What’s the difference between a state-funded employer and a self-insured employer?

by Jacob Brandt | Oct 19, 2020 | General Information

The legislature for the state of Ohio has determined that in order to conduct business in this state, employers must provide benefits to their injured employees. Essentially, employers must provide insurance to their employees for injuries...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 >>

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 >>

Can I Call Witnesses to Testify At My Workers’ Compensation Hearings?

by Jacob Brandt | Nov 25, 2019 | Workers' Compensation

Injured workers often wonder if they are able to call witnesses to testify on their behalf at hearings before the Industrial Commission of Ohio. So long as the witness has information pertinent to the issue being adjudicated, they are free to provide testimony at a hearing. Witnesses called to testify before the Industrial Commission of Ohio are free to provide factual information relevant to the adjudication of a claim. ...read more >>

Can I Receive Compensation if I am an Independent Contractor?

by Lauren Osgood | Nov 15, 2019 | General Information

Even if you are classified as an “independent contractor,” you may still qualify for Workers’ Compensation benefits. The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation may determine that a person designated as an independent contractor is legally an employee and is therefore entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits. The BWC is focused on the level of control that an employer has over a worker, even if that person is classified as an independent contractor....read more >>

What do I do with leftover pain medication after a work injury?

by Kara Dolan-West | Oct 25, 2019 | Workers' Compensation

Governor DeWine has initiated a program to help injured workers dispose of unused pain medication. Pharmacies in Ohio will soon offer biodegradable bags to ensure the safe disposal of any opioids that go unused after a work injury....read more >>

If My Wages Are Decreased As A Result Of A Workplace Injury Can I Receive Compensation To Cover The Difference In Pay?

by Jacob Brandt | Sep 27, 2019 | Hearing Process

When an individual in the state of Ohio suffers a work place injury that creates a decrease in wages, there is compensation available to make up for that loss in pay....read more >>

What if my employer did not file safety rules resulting in my injury?

by Kara Dolan-West | Aug 19, 2019 | General Information

You may be surprised to know that Ohio’s workers’ compensation system is considered “no-fault.” This simply means that even if an injured worker is at fault for their injury they still are permitted to file a workers’ compensation claim....read more >>

Can I Receive Workers’ Compensation Benefits For A Psychological Condition?

by Jacob Brandt | Aug 12, 2019 | Hearing Process

Many individual in Ohio are subjected to working in extremely stressful and dangerous work environments. Understandably so, many workers in Ohio will develop psychological conditions as a direct result of the stressors associated with their job....read more >>

How Much Will I Receive in Death Benefits? How Much Will My Children Receive in Death Benefits?

by Kara Dolan-West | Jul 30, 2019 | Workers' Compensation

The unfortunate tragedy of losing a loved one to a workplace accident can be devastating. The Ohio Revised Code requires that in the case of injury or occupational disease, causing the death of an employee, benefits shall be paid to the surviving spouse and children of the deceased....read more >>