by Lauren Osgood | Apr 11, 2020 | Hearing Process
Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Changes Due to Covid-19
The Industrial Commission has made several key changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first major change is the suspension of in-person hearings. Instead of an in-person hearing, the Industrial Commission is conducting hearings over the telephone with all parties being contacted at the assigned time. The Commission has restricted what types of hearings are being conducted during this time. Hearings concerning death claims, loss of use, permanent partial awards, and all treatment hearings are not being set at the present time.
May 1 Changes:
As the BWC works to maintain health of all involved, they will continue to examine types of claims that will be heard via teleconferences. We are pleased to learn that many types of hearing will be added to the docket on May 1. For more information on BWC Covid-19 FAQ please refer to the following document: https://www.bwc.ohio.gov/downloads/blankpdf/COVID-19-BWCFAQs.pdf
This is a fluid situation and the Commissioners will be meeting soon to determine whether hearings can resume concerning some of the above issues that have been temporarily postponed. We know that it is important for our clients to continue to receive treatment and benefits and we are working to make sure these benefits continue uninterrupted. If you have any questions regarding specific situations related to COVID-19 and any benefits you may be entitled to please call workers’ comp attorneys in Columbus and 6 other offices at The Bainbridge Firm.
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