What is new in Ohio Workers’ Comp? Governor DeWine approves changes to Ohio Workers’ Compensation System

by Kara Dolan-West | Jul 12, 2020 | In the News

On June 16th, 2020, Governor DeWine signed House Bill 81, effective making multiple changes to the Ohio workers’ compensation system.

 

The bill was originally intended to create coverage under the Ohio workers’ compensation system for correction officers, detention facility employees and other safety officers if the officer is exposed to another individual’s blood or other bodily fluid in the course of his or her employment. However, the bill ultimately included numerous changes that will change many areas of Ohio workers’ compensation law.

 

If you work in corrections and have been exposed to another individuals blood or bodily fluid, causing illness or injury, it is important that you have a team of attorneys to help you seek appropriate medical care and to navigate the Ohio BWC system.

 

The statute of limitations to file a VSSR application was decreased from two years to one year from the date of injury. This means that if you were injured on the job due to a fault piece of safety equipment, or due to your employer failing to provide safety equipment, you must act quickly to maximize your VSSR benefits. Contact workers’ compensation attorneys at  The Bainbridge Firm  if you have recently been injured at work due to a violation of a specific safety rule.

 

House Bill 81 also codified the voluntary abandonment doctrine regarding temporary total disability claims. If you choose to leave your employment following an injury, that decision may impact your ability to seek monetary benefits under the Ohio workers’ compensation system. Prior to leaving your employment, speak with an attorney to review your options and the impact of each on your claim.

 

Finally, House Bill 81 also now prohibits employers from refusing or withdrawing from a proposed settlement agreement if both of the following prongs are met: (1) the employee (injured worker) is no longer employed; and (2) the claim is no longer within the date of impact for the employers’ experience/premium calculation. Do you think your Ohio workers’ compensation claim may be ready for settlement? Are you interested to know how much your claim may be worth? Contact The Bainbridge Firm for a thorough review and free consultation of your claim.

 

House Bill 81 and the changes listed above will become effective on September 14, 2020.

 

If you would like additional information on House Bill 81, please click the link below: https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA133-HB-81

 

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