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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. 

Has the ACA had an impact on workers' compensation claims?

Prior to the 2010 implementation of the Affordable Care Act, it was estimated that approximately 40 million Americans were uninsured in the United States.  In a majority of cases, those who sought medical treatment for injuries or illness struggled to make payments or could not pay at all.  In other cases, the cost was too much, forcing people to make the difficult decision to not seek medical help at all.

What About My Medical Bills?

Revised Code § 4123.54 provides that every employee who is injured or who contracts an occupational disease is entitled to receive such medical, nursing, and hospital services as are authorized under Chapter 4123 of the Revised Code. Revised Code § 4123.66 authorizes the Administrator of the Bureau of Workers' Compensation to pay such amounts from the State Insurance Fund for such medical services, nursing services, hospital services, and medicine as the Administrator "deems proper." 

Ohio plant fined for violations that put workers at risk


Another Ohio workplace has been hit with fines by OSHA. The Reliable Castings Corp. manufacturing facility in Sidney, Ohio was found to have 14 safety and health violations that threatened to injure workers. Amongst the company's violations include failing to install guardrails near floor openings and ovens, failing to require employees to use hard hats and face shields, failing to prevent employee exposure to potential splashing molten aluminum, and failing to ensure an electrical area was protected from water. These violations led to more than $293,000 in fines, but more importantly, placed workers at extreme risk of harm.

Ohio's 'Move Over Law' expanded to protect construction workers


Ohio's construction workers are often exposed to dangerous working conditions, including fast-moving cars. These risks sometimes result in construction workers suffering serious, and at times life-ending, injuries. In fact, since 2008, more than 600 accidents happened involving a traveling motorist and Ohio Department Transportation equipment and vehicles. Many times, workers are in the vicinity of these accidents. With this in mind, the Ohio General Assembly passed a bill designed to further protect construction workers.

Workplace accident at Ohio steel plant injures five


Ohio has several factories that provide much needed jobs to the area and much needed materials to the country as a whole. These factories would not function if it were not for their workers. As employees act as the heartbeat of these companies, employers should want to keep them as safe as possible.

Ohio prison worker injured on the job when attacked by inmate


Many times on this blog we discuss workplace environments that seem safe, but actually pose hidden dangers. However, there are also workplaces that are inherently dangerous. Amongst these are those locations where law enforcement personnel work. Every day, these brave men and women risk their lives to protect our communities. When these individuals are injured, they should be provided the compensation they need to reach a full recovery.

Three railroad employees injured in Ohio


Three CSX employees were recently injured on the job in Ohio. Reports indicate the men were working on a railroad crossing when a car drove around two sets of barricades, hit a utility pole, then slammed into them. All three men were injured and were taken to the hospital. While the accident remains under investigation, these workers may have to deal with extreme pain and they might be unable to return to work for a considerable length of time.

Ohio company fined by OSHA for unsafe working conditions


Workplace safety is an employer's responsibility. They are expected to provide adequate and safe equipment, properly install safety features, promote and enforce safety procedures, and ensure employees are trained to work in a safe manner. When an employer fails to live up to these standards a serious accident can occur, causing serious injuries to workers. OSHA works to hold these employers accountable, and it has recently fined several companies, including one based in Ohio, for unsafe working conditions.

Ohio man killed in job-related accident


Several workplace environments can turn deadly in a matter of moments. These hazards are invisible to many as company policies, regulatory codes, and state and/or federal laws operate to protect workers. But sometimes employers become lackadaisical about enforcing these rules and regulations, placing employees at risk of harm in the process. Other times, unpreventable accidents occur leaving workers injured. No matter how a worker is harmed, he often rightly feels like he should be taken care of by his employer.

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