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Workers' Compensation Archives

What If My Insurance Company Pays for Medical Treatment That Is Related To My Workers' Compensation Claim?

In order for medical treatment to be considered under a workers' compensation claim, an injured worker must first have an allowed claim that encompasses the conditions that treatment is being geared towards. This becomes important when providers are requesting treatment for injured workers. There are situations where a person may choose to have the treatment that is necessary prior to a claim being approved. During this time, medical bills may be submitted to your insurance company. Once your claim is allowed the process of determining what should have been paid as part of your claim can become all consuming.

Can I Receive Workers' Compensation Benefits for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

In this day and age, more employees than ever before are consistently spending their time typing away on a computer. As a result there has been a growing number of individuals being diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is what is known as a repetitive use disease. A repetitive use disease occurs when an individual consistently performs the same motion over and over again. As a result nerves, muscles, and tendons naturally begin to deteriorate and become damaged.

Will I get fired if I file a claim?

Nobody goes to work and expects to get hurt. When it happens to you it is likely that you are most concerned with getting treatment and resuming your normal life. One thing that you may not consider is the potential backlash that may receive once you file a workers' compensation claim. A question that is often asked is, "if I file this claim will I be terminated?" The answer is an employer can fire you for any reason but if they fire you for simply filing a workers' compensation claim you should consider taking steps to preserve your right to sue the employer for discrimination.

Repetitive Injuries and Workers' Compensation

If you've ever performed a job that required you to repeat the same motion over and over again, then you may not have realized that you could have seriously damaged your muscles and connective tissue in the process. Called repetitive motion injuries, the damage associated with such injuries can take a long time before symptoms present themselves. But in some cases, when symptoms -- such as pain or numbness -- do present themselves, it may be too late to fully correct the damage.

What to expect at your first workers' compensation hearing

Knowing what to expect at your first workers' compensation hearing is important in helping to understand how the workers' compensation process works. When a hearing is scheduled, it is scheduled because the parties to the claim (the injured worker, the Bureau of Workers' compensation, or the employer) do not agree over some aspect of the claim. The dispute can be a large issue (for example, should the claim be allowed in the first place?) or a smaller issue (for example, should a specific doctor's bill be processed under workers' compensation?).

Back Pain and the Use of Opioids

A tight, burning and stabbing sensation. Muscles spasms and tingling. The feeling of being electrocuted in the same spot repeatedly. Back pain comes in many forms. Millions of people experience the agony of back pain and while the pain is often bearable at first, bearable doesn't cut it forever. For some people, surgery might feel like the only option.

Can I be compensated for an injury that occurs on the way to a medical exam ordered by the BWC?

A Court of Appeals has held that injuries sustained by the claimant while traveling to or from a Bureau medical examination are compensable "as being directly and proximately caused by circumstances that arose out of employment as the original injuries and obligations necessitated by those injuries in order to participate in the Workers' compensation fund, directly resulted in the new injuries." 

BWC to Launch New Pilot Program for Montgomery, Ross and Scioto Counties

On October 15, 2018, the BWC will be launching a pilot program to support employers willing to hire workers struggling to overcome an addiction to opioids and other dangerous substances1. With the opioid crisis currently being a big issue in Ohio, many employers are having a difficult time finding qualified applicants who do not have a history of substance abuse or addiction. In Montgomery County alone, 521 accidental overdose deaths accrued in 20172. This is why the BWC has made this program available for Montgomery, Ross and Scioto counties. The BWC will be partnering with the counties Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health board (ADAMH). The job of the ADAMH board will be to identify eligible employers and employees, disperse funding among employers as needed and measure the results of the program3. The BWC then, will be in charge of the training of supervisors and managers along with reimbursement for drug testing and providing a venue for employer's to share "second chance" stories. In Ohio, opioid addiction, abuse and overdose deaths cost the state $6.6 billion-$8.8 billion each year4. The state instead hopes to put more money into helping Employers hire, manage and retain workers by providing $5 million over two years as needed by employers. Small businesses sometimes feel a burden when it comes to drug testing employees because of the amount of time and money it costs5. This means that some businesses tend not to hire applicants who have a history of substance abuse or addiction. With this pilot program, the BWC reimburse employers for drug testing allowing the employer not to feel burdened. Penny Dehner, Executive Director of the Pain Valley ADAMH board says, "If someone tests positive, we want them to give people a second chance... but we have to make sure there are treatment options available for them, and there's someone to track that" 6. Studies show that people on a pathway to recovery show more success when they are employed7. The opioid crisis is lowering the labor force participation rate in Ohio. The BWC is trying to put a stop to it and get people on the right path to recovery8!

Officers at Ross Correctional Institution are Denied Workers Comp Benefits

On August 29, 2018, just before 9:00am, an inmate at the Ross Correctional Institution, exhibited signs of a possible overdose thought to be Fentanyl. Fentanyl, a legal synthetic opioid, can become airborne, entering through the lungs, skin and eyes. After 29 individuals including 4 nurses, 23 correctional officers and 2 inmates started showing signs of illness, it was clear that everyone who came in close proximity to the inmate had been exposed. Test results later confirmed that they had all been exposed to a fentanyl and heroin mixture. Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. It only takes 2.3 milligrams of fentanyl for someone to overdose. 28 of the exposed individuals were treated on scene and later taken to the hospital for observation, while the 29th individual, an inmate, was treated on scene and not transported. A hazardous material unit then came in and cleaned all the affected areas. Hundreds of additional does of Narcan were then left at the facility and given to the local hospital incase other individuals began to show signs of exposure.

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