Wage Loss Cases: Self-Employment (Supreme Court)

Ohio Workers’ Compensation Decisions
(Supreme Court)

Wage Loss: Self-Employment

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Cash, State ex rel. v. Indus. Comm. (4/5/00)

Court holds that self-employed claimant who had not conducted job search was properly denied wage loss.

Vote: 7-0
Opinion by: Per Curiam

Ooten, State ex rel. v. Siegel Interior Specialists Co. (12/30/98)

Wage loss compensation requires a causal connection between the injury and the lost wages. Where injured worker did not do a job search, Commission did not abuse discretion by denying wage loss compensation to self-employed injured worker. Because injured worker did not do a job search, Commission could determine that injured worker was self-employed due to lifestyle choice, rather than effects of injury.

Vote: 5-2
Opinion by: Per Curiam