In State ex rel. Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services, Inc. v. Industrial Commission of Ohio, the Supreme Court of Ohio held that it was an abuse of the Industrial Commission’s discretion to award a claimant, who was already receiving permanent total disability benefits, compensation for permanent partial disability in the same claim.
Because PTD benefits are paid for “the inability to perform sustained remunerative employment due to the allowed conditions in the claim,” a claimant receiving PTD is not eligible to also receive concurrent permanent partial disability compensation in the same claim. 150 Ohio St.3d 102, 2016-Ohio-8024.
Lisa Patterson and her staff volunteered at the Community Meal at OneBistro in Miamisburg on March 7, 2018, serving 101 meals.
Lisa Patterson sponsored the Community Meal, and supports OneBistro’s mission to “provide a place where our neighbors eat and come together as one community.”
Check out the photos of great volunteers working and making the community a better place!
ALERT: If your employee was injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent third party on or after July 1, 2017, the BWC has a NEW PROCEDURE that may divert all the payments of benefits and compensation to the Surplus fund and remove the claim from your experience.
Mandatory documentation must be provided to the BWC including:
- Crash Report from law enforcement agency
- Citation showing third party fault
- Proof of third party insurance
- Proof the third party’s insurance company accepts responsibility
Although this process is in its infancy, it has potential for substantial COST SAVINGS in the form of potential LOWER PREMIUMS!
If you have a claim that may meet this criteria, please call us for assistance.
Finally, focusing attention on the epidemic opioid problem in Ohio, the state’s Medical Board is amending existing prescribing rules. These amended rules would do the following:
- Opioid for acute pain not more than a seven day supply.
- Providers may prescribe opioids in excess of supply limits only if the reason is provided in patient’s record.
- Additional scripts are not to exceed an average of 30 (Morphine Equivalent Dose) per day.
While there are some exceptions to these limits, physicians are also required to consider other therapy treatment options before prescribing an opioid analgesic.
Further, extended-release or long-acting opioid analgesics are not to be prescribed for the treatment of acute pain. These new requirements take effect August 31, 2017. These rules apply to all Ohio prescribers regardless of insurance coverage and allow Ohio to take a step in the right direction to control this devastating addiction.
It has yet to be determined how closely the Industrial Commission will follow these rules.
Lisa Patterson was selected as one of the Top 25 Women Lawyers in the Cincinnati area in the 2018 Ohio Super Lawyers nomination, research and blue ribbon review process.