1999 Ohio Workers’ Compensation News

1999 Ohio Workers’ Compensation News

Administrative

December, 1999

  • Our rates page lists the rates paid for workers’ compensation awards in 2000.

Court

November, 1999

  • Fifth Appellate District finds the exclusion of psychiatric-only injuries from workers’ compensation coverage unconstitutional. Read more >>

Court

August, 1999

  • Supreme Court declares “tort reform” legislation unconstitutional. Read more >>

Court

August, 1999

  • Receipt of social security disability does not bar wage loss compensation. Read more >>

Court

July, 1999

  • Two year notice requirement does not apply to claims for residual conditions. Read more >>

Administrative

July, 1999

  • BWC adopts new permanent partial forms and procedure. Read more >>

Legislative

July, 1999

Administrative

June, 1999

  • The Governor appointed Donna Owens as the new public member of the Industrial Commission, replacing Barbara Knapic. The new public member’s term is a six year term which starts on July 1, 1999 and runs through June 30, 2005.

Court

May, 1999

  • The Ohio Supreme Court ruled a perimeter fence a structural enclosure which justifies application of the “workshops and factories” safety code. Read more >>

Court

May, 1999

  • A Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge ruled R.C. 4123.931, the workers’ compensation subrogation statute, unconstitutional. Read more >>

Court

April, 1999

  • The Supreme Court declared Ohio’s “Empoyment Intentional Tort” statute, R.C. 2745.01, unconstitutional in its entirety. Read more >>

Court

April, 1999

  • The Supreme Court ruled a doctor’s report which has a signature stamp valid evidence which the Commission can relied on. The Supreme Court distinguished a case which held an unsigned doctor’s report invalid as evidence. Read more >>

Court

April, 1999

  • The Supreme Court clarified that VSSR requirements which apply to factories and workshops may apply to outdoor injuries in some situations. Read more >>

Legislative

March, 1999

  • Two bills which would amend the workers’ compensation law have been introduced in the legislature: one would amend R.C. 4123.54 (where employee tests positive for controlled substances), and one would amend R.C. 4123.512 (requirements where filing notice of appeal to court). Read more >>

Court

March, 1999

  • The Supreme Court decided that where a treating doctor explains an ambiguous report (and indicates that the injured workers’ condition remains temporary total), that report does not support a finding of maximum medical improvement. Read more >>

Court

March, 1999

  • The Supreme Court decided in a VSSR case that a grandfather clause does not apply to a moving vehicle because it is not an installation or a construction. Read more >>

Court

February, 1999

  • Supreme Court finds that an injured worker remains entitled to wage loss benefits even if they no longer work for the company where they worked when injured. Read more >>

Court

February, 1999

  • Supreme Court denies wage loss compensation to a self-employed individual. Read more >>

Court

January, 1999

  • Supreme Court finds that average weekly wage should be recalculated due to special circumstances in a case involving a 1970 occupational disease which caused disability in 1990. Read more >>

Administrative

January, 1999

  • BWC regulation changes affecting MCO appeals and vocational rehabilitation. Read more >>

Administrative

January, 1999

  • Our rates page lists the rates paid for workers’ compensation awards in 1999.