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  • 10th District Court of Appeals Upholds Commission’s Voluntary Abandonment Finding After Termination Following a Progressive Discipline Policy

    BY: Janelle Matuszak, Esq.
    In State ex rel. Reisinger v. Indus. Comm., 10th Dist. No. 18AP-621, 2019-Ohio-3344, claimant was terminated and subsequently filed a motion for temporary total disability compensation (TTD).  The employer argued claimant was not entitled to TTD because he abandoned his former position of employment when he was terminated pursuant to a progressive discipline policy.  First, he used his cell phone on the floor and received coaching.

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  • Claimant’s Evidence Without a Physician’s Opinion on Impairment Insufficient to Support a Loss of Vision Award

    BY: Janelle Matuszak, Esq.
    In State ex rel. Beyer v. Autoneum North America, ___Ohio St.3d ____, 2019-Ohio-3714, claimant had an allowed claim for pneumoconiosis as a result of exposure to silica.  His treatment included long-term corticosteroid use which caused cataracts.  His claim was additionally allowed for bilateral cataract syndrome on a flow-through basis.  The claimant filed a motion for a loss of vision of the right eye award pursuant to R.C. 4123.

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  • Governor Appoints Jim Hughes Chairman of the Industrial Commission

    Effective July 1, 2019, Jim Hughes began a six-year term as chairman and the employee member of the Industrial Commission, replacing Thomas (Tim) Bainbridge.  The Chairman oversees all administrative functions at the Commission in addition to adjudicating matters with the employer and public members of the Commission.  Mr. Hughes’ background includes serving in the Ohio House of Representatives, the Ohio Senate, and various legislative committees.

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  • Supreme Court Holds the Commission Must Address Whether a Job Offer is Made in Good Faith in Determining a Request for TTD Compensation

    In State ex rel. Pacheco v. Indus. Comm., 2019-Ohio-2954, the claimant sustained a work injury for which he received TTD compensation.  The employer offered the claimant light duty employment, which consisted of sitting in the company cafeteria performing no work.

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  • Ninth District Court of Appeals Holds Employer Cannot Sue A Provider For False/Misleading Information As To A Claimant’s Disability

    In Automation Tool & Die, Inc. v. Medina Hospital, et. al., 9th Dist. No. 19CA009-M, a nurse practitioner was filling out forms requesting treatment and additional conditions using Dr. Terry’s rubber-stamped signature.  The company later found claimant was working while receiving temporary total disability compensation and the additional allowances were vacated by the Commission.  The company then filed a complaint against the hospital and Dr.

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