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UPDATE – SUCCESS FOR STATE FUND EMPLOYER! BWC APPROVES APPLICATION TO CHARGE SURPLUS FUND FOR NON AT FAULT MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT IN ONE DAY

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

LL Patterson recently assisted a state fund employer in successfully having all its claim costs allocated to the surplus fund where their employee was injured in an auto accident caused by a negligent driver.  In July 2017, the BWC implemented a new procedure to help state fund employers in claims where their employees are injured in auto accidents caused by negligent third parties. In these circumstances, if the required documentation is provided, the BWC allocates all the claim costs to the surplus fund and NONE of the claim costs are counted against the employer’s experience. In April 2018, LL Patterson secured all the required documentation and forwarded the request to the BWC. The BWC approved the application on the same day it was received!

Statistical public data from the BWC indicates that currently there are 278 of these applications pending, with 181 approved, and 11 applications pending. So far, the BWC has approved approximately 65% of the applications. LL Patterson is confident we can beat this statistic!

Please note that certain documentation is required. These include Crash Report from law enforcement agency, Citation showing at fault third party, Proof of insurance for at fault third party, Proof that at fault party’s insurance accepts responsibility.  The BWC will REJECT any application that does not contain this mandatory information.

If you are a state fund employer and have a claim where one of your employees was injured in an auto accident caused by a negligent third party, PLEASE contact us!! We can help get all the claim costs allocated to the surplus fund so they do not count against your experience. This has the potential of LOWERING your premiums!!!

WARNING – OMBUDS OFFICE NOW ASSISTING PROVIDERS IN BRINGING SI COMPLAINTS!

Monday, November 26, 2018

The BWC SI Department Interim Director, David Sievert, made a surprising announcement on 8-21-18 at a BWC SI Employer Workshop in Cincinnati:

Providers in WC claims will now be directed to the Ombuds Office for assistance in bringing SI Complaints directly against Self Insuring Employers. LL Patterson views this at best as “opening the door” to more SI Complaints, and at worst, injecting Ombuds representatives into the position of advising and assisting providers in adversarial proceedings against SI employers.

The BWC describes the Ombuds Office as  a problem solving service for employers, injured workers, and their respective representatives. The Ombuds Office is “independent of the BWC and the Industrial Commission of Ohio, which answers complaints and general inquiries about Ohio’s workers’ compensation system.”

Please contact our office if you have any questions about or need assistance with SI Complaints.

Not every workers’ compensation claim requires the help of an attorney. But if you need one, choose experience, reputation, and most importantly, someone who understands how you do business.

LL Patterson LLC is founded on the principle of providing clients with exceptional and results oriented service. The singular mission of LLP is to aggressively and exclusively protect Ohio Employers’ rights in workers’ compensation, OSHA, VSSR, and employment related issues. Whether you’re in the medical or healthcare industry, the construction field, education, the corporate world, or small business, the goal remains the same: to reach final closure of your workers’ compensation claim in as little time as possible while minimizing cost.

Lisa L. Patterson understands the complex intricacies of the Ohio workers’ comp system and has sixteen years experience working with this very specific and sensitive form of law. A seasoned Ohio employers’ advocate, she will work to ensure that all parties’ claims are fairly and efficiently executed to protect your interests and assets.