2018 Ohio Workers’ Compensation News

Updated: October 26, 2018

2018 Ohio Workers’ Compensation News

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Court

October, 2018

  • The Supreme Court has found that an injured worker who voluntarily retires loses eligibility for temporary total compensation, even if they were incapable of returning to their job at the time they retired. Read more >>

Administrative

September, 2018

  • The Commission has added Memo F.6 to the Hearing Officer Manual, addressing orders awarding scheduled losses. The memo indicates that hearing officers must indicate a start date for scheduled loss awards. For amputation awards, the start date is the date of amputation; for loss of use, the start date is the date of the earliest medical evidence relied on for the award. The start date cannot be more than two years before the date of the application.

Administrative

August, 2018

  • The Industrial Commission issued resolution R18_1_01 which rescinds a number of previous Industrial Commission resolutions due to changes in statutory, administrative or case law.

Court

July, 2018

  • The Ohio Supreme Court found that mandamus is the proper remedy to challenge a Commission order granting continuing jurisdiction and allowing a claim, even though the decision to allow the claim could be challenged by an R.C. 4123.512 appeal. Read more >>

Court

June, 2018

  • The Ohio Supreme Court held that the Ohio BWC and Industrial Commission have continuing jurisdiction to modify awards beyond two years. Read more >>

Court

May, 2018

  • The Ohio Supreme Court ruled that subrogation applies when a third party claim is settled before the workers’ compensation claim is allowed. Read more >>

Administrative

April, 2018

  • The Ohio BWC will lower the worker’s compensation premium rates assessed to Ohio private employers by an additional 12 percent. The new rates will take effect beginning July 1, 2018.

Administrative

March, 2018

  • The BWC has adopted a new rule, O.A.C. 4123-6-32 – Payment for Lumbar Fusion Surgery, which requires injured workers to undergo conservative care for at least sixty days before having a lumbar fusion surgery. There are exceptions for conditions requiring immediate intervention.

Administrative

February, 2018

  • The DWRF monthly amount for 2018 is $1,656.14. The weekly DWRF amount for 2018 is $381.14.

Administrative

January, 2018

  • See the 2018 rates for Ohio workers’ compensation awards on our rates page.