Successfully argued cases before the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s Adjudicating Committee on independent contractor issues, re-rates due to gross misrepresentation and improper application of BWC rules.
Workers' compensation costs are often a significant part of a company's budget. Whether they pay premiums to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation or are self-insured, it’s important for employers to minimize these costs. Bricker & Eckler’s Employment & Labor group has decades of experience representing both state-funded and self-insured employers before the Industrial Commission of Ohio and the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, helping numerous employers control these expenses.
Common issues facing employers in the Ohio workers' compensation system include: injury, occupational disease and death claims; treatment and compensation requests; applications for permanent partial awards and permanent and total disability; and applications for violations of specific safety requirements. Regardless of the type of workers' compensation issue, Bricker & Eckler is well qualified to provide competent representation throughout the administrative process and, when necessary, before the courts.
If disputes with the Bureau of Workers' Compensation arise over premiums assessed or the classification of employees, we have successfully represented employers before the Adjudicating Committee to remedy these administrative errors. Bricker & Eckler attorneys have also assisted employers in the process to become self-insured.
In addition, our attorneys play a leading role in drafting and lobbying for workers' compensation reform as part of the bureau’s Rules Advisory Committee and by working closely with various employers’ organizations in Ohio. We have provided valuable input in the formation of policies developed by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and the Industrial Commission, as well as changes to Ohio’s statutory authority.
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Used both aggressive and strategic techniques to help a new client with multiple derailed claims get their claims costs under control. For example, fighting to have only the necessary treatment allowed and unrelated conditions denied, we successfully argued that an injured worker had reached Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) to have compensation terminated. Out of options, the injured worker ultimately settled her claim.
Successfully terminated temporary total compensation causing an overpayment of almost $20,000 through use of external surveillance and social media.
Worked with the Ohio Attorney General's Office to reduce a school district's liability for a common pleas court settlement to zero dollars. The school district paid nothing to have the case dismissed with prejudice and did not suffer any effect to its premiums as a result.
Advise employer organizations on the potential impact of House and Senate bills, as well as rule changes proposed by the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation and Industrial Commission of Ohio. This involves consulting with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation on behalf of employer organizations to draft and revise rules that protect the rights of Ohio employers.
Worked with the attorney general's office to reduce a school district's liability for a common pleas court settlement to zero dollars. The school district paid nothing to have the case dismissed with prejudice and did not suffer any effect on the premiums as a result.
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