2008 Ohio Workers’ Compensation News

2008 Ohio Workers’ Compensation News

Administrative

December, 2008

  • Our rates page lists the rates paid for workers’ compensation awards in 2009.

Administrative

November, 2008

  • The Industrial Commission issued a new resolution providing its policies for granting reconsideration. The resolution, R08-1-01, eliminates the previous requirement that a party opposing a request for reconsideration must file a reply within 14 days of receiving the request for reconsideration.

Administrative

October, 2008

  • The BWC Board of Directors approved a new fee schedule for medical providers which sets forth the rates of reimbursement for medical providers. The new fee schedule will raise the rate of reimbursement for about 85% of services and products provided by medical providers.

Administrative

September, 2008

  • The BWC hired Dr. Robert Balchick as the BWC’s medical director. The medical director will direct the development of the BWC’s medical policy and will oversee the medical components of workers’ compensation claims.

Administrative

August, 2008

  • The Industrial Commission added the ability to request cancellation of a hearing on ICON (the Industrial Commission Online Network). Online requests to cancel a hearing must be made two days before the hearing date. When you request cancellation of a hearing, fax any documentation in support of the request, along with a cover letter, to the Regional Hearing Administrator for the region hearing the claim. Requests to cancel a hearing less than two days before the hearing date can be made by submitting a written request to the Hearing Administrator’s Office for the region hearing the claim.

Legislative

July, 2008

  • Governor Strickland signed Am. Sub. S.B. 334, a bill primarily concerned with coordinating workers’ compensation coverage between Ohio and other states. Read more >>

Administrative

June, 2008

  • On May 5, 2008, the Commission issued six new or amended Hearing Officer memos. Read more >>

Administrative

May, 2008

  • In response to the Wise decision, on May 5, 2008, the Commission adopted a new section of the Hearing Officer Manual, Memo 03, setting forth the standards for hearing officers to follow in reviewing settlements.

Court

May, 2008

  • The Supreme Court in Wise ruled invalid a settlement which did not set forth an explanation of why the settlement is desired. Read more >>

Court

April, 2008

  • The Supreme Court held that federal workers’ compensation law preempts a state intentional tort lawsuit. Read more >>

Court

March, 2008

  • The Supreme Court ruled the workers’ compensation subrogation system constitutional. Read more >>

Administrative

February, 2008

  • Starting in March, 2008, the BWC will make all scheduled bi-weekly payments to injured workers through electronic deposits. Injured workers will be able to give the BWC a bank account number for the automatic deposit of benefits. If the injured worker does not give the BWC a bank account number, the BWC will provide a debit card through Chase Bank which will permit access to benefits.

Court

January, 2008

  • The Supreme Court held that public policy does not prevent an employer from firing an injured worker while they are temporarily and totally disabled due to a work injury. Read more >>

Administrative

January, 2008

  • Our rates page lists the rates paid for workers’ compensation awards in 2008.