, which can be difficult to make on your own. The workers’ comp payment rates in this article can help you approximate how much workers’ comp would pay you for your injury, but we suggest contacting a professional — a workers’ comp lawyer — for a more accurate estimate.

An experienced workers’ comp lawyer in Ohio will know how to estimate your future loss of income and your potential future medical expenses based on similar cases in your area and industry. Average payouts are also much higher with a lawyer since they’re looking out for your best interests and not their profits, unlike the insurance company that’s making you a settlement offer.

Learn more about the factors that affect your final payout in our guide to workers’ comp settlements.

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Settlement chart: Temporary disability rates

Ohio workers’ comp pays temporary disability benefits to cover your lost wages while you’re first recovering from a work injury.

If you were injured or sick at work in 2024, you’ll receive payments worth 72% of your average weekly wage (AWW) for the first 12 weeks that you’re out of work. After 12 weeks, your payments are worth two-thirds of your average weekly wage.

These payments are subject to maximums and minimums based on whether you also receive Social Security retirement benefits. If your average weekly wage is less than the minimum, you’ll get payments equal to your average weekly wage.

Temporary disability payments have the following maximums and minimums in 2024:

  • Workers without Social Security retirement: $398.33 minimum and $1,195 maximum

  • Workers with Social Security retirement: $398.33 minimum and $796.67 maximum

Here are the payment rates for the first 12 weeks of temporary disability and onward, including how they vary when you have Social Security retirement.

Payment rates during the first 12 weeks without Social Security

Date of injury

Your average weekly wage

Weekly payment

1/1/2024 - 12/31/2024

Less than $553.24

$398.33 (or AWW if below minimum)

$553.23 to $1,659.72

72% of AWW

More than $1,659.72

$1,195

1/1/2023 - 12/31/2023

Less than $531.94

$383.00 (or AWW if below minimum)

$531.94 to $1,595.83

72% of AWW

More than $1,595.83

$1,149

1/1/2022 - 12/31/2022

Less than $502.32

$361.67 (or AWW if below minimum)

$502.32 to $1,506.94

72% of AWW

More than $1,506.94

$1,085

Payment rates after the first 12 weeks without Social Security

Date of injury

Your average weekly wage

Weekly payment

1/1/2024 - 12/31/2024

Less than $597.50

$398.33 (or AWW if below minimum)

$597.50 to $1,792.50

Two-thirds of AWW

More than $1,792.50

$1,195

1/1/2023 - 12/31/2023

Less than $574.50

$383.00 (or AWW if below minimum)

$574.50 to $1,723.50

Two-thirds of AWW

More than $1,723.50

$1,149

1/1/2022 - 12/31/2022

Less than $542.51

$361.67 (or AWW if below minimum)

$542.51 to $1,627.50

Two-thirds of AWW

More than $1,627.50

$1,085

Payment rates during the first 12 weeks with Social Security

Date of injury

Your average weekly wage

Weekly payment

1/1/2024 - 12/31/2024

Less than $553.24

$398.33 (or AWW if below minimum)

$553.24 to $1,106.49

72% of AWW

More than $1,106.49

$796.67

1/1/2023 - 12/31/2023

Less than $531.94

$383 (or AWW if below minimum)

$531.94 to $1,063.89

72% of AWW

More than $1,063.89

$766

1/1/2022 - 12/31/2022

Less than $502.32

$361.67 (or AWW if below minimum)

$502.32 to $1,004.63

72% of AWW

More than $1,004.63

$723.33

Payment after the first 12 weeks with Social Security

Date of injury

Your average weekly wage

Weekly payment

1/1/2024 - 12/31/2024

Less than $597.50

$398.33 (or AWW if below minimum)

$597.50 to $1,195

Two-thirds of AWW

More than $1,195

$796.67

1/1/2023 - 12/31/2023

Les than $574.50

$383 (or AWW if below minimum)

$574.50 to $1,149

Two-thirds of AWW

More than $1,149

$766

1/1/2022 - 12/31/2022

Less than $542.51

$361.67 (or AWW if below minimum)

$542.51 to $1,085

Two-thirds of AWW

More than $1,085

$723.33


Settlement chart: Permanent disability rates

Workers’ comp pays permanent disability benefits if you reach maximum medical improvement (MMI) and either still can’t work or haven’t regained full functionality in the injured body part.

Permanent disability pays at a rate of two-thirds of your average weekly wage with different maximums and minimums than temporary benefits. These limits also vary if you receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

In 2024, people without SSDI can receive a minimum workers’ comp payment of $597.50 and a maximum payment of $1,195. People with SSDI can receive a minimum payment of $597.50 and a maximum payment of $796.67.

Benefit payments without Social Security Disability

Date of injury

Your average weekly wage

Weekly payment

1/1/2024 - 12/31/2024

Less than $896.25

$597.50 (or AWW if below minimum)

$896.25 to $1,792.50

Two-thirds of AWW

More than $1,792.50

$1,195

1/1/2023 - 12/31/2023

Less than $861.75

$574.50 (or AWW if below minimum)

$861.75 to $1,723.50

Two-thirds of AWW

More than $1,723.50

$1,149

1/1/2022 - 12/31/2022

Less than $813.75

$542.50 (or AWW if below minimum)

$813.75 to $1,627.50

Two-thirds of AWW

More than $1,627.5

$1,085

Benefit payments with Social Security Disability

Date of injury

Your average weekly wage

Weekly payment

1/1/2024 - 12/31/2024

Less than $896.25

$597.50 (or AWW if below minimum)

$896.25 to $1,195

Two-thirds of AWW

More than $1,195

$796.67 

1/1/2023 - 12/31/2023

Less than $861.75

$574.50 (or AWW if below minimum)

$861.75 to $1,149

Two-thirds of AWW

More than $1,149

$766.00

1/1/2022 - 12/31/2022

Less than $813.75

$542.50 (or AWW if below minimum)

$813.75 to $1,085

Two-thirds of AWW

More than $1,085

$723.33


Settlement chart: Permanent partial disability rates

If you have permanently lost some of the use of your injured body part, you will qualify for permanent partial disability payments. These benefits pay at a rate of two-thirds of your average weekly wage with a maximum weekly limit of $398.33 in 2024.

There is also a cap on the length of benefits and total amount of lifetime payments you can receive based on what part of your body was injured. How long your payments last depends on your impairment rating. Once you reach maximum medical improvement, your workers’ comp doctor will assess your condition to determine an impairment rating.

Your permanent benefits are calculated as your impairment rating multiplied by the maximum number of possible weeks and the maximum possible lifetime benefits for your injury.

Maximum permanent disability benefits

Permanent partial disability benefits have no minimum payment, but they do have a maximum limit. Below are the payment caps for injuries between 2021 and 2024:

Date of injury

Your average weekly wage

Weekly payment

1/1/2024 - 12/31/2024

Up to $597.55

Two-thirds of AWW

More than $597.55

$398.33

1/1/2023 - 12/31/2023

Up to $574.56

Two-thirds of AWW

More than $574.56

$383.00

1/1/2022 - 12/31/2022

Up to $542.56

Two-thirds of AWW

More than $542.56

$361.67

Length of permanent disability benefits

Body part or function

Length of payment

Maximum for total sum of payments

Thumb

60 weeks

$71,700

Index finger

35 weeks

$41,825

Third finger

30 weeks

$35,850

Fourth finger

20 weeks

$23,900

Little finger

15 weeks

$17,925

Metacarpal bone (bones in your palm)

10 weeks

$11,950

Hand

175 weeks

$209,125

Arm

225 weeks

$268,875

Big toe

30 weeks

$35,850

Toe besides the big toe

10 weeks

$11,950

Foot

150 weeks

$179,250

Leg

200 weeks

$239,000

Eye

125 weeks

$149,375

Hearing in one ear

25 weeks

$29,875

Total hearing

125 weeks

$149,375


How long workers’ comp benefits last in Ohio

How long your workers’ comp benefits could last will affect your baseline for a fair settlement. But each type of benefits comes with its own limit.:

  • Temporary disability payments: Until you reach maximum medical improvement or return to work

  • Permanent partial disability payments: Your disability percentage x 200 weeks

  • Permanent total disability payments: The rest of your life


Mileage reimbursement rates for medical travel

Ohio’s worker's comp benefits also cover some travel expenses. You can request reimbursement for travel to doctor’s appointments involving more than a 45-mile round trip. The state Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) can also pay you back for public transportation fees, meals, lodging, and travel companions, depending on the length of your trip.

You can find the full reimbursement rates on Form C-60A, and the mileage reimbursement rates below cover trips from 2021 to 2024:

Date

Reimbursement rate

After August 1, 2022

58 cents per mile

August 1, 2021 to July 31, 2022

52 cents per mile


Death and survivor benefits

Family members of workers who die due to a work-related injury can get benefits to cover burial expenses and lost financial support. The state worker’s comp bureau will cover up to $5,500 in funeral expenses in 2024.

In addition, family members who were dependent on the worker for financial support can get payments equal to two-thirds of the worker’s average weekly wage. These payments are subject to a minimum of $597.50 per week and a maximum of $796.67 per week in 2024.

Here’s how to calculate your death benefit payments based on the date of the worker’s injury and average weekly wage:

1/1/2024 - 12/31/2024

Less than $896.25

$597.50 (or AWW if below minimum)

$896.25 to $1,195

Two-thirds of AWW

More than $1,195

$796.67 

1/1/2023 - 12/31/2023

Less than $861.75

$574.50 (or AWW if below minimum)

$861.75 to $1,149

Two-thirds of AWW

More than $1,149

$766

1/1/2022 - 12/31/2022

Less than $813.75

$542.50 (or AWW if below minimum)

$813.75 to $1,085

Two-thirds of AWW

More than $1,085

$723.33


Atticus can help you negotiate a fair settlement

Estimating your workers’ comp settlement isn’t easy on your own. The insurance company (and its team of lawyers) will also do its best to pay you as little as possible. If you want to negotiate a fair settlement, your best option is to talk with an Ohio workers’ comp lawyer.

An experienced lawyer has helped workers in similar situations to fight the insurance company for a settlement that covers all the medical expenses and lost income related to your work injury.

Atticus can connect you to an experienced lawyer today. Fill out our workers’ comp quiz to get started and our team will get in touch to learn more about your situation and answer your questions. If you decide to work with our lawyers, you’ll get a free consultation and you won’t pay anything upfront. You only have to pay the lawyer fee after they help you negotiate your settlement. If you don’t get a settlement, you won’t have to pay your lawyer.

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Frequently asked questions: workers’ comp in Ohio

How do I file a workers’ comp claim in Ohio?

After a work injury or illness, notify your employer as soon as possible and then file a First Report of Injury (FROI) form to apply for benefits. There is a seven-day waiting period (from the time of your injury) before you’re eligible for benefits. You can find more detail in our full guide to Ohio workers’ comp.

How much does workers’ comp pay in Ohio?

Ohio workers’ comp pays up to 72% of your weekly wages for the first 12 weeks, and then up to two-thirds (66 ⅔%). There is also a minimum payment of $398.33 per week and a maximum of $1,195 per week in 2024. Learn more about how much workers’ comp pays in each state.

When does workers' comp start paying in Ohio?

There is a seven-day waiting period before you’re eligible to receive payments. After you file a claim, the workers’ comp board should approve or deny your claim within four weeks.

How long can I be on workers’ comp pay in Ohio?

Ohio workers’ compensation benefits last until you reach maximum medical improvement (MMI) or until you can return to work. You can qualify for long-term benefits if you never fully recover. Our guide to how long workers’ comp payments last in each state has more information.

Can I work on workers' comp in Ohio?

Ohio does allow you to do light-duty or modified-duty work while on workers’ comp, but you need to stay within your treating physician’s instructions. Here’s more working while on workers’ comp.

Is workers’ comp taxable in Ohio?

No, Ohio workers’ comp payments aren’t taxable. That includes medical benefits, weekly payments, and settlements.

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A drawing of the lead workers' compensation lawyer for Atticus.

Victoria Muñoz

Lead Attorney

Victoria Muñoz is an attorney on Atticus’s Workers' Compensation team. She’s a licensed attorney, a graduate of Stanford Law School, and has counseled hundreds of people seeking workers' compensation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and spending time with her pup.
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