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March 2014 Archives

District Hearing Officers

The District Hearing Officer (DHO) is classified as a state civil servant. DHOs are full-time employees of the Industrial Commission and all must be admitted to practice law in Ohio. The District Hearing Officer holds hearings and rules on disputed matters within a workers' compensation claim. The DHO hearing is the first level of decision making at the Industrial Commission. A party unhappy with a District Hearing Officer order can appeal to the Staff Hearing Officer

Amputation or Loss of Use Award

R.C. 4123.57(B) provides for payment of the amputation or loss of use award which compensates injured workers for the loss, or loss of use, of a body part. R.C. 4123.57(B) lists the number of weeks of compensation paid for each body part. An injured worker can receive the award for loss of use of a body part if for all practical purposes they can no longer use the body part. 

Poultry plant workers subject to carpal tunnel syndrome

Government agencies are working together to improve safety conditions at poultry plants in Ohio and across the country. While a recent study found that line speed does not significantly contribute to an increase in worker injuries and disorders, researchers have found that, of 318 workers at one plant involving repetition and force tasks, 42 percent had evidence of carpal tunnel syndrome.  

Workers' families awarded $3.5 million after chemical accident

Employers in Ohio and across the nation are required to provide employees with safe work environments, and this often requires proper safety training and gear in hazardous work environments. When employers fail to respect this very basic workers' right, serious workplace accidents may occur, resulting in injuries and even death.

Ohio bureau to hold work injuries congress

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation will be holding its annual conference later this month. The bureau handles workers' compensation claims in the state along with the Ohio Industrial Commission. The organization intends to welcome various industry experts to talk about workplace accidents and how to deal with them.  The bureau's administrator said a big part of the Ohio Safety Congress and Expo is listening to the general speakers share their insight on workplace safety. He also stated that these experts are at the forefront of developing measures to prevent workplace injuries.

Can I settle a claim if I am incarcerated?

Injured workers with dates of injury on or after August 22, 1986, cannot receive workers' compensation benefits while incarcerated. Therefore, BWC will not settle a claim if you are incarcerated or if BWC learns you will be incarcerated. BWC will withdraw from the settlement if it learns of the incarceration during the 30-day waiting period. BWC will not issue the settlement payment if it learns of the incarceration after the 30-day waiting period expires, but before it issues settlement payment. You can only settle if you receive the payment before the date of incarceration. Although these rules do not apply for any claim with a date of injury prior to August 22, 1986, BWC will use discretion when settling a claim for an injured worker who is incarcerated. 

What is DWRF?

DWRF is an acronym that stands for Disabled Workers Relief Fund. This fund was created to assist injured workers who have been declared permanently and totally disabled whose compensation rates have not kept pace with inflation and the cost of living. DWRF eligibility is determined automatically for every injured worker who is declared permanently and totally disabled (PTD). No action on the part of the injured worker is needed. DWRF eligibility is based on the combined total of permanent toal disability and Social Security disability received by the injured worker. 

Ohio man killed, another injured in workplace accident

Working in dangerous environments such as near electrical equipment, or at elevated heights, can increase one's chances of being involved in a serious workplace accident. Those who earn a living in and around dangerous job sites such as these may face grave workplace injury concerns. Victims of such incidents, and their families, should be sure they understand their rights when it comes to lost wages, medical expenses and other damages in light of a workplace accident.

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