Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) News

Ohio Man Must Repay $35K in Ohio Workers’ Comp Benefits

A Columbus man on disability benefits for a workplace injury must reimburse the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) $35,000 after investigators found him collecting and selling 46 tons of scrap metal during a time he purported to be disabled. …

Ohio Coal Miner Creates Fake Employment Records in Workers’ Comp Fraud

A former coal miner from northeast Ohio owes the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) more than $40,000 after BWC investigators found him creating phony employment records to secure BWC cash benefits, the workers’ compensation insurance provider announced. Steven R. …

Ohio Man Pleads Guilty to Workers’ Comp Fraud

A Marion, Ohio, man who was injured on the job as an emergency medical technician in 2010 recently pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud after investigators discovered him working as a high school bowling coach, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ …

Cogan Appointed Chief Legal Counsel at Ohio Workers’ Comp Bureau

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison has appointed Kevin Cogan as the bureau’s chief legal counsel. Cogan will be a member of BWC’s executive staff, responsible for coordinating all legal activities for BWC, providing legal advice and …

New Ohio Workers’ Comp Opioid Prescription Rule now in Effect

A new rule governing the prescribing of opioids to treat Ohioans injured on the job took effect on Oct. 1, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) reported. The changes target the prevention of opioid dependence by encouraging appropriate prescribing …

Ohio Woman Pleads Guilty to Workers’ Comp Fraud, Owes $94K

A Youngstown, Ohio, woman has been ordered to repay the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) nearly $94,000 in workplace injury benefits she collected illegally. The Ohio BWD reported that Zelma Forro pleaded guilty to workers’ compensation fraud in the …

Buehrer Resigns from Ohio Workers’ Comp Bureau

The head of the Ohio’s insurance fund for injured workers is stepping down from his job this month. Gov. John Kasich’s office announced that Steve Buehrer is resigning as administrator and CEO of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Buehrer …

Payout of Ohio Workers’ Comp Settlement Delayed

Thousands of employers in Ohio who were overcharged for workers’ compensation insurance premiums will have to wait at least a few more weeks before collecting a share of the $420 million court settlement, according to one of the attorneys involved. …

Ohio BWC Proposes Private Employer Workers’ Comp Rate Reduction

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) is proposing to reduce overall premium rate levels for private employers beginning July 1, 2015. The 10.8 percent reduction would result in a decrease in projected annual premium of $153 million, the BWC. If …

Millions Unclaimed in Ohio Workers’ Comp Overcharge Case

The law firm handling a $420 million state settlement over Ohio employers being overcharged for workers’ compensation premiums says millions of dollars weren’t claimed by the deadline. The Bricker & Eckler law firm tells The Columbus Dispatch that 35,000 claims …