What if my injury prevents me from returning to work forever?

by Lauren Osgood | Apr 02, 2020 | Hearing Process

There are injuries that will prevent someone from returning to work forever. In Ohio, it is required that an injured worker not only be unable to return to their former job but that they are unable...read more >>

Is Worker’s Death Covered by Workers’ Compensation?

by Jacob Brandt | Mar 31, 2020 | Permanent Partial Disability Compensation

Under Ohio law, if an individual in Ohio dies as a result of a job-related injury or illness, his or her dependents have to ability to file a claim with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation...read more >>

Expanded Agent Orange Presumption for Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans

by Casaundra Johnson | Feb 18, 2020 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

The Blue Water Navy (BWN) Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 went into effect on January 1, 2020, and extended the presumption of herbicide exposure to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam and Cambodia, or in the Korean Demilitarized zone (DMZ)....read more >>

How do I get the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to Cover Treatment Related to My Work Place Accident?

by Jacob Brandt | Feb 07, 2020 | Medical Care Benefits

If the BWC denies the treatment request the injured worker then has the ability to appeal that decision thereby entitling them to a hearing before the Industrial Commission of Ohio to argue that the treatment should be covered....read more >>

Can I Participate in Vocational Rehabilitation?

by Kara Dolan-West | Jan 31, 2020 | General Information

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation offers a number of programs and services to help Injured Workers return to the work force following an industrial injury. You are not required to participate in these programs, but participation may be worthwhile if you are willing and able to participate....read more >>

Medicare Eligibility for Disabled Adults

by Casaundra Johnson | Jan 16, 2020 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

Generally, Medicare coverage is available to disabled adults who are under the age of 65 and have received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits for 24 months. The 24-month waiting period for Medicare coverage begins the first month the disabled individual was entitled to a disability payment. There is an exception to the 24-month waiting period for disabled adults who have End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease).  ...read more >>

Are my Workers’ Compensation Benefits Taxable?

by Lauren Osgood | Jan 08, 2020 | Workers' Compensation

At the beginning of each year you expect to receive certain tax information from your employer. When you receive workers’ compensation benefits, many injured workers expect to receive tax paperwork from the BWC or their employer....read more >>

What is a VSSR Claim and What Happens After I File One?

by Jacob Brandt | Dec 30, 2019 | VSSR Benefits

Under Ohio Law, there are a specific set of safety requirements that employers are required to follow in order to ensure the safety of their employees. These requirements are codified under Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 4123:1. This section of the Ohio Administrative Code provides clear and distinct requirement that employers are obligated to follow. These rules are similar in nature to the rules set by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)....read more >>

VA Disability Cost-of-Living Adjustment for 2020 & Updated Benefit Rate Tables

by Casaundra Johnson | Dec 09, 2019 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

Under federal law, cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for VA compensation and pension rates are the same percentage as for Social Security Disability benefits.  This means that just like Social Security beneficiaries, disabled veterans will see a 1.6% increase in their monthly benefits for 2020 due to the rising costs of living.  The 1.6% increase went into effect on December 1, 2019; however, veterans will not actually see a change in the amount of their disability benefits until January 2020.  The following Rate Tables show the increased benefit rate for 2020....read more >>

Am I required to accept a light duty job offer if it does not follow my work restrictions?

by Kara Dolan-West | Dec 09, 2019 | Workers' Compensation

Injured workers often find themselves faced with the difficult decision of returning to work within a different position than which they were working prior to their injury. If you are currently on temporary total disability compensation and have work restrictions that may enable you to return to work in a different capacity than the position you were working when injured, you should contact your employer about returning....read more >>