When is a partial loss not a partial loss?

I was just involved in a loss of use case that required me to brush up on my knowledge of the subject.  In the interest of not re-inventing the wheel I’m sharing what I learned as this week’s blog post. Short version- In order to qualify for a loss of use, the amputation must be “near … Continue reading When is a partial loss not a partial loss?

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How the Ohio BWC is Getting Tough on Opioid Pain Medications and Lumbar Fusion Surgery

Pursuant to Ohio Administrative Code Section 4123-6-32, which became effective January 1, 2018, the BWC will not reimburse providers for lumbar fusion surgery unless the treating physician follows the BWC’s “best practices” for the procedure. In addition to the requirement that Injured Workers undergo at least 60 days of conservative care before having a lumbar … Continue reading How the Ohio BWC is Getting Tough on Opioid Pain Medications and Lumbar Fusion Surgery

Tough Legal Questions For Employers Regarding Post-Accident Drug Testing

Ohio lawmakers remain on track for making medical marijuana available by September of 2018. Employers are now faced with new challenges surrounding post-accident drug testing. Very recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) suggested that, in some circumstances, it considers post-accident drug testing a violation of OSHA regulations. The Ohio Supreme Court just issued … Continue reading Tough Legal Questions For Employers Regarding Post-Accident Drug Testing