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Miscellaneous Issues

Child Support:

Workers’ compensation benefits can be reduced if there is an outstanding child support order.  

Continuing Jurisdiction:

How long your claim remains viable depends on the date of injury and what types of compensation have been paid.   The payment of compensation and medical bills extends the statute of limitations on claims.  

Medical Treatment:

Medical treatment is covered under the claim for the allowed conditions in the claim.  Medical conditions are allowed by ICD-9 codes.  For each disease or diagnosis in the human body there is a corresponding ICD-9 code.  For medical treatment to be payable, this code must be allowed in your claim and the medical bills must be submitted using these allowed codes.  

Medical treatment also must be medically reasonable and necessary for the allowed conditions in the claim.  This issue is often disputed as managed care organizations deny care based upon reviews by their own physicians.  

Taxes:

Ohio workers’ compensation benefits are not taxable.  

Vocational Rehabilitation:

An injured worker may be entitled to vocational rehabilitation as part of a workers’ compensation claim if the injured worker is unable to return to the former position of employment as a result of restrictions from the allowed conditions in the claim.  In theory, vocational rehabilitation is designed to provide job retraining to enhance the injured worker’s ability to re-enter the workforce at an earnings level equivalent to the wages earned prior to injury.  Unfortunately, vocational rehabilitation often does not involve much more than a job search coach.  

Disclaimer:   The foregoing is not legal advice and should not be considered to be legal advice.  These summaries are for general information only.  The summaries are incomplete and every workers’ compensation claim presents its own unique set of facts and application of the law.  Please consult a qualified attorney for competent legal advice. 

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Disclaimer:

The foregoing is not legal advice and should not be considered to be legal advice. These summaries are for general information only.  The summaries are incomplete and every workers’ compensation claim presents its own unique set of facts and application of the law. Please consult a qualified attorney for competent legal advice. 

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