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
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.
For those of you who are not familiar with it, the "reverse offset" is not a football play (that I’m aware of), and if the Trump administration's proposed 2020 budget eliminates it, there will be a huge impact on employers in several states, including Ohio. First of all, what exactly is the "reverse offset", and … Continue reading The “Reverse Offset”: 217 Million Reasons Why Ohio Employers, and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Should Be Concerned About President Trump’s Budget Plans
Under Ohio law, the Industrial Commission can suspend an injured worker's claim for failing to appear for a medical examination, or to fill out medical release forms. Way back when I was a young lawyer, that code section was colorfully introduced to me by a more senior colleague, as follows: "O.R.C. 4123.651, I've got it … Continue reading Yes, Your Claim Can Be Suspended for Failing to Undergo a Psychological Test
Some people in the workers' compensation world take a slightly more skeptical view of claims that are reported on a Monday. Obviously, the thought goes that the worker may have injured him or herself over the weekend and tried to pass it off as a work injury. Is that skepticism really justified? A recent study … Continue reading The Statistics Prove That You Should Take an Extra Close Look at Monday Strain Injuries