Workers' Compensation

Our Workers’ Compensation attorneys work with clients to help reduce and manage workers’ compensation expenses through cost-effective claims handling. We implement programs that keep in mind the underlying premise to protect and maintain positive relationships between employers and employees.

One attorney is assigned with primary responsibility to become familiar with an organization’s operations, personnel, products, and services and to suggest preventative programs to help avoid legal issues down the road. If litigation matters do arise, our attorneys have extensive experience representing employers at the state and appellate levels. Since the type of work and claims vary by industry, our clients benefit from our experience, knowledge, and efficient management of claims and projects across a broad scope of sectors.

Many of our attorneys are Ohio State Bar Association board certified specialists in Ohio Workers’ Compensation Law. We bring knowledge from former posts held within the Industrial Commission and Workers’ Compensation Divisions of the Attorney General Office and have served as expert witnesses in state and federal courts on workers’ compensation matters. In addition, at the request of the Chairman of the Industrial Commission of Ohio, we have served on committees addressing compensation and benefits issues, as well as claims for violations of specific safety requirements (VSSR).

Our People

Representative Services

  • Adjudication Committee hearings
  • Appeal and mandamus actions
  • Audits, classifications, and premium disputes
  • Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) audits and protests
  • District, Staff, and Industrial Commission hearings
  • Industrial injuries
  • Intentional tort and retaliation claims
  • OSHA standards, complaints, responses, and inspections
  • Self-insured applications, complaints, and carrier issues
  • Subrogation and third-party claims
  • Unemployment compensation rate and claim disputes
  • Violation of Specific Safety Requirements (VSSR)

Representative Matters

  • Challenged a Bureau of Workers’ Compensation audit, which saved a contractor claimed past-due premiums
  • Obtained a unanimous defense jury verdict in a complex claim and secured disallowance of an asbestos-related death claim, which would have cost the self-insured employer lifetime benefits
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement with OSHA for a manufacturing client, resulting in a substantial decrease in fines and the withdrawal of two willful citations
  • Obtained a defense verdict in a highly publicized wrongful discharge case in which the jury rendered a verdict on counterclaims in favor of the client
  • Defended an excavator in a jury trial involving a foundation cave-in at a construction site
  • Successfully settled an audit classification protest that saved an employer over $130,000 in premiums
  • Obtained dismissal of a case involving a steel processing plant’s former employee’s alleged intentional tort claims for serious injuries
  • Served as lead counsel for a statewide association of managed care organizations in the Amicus brief filed with the Ohio Supreme Court in response to organized labor’s constitutional challenge to the Bureau’s health partnership program
  • Successfully argued before the Industrial Commission that an injured worker was an independent contractor and not an employee and secured reimbursement from the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation for monies collected because the employer was erroneously labeled a non-complying employer
  • Saved a retrospective-rated employer a significant dollar amount in back premiums and avoided litigation by working with both the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and the employer on developing a comprehensive safety program
  • Received a favorable jury verdict concerning an employee’s claim for a psychological injury allegedly resulting from occupational injury at a hospital
  • Argued the interests of a nonprofit organization to earn a hearing before the Commissioners of the Industrial Commission and secured a finding of “voluntary abandonment” that overturned an earlier award of Temporary Total Disability compensation
  • Successfully represented a municipality in a workers’ compensation retaliation suit
  • Obtained summary judgment for a leading manufacturer of hardwood flooring in an intentional tort case involving an employee who was injured by a conveyor belt
  • Handled unemployment claims for a variety of employers

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