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April 2015 Archives

Ohio makes changes to its workers' comp billing system

As you may have already heard from news sources like the Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation recently made changes to its billing system for workers' compensation coverage. The change will affect any private or public employers who are currently receiving workers' compensation coverage through the state and will become effective on July 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016 respectively.

Several Richland County employers receive safety award from BWC

As we have said many times before on this blog, providing a safe working environment should be an employer's top concern. When they start to let their safety standards slip or fail to address their employees' needs, accidents can happen, which can mean everything from injuries, to illnesses, to death.

Is a construction company liable for workers' comp insurance?

Ohio laws clearly state that if an employer has any employees, they must have an active workers' compensation insurance policy in place. If an employee suffers an injury on the job, they may seek workers' compensation benefits, which should help cover lost wages and medical bills.

Study shows danger of exposure to particular oil cleanup chemical

A study published this month may start raising concerns about the use of a particular dispersant known as Corexit EC9500A, which was widely used in the cleanup efforts following the Deepwater Horizon explosion. According to the study, which was conducted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham and highlighted in a recent Washington Post article, exposure to the chemical causes damage to epithelial cells that are found in both human lungs and the gills of aquatic animals.

Can I be compensated for sustaining an injury on my way to a medical exam ordered by the BWC?

A Court of Appeals has held that injuries sustained by the claimant while traveling to or from a Bureau medical examination are compensable "as being directly and proximately caued by circumstances that arose out of employment as the original injuries and obligations necessitated by those injuries in order to participate in the Workers' Compensation fund, directly resulted in the new injuries." 

Medical Exams Ordered by the BWC

Revised Code § 4123.53 permits the Administrator of the Bureau of Workers' Compensation or the Industrial Commission to compel any employee "claiming the right to receive compensation to submit to a medical examination, vocational evaluation, or vocational questionnaire at any time, and from time to time at a place reasonably convenient for the employee." The Administrator or the Commission may order such examinations to resolve issues of fact and credibility, and it is within their discretion to choose the physician. The statute authorizes the payment to the claimant of all necessary and actual expenses incurred in attending an examination. 

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