The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation has adopted a new rule meant to help injured workers get quicker access to medications needed to treat their injury.
The Ohio Revised Code provides that every employee who is injured or who contracts an occupational disease is entitled to receive such medical, nursing, and hospital services as are authorized under Chapter 423 of the Revised Code. Section 4123.66 authorizes the Administrator of the BWC to pay such amounts from the State Insurance Fund for such medical services, nursing services, hospital services, and medicine as the Administrator "deems proper."
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 claim. Obtaining medical care creates documentation of the diagnosis and 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 cause and effect connection between the injury and the diagnosis.