Employee Handbooks: A Workers’ Compensation Practitioner’s Perspective

Your company’s employee handbook lays the foundation for what the your company expects of its employees and what your employees can expect from the company.  A well written employee handbook is an invaluable resource to any organization.  Employers, however, need to be aware of problems that can be created by poorly drafted employee handbooks.  Employers … Continue reading Employee Handbooks: A Workers’ Compensation Practitioner’s Perspective

How to Prepare Your Expert Witness to Testify at Deposition

Success or failure in a workers' compensation case often depends upon the testimony of an expert witness.  Here are some tips for how to get your expert ready to provide the most persuasive testimony on deposition. The process really starts with the selection of the expert witness.  My preference is always for an expert who … Continue reading How to Prepare Your Expert Witness to Testify at Deposition

Simply Begin Again-Starting Up Temporary Total Disability After a Return to Work

To those of you who read this blog regularly, I apologize for the lack of content for the past month of so.  Preparing seminar materials and the holidays got in the way of regularly posting.  So, in keeping with the title, this post is dedicated to the idea of simply beginning again.  It's a concept … Continue reading Simply Begin Again-Starting Up Temporary Total Disability After a Return to Work

How to Succeed at Mediation

For workers' compensation attorneys and adjusters the best claim is a closed claim.  The best thing you can do for your clients is to get your claims to a place where they can settle.  Obviously this starts with the administrative process, but for the purpose of this post we're going to focus on settling a … Continue reading How to Succeed at Mediation

Injured Workers Who Are Going to Self-Administer Their Medicare Set Aside Need This Guide

On October 9, 2019 the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued the Medicare Set-Aside Self Administration Toolkit.  Although I feel like I'm condemning myself to an eternity in a very bad place for encouraging such a huge consumption of paper, EVERY injured worker who is going to self-administer a workers' compensation claim approved by … Continue reading Injured Workers Who Are Going to Self-Administer Their Medicare Set Aside Need This Guide

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?