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Can I get both Workers’ Comp and Social Security Disability?

Can I get both Workers’ Comp and Social Security Disability? Yes. Social Security Disability (SSDI) is a federally run program while Workers’ Compensation benefits are determined by the states. The sum of the 2 benefits cannot exceed 80% of your average current earnings. To qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you must meet the government’s […]

BWC Fallen Worker Memorial 2018

BWC Fallen Worker Memorial 2018 Honoring Fallen Workers on Labor Day Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation honored the men and women who had been killed as the result of a workplace injury during the Fallen Workers Memorial 2018.  To the family and friends of these dedicated workers, we wish you peace to bring comfort, courage […]

Did you say I’m getting Dwarf benefits? Wait, what?

Did you say I’m getting Dwarf benefits? Wait, what? Well yes and no. Pronounced “dwarf” the benefit is actually DWRF (Disabled Workers Relief Fund). DWRF is a type of Ohio workers’ compensation benefits provided to injured workers currently receiving permanent and total disability benefits. “Permanent and total disability (PTD) benefits pay a worker when that […]

Workplace Dangers: Chemical Exposure.

Workplace Dangers: Chemical Exposure. Groundskeeper with Cancer Sued Round-up Weed Killer Manufacturer Dewayne Johnson, a former groundskeeper, sued Monsanto (the maker of Round-Up) claiming the weed killer caused cancer and that Monsanto failed to warn consumers of the danger. Johnson was awarded $289 million dollars by a jury trial in San Francisco. Roundup Tragedy Continues […]

Prescriptions, Medicine and Ohio Workers’ Compensation

Prescriptions, Medicine and Ohio Workers’ Compensation Will the Ohio Workers’ Comp pay for my prescriptions for a work related injury? If your workers’ comp accident and injury were approved and allowed by Ohio BWC, then yes, workers’ comp will pay for your prescriptions prescribed by your comp doctor. I originally paid for the prescription. How […]

Hearings

Hearings ATTENTION: Clients with hearings scheduled at the Cleveland Industrial Commission Office. Please be aware of the ongoing construction around the state building. Expect parking and walking delays because of the repairs and replacements. Industrial Commission- Cleveland ​615 Superior Ave. NW Cleveland, OH 44113-1898

Judge Allows Punitive Damages in Biomet Hip Replacement LawSuit

Judge Allows Punitive Damages in Biomet Hip Replacement LawSuit Punitive damages are sometimes awarded in addition to actual damages in a law suit. Punitive damages are considered financial punishment against a company for wrong doing or misconduct. Zimmer Bioment is currently involved in a multi-district litigation in Florida involving metal on metal hip replacements. Patients […]

Local Fire Department uses BWC Grant to Improve Safety for Fire Fighters

Local Fire Department uses BWC Grant to Improve Safety for Fire Fighters In January 2017, the NEW OHIO WORKERS COMP LAW SIGNED TO HELP FIRE FIGHTERS WITH CANCER revealed a new law to help Ohio firefighters with cancer to receive workers’ compensation benefits.  Then in November 2017, OHIO BWC INITIATES FIREFIGHTER EXPOSURE GRANT PROGRAM discussed grants available to fire […]

How long do you have to file a workman’s comp case in Ohio?

How long do you have to file a workman’s comp case in Ohio? If you Google this question today, you will find many websites with the INCORRECT answer! Why? Because the law has recently changed and if you are an injured worker, it has not changed in your favor. As of September 29, 2017, an […]

Who pays workers compensation claims in Ohio?

Who pays workers compensation claims in Ohio? State Funded Employers? The Ohio BWC In Ohio, the majority of businesses pay for workers’ compensation insurance to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Most likely, your employer is one of these businesses and is considered to be state funded. In those situations, the Ohio BWC will pay […]

Nursing Home Worker Injuries: Highest Rate of Injury In Ohio

Nursing Home Worker Injuries: Highest Rate of Injury In Ohio At Garson Johnson, we represent many employees of nursing homes that have been injured because they are required to manually lift their patients. This nursing home in Sandusky, Ohio invested in technology that has prevented countless work place injuries. Unfortunately, they are in the minority […]

How much do I get paid on workers comp in Ohio?

How much do I get paid on workers comp in Ohio? Great question! It is a common question asked to our workers comp attorneys and staff. Many variables affect how much you get paid for workers comp like your wages, overtime, commissions, missed weeks of work within the last year, and other circumstances unique to […]

I received Permanent Partial Disability payment. Is my workers’ comp case closed?

I received Permanent Partial Disability payment. Is my workers’ comp case closed? SCENARIO: Your attorney recommends filing a C92 to determine a percentage for your permanent partial disability. You attend the doctor’s exam. Great news! The BWC approved and determined the percentage. Congratulations, you’ve been awarded permanent partial disability benefits! But wait, does this mean […]

Ohio Injured workers guide to medical treatment – Ohio BWC

Ohio Injured workers guide to medical treatment – Ohio BWC Are you trying to get medical treatment approved through the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation? If you have a claim with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, you probably already know this is a complex and often confusing system. When you get injured at work, […]

Firefighters, Cancer & Ohio Workers Compensation

Firefighters, Cancer & Ohio Workers Compensation INCREASE CANCER DIAGNOSIS IN FIREFIGHTERS GETS NATIONAL ATTENTION On Monday October 23, 2017, NBC Nightly News highlighted the “alarming cancer rise among American firefighters.” NBC highlighted a few firefighters and their struggles with blood cancer, tumors in and around the heart, kidney cancer and brain cancer. Many city fire […]

Ohio Makes changes to Workers’ Comp laws with HB 27

Ohio Makes changes to Workers’ Comp laws with HB 27 Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 27 changing 7 areas of Ohio workers’ compensation law effective September 29, 2017. Here are the details you should know: ​ #1 ​ Deadline to File a Claim (Statute of Limitations) Before 9/29/17:::::24 months (2 years) from Date of […]

Honor Labor Day. Don’t fall victim to wage theft

Honor Labor Day. Don’t fall victim to wage theft This Labor Day weekend, we celebrate the pride and spirit of great men and women who have worked hard to improve the lives of not only their families but this country. Did you know? Labor Day was established on June 28, 1894 by an Act of […]

Ohio BWC New Rule Discourages Lumbar Fusion and Opioids

Ohio BWC New Rule Discourages Lumbar Fusion and Opioids ​The new rule requires that workers undergo at least 60 days of comprehensive conservative care, including physical therapy, chiropractic care, rest, anti-inflammatories, ice and other nonsurgical remedies, before surgical options are considered. Researchers found that lumbar fusion surgery patients had less success than non-fusion patients. Fusion […]

Jim DeRoche: “Top Rated Class Action Attorney” by Super Lawyers

Jim DeRoche: “Top Rated Class Action Attorney” by Super Lawyers Congratulation Jim DeRoche for being named to the 2017 Super Lawyers List. Attorney DeRoche was named “Top Rated Class Action & Mass Torts Attorney in Cleveland, OH.” This prestigious honor recognized Jim for the 7th year in a row. Jim thrives on legal challenges using […]

Statute of Limitations in Ohio Workers’ Comp

Statute of Limitations in Ohio Workers’ Comp By Grace Szubski​ ​The legal term “statute of limitations” has significance in an Ohio workers’ compensation claim. In simple terms it means a “deadline” for taking some sort of action for or with a claim. Here are some significant deadlines: DEADLINE TO FILE A CLAIM First, there is […]

Jeffrey D. Johnson Top Attorneys in Ohio by Cleveland Magazine

Jeffrey D. Johnson Top Attorneys in Ohio by Cleveland Magazine Congratulations to Attorney Jeff Johnson! As Published in Cleveland Magazine January 2017, Jeff was named a top attorney in Ohio Selected by peer recognition and professional achievement. ​”Jeff Johnson has always been able to visualize the whole picture and take the appropriate action to obtain […]

SOCIAL MEDIA AND YOUR Workers’ Comp CLAIM

SOCIAL MEDIA AND YOUR Workers’ Comp CLAIM By Grace A. Szubski ​The pitfalls of social media are widely publicized. Your privacy on the internet should always be a concern. This is a particularly true if you have a pending workers’ compensation claim.  So this is a friendly reminder to be cautious about your posts on […]

Super Lawyers 2017 Names Jeffrey D. Johnson as Top Attorney

Super Lawyers 2017 Names Jeffrey D. Johnson as Top Attorney Congratulations to Jeffrey D. Johnson Partner and Attorney at Garson Johnson LLC. Attorney Johnson was named as a “Top Rated Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Cleveland, OH.” Jeff’s dedication to injured workers for the past 18 years has been recognized by not only Super Lawyers but […]

Grace Szubski Highlighted in Best Lawyers Magazine

Grace Szubski Highlighted in Best Lawyers Magazine Congratulations to Grace Szubski who was recently highlighted in Best Lawyers Magazine. The article describes Attorney Szubski’s start in workers’ compensation law, passion for her work and recent cases. To read the full article, visit Best Lawyers.

Grace Szubski named to the elite list of super lawyers 2017

Grace Szubski named to the elite list of super lawyers 2017 Congratulations Attorney Grace Szubski for being named to the Ohio Super Lawyer List. She has been named “Top Rated Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Cleveland, OH.” Attorney Szubski focuses primarily in Ohio Claimant Workers’ Compensation. She works tirelessly to advocate for injured workers. Her thoroughness, […]

Garson johnson clients receive the gift of cleveland caveliers!

Garson johnson clients receive the gift of cleveland caveliers! CONGRATS TO OUR JANUARY WINNER! Congratulations! Hope they enjoyed the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Phoenix Suns on ​ ​January 19, 2017. We are positive this pair of Cavs fans enjoyed watching our National Champions beat the Suns 103 to 118 Cavs Final Score. UP NEXT! OUR NEW WINNERS! Congratulations to […]

General contractor sued for sub-contractor’s faulty work. Insurance coverage may be available.

General contractor sued for sub-contractor’s faulty work. Insurance coverage may be available. The Standard Commercial General Liability Policy might actually provide coverage to general contractors sued for faulty workmanship, so long as a subcontractor is at fault. By James A. DeRoche GENERAL CONTRACTOR SUED AFTER CONSTRUCTION COMPLETED General contractors are often sued by property owners […]

New ohio workers comp law signed to help fire fighters with cancer

New ohio workers comp law signed to help fire fighters with cancer WHAT IS THIS NEW LAW? ​On January 4, Governor Kasich signed into law the “Michael Louis Palumbo Jr. Act”. This new law was specifically passed for the benefit of Ohio’s fire fighters, whether voluntary or full time, who contract cancer. The bill creates […]

Ohio Supreme Court Denies Permanent Partial Award in Workers’ Compensation PTD Claims

Ohio Supreme Court Denies Permanent Partial Award in Workers’ Compensation PTD Claims CASE SUMMARY: On December 8, 2016, the Ohio Supreme Court held in THE STATE EX REL OHIO PRESBYTERIAN RETIREMENT SERVICES,INC., APPELLANT, v. INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION OF OHIO ET AL., APPELLEES https://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/rod/docs/pdf/0/2016/2016-Ohio-8024.pdf. that Sherry Redwine, an injured worker could not receive an award of Permanent […]

Australia’s Department of health issues hazard alert on stryker hip replacement device

Australia’s Department of health issues hazard alert on stryker hip replacement device According to the Austrialian Goverment Department of Health Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), components used in the Stryker Accolade’s total hip replacment proceedures have a higher rate of failure. Austrilia’s equivalent to the US Food and Drug Administration issues a HAZARD ALERT- Risk of […]

Stryker Accolade Hip Device

Stryker Accolade Hip Device If you or a loved one has been implanted with a Stryker Accolade Stem, you may be eligible for a legal claim. The Accolade femoral hip component is a one-piece implant made of a proprietary blend of titanium and other metals. When paired with a larger Cobalt and Chromium femoral head, […]

Helping Injured Workers with Treatment & Rehabilitation

Helping Injured Workers with Treatment & Rehabilitation  I sincerely appreciate all of your help in facilitating my work injury treatment and rehabilitation.  I would not have been able to start with my graduate studies cohort without your help in getting the treatment I needed to be functional again. ~M.S. from Cleveland Heights, Ohio

Clients tell us what they think about Garson Johnson

Clients tell us what they think about Garson Johnson 

1.3 million people celebrate Cleveland Caveliers NBA Championship

1.3 million people celebrate Cleveland Caveliers NBA Championship The Garson Johnson family and friends couldn’t miss out on the fun! This is an amazing time to be alive in Cleveland, Ohio. Our Garson Johnson family and friends met at the office on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 and walked to the parade to celebrate the Cav’s […]

AFL-CIO recently published “Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect”

AFL-CIO recently published “Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect” Why do workers continue to die in the workplace in light of all the technological advances that have been made?  The answer is that worker safety is a low priority due to lack of government oversight.  Non enforcement of safety laws and regulations puts […]

Is my job protected if I have a workers comp claim in Ohio?

Is my job protected if I have a workers comp claim in Ohio? Check out Attorney Johnson’s answer to this frequently asked question.

MCO Open Enrollment Impacts Injured Workers

MCO Open Enrollment Impacts Injured Workers Every 2 years, Ohio businesses can choose a new Managed Care Organization.  From May 2, 2016 to May 27, 2016, Ohio employers can review the effectiveness and the report card to confirm or change the MCO managing the businesses workers compensation claims.If you have a workers compensation claim, your […]

Truck Driver’s Heart Attack is Workers Comp Claim

Truck Driver’s Heart Attack is Workers Comp Claim Ohio Truck Driver Dies of Heart Attack on the Road Doesn’t sound like a workers compensation claim?  Think again.  The dedicated wife of this truck driver spoke to several attorneys.  She had a story to tell and some serious concerns about the details of the accident. The other attorneys […]

Note worthy representation at Ohio Industrial Commission

Note worthy representation at Ohio Industrial Commission I want to thank Mr. Jeff Johnson on his representation at my IC hearing and helping to successfully get additional allowances in my claim. My doctors notes and reports and Mr. Johnson’s representation were concise and made me feel better about my injury from 2002 which has been […]

Ohio employers pay less but are Ohio injured workers getting what they need?

Ohio employers pay less but are Ohio injured workers getting what they need? Article II Section 35 of the Ohio Constitution ;  “For the purpose of providing compensation to workers and their dependents … laws may be passed establishing a state fund.”  This is why the injured worker fund is called the Workers’ Compensation System […]

Winner of Cleveland Cavs Tickets Announced!

Winner of Cleveland Cavs Tickets Announced! ​Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards ​Friday March 4, 2016 @ 8 pm. Congratulations to Denise Boycik from Amherst, OH! Congratulations to Denise Boycik for winning 2 Cavs tickets from Garson Johnson! Ms. Boycik and her guest will be enjoying the Cleveland Cavaliers play the Washington Wizards this Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena. […]

When you think all is lost, stay positive

When you think all is lost, stay positive While working as an EMT Apprentice, “Sam” was struck on the side of the road by a drunk driver.  The tragedy could have wrecked his life.  Sam lost his leg and had severe injury to his lungs making it difficult to breath.  Instead of giving up, Sam […]

“Attentive and communicate very well…”

“Attentive and communicate very well…” My team (Jeff, Grace, & Lisa) are awesome and I greatly appreciate all they do on my behalf. My legal staff is attentive and they communicate very well with me regarding my case. One major perk is different members of their team handle different portions of my case. This gives […]

Super Lawyers 2016

Super Lawyers 2016 Congratulations to Grace Szubski and Jim DeRoche Named to the Super Lawyers List 2016 WHAT IS SUPER LAWYERS ​Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations […]

Workers Comp ABC’s

Workers Comp ABC’s Ohio Workers’ Compensation ​ALPHABET From Start to Finish Attorneys, hearing officers, claim representatives and others often use abbreviations for terms pertinent to adjudicating an Ohio workers’ compensation claim. This can be confusing so here’s a glossary with some common abbreviations to help you navigate through the system:       A AWW Average […]

Metal Ion Levels after Hip Revision Surgery

Metal Ion Levels after Hip Revision Surgery Do you ever wonder how long it takes for elevated metal ion levels to go down after revision surgery? It is well known that hip pain and other symptoms are greatly improved once a patient undergoes revision surgery to remove metal-on-metal hip implants like the Stryker Rejuvenate or […]

Hip Implants Cause Pain and Swelling

Hip Implants Cause Pain and Swelling There has been a lot of literature recently concerning hip implant failures due to fretting and corrosion at the neck/stem interface. What does this mean for the patient? It means pain, swelling,  instability and limited mobility. Kent et al conducted study of the K2/Apex uncemented femoral stem, a hip […]

Ohio BWC Reviews Painkiller Prescriptions

Ohio BWC Reviews Painkiller Prescriptions By Grace Szubski ​The news media is reporting the problems in our region from the heroin epidemic we are facing. Law enforcement, the judicial system and the medical community are trying to tackle the issues this epidemic is causing. It is a problem in urban, rural and suburban communities. It exists […]

Don’t Suffer Alone; Complications After Metal-on-Metal Hip Revision

Don’t Suffer Alone; Complications After Metal-on-Metal Hip Revision Our colleagues at Weisman, Kennedy & Berris offer insight on a recent article about the complications after metal-on-mental hip revisions. If you have a hip implant and are experiencing problems, please call our attorneys for a complementary case evaluation. Are you suffering after your hip implant revision surgery?  A high […]

Congrats Grace Szubski! Selected by peers for Best Lawyers.

Congrats Grace Szubski! Selected by peers for Best Lawyers. We are very proud and excited to announce that Grace A. Szubski was selected by her peers to be included in the 22nd edition of The Best Lawyers in America for her work in the practice areas of Workers’ Compensation Law.

Not All Workers Comp Attorneys Are Created Equal

Not All Workers Comp Attorneys Are Created Equal Actually, not many have the skills and abilities of Garson Johnson workers’ comp lawyers.  One injured worker was receiving permanent and total disability.  PTD is a type of disability that would pay him for the rest of his life, but denied him the ability to have gainful employment […]

Thanks again! A special note from a Cleveland workers comp client.

Thanks again! A special note from a Cleveland workers comp client. Mr. Johnson, I just wanted to thank you for reopening my workmans comp case. The money came in handy.  I got to pay off a few bills. Thanks again. ​

Can a hospital system dictate which hip implant patients receive?

Can a hospital system dictate which hip implant patients receive? At the Cleveland Clinic, the answer is yes.  As part of a new “care path” designed to deliver consistent results, improve quality and cut costs, the Cleveland Clinic dictates the manufacturer of the hip implants received at their facilities and by doctors in the Clinic […]

Muscle Atrophy. Hip Implant Complication

Muscle Atrophy. Hip Implant Complication Our colleagues at Weisman, Kennedy & Berris offer insight on a recent article about the muscle atrophy of hip implants. If you have a hip implant and are experiencing problems, please call our attorneys for a complementary case evaluation. Muscle atrophy is a well-known complication from metal-on-metal hip implants.  A recent article discussed […]

Soft Tissue Problems after Hip Replacements, Comparison of MRI and Ultrasound

Soft Tissue Problems after Hip Replacements, Comparison of MRI and Ultrasound Ultrasound and MRI are the primary imaging techniques used to detect pseudotumors and other soft tissue pathology in patients with metal-on-metal THAs.  Soft tissue lesions can be difficult to detect because patients can have symptoms, such as pain and discomfort and elevated cobalt and […]

Metal-on-Metal Zimmer Durom Hip Implant

Metal-on-Metal Zimmer Durom Hip Implant Our colleagues at Weisman, Kennedy & Berris offer insight on a recent study about the metal-on-metal Zimmer Durom hip implant. If you have a Zimmer Durom hip implant and are experiencing problems, please call our attorneys for a complementary case evaluation. Dr. Sutphen and colleagues from Columbus, OH  conducted a retrospective study with […]

Successful Resolution of Hyatt M. Rhine vs. Ohio BWC

Successful Resolution of Hyatt M. Rhine vs. Ohio BWC *Injured workers charged retail price for prescriptions. *BWC reimbursed injured workers at a lower amount previously contracted with pharmacy. *Garson Johnson litigated to reimburse injured workers for the difference or overcharge

Handled my case with great integrity..

Handled my case with great integrity.. When Attorney Johnson signed on to LinkedIn yesterday, he found a nice note from a client.  This is what we mean by Clients. Not Cases. “I hope you understand sir, you have made a huge impact in my life sir. In my darkest days, you gave me hope that our Constitution […]

Rejuvenate Hip Implant Failures Investigation to Determine High Risk Adverse Reaction

Rejuvenate Hip Implant Failures Investigation to Determine High Risk Adverse Reaction Our colleagues at Weisman, Kennedy & Berris offer insight to an article recently posted in the Journal of Arthroplasty. If you have a Rejuvenate hip implant and are experiencing problems, please call our attorneys for a complementary case evaluation. The authors of this article investigated Rejuvenate […]

Thank you for representing us…

Thank you for representing us… Thank you for representing us in the lawsuit against the Ohio BWC.  The money means a lot to our business.  ​

Sending a sincere note of thanks…

Sending a sincere note of thanks… ~Garson Johnson Law Firm~ Sending a sincere not of thanks in appreciation for all the hard work you and the members of your firm provided in achieving restitution for us in the class action suit involving the Ohio BWC.  We received our settlement check last week & were very […]

Hip Implant and No Symptoms?

Hip Implant and No Symptoms? You still may have complications. Even Asymptomatic Patients Could Be Experiencing Metal Related Complications from Orthopedic Devices. An article by Dr. Johannes Cip and his colleagues recounts the reintroduction of Metal on Metal orthopedic devices and the injuries resulting from the byproducts of their wear and corrosion.  Although the authors […]

Metal Related Complications of Hip Arthroplasties

Metal Related Complications of Hip Arthroplasties DEFECTIVE HIP IMPLANTS A recent article by Drs. Keith and Thomas Fehring recounts the resurgence of Metal on Metal joint arthroplasties in the early 2000s.  The authors describe complications that have been experienced by recipients of those devices resulting from products of metal wear and corrosion (i.e., Aseptic lymphocytic-dominated […]

What is a C 92?

What is a C 92? A C92 is an application for determination of a percentage of permanent partial disability or increase of permanent partial disability. As per the Ohio BWC Website: Injured workers should use this form to request a determination relative to a permanent disability which they have as a result of their work-related […]

Best Lawyers 2015

Best Lawyers 2015 Who are the 2015 LAWYERS OF THE YEAR? Congratulations Grace Szubski for being named Best Lawyer in Workers Compensation in 2015!  We are very proud of your accomplishments!

BWC Changes Procedure for Setting Wages in Ohio Comp Claims

BWC Changes Procedure for Setting Wages in Ohio Comp Claims The BWC changes the procedure for setting wages in workers comp claims. In an effort to more efficiently process claims, last year the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation began processing wages in one office.  The unintended result is that it now takes several weeks, if […]

Ohio Workers Comp Amputation Award

Ohio Workers Comp Amputation Award When our client, a 41 year old diabetic maintenance worker with a local school system, broke his toe while on the job two years ago, he didn’t think too much about it. Big mistake. Our client, who continued on the job, not only didn’t take care of his sore toe he was non-compliant with his diabetic medication. Due to his lack […]

The Demolition of Workers Compensation- Article by Michael Grabell

The Demolition of Workers Compensation- Article by Michael Grabell “I just saw this article which is very timely in light of a recent discussion with some union members about cost shifting comp cases onto the backs of others like the union. This is a scam that has been purposely devised to destroy work comp programs […]

Why do we ask for all that paperwork?

Why do we ask for all that paperwork? by Grace Szubski We ask our workers’ compensation clients to send us their W2s and paystubs for a specific reason.  This documentation is needed to calculate wage rates in a claim. The compensation paid in a claim depends on an injured worker’s earnings six weeks prior to as well […]

Why are the attorneys in Columbus so much?

Why are the attorneys in Columbus so much? By Grace Szubski Our clients may wonder why the attorneys in our office are in Columbus so often. Short answer, we’re working for you! Longer explanation, we travel to Columbus for a variety of reasons. Columbus is our State’s capitol city and many courts and state agencies […]

Property Value for Bankruptcy Vs. Property Value for Insurance Claim

“You can’t have it both ways.” Valuation of insured property in bankruptcy petition used against insured when that same property is later damaged By Jim DeRoche Property Value for Bankruptcy Petition In 2011, John and Kathleen Brown filed a petition seeking protection under the bankruptcy laws. The price for seeking such protection is full disclosure […]

Supreme Court Justice Pfeifer says same-sex marriage language does not belong in Ohio Constitution

For years, Ohio has been one of the few states that have legally banned gay marriage.  Justice Pfeifer spoke in support of Ohio repealing the 2004 law banning gay marriage.  Garson Johnson applauds Justice Pfeifer’s courage to publicly express his opinion. For the full article, visit the Columbus Dispatch Online. Supreme Court Justice Pfeifer, who has […]

No Health Insurance? Get Help Now.

No Health Insurance? Get Help Now. By Attorney Jeffrey Johnson I recently attended an Ohio Association for Justice (OAJ) seminar in Cleveland.  As the current chair of the workers comp section, I was responsible to put together this seminar.  I have encountered many clients who still go without health insurance.  When I learned about an organization that helps […]

Veterans Day. Honor a Vet Today!

Veterans Day. Honor a Vet Today! The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of early wars were treated and appreciated by our nation. ~George Washington ​The entire staff at Garson Johson would like to thank […]

New Signs Welcome you to Garson Johnson!

New Signs Welcome you to Garson Johnson! We have new signs!  In March 2014, we moved our office to the Midland Building in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.  When visiting us on the 16th floor, be sure to check out our new signs.  Even though we are in Suite 1610, please use the entrance at Suite 1600 […]

Not just another case…

Not just another case… We explain on this website that our clients mean a great deal to us.  We believe in Clients. Not Cases.  This principal is very paramount.  This week one of our workers comp clients took an extra minute to confirm that this is also important to her too. Thank you,  your law […]

Garson Johnson Sponsors the 5th Hole at St. Basil Golf Outing

Garson Johnson Sponsors the 5th Hole at St. Basil Golf Outing This summer Garson Johnson was proud to sponsor a hole at the St. Basil Golf Outing.  The annual golf outing raises money to support the endowment fund.  All proceeds benefit the facilities and ministries of St. Basil the Great Parish located in Brecksville, OH. […]

Occupational Disease and Ohio Workers Comp

By Grace Szubski Occupational disease claims can be tricky.  One consideration is the statute of limitations date for filing a workers comp occupational disease claim under Ohio law.  Statute of limitations means the period that allows a claimant to file a workers’ compensation claim in a timely manner.  For work injuries the statute of limitations date […]

Ohio BWC Honors Fallen Workers from 2014

Ohio BWC Honors Fallen Workers from 2014 On August 28, 2014, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation honored Ohio workers who tragically lost their lives as a result of a workplace accident.  A complete list of names can be found on the BWC website. “Each life lost represents a hardworking Ohioan who left behind grieving loved […]

Ohio Workers Comp: What is an allowed condition?

Ohio Workers Comp: What is an allowed condition? If you are to receive medical treatment or compensation from a work related injury, the medical condition must be allowed by the Ohio BWC.  Some examples of medical conditions allowed in a workers comp claim are herniated discs, fractures, amputation, torn ACL, PTSD and depression. The Ohio BWC […]

Workers Comp Client Sends Sincere Thank You Email

Apology for not sending this until now,but sending this is important. Thank you for everything. I know I was one of the more (challenging) cases!  So many people helped me. However, without you, your counseling, advise, patience and guidance reaching this point would not have been possible. Thank you. (Worker’s Comp Client of Garson Johnson) […]

Subaru recalls older cars with passenger-side air bag issues

Subaru recalls older cars with passenger-side air bag issues DETROIT (Reuters) – Subaru of America said it is recalling about 5,000 older model cars with passenger-side air bag inflators made by Takata Corp that may rupture and break into metal fragments that could harm passengers, the automaker and U.S. safety regulators said on Tuesday. Subaru, […]

Helping with Denied Social Security Claims

Helping with Denied Social Security Claims Imagine being unable to work for at least one year due to a serious medical condition that may be life threatening, and having to wait for over two years before you receive your first Social Security Disability (SSD) payment. That was the case in 2008. It took some disability applicants more than 24 months to receive their first payment. […]

Beware of Your “Friends” on Social Media

Beware of Your “Friends” on Social Media The Bureau of Workers Compensation appears to be using social media as a tool to investigate fraud.  On its website the BWC invites injured workers to “like” them on Facebook and Twitter. This allows the BWC access to all the personal and social activities individuals post on their Facebook or Twitter accounts. The more information the BWC gathers […]

Important to Obtain Home Court Advantage In Litigation

Important to Obtain Home Court Advantage In Litigation Many businesses offer their goods and services in far flung locales, often on a nationwide basis. That raises the specter of disputes ending up in courts far from the home office, in jurisdictions where your normal outside counsel may be unable to practice. Litigating a case in a foreign […]

Case of Truckers Suing Pilot Flying J Ordered to Mediation

Case of Truckers Suing Pilot Flying J Ordered to Mediation Some trucking firms opted out of a class action against Pilot Flying J last year.  In November 2013, a federal judged approved a $84.9 million settlement.  The claimants that opted out have now been ordered to mediation.  The cases were consolidated in federal court in Kentucky. […]

Thank You Email from Chardon Workers Comp Client

Thank You Email from Chardon Workers Comp Client The day to day experencies of a workers’ comp attorney are grinding and challenging.  Working tirelessly for our clients is well- exhausting.  The Ohio BWC system creates adversarial conflicts at every turn.  At Garson Johnson, we just want to help our clients win their case and acquire […]

BWC REACHES AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE TO SETTLE SAN ALLEN LAWSUIT

BWC REACHES AGREEMENT IN PRINCIPLE TO SETTLE SAN ALLEN LAWSUIT COLUMBUS – Today Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer announced that the bureau has reached an agreement in principle to settle the San Allen case, a class action lawsuit filed in 2007 against the State of Ohio over BWC pricing policies that were in […]

Letter to the Editor- High premiums may force some to close doors

LETTER TO THE EDITOR- HIGH PREMIUMS MAY FORCE SOME TO CLOSE DOORS The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has charged small businesses rates that are becoming so high that it is a struggle to continue to operate from year to year. I have been in business for more than 37 years and employ more than 150 […]

Greentown Volunteer Fire Department Ask Kasich to Pay Back Fire Stations. Lives Depend on it.

Greentown Volunteer Fire Department Ask Kasich to Pay Back Fire Stations. Lives Depend on it.

Doctor wins lawsuit related to whistleblower case against Mercy Health

DOCTOR WINS LAWSUIT RELATED TO WHISTLEBLOWER CASE AGAINST MERCY HEALTH Today, the Cincinnati Business Courier reported a Northern Kentucky doctor who also practiced in Ohio was awarded almost $200,000 in a contract dispute case against Millennium Radiology.   Physicians and other medical providers are challenged with contract and payment disputes in Ohio.   “The Hamilton County court case was filed against Millennium […]

San Allen v. BWC – BWC’s motion to stay, denied

SAN ALLEN V. BWC – BWC’S MOTION TO STAY, DENIED The BWC asked the Court of Appeals to put their decision hold until after the Supreme Court rules on their appeal (which has not yet been filed).  Judge Rocco (the Presiding Judge) in the attached decision, told the BWC no.  The BWC argued that that […]

Small Businesses Rally To BWC, Kasich: Pay Us Back

SMALL BUSINESSES RALLY TO BWC, KASICH: PAY US BACK Ohio small business owners rallied around the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation office this week asking to be paid back.  Over 270,000 businesses were overcharged.  The Ohio BWC has the money set aside, but they are currently deciding if they should pay it back or appeal to the […]

Editorial Board on Cleveland.com Replays the Ohio BWC Class Action and Says “The ADMINISTRATION should settle.”

Editorial Board on Cleveland.com Replays the Ohio BWC Class Action and Says “The ADMINISTRATION should settle.” Last week on Cleveland.com, the Editorial Board posted a recap of the Ohio BWC Class Action, group ratings, and the Appellate Court’s decision to affirm the decision to pay back Ohio’s small businesses. The article succinctly described the arguments and […]

Media Picks Up On BWC Group Rating Class Action Litigation

MEDIA PICKS UP ON BWC GROUP RATING CLASS ACTION LITIGATION Over the last few weeks, many newspapers and news websites have picked up this story.  This demonstrates just how VERY important the resolution of the class action is to Ohio.  The Ohio BWC Class action filing and documents can be found on our website at /ohio-bwc-class-action. […]

Small Business Members of NFIB, Ohio Chamber, Cose and OMA Owed More Than $73 Million in Ohio BWC Class Action

SMALL BUSINESS MEMBERS OF NFIB, OHIO CHAMBER, COSE AND OMA OWED MORE THAN $73 MILLION IN OHIO BWC CLASS ACTION The small business members of the National Federation of Independent Business, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, COSE and Ohio Manufacturers’ Association are owed more than $73 Million in Ohio BWC Class Action. If you are a member […]

Head of BWC Talks About Allegations Into Overcharging of Small Businesses

HEAD OF BWC TALK ABOUT ALLEGATIONS INTO OVERCHARGING OF SMALL BUSINESSES And the hits just keep on playing… On May 21, 2014, Stephen Buehrer, head of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation was interviewed by NBC Channel 4 journalist, Duane Pohlman.   Ohio employers were intently watching and expecting some answers.  Why did the Ohio BWC overcharge […]

Cleveland: Court Calls Workers Comp Plan “Rigged” Tom Beres, WKYC

CLEVELAND: COURT CALLS WORKERS COMP PLAN “RIGGED” TOM BERES, WKYC Cleveland: Court calls workers comp plan “rigged”  Tom Beres, WKYC 11:24 a.m. EDT May 16, 2014 More and more news broadcasts are picking up on the Ohio BWC Class Action Litigation story.  Hundreds of thousands of employers were overcharged by the Ohio Bureau of Workers […]

Appellate court blasts Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation over excessive insurance premiums

APPELLATE COURT BLASTS OHIO BUREAU OF WORKERS’ COMPENSATION OVER EXCESSIVE INSURANCE PREMIUMS The Cleveland Plain Dealer picks up the Ohio BWC Class Action decision. An appellate court has upheld a ruling by Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Richard McMonagle that the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation must refund hundreds of millions of dollars to employers […]

COURT OF APPEALS AFFIRMS DECISION TO PAY OHIO EMPLOYERS.

COURT OF APPEALS AFFIRMS DECISION TO PAY OHIO EMPLOYERS. OHIO BWC CLASS ACTION ALERT: Ohio’s Eighth Appellate District Court (Cuyahoga County) upheld the decision of Judge McMonagle in 2012 that found the Ohio BWC had illegally overcharged 270,000 Ohio employers for premiums hundreds of millions of dollars (San Allen, Inc., et al. vs Stephen Buehrer, Administrator, Ohio Bureau […]

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