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Workers' Compensation Archives

The Hearing Process

Upon receiving a claim, the Industrial Commission is required to refer the file to an "appropriate district hearing officer" in accordance with rules adopted by the Commission under R.C.§ 4121.36. Th Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) identifies what an "appropriate district hearing officer " is. The OAC requires the scheduling of hearings before a district hearing officer from the Industrial Commission service office in the city nearest the claimant's residence, or for out-of-state claimants, from the service office nearest the claimant's home if the service office is within one hundred and fifty miles thereof, or in Columbus for those claimants who live more that one hundred and fifty miles for an Industrial Commission service office, unless otherwise directed.

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.

Seeking Medical Care After a Work-Related Injury

In addition to reporting the injury, seeking medical care after the injury is perhaps one of the most important things to do at the beginning of workers' compensation claims. Obtaining medical care creates documentation of the diagnosis and the injury that was sustained. In many situations, the medical care provided just after the injury can help direct the injured worker to more specialized care or therapy if such treatment is deemed necessary. It is also the first opportunity for a medical expert to offer an opinion on whether there is a cause and effect connection between the injury and the diagnosis. 

The Process of Settling a Workers Comp Claim

The settlement of a workers' compensation claim can be a way for an injured worker to receive a final monetary payment under the claim. Once a claim is settled, no further costs (medical or monetary benefits) are payable under the claim. 

Workplace fatalities going up in Ohio, U.S.

Fatal workplace incidents are on the rise in the U.S., including here in Ohio. That grim news comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Ohio Department of Health, and suggests that we still have a long way to go before we can say that all jobs in this country are reasonably safe.

Obesity can complicate workplace injuries, workers' comp claims

We all know that obesity is a serious health problem, but millions of people in Ohio and throughout the U.S. struggle with this condition. It is estimated that one in three Ohio residents live with obesity, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines as a body mass index of 30 or higher.

For Labor Day, a brief history of Ohio's workers' comp system

Monday is Labor Day. Most of us will enjoy the extra day off, but Labor Day weekend is also a time to reflect on the evolution of workplace safety protections in this country, including the introduction of workers’ compensation benefits when an employee gets hurt on the job.

What is an occupational illness?

It has been about six weeks since we discussed how heat illness can put people who work outdoors in the summer at serious risk. Many workers are not vulnerable to heat illness, due to the nature of their jobs, but may still develop an occupational illness that makes them seriously ill, and may even cause their death.

Injured Ohio workers can appeal a rejected workers' comp claim

If a party to a lawsuit does not agree with the verdict after trial is done, he or she usually has the right to ask for an appeal. A valid basis for appeal should lead to a new trial or other relief for the aggrieved party.

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