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

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.

You Can’t Get Back on Temporary Total Disability By Mowing the Grass and Picking Up Trash in Your Yard, Says the Ohio Supreme Court

A case decided on April 9, 2019 by the Ohio Supreme Court dealt with an injured worker who retired; claimed that she re-entered the workforce by "working" on her farm; had surgery; and then requested temporary total disability ("TTD") compensation.  Before we get into the specifics of the case, let's do a brief rundown of … Continue reading You Can’t Get Back on Temporary Total Disability By Mowing the Grass and Picking Up Trash in Your Yard, Says the Ohio Supreme Court

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.