Medicare Advantage Plans-Another Thing for Employers to Pay Attention to When Settling with an Employee

Whenever an employer reaches a settlement agreement with an employee who has open workers' compensation claims, the employer should not forget about their potential obligations to protect Medicare's interest in the settlement proceeds.  I've written about this issue several times in the past, so for more details, see my posts here:    Dealing With Medicare … Continue reading Medicare Advantage Plans-Another Thing for Employers to Pay Attention to When Settling with an Employee

Just Because You Don’t Get Paid for Working at the Racetrack While You’re off on Workers’ Compensation Doesn’t Mean You Aren’t Committing Fraud, Says the Ohio Supreme Court

The Ohio Supreme Court recently terminated the permanent total disability ("PTD") compensation of a man who was caught performing various horse-training and grooming activities at a racetrack in exchange for a waiver of housing and feeding expenses for the worker’s own horses.  In the case, (The State Ex Rel. Seibert v. Richard Cyr, Inc., 2019-Ohio-3341, … Continue reading Just Because You Don’t Get Paid for Working at the Racetrack While You’re off on Workers’ Compensation Doesn’t Mean You Aren’t Committing Fraud, Says the Ohio Supreme Court

If You Deny TTD Because an Employee Was Fired for Failing a Drug Test, You Had Better Be Ready to Produce That Drug Test, According to This Recent Case

In Ohio, an employee is not entitled to temporary total disability compensation if they have "voluntarily abandoned" their employment.  Voluntary abandonment is defined as violating a written work rule or policy that: (1) clearly defined the prohibited conduct, (2) was previously identified by the employer as a dischargeable offense, and (3) was known or should … Continue reading If You Deny TTD Because an Employee Was Fired for Failing a Drug Test, You Had Better Be Ready to Produce That Drug Test, According to This Recent Case

Was Your Light Duty Job Offer “Made in Good Faith”?

A recent Supreme Court case addressed the conditions that must be met in order for an employer to terminate ongoing temporary total disability compensation based upon an offer of light duty employment.  Under O.R.C. 4123.56(A), once started, temporary total disability payments continue until: 1) the employee has returned to work; 2) the employee's treating physician … Continue reading Was Your Light Duty Job Offer “Made in Good Faith”?

Will You Be Seeing a “Tech Neck” Claim Anytime Soon?

According to a 2018 study in the Journals of Scientific Reports, unusual bone spurs have begun showing up in the necks people aged 18 to 30.  Researchers suggest that the changes are the result of sustained altered neck posture due to extensive use of hand-held technologies, such as smartphones and tablets.  The study was reported in … Continue reading Will You Be Seeing a “Tech Neck” Claim Anytime Soon?

Dust off That Medicare Set-Aside Evaluation-Oxycodone and Lyrica Prices Have Dropped

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS) recently included generic versions of Oxycodone and Lyrica in its "Red Book".  The "Red Book" is the pricing source for prescription medications utilized by CMS when evaluating whether an appropriate amount has been set aside to cover future medical expenses in a settlement of a workers' compensation … Continue reading Dust off That Medicare Set-Aside Evaluation-Oxycodone and Lyrica Prices Have Dropped

Are You Smarter Than a Workers’ Compensation Attorney?

As we all know, to be compensable under Ohio Workers' Compensation law an injury must have occurred "in the course and scope of employment".  Both parts of the test must be met. The Ohio Supreme Court developed a two part approach to the course and scope of employment analysis. To determine whether an injury occurred … Continue reading Are You Smarter Than a Workers’ Compensation Attorney?

How Many Workers’ Compensation Examinations Must One Person Endure? More Than One, According to the Ohio Supreme Court

Under Ohio law either the Bureau of Workers' Compensation or the Industrial Commission has the right to have an injured worker examined by a physician of their choosing in connection with any issue to be heard before the Industrial Commission. If the injured worker refuses to submit to the examination, their claim for compensation “is … Continue reading How Many Workers’ Compensation Examinations Must One Person Endure? More Than One, According to the Ohio Supreme Court

What Makes a Doctor’s Report Ambiguous for Workers’ Compensation Purposes? A New Supreme Court Case Attempts to Make That …Unambiguous

It is well settled law that the Industrial Commission cannot base its decisions on "equivocal" medical evidence.  State ex rel. Eberhardt v. Flxible Corp. Equivocation occurs when a doctor: 1) repudiates an earlier opinion, 2) renders contradictory or uncertain opinions, or 3) fails to clarify an ambiguous statement. A Supreme Court case released last week, … Continue reading What Makes a Doctor’s Report Ambiguous for Workers’ Compensation Purposes? A New Supreme Court Case Attempts to Make That …Unambiguous

Ohio’s BWC Budget Bill Has Finally Passed. What’s Changed? Not Much.

Legislation passed earlier this year by the Ohio House of Representatives funding the Bureau of Workers' Compensation also included a number of substantive changes to Ohio's Workers' Compensation laws.  Those changes included: providing coverage for First Responders with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder even in the absence of a physical injury; amending the First Report of Injury … Continue reading Ohio’s BWC Budget Bill Has Finally Passed. What’s Changed? Not Much.