Should the Ohio BWC Be Collecting Citizenship Information on a First Report of Injury?

Two weeks ago I posted about a provision in Ohio's BWC budget bill to provide workers' compensation coverage for PTSD sustained by first responders in the line of duty.  This week I'll address another provision in the bill, which would require injured workers to provide their citizenship status when applying for workers' compensation benefits. Specifically, … Continue reading Should the Ohio BWC Be Collecting Citizenship Information on a First Report of Injury?

Why the Government Needs Medicare Set-Asides

Simply put, because Medicare is going broke.  Fast.  Based on the projections in the 2019 Medicare Trustee's report, the Medicare Hospital Insurance (Part A) trust fund will be depleted in 2026.  No, that wasn't a typo: 2026 (that's 7 years from now). What is a Medicare Set-Aside? First things first.  If you're new to this … Continue reading Why the Government Needs Medicare Set-Asides

PTSD Claims for First Responders: Opening Pandora’s Box?

Ohio law has long held that employees are not covered under the workers' compensation system for mental conditions that do not arise from a physical injury.  Provisions in the  BWC budget bill (Sub. H. B. No. 80-passed by the Ohio House on June 5, 2019) could change that.  If Ohio legislators watch "Tomb Raider: The … Continue reading PTSD Claims for First Responders: Opening Pandora’s Box?

Claim Your Piece of the Ohio BWC’s $1.5 Billion Rebate

On May 20, 2019 Governor Mike DeWine and Bureau of Workers' Compensation (“BWC”) Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud proposed giving $1.5 billion to Ohio employers this year following strong returns on the agency’s investments. So, what do Ohio employers need to do to participate?  Good news, you can hit the "easy button" on this one. You don't … Continue reading Claim Your Piece of the Ohio BWC’s $1.5 Billion Rebate

Think Like a Mediator to Settle Your Workers’ Compensation Claim

Workers compensation attorneys know that for our clients, the best claim is a settled claim.  With that in mind, I reached out to Teddy Snyder, who specializes in workers' compensation mediation, for some simple tips on how attorneys and claims professionals can maximize their chances of success at mediation.  The following text comes from a … Continue reading Think Like a Mediator to Settle Your Workers’ Compensation Claim

Injured on the Way to Breakfast? According to This Court, You’ve Got Yourself a Workers’ Compensation Claim

The first thing you need to figure out when deciding whether a workers' compensation claim is compensable is whether the injury "arose out of" and whether it occurred "in the course and scope of" the injured worker's employment.  As the title of this post suggests, according to one Ohio court, employees can be in the … Continue reading Injured on the Way to Breakfast? According to This Court, You’ve Got Yourself a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Defend an Alleged Safety Violation Like You’re Playing LeBron James

In Ohio, injured workers can file what is known as an "Application for Additional Award for Violation of a Specific Safety Requirement" ("VSSR"). For an employer, an alleged Violation of a Specific Safety Requirement can be as intimidating as being a point guard, called up to the NBA, and immediately put into a  game to … Continue reading Defend an Alleged Safety Violation Like You’re Playing LeBron James

Filed a Workers’ Compensation Claim and Fired? It Isn’t Necessarily Workers’ Compensation Retaliation.

Ohio law clearly prohibits employers from taking adverse action against an employee for filing a workers' compensation claim. Those of you who know that already, and read that byline, might be thinking: "hold on a second, maybe Eric's post this week says more about medical marijuana in his workplace than workers' compensation retaliation?"  Well, first … Continue reading Filed a Workers’ Compensation Claim and Fired? It Isn’t Necessarily Workers’ Compensation Retaliation.

You No Longer Just Should Run FMLA Leave Concurrently with Temporary Total Disability-Now You Have To

Or, should I say, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, if you don't you might find yourself in hot water.  According to an opinion letter the Department of Labor issued last month, employers must designate FMLA eligible time as such, even if the employee would prefer to use sick leave or some other type … Continue reading You No Longer Just Should Run FMLA Leave Concurrently with Temporary Total Disability-Now You Have To

Can your Medical Release Form Cover Everything? Nope. Not According to the 10th Appellate District.

Injured workers are not required to sign an unrestricted medical release form to proceed with their workers' compensation claims, according to a case released last week.   I should start this post with a qualification (as I so often do-it's the lawyer in me): this case dealt with an application for permanent total disability compensation.  Your … Continue reading Can your Medical Release Form Cover Everything? Nope. Not According to the 10th Appellate District.