Workers’ compensation laws were created in order to provide for the timely payment of medical expenses, lost wages and, where appropriate, compensation for various forms of permanent disability to workers sustaining injuries in the course of their employment, or contracting occupational diseases as a result of industrial exposures or repetitive trauma.
Unfortunately, ever increasing regulation and bureaucracy have in many instances brought about lengthy delays in the payment of those benefits, and many times injured workers are just not made aware of the full range of benefits to which they may be entitled.
Mr. Finkelmeier is an OSBA Board Certified Specialist in workers’ compensation, with vast experience in handling claims for all types of compensation under the Ohio workers’ compensation law. In order to become board certified in workers’ compensation, an attorney must demonstrate substantial and continuing involvement in that field, obtain the recommendations of his peers, maintain a prescribed minimum number of hours of advanced continuing legal education and pass a written examination.
SPORTS INJURY LAW
Mr. Finkelmeier has been the Cincinnati representative on the National Football League Players Association Workers’ Compensation Panel since its inception in the early 1980s. The NFLPA Workers’ Compensation Panel is a group of attorneys of proven ability and expertise in the area of workers’ compensation selected from each NFL city to represent NFL players in connection with injuries sustained in the course and scope of their employment.
Workers’ compensation claims involving professional athletes are extremely complicated, due to the interrelationship between the players’ contract, the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFLPA and Management Council, and the workers’ compensation laws applicable in each state.
He is also a member of the National Hockey League Players Association and Professional Hockey Players Association Workers’ Compensation Panels. He has successfully represented numerous professional athletes in pursuit of their claims for workers’ compensation benefits.