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Columbus Workers' Compensation Law Blog

The Hearing Process

Upon receiving a claim, the Industrial Commission is required to refer the file to an "appropriate district hearing officer" in accordance with rules adopted by the Commission under R.C.§ 4121.36. Th Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) identifies what an "appropriate district hearing officer " is. The OAC requires the scheduling of hearings before a district hearing officer from the Industrial Commission service office in the city nearest the claimant's residence, or for out-of-state claimants, from the service office nearest the claimant's home if the service office is within one hundred and fifty miles thereof, or in Columbus for those claimants who live more that one hundred and fifty miles for an Industrial Commission service office, unless otherwise directed.

Repetitive Injuries and Workers' Compensation

If you've ever performed a job that required you to repeat the same motion over and over again, then you may not have realized that you could have seriously damaged your muscles and connective tissue in the process. Called repetitive motion injuries, the damage associated with such injuries can take a long time before symptoms present themselves. But in some cases, when symptoms -- such as pain or numbness -- do present themselves, it may be too late to fully correct the damage.

Seeking Medical Care After a Work-Related Injury

In addition to reporting the injury, seeking medical care after the injury is perhaps one of the most important things to do at the beginning of workers' compensation claims. Obtaining medical care creates documentation of the diagnosis and the injury that was sustained. In many situations, the medical care provided just after the injury can help direct the injured worker to more specialized care or therapy if such treatment is deemed necessary. It is also the first opportunity for a medical expert to offer an opinion on whether there is a cause and effect connection between the injury and the diagnosis. 

The Process of Settling a Workers Comp Claim

The settlement of a workers' compensation claim can be a way for an injured worker to receive a final monetary payment under the claim. Once a claim is settled, no further costs (medical or monetary benefits) are payable under the claim. 

Fewer Injured Workers Are at Risk for Opioid Dependency

According to the BWC, In 2011, more than 80,000 injured workers took the equivalent of at least 60mg a day of morphine for 60 days or more, becoming "clinically dependent" on Opioids.1 With an increasing number of opioids routinely being prescribed after injuries or surgeries, people are runing into more and more issues with these drugs. Surgeries often include long recovery times, resulting in prolonged use of opioids which then causes poeple to become dependent on these drugs. 

The Ins and Outs of Temporary Total Disability

"Total disability" means that the injured worker is unable to return to his or her former position of emloyment. A finding of temporary total disability, sometimes reffered to as TTD, does not require a showing of complete physical impairment; rather, TTD requires a showing that the injured worker is prevented from performing his or her regular job duties. 

A New Ohio Workers' Compensation Wellness Program

The backbone of a successful business is its workers, and the backbone of Ohio is its workforce!1 The BWC hopes that through this program, Better You, Better Ohio!, Ohio workers will take ownership of their health and well-being, and create a healthier more proactive lifestyle.2 This program Will be offered to tiny businesses with 50 or less workers in high-risk industries at no cost. 

Back Pain and The Use of Opioids for Ohioans

A tight, burning and stabbing sensation. Muscles spasms and tingling. The feeling of being electrocuted in the same spot repeatedly. Back pain comes in many forms. Millions of people experience the agony of back pain and while the pain is often bearable at first, bearable doesn't cut it forever. For some people, surgery might feel like the only option.

In summer, many workers are vulnerable to heat illness

Today is the first day of July. Though it is still early summer, many parts of the country have already experienced intense heat waves. Those places that have not yet felt the full blast of summer soon will.

People who spend most of their days indoors may not think about it, but the sun can make you sick. Many jobs, such as construction or agricultural work, require workers to spend their time outside. Without proper and reasonable precautions, like sufficient rest breaks and access to water, heat illnesses can occur.

He Ran!!

Remember my first blog regarding the Case of Eric Conn? If not, click the link to read it now!

So Eric Conn pleaded guilty to all those charges, government witnesses warned he was a flight risk and the Courier-Journal, testified that he had spoken about leaving for Ecuador or Cuba, and may even have had at least a quarter-million dollars in cash in a safe-deposit box.

The judge still granted release to Conn! This was because the judge classified the testimony as "hearsay". A man who schemed $600 million from the government "wasn't a flight risk", obviously now the Judge is regretting that decision.

At this point he is nowhere to be found. All there is left of Conn is his commercials. Take a look... these commercials or his rap song, they are definitely entertaining, lol!

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