The Ohio Supreme Court recently ruled on a case involving the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and an individual who was injured while working. In The State. Ex rel. Hildebrand, v. Wingate Transport, Inc., et al, the Appellant, Hildebrand injured his back while at work. His physician recommended work restrictions to avoid further injury.
Following an argument with his supervisor when he returned to work, Hildebrand quit and then sought temporary-total-disability compensation from the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation because of his inability to work due to his injuries. The Bureau rejected Hildebrand’s claim for temporary-total-disability compensation and the Ohio Supreme Court affirmed the rejection of temporary-total-disability compensation because there must be a causal relationship between the workplace injury and the inability to work. One may not voluntarily end employment based upon a matter not related to the workplace injury and still receive temporary-total-disability.
Before taking any action on a workplace injury and/or a workers’ compensation claim, it is important to assess the entirety of the situation and contemplate all possible outcomes, legal or otherwise.
For any Bureau of Workers’ Compensation questions please contact the Law Office of Crehan & Thumann at (513) 381-5050 or at www.ctlawcincinnati.com