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  • Court of Appeals Finds Substantial Aggravation a Question of Fact

    In Rowland v. Buerhrer, 2nd Dist. No. 27412, 2017-Ohio-7096, the claimant had an allowed claim from soft tissue neck and low back conditions, and later filed a motion to additionally allow substantial aggravation of left shoulder supraspinatous tendon tear.  The Commission disallowed the claim throughout the administrative proceedings, prompting the claimant to appeal to the trial court.

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  • New Workers’ Compensation Legislation

    On June 30, 2017, Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 27 into law, which law amends several provisions of the workers’ compensation law.  The law becomes effective on or about September 29, 2017.  Some of the highlights are below.  On September 6, 2017, attorneys Robert L. Solt, III and Gregory B. Denny will host a webinar discussing these amendments.  It is not too late to attend, so register here.
     

    Statute of Limitations (R. C. 4123.84).

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  • Industrial Commission Updates Adjudications Before the Industrial Commission Memos B2, C1, and M7

    In May, 2017, the Comp Connection reported on the Ohio Supreme Court’s decision in Clendendin v. Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, 2017-Ohio-2830, which found that Commission decisions regarding the return of a substantially aggravated condition to its pre-injury status is an extent of disability decision. Memo B2 has been updated to reflect the Supreme Court’s decision in Clendenin.

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  • Employee Spotlight: Deb Bartoe

    Deb Bartoe joined Bugbee & Conkle’s workers’ compensation team in January of 2017.  A Toledo native, Deb graduated in the top of her class at Waite High School before attending Owens Community College.  She has since worked at a variety of law firms in the area before finding a home at Bugbee & Conkle, stating “I can honestly say that Bugbee & Conkle is my favorite out of all of them.

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  • Court Of Appeals Finds Pre-Injury Decision To Terminate Employment May Preclude Payment Of TTD Compensation.

    In State ex rel. Sheets v. Indus. Comm., 2017-Ohio-1169, the claimant violated a work rule about a month before sustaining an injury at work. The company made its decision to terminate the claimant 3 days before the injury, which termination would become effective on the date of injury.   The claimant’s physician disabled the claimant beginning on the date of injury.  Administratively, the claimant requested temporary total compensation, which was granted by a DHO.

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