Does Ohio’s New Standard Medical Release Form Apply to Workers’ Compensation Claims?

Those of you involved in workers' compensation claim administration know how frustrating it is to obtain medical records.  More and more providers are refusing to release records without a form specific to their facility, even with a signed Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation release.  A new Ohio Administrative Code Section has finally addressed that issue, … Continue reading Does Ohio’s New Standard Medical Release Form Apply to Workers’ Compensation Claims?

New Study Shows How Approving Physical Therapy Can Reduce Medication Costs in a Workers’ Compensation Claim

I always encourage my clients to approve requests for physical therapy as often as possible.  It has been my experience that having injured workers participate in physical therapy gets them over their injuries and back into the workforce fairly quickly.  That’s a win-win situation.  A new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of … Continue reading New Study Shows How Approving Physical Therapy Can Reduce Medication Costs in a Workers’ Compensation Claim

2018 Workers’ Compensation Top Ten

While it may not be as exciting as other 2018 top ten lists you've seen, here are 10 of the most significant developments in Ohio Workers' Compensation law in 2018. Klein v. Precision Excavating & Grading Co., 2018-Ohio-3890 In the Klein case, the Supreme Court specifically overruled its decisions in State ex rel. Reitter Stucco, … Continue reading 2018 Workers’ Compensation Top Ten

Things to Know about Ohio’s Handicap Reimbursement Program

Under a program put in place by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, employers can request that a percentage of the costs in a workers' compensation claim be charged to, or refunded from, the Statutory Surplus Fund if a handicapped employee sustains a workplace injury.  Following are several things for employers who are insured through the Ohio … Continue reading Things to Know about Ohio’s Handicap Reimbursement Program

Can Someone Receive Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Injuries Sustained in a Fight?

As you are probably aware, in order for an injury to be covered by workers’ compensation, there must be a causal relationship between the injuries and the employee’s job duties.  Specifically, Ohio courts require both that the injury occur “In the Course” of Employment ( looking at the time, place, and circumstances of the accident); … Continue reading Can Someone Receive Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Injuries Sustained in a Fight?

Ten “Worst” Reasons to Deny a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Earlier this year, the Lockton Group published a white paper which set out the top ten reasons for denying a workers’ compensation claim, based upon a nationwide study of claims from 2014-2017.  A link to the study can be found here According to the Lockton study, the top 10 most common reasons for workers’ compensation claim … Continue reading Ten “Worst” Reasons to Deny a Workers’ Compensation Claim

What You Need to Know about Drug Testing in Workers’ Compensation Claims

Under Ohio law, injuries sustained as the result of drug or alcohol use are not covered under the workers’ compensation system.  The Ohio legislature also provided a very specific set of circumstances in which it is presumed that a workplace accident was the result of alcohol or drug use. Unfortunately, the Code section itself, Ohio … Continue reading What You Need to Know about Drug Testing in Workers’ Compensation Claims

Why Should Your Workers’ Compensation Attorney Understand the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and Fair Labor Standards Act? Here’s why.

I’ve written before on why you need to settle your workers’ compensation claim with more than just an SI-42.  See post here.  As I noted in that post, if your settlement includes a release of any and all employment related claims, there are a number of considerations you need to take into account, including the … Continue reading Why Should Your Workers’ Compensation Attorney Understand the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and Fair Labor Standards Act? Here’s why.

New Study Links Opioids to Workers’ Compensation Claims

A study published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that workers’ compensation claimants have a high proportion of persistent opioid use.  A link to the study can be found here. The report found that 30 percent of injured workers prescribed opioids are still taking them 3 months after their injuries; … Continue reading New Study Links Opioids to Workers’ Compensation Claims