Suicide Levels for U.S. Workers are up 34 Percent. What Can Employers Do To Help?

This post was sparked by some recent news events, and a podcast I follow.  Of course, given the title of this blog, I'll have to add my workers' compensation law spin on it at the end.  The teaser is yes, there is a way for the dependents of an injured worker to get benefits for … Continue reading Suicide Levels for U.S. Workers are up 34 Percent. What Can Employers Do To Help?

Your Zone of Employment Does NOT Begin in the Walkway to Quicken Loans Arena.

Even those of you who aren't basketball fans are probably aware that, even with Kevin Love's best efforts, the "post-Lebron" Cleveland Cavaliers have had a tough go of things this season.  However, the Cavs got a win off the basketball court recently, and the case gives us a chance to review a concept in workers' … Continue reading Your Zone of Employment Does NOT Begin in the Walkway to Quicken Loans Arena.

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?

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

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?

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?

It Happened At Work…Why Isn’t It a Workers’ Compensation Claim? Part II-Personal Errands

A while ago, I wrote a post about an "idiopathic fall", one of several ways an injury that occurred at work could still not be compensable under Ohio's workers’ compensation system.  This post is about what Ohio courts define as a "personal errand", another way a claim that arguably occurred "at work" could not be … Continue reading It Happened At Work…Why Isn’t It a Workers’ Compensation Claim? Part II-Personal Errands