Bugbee & Conkle boasts one of the largest longstanding workers’ compensation practices in the State of Ohio. Bugbee & Conkle provides clients in business and industry over 140 years of collective experience and expertise in defending workers’ compensation claims and other lawsuits involving workplace incidents.
Ohio’s unique workers’ compensation system permits injured workers and employers to appeal injury, occupational disease and death claims from the Industrial Commission to the common pleas courts of Ohio, like any other civil case, workers’ compensation actions are tried before a jury and court. As such, workers’ compensation litigation occurs in Ohio’s common pleas courts, Ohio courts of appeals, and the Ohio Supreme Court.
Bugbee & Conkle’s lawyers aggressively defend state fund and self-insured employers on injury, occupational disease and death claims in jury and bench trials throughout Ohio, including Lucas County (Toledo), Wood County (Bowling Green) Defiance County (Defiance), Allen County (Lima), Hancock County (Findlay), Erie County (Sandusky), Richland County (Mansfield) Sandusky County (Ottawa), Cuyahoga County (Cleveland) and Franklin County (Columbus) to name a few. If a case is appealed, Bugbee & Conkle continues its representation in the courts of appeals and the Ohio Supreme Court. Bugbee & Conkle regularly argues cases in the Sixth District Court of Appeals, the Third District Court of Appeals, and the Tenth District Court of Appeals.
Industrial Commission decisions regarding the payment of permanent total disability compensation, temporary total disability compensation, permanent partial disability compensation, wage loss compensation, authorization of treatment, and violations of specific safety requirements (“VSSR”), and all other issues regarding the “extent” of an injured worker’s disability can be challenged in a mandamus action in the Franklin County Court of Appeals in Columbus, Ohio. Over the years, Bugbee & Conkle’s lawyers have successfully argued numerous mandamus cases in both the court of appeals and the Ohio Supreme Court.
The lawyers at Bugbee & Conkle also defend state fund and self-insured businesses and companies in intentional tort lawsuits and pursue employers’ workers’ compensation subrogation rights in Ohio’s trial courts