Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation E-account: a Great Tool for Injured Workers
There’s nothing worse than wondering about the status of your workers’ compensation claim. In years past, once a claim disappeared into the bureaucracy, it was hard to know the status of it. Now, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation offers personal, secure information about your individual claim. Knisley Law Offices wants you to know how to sign up and use this great resource.
What can you do with an Ohio BWC e-account?
The BWC makes electronic images of almost all the documents that are submitted by injured workers, employers, authorized representatives – like your Knisley Law experts, medical care providers, and other insurance companies. Any correspondence the state sends you will also be copied here. You can also view bill payment history, change addresses and file new claim paperwork as needed.
How do you sign up for an e-account?
Once you receive your claim number, go to the BWC new e-account page to create your account.
You will need:
- Your claim number
- The date of the injury
- Your Social Security Number
- Your date of birth
You can find the number and date of injury on the BWC identification card that you will get in the mail once your initial claim is received. Enter your name and email address, select the “I am the injured worker” button and input that information in the form.
Once your account is verified and you get access to the secure site, you can click on the “For Workers” tab to see your claim information, payments and new claim forms.
There’s a lot of personal information on this site. Is it secure?
You cannot opt-out of having this information stored electronically by the state, because this is how the bureau shares and stores information. However, you do not need to sign up for an e-account for your claim to be processed. You can do your part to improve security by keeping your username and password private and making sure you don’t use the same password on multiple sites.
The BWC says a green light in the top left-hand corner of the web page next to the word “secure” will tell you if the connection between your computer and their servers is secure.
If you need help with the site or have technical questions, the Ohio BWC has online chat support on their website, or by phone at (800) 644-6292. If you haven’t received a claim number yet because you haven’t started your initial claim yet, then please contact us today to discuss your case. We will help you take the correct steps in the filing process.