Until recently, medical treatment in workers compensation claims have been limited to treatment of conditions that are "allowed" in the claim.1 Allowed conditions are medical conditions that are proven to have resulted from a compensable work-related injury or occupational disease.2 The BWC has now taken steps to address cognitive, emotional, behavioral, social and psychological issues in a claim that are not directly related to the allowed conditions.3 Instead, these issues are believed to have arisen after the allowed condition, and these issues are believed to prolong pain and disability of the allowed condition. This does not include mental illness and psychological disorders, but instead, normal emotional responses that many people experience following a serious injury.4 The idea of this new rule is to allow injured workers to get the guidance they need, before these issues turn into something more serious such as depression or opioid addiction, hindering the ability for the injured worker to heal.
According to the BWC, In 2011, more than 80,000 injured workers took the equivalent of at least 60mg a day of morphine for 60 days or more, becoming "clinically dependent" on Opioids.1 With an increasing number of opioids routinely being prescribed after injuries or surgeries, people are runing into more and more issues with these drugs. Surgeries often include long recovery times, resulting in prolonged use of opioids which then causes poeple to become dependent on these drugs.
If you are injured on the job, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention, especially if your injury is severe. Second, your supervisor should be notified about your injury and the way in which it occurred. Next, you should complete the appropriate claim forms to participate in the workers' compensation system.
Many Ohioans unknowingly work in jobs that pose risks of injury. Sometimes the danger is hidden and other times it is masked by safety procedures put in place by employers. Though employers have a duty to protect their employees from harm, sometimes unsafe working conditions or workplace accidents lead to injuries. One such accident occurred recently and left one worker injured.
A new study conducted by Allsup ranks states according to how many workers per one hundred workers are injured on the job. The study was based on data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and found that each year more than one million workers suffer from workplace injuries that require them to miss at least one day of work. The study also found that those working in amusement parks and arcades are most likely to be seriously injured, followed by those working in animal slaughtering and processing, with 3.2 and 3.1 injuries per 100 workers, respectively.