Changing workers' comp an old battle | The Columbus Dispatch

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The 4 percent rate cut that Gov. John Kasich proposed last week is just the beginning of changes that his administration will seek in workers'-compensation insurance in Ohio.
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A Hick

West Salem, OH

#21 May 2, 2011
TaxedEnoughAlready wrote:
I would just eliminate it completely. This is welfare for goldbricks, and it is driving businesses out of Ohio.
The only real alternate to the BWC is the tort system. Get a hangover, sue your employer. Get hurt by an error of your foreman, your family must sue. Without a lawsuit, the employer has no basis of to collect from his insurance.
With tort system, the lawyers and goldbricks really make out.

The defects in BWC has resulted in the Doctrine of "Absolute Libility".
Attended a course, subject was five types of lawsuits faced by an employer "on the Great Lakes, Rivers, and the related waterfronts". BWC claims were the smallest and most predictable.
Phil

Columbus, OH

#22 May 2, 2011
They had enough money from the premiums collected to build a pretty nice office building downtown Columbus.
Sterling Silver

Grove City, OH

#23 May 2, 2011
A Hick wrote:
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The only real alternate to the BWC is the tort system. Get a hangover, sue your employer. Get hurt by an error of your foreman, your family must sue. Without a lawsuit, the employer has no basis of to collect from his insurance.
With tort system, the lawyers and goldbricks really make out.
The defects in BWC has resulted in the Doctrine of "Absolute Libility".
Attended a course, subject was five types of lawsuits faced by an employer "on the Great Lakes, Rivers, and the related waterfronts". BWC claims were the smallest and most predictable.
I think the Republicans (and the fraction of business owners that are cold-hearted) want the same "benefits" for American workers that illegal aliens have: Get hurt on the job, we'll fire you and you're on your own for your medical issues. Just think how much more profit they would make with a system like this! Who could POSSIBLY be against THAT?!?
Hope

Columbus, OH

#24 May 2, 2011
To BAK and others who don't understand back pain. I am sure there is some fraud in the system. If you have a back injury some injuries are not constant everyday. You may be able to plant flowers one day and not the next, you may be able to play golf one day but not the next. You do not want to lay in bed get fat and then die of a heart attack. You are instructed to try and be active.
Jess

Bellefontaine, OH

#25 May 2, 2011
How about we start by overhauling the Ohio BWC prescription system? The amount of drugs that injured workers are receiving on their claims that are completely unrelated (i.e. for overactive bladder and psychotropic medications for a knee BRUISE?!). As long as you have an allowed, active workers' compensation claim and a prescription from a doctor -- related or not -- you'll get it paid for, no questions asked and no repercussions for fraudulent prescription filling. Not to mention that when the employer finds out about the problem months later that it can take six months or longer to get the BWC to do a drug review to cut off the medication. Oh, and the employer doesn't get that money credited back to them for the months of the fraudulent prescription payments. Sorry about your luck Mr. Big Bad employer...you can afford it.:)

Don't get me started on the major Oxycontin problem in the Ohio BWC system. I fully agree that certain injured workers need this medication but not for bruises and sprains?!?!
chairman

Cleveland, OH

#26 May 2, 2011
In the next election Kasich will run as an "l"
No. not Independent, "IDIOT"
Kahless

Lancaster, OH

#27 May 2, 2011
TaxedEnoughAlready wrote:
I would just eliminate it completely. This is welfare for goldbricks, and it is driving businesses out of Ohio.
I remember falling and breaking my wrist while at work. The hardest part of getting my wrist fixed was the confusing paperwork and the interview. I was asked if breaking my wrist was an accident. I replied I didn't break it on purpose, that it was an accident. The claims person said it wouldn't be covered because an accident meant a car accident, not accidentally breaking it. One has to learn the lingo, so I agreed that my wrist wasn't broken in an accident. Workers comp then paid all the medical bills, no problem.
bubbasister

United States

#28 May 3, 2011
I agree with Hope "If you are injured on the job you need an attorney, you can not sue the company in Ohio. You have to work through the Workers Comp system which will take a long time. If you get injured on the job in Ohio it will be the most frustrating event of your life. You will have a BWC hearing that you or your attorney will have to attend for every treatment you get. Some of the treatments that you need will be denied especially if it costs to much money like surgery. Only certain doctors take BWC patients, you may have to drive along way to find a doctor that will treat you."

The BWC continues to fight my doctor and chiropractor but the BWC wants me to take pain pills for my ruptured disks. When I told them would the BWC cover me when I become addicted to the pills I was told NO!
I've had to pay for my own CT Scans and MRI.
I also agree with Linben61: "Why do we have to have MCO agencies that go between the employer and the BWC. Cut them out and save millions. If you are hurt on the job in the current system the only way you can get benefits is to get a lawyer to fight for you and go through HELL, PAIN and MENTAL TORMENT while everything is drawn out for ever. The only way to get faster results is to loose a limb or vital organ-like maybe your eye and of course death. The way it use to be you didn't need a lawyer who takes a 3rd. of any settlement. You dealt directly with BWC. WHY THE MIDDLE MAN? Can't the BWC hire people who are mart enough to handle the task-they use to be? Are you aware that 75% of injured workers give up on their claim because they do not know how the system works, and believe me there is no one to tell you except the Lawyers. Injured workers are between a rock and a hard place." The BWC doctors tell you that you are faking and they don't do actual medical checks just ask questions and one is out of those so called appointments in 5 minutes but these doctors bill the state for thousands! I actually had a doctor show up 1 hour late (I waited in pain) and when they saw I was still in the waiting room their response to me was "oh most people would have just left and we would have reported you as a no show and your benefits cut." Nice to know how the system works.
IgnorantOhioans

Columbus, OH

#29 May 4, 2011
A Hick wrote:
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The only real alternate to the BWC is the tort system. Get a hangover, sue your employer. Get hurt by an error of your foreman, your family must sue. Without a lawsuit, the employer has no basis of to collect from his insurance.
With tort system, the lawyers and goldbricks really make out.
The defects in BWC has resulted in the Doctrine of "Absolute Libility".
Attended a course, subject was five types of lawsuits faced by an employer "on the Great Lakes, Rivers, and the related waterfronts". BWC claims were the smallest and most predictable.
No, the alternative to the Worker's Comp system is not lawsuits, the alternative is "shut up and do the work I am paying you to do." I don't think employees should be allowed to sue employers - if they don't like how the company is run, then they can go out and start their own company. Employees are getting PAID - they should shut up and do the work or leave. Government studies show that 99.9% of "workers comp" cases are fraud. Workers comp is welfare, end of story.

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