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.
Sue A. Wetzel
Sue Wetzel practices employment law with an emphasis on workers' compensation law and procedure. She represents both self-insured and state-funded employers during all stages of their workers’ compensation matters including, claims investigation and management, administrative hearings, litigation, appeals on mandamus before the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Ohio, and settlement.
In addition to several years in private practice, Sue also worked as an Assistant Ohio Attorney General in the Workers’ Compensation Section.
Sue regularly writes and presents on topics related to workers’ compensation. Her programs are presented at various safety council meetings, continuing education seminars and for internal client education and training events.
- Chair, Workforce Diversity Committee, BWC Ohio Safety Congress, 2016, 2017
- Member, Bricker & Eckler’s Women in Networking Group
- Member, Ohio Self-Insurers Association
- Chair, Workforce Diversity Committee, BWC Ohio Safety Congress, 2016
- Member, Take Steps Committee, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
- Member, Central Ohio's Self Insurers Association
- Member, Rules Advisory Committee, Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
- Participant, Supreme Court of Ohio Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program, 2009-present
- Volunteer, the Columbus Legal Aid Society (pro bono)
- Speaker, "Moderated Panel on Workers' Compensation," OSHRA Conference, October 15, 2015
- Speaker, "Defending Employers Against Workers' Compensation Claims," April and July 2015; November, 2014
- Speaker, "Workers' Compensation Tips for HR Professionals," November 2014
- Speaker, "Legalization of Marijuana and its Effect on the Workplace," September 2014
- Speaker, "When Will They Return to Work? Navigating FMLA, ADA, and Workers' Compensation" May 2014
- Speaker, "Workers' Compensation Fraud: Who, What, When, How Could This Happen?!?" February 2014
- Speaker, "Workers' Compensation Settlements," Ohio State Bar Association, April 2011
- Speaker, "Workers’ Compensation from the Employer’s Perspective," Ohio State Bar Association, March 2010
- Member, Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation
- Member, Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation Leadership Institute, Class of 2016-2017
- Member, Ohio State Bar Association; Columbus Bar Association (Board Appointed Arbitrator regarding Fee Disputes; Leadership Academy Certification; Workers’ Compensation Committee)
- Admitted, United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
- Ohio Northern University (J.D., 2004)
- The Pennsylvania State University (B.A., psychology, 2001)
Governor Kasich passes firefighter cancer bill
The pot-ential impact of medical marijuana on your workplace
Could this be you? The NOT so independent contractor
Wetzel quoted in Akron Beacon Journal article about medical marijuana in the workplace in Ohio
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.
Persuaded several Ohio courts to dismiss cases on the merits through Motions for Summary Judgment for reasons such as failure to attend depositions; failure to respond to timely respond to discovery; and failure to exhaust administrative options.
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.
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.
Participated in Senate meetings and provided information to various statewide employers' organizations regarding recent legislation.
Sue has volunteered her time with the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation’s Take Steps walk for several years now. She has also been a featured speaker at their fundraising events. Here, she is taking some time out for a picture with her team.
Sue is a loyal alum of Penn State University. This year she was able to trick a few OSU alumni into joining her for the game in Happy Valley.
Having recently adopted a Maltese/terrier mix from Recycled Doggies (started by Bricker & Eckler’s very own Shannon DeBra!), she can’t get enough pictures! Here is Kenna on her ride home after her first haircut.