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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Ohio on
Q: Am I eligible for workmans comp benefits if I suffer PTSD due to an incident that happened while I was at work?

I am a teacher for a head start program. As part of my job I am required to conduct Home visits at families residences. During one of my visits in August of 2022 there was a man shot and killed 50 ft from me. I heard the shots and once police came I went to the front door and saw the body right... View More

James Monast
James Monast
answered on Dec 29, 2022

Ohio does not recognize workers' compensation claims for psychological conditions alone; they must be associated with a physical injury you sustain. Other states recognize these claims but not Ohio. You would have to sustain a physical injury, even a minor one, before the psychological... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Ohio on
Q: I had a cup of hot string bean juice thrown in my face by another employee at my job what are my options on what to do

I didn't suffer any major Burns but mentally I have been stressed out since she threw this cup of string beans used in my face burning my face and neck eyes and Chin what are my options

James Monast
James Monast
answered on Aug 31, 2022

You have a valid work injury claim. If you have developed an emotional reaction to your injuries and the incident, you may be able to get treatment under your claim. You'd have to have a psychologist or other mental health professional confirm a diagnosis and file a motion to have the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Workers' Compensation for Ohio on
Q: Ohio Worker's Compensation Tax as an Employer

I am being pursued by a collection for Ohio worker's compensation taxes I owed as a small business (unincorporated) owner from 1992. My business went bankrupt in 1992, and I filed bankruptcy and my taxes were discharged (but I don't have proof worker's compensation was) in 1996.... View More

James Monast
James Monast
answered on Jan 15, 2021

The BWC has an Adjudication Committee (at least they used to years ago when I worked there) where you can present your situation. It used to come up when employers were non-complying (I.e., hadn't had premiums) or coverage had lapsed for a few days and then got hit with a huge penalty. They... View More

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