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Ohio Supreme Court Finds Employee Who Quits Work Not Entitled to Temporary Total Disability Compensation

On January 22, 2015, the Ohio Supreme Court issued its decision in State ex rel. Hildebrand v. Wingate, Transport, Inc., 2015-Ohio-167.  The issue before the Court was whether a claimant’s voluntary departure from work precluded the receipt of temporary total disability compensation.  The claimant did not deny that he quit work, but argued he was disabled at such time and under State ex rel. Pretty Products, Inc. v. Indus. Comm., 77 Ohio St.3d 5, he should be entitled to compensation.  The Court rejected this argument and distinguished Pretty Products, which involved a discharge from employment, rather than a quit.  This is a positive case for employers.  Click here to read the full opinion.

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