Statute of Limitations to File Claims Reduced to 1 year

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.