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June 23rd, 2016

BWC Core Project update 
The new information technology system designed to integrate claims, policies, employer billing and medical data into one system within the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is way over budget.  Expected to be online by the end of 2013, the Bureau hopes it will be ready by November of this year.  

Click here to read the Cleveland Plain Dealer story: Ohio IT upgrade cost millions more, has taken years longer than planned

OAJ suit nullifies WC law
Last month, the 8th District Court of Appeals ruled in favor of OAJ's suit against the BWC. 

The Court found that the Ohio legislature violated the Constitution's single subject rule when it inserted an amendment depriving amputees of a lump sum payment for their injury into a state budget bill in 2012. 

However, before this court decision the Kasich Administration amended the rules on lump sum awards for loss of use to require lump sum awards to be discounted for present value, which is how the rules stood prior to an OAJ-promoted rule amendment adopted by the Strickland Administration.  OAJ is working with organized labor to convince the Bureau to once again permit lump sum payouts without discounting for present value.  

Click here to download the 8th District Court of Appeals decision (Jeffrey Kljun v. Sarah Morrison, Administrator, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation)     

Click here to link to OAC 4123-3-37 Lump sum advancements

New laws 
The effective date of legislation of interest to trial lawyers includes: 

     • Vehicle forcible entry immunity (SB 215): provides civil immunity except for reckless conduct for           any damage or injury resulting from the forcible entry of a motor vehicle in order to rescue a child or         animal from a “hot” car – enacted, effective August 31, 2016

    • Agri-tourism immunity (SB 75): establishes qualified immunity in a civil action for farmers who               charge visitors to pick apples or pumpkins, take hayrides, or wander through a corn maze.  OAJ               amended the bills to clarify that the immunity does not attach if the farmer knew or should have                 known about dangerous conditions – enacted, becomes effective August 16, 2016

Rule change on commercial dockets
The Supreme Court is seeking comment on proposed changes to court rules governing commercial dockets.  The proposed changes would alter the process for appointing judges to commercial dockets and adjust the judges' qualifications, term lengths and education requirements.  Comments are due by July 21, 2016.

Click here to link to the Proposed Amendments to the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio

OAJ's Most Wanted
We've added three new doctors to our lineup for the “Most Wanted” medical expert research. We now have research on Dr. Thomas Bender, Dr. Louis Cannon, and Dr. Dennis Glazer along with three other DME’s. Visit for more information

OAJ Staff Riding to Raise Money for Cancer Research
OAJ staff member Ali Caulkins has committed to ride 25 miles during the Pelotonia event to raise money for cancer research. She is well on her way to reaching her fundraising goal of $1,250, but could still use the support of the association to surpass this goal! Please consider supporting her ride at 




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