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

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

How Can An Injury That Occurred On The Way To Work Generate a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you can probably guess that the answer is “it depends.”  For employees with a fixed place of employment, the general rule is that an injury which occurs while traveling to or from the workplace is not compensable, under what’s known as the "coming-and-going rule." MTD Prods., … Continue reading How Can An Injury That Occurred On The Way To Work Generate a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

Why Are Ohio Employers Paying A Greater Share Of Indemnity Compensation Than The Rest Of The County?

According to a study just published by the National Academy of Social Insurance, when compared to the rest of the country, indemnity compensation makes up a much greater proportion of Ohio workers’ compensation claims in relationship to medical benefits paid.  In 2016, Ohio cash benefits accounted for 61 percent of workers’ compensation benefits paid, while … Continue reading Why Are Ohio Employers Paying A Greater Share Of Indemnity Compensation Than The Rest Of The County?

7 Things You Should Ask at Your Independent Medical Examination

Everyone who helps employers manage their workers’ compensation claims is aware of the importance of an independent medical examination (“IME”).  Before I get to the 7 things you should make sure the examining physician addresses, let’s think about what you should be looking for from an IME.  First and foremost, you should be looking for … Continue reading 7 Things You Should Ask at Your Independent Medical Examination

“If you quit your job, you can forget about Temporary Total Disability Compensation no matter what” says the Ohio Supreme Court

Having been recently reminded that sometimes this blog is a bit too “lawyerly” (read boring??), I am going to try and make this case update as exciting as possible. In this case, it will be relatively easy.  For starters, the Ohio Supreme Court just reversed itself.  More importantly, for those of us who represent employers, … Continue reading “If you quit your job, you can forget about Temporary Total Disability Compensation no matter what” says the Ohio Supreme Court

Why is the Ohio BWC Paying Employers to Hire Workers with a History of Opioid Abuse?

On September 10, 2018 the Ohio BWC issued a press release announcing a new pilot program. The BWC's Opioid Workplace Safety Program will provide up to $5 million over two years to help employers in Montgomery, Ross and Scioto counties hire, manage and retrain workers in recovery.  The pilot program's launch is scheduled for October 15, 2018. … Continue reading Why is the Ohio BWC Paying Employers to Hire Workers with a History of Opioid Abuse?

Is it a Symptom or a Condition, and Does it Matter?

A recent case out of the 10th Appellate District addressed an issue I've raised many times at hearing, whether a claim can be allowed for "radiculitis".  My argument, which has generally been successful, is that a claim cannot be allowed for radiculitis because radiculitis is a symptom of an underlying condition.  However, the 10th Appellate … Continue reading Is it a Symptom or a Condition, and Does it Matter?