Governor Kasich has signed House Bill 27. Among other changes to Ohio workers’ compensation law, the statute of limitations to file a workers compensation claim has been reduced to one year. Previously, the statute of limitations was two years. This change goes into effect on 9/29/17 and applies to claims arising on or after this effective date. Other changes include:
- Increase attorneys’ fees to $5,000 for representation in Common Pleas Court cases
- Facilitate settlement of claims by injured handicapped workers
- Allow firefighters with cancer to receive working wage loss
- Allow compensation to be paid before the claimant’s full weekly wage has been determined, and
- Allow more time to settle claims after final IC orders by filing a notice of intent to settle the claim with 30 days of receipt of the order.