Outpatient medications paid for prior to a claim being allowed by the BWC takes effect February 1, 2015

by Kara Dolan-West | Jan 30, 2015 | Medical Care Benefits

The BWC’s Board of Directors adopted O.A.C. 4123-6-21.6, which provides for first fill of outpatient medications.  This rule, expected to take effect on February 1, 2015, permits the BWC to approve payment for prescription medication for...read more >>

How am I most likely to suffer an injury on the job?

by Andrew Bainbridge | Jan 26, 2015 | Workers' Compensation

As frequent readers of our blog know employers in Ohio are required by law to provide their employees with workers’ compensation benefits that can be used in the event of a work-related injury. On top of...read more >>

What does subrogation provide?

by Kara Dolan-West | Jan 26, 2015 | General Information

Subrogation provides for the BWC or self-insured employer to receive reimbursement of workers’ compensation benefits paid where the injured worker has a third party action because of the injury. A third party action exists when a...read more >>

How can I get my medical bills paid?

by Kara Dolan-West | Jan 23, 2015 | Medical Care Benefits

Revised Code § 4123.54 provides that every employee who is injured or who contracts an occupational disease is entilted to receive such medical, nursing, and hospital services as are authorized under chapter 4123 of the Revised...read more >>

What ways can lead end up in a worker’s system?

by Andrew Bainbridge | Jan 22, 2015 | Workers' Compensation

Some jobs involve working around or near lead. One hopes that in all industries that involve working with lead, employers take appropriate efforts to protect their employees from dangerous exposure to this toxic material. There are...read more >>

COBRA Violations

by Andrew Bainbridge | Jan 22, 2015 | General Information

The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 or more commonly known as “COBRA,” makes employers responsible to provide notice to a person of their right to purchase healthcare coverage through their group health plan. Most...read more >>

Social Security and the Effect of Workers’ compensation

by Kara Dolan-West | Jan 21, 2015 | Social Security Benefits

Social Security Disability and Permanent Total Disability Payment of Social Security Disability and permanent total disability compensation under the Ohio workers’ compensation system reduces the amount of the permanent total benefit by 1/3. When an individual...read more >>

Forty Individuals Arrested and Indicted for Social Security Fraud

by Kara Dolan-West | Jan 21, 2015 | Social Security in the News

Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, January 15, 2015 Forty Individuals Arrested and Indicted for Social Security Fraud On Jan. 12 and 13, 2015, a federal grand jury in the District...read more >>

Ohio Workers’ compensation Rates

by Kara Dolan-West | Jan 19, 2015 | Workers' Compensation Benefits

Year1 Temporary Total Max. & Wage Loss Max.2 Amputation Award3& Death Max.4 Temporary Total Min. & Permanent Partial Max. Permanent Total Max.5 2015 $862.00 $862.00 $287.33 $862.00 $574.67 2014 $849.00 $849.00 $283.00 $849.00 $566.00 2013 $838.00...read more >>

House rule could set up explosive battle over Social Security

by Kara Dolan-West | Jan 16, 2015 | Social Security in the News

WASHINGTON – Buried in new rules that will govern the House for the next two years is a provision that could force an explosive battle over Social Security’s finances on the eve of the 2016 presidential...read more >>