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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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