The Ohio Revised Code § 4123.01(C) defines injury very broady to include any injury an employee receives “in the course of, and arising out of” their employment. The “course of” and “arising out of” requirement basically means that the injury must exist as a result of the employment. Workers’ compensation covers injuries even if a specific incident, or accident, did not occur. This means that an aggravation of a pre-existing condition may also qualify as an “injury”
4123.01(C) does provide for a few exclusions, however, which prohibit compensation for situations which would otherwise meet the definition of injury.
The exclusions apply to:
- psychiatric-only claims (psychiatric conditions without a physical injury);
- natural deterioration claims; and
- injuries during an employer-sponsored recreation or fitness activity if the employee has signed a waiver before being injured.
If you believe you have sustained an injury at work, or if you believe you have a pre-existing injury or illness that has been worsened as a result of your employment, contact the Bainbridge Firm for information about receiving the compensation you deserve.