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Workers’ Compensation and OSHA

Calfee’s Workers’ Compensation and OSHA “Tier 1”[1] practice group uses an aggressive yet efficient approach in our representation of employers facing every conceivable workers’ compensation, OSHA and related employer liability concern.  Our attorneys counsel a wide range of industries including: banking, chemical, construction, employee leasing, food products, health and assisted living and rehabilitation care, hotel, interstate trucking, metalforming and metal finishing, packaging, restaurant, retailers, warehousing and distribution, and other manufacturing and service industries.  Many of these companies are self‑insured for workers’ compensation liability.  In addition, we counsel school districts and other public employers.

A single industrial accident may have workers’ compensation, OSHA, intentional tort/personal injury, insurance coverage, ADA, FMLA, retaliatory discharge and even crisis management implications.  Our attorneys are available 24 hours a day to counsel clients in such situations.  We also work with employers on OSHA compliance (the “accident that never happens”), workers’ compensation audits including coverage and rating options, and individual “problem” workers’ compensation claims (those involving high liability, fraud, or the need to present witnesses or legal argument).  Our attorneys pride themselves on having the experience and knowledge to have the complete picture in mind when advising employers.  The solutions we offer not only address our clients’ concerns but do so in a cost‑efficient manner.

What is The National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network?

Calfee is a charter member of The National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN), a nationwide and Canadian network of independent law firms.  NWCDN provides employers and insurers access to quality representation in workers’ compensation and related employer liability fields.  (Visit www.nwcdn.com for more information.)

Do smaller and mid‑sized businesses also have workers’ compensation issues?

Yes.  Most of these businesses and their workers’ compensation claims are subject to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation’s “MIRAII” reserving system.  Reserves affect group rating eligibility and the potential for significant premium savings.  In claims where the claimant has an attorney, or which may significantly impact premiums, employers should consider retaining outside legal representation. Employers who are in Ohio BWC’s high deductible and retrospective rating programs enjoy “semi-self insured” status and need to protect their workers’ compensation programs accordingly.

[1]“Tier 1” rating by U. S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers of America 2016.

 

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