Charles D. Smith & Associates

December 23, 2014

Court of Appeals Extends Loss of Use Awards to Beneficiary of Deceased Worker

As a result of a recent court case, the amount of benefits now available to the beneficiaries of a deceased worker could increase significantly. When identifying […]
December 19, 2014

OSHA Updates Recordkeeping and Reporting Rules

Effective January 1, 2015, OSHA is expanding the list of severe injuries that all employers must report.   Currently, employers have to report all work-related fatalities and […]
December 19, 2014

U.S. News & World Report Announces the 2015 “Best Law Firms” Rankings

Charles D. Smith & Associates is pleased to announce that it has been named in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Law Firms” in the practice […]
December 9, 2014

Charles Smith and Ryan Bonina Again Included in Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine Lists

Charles D. Smith & Associates is pleased to announce that Charles D. Smith has again been named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list by Ohio Super Lawyers […]
December 9, 2014

Ohio Court Grants Wide Latitude to Industrial Commission in Determining the Credibility of Medical Evidence in Disability Determinations

It is always important to remember that with permanent total disability applications there is only one evidentiary hearing. More importantly, the Hearing Officer has a great […]
October 17, 2014

EEOC Files Transgender Employment Discrimination Suits in Two States

In 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) identified coverage of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals under Title VII as a top enforcement priority.  Although […]
September 17, 2014

Medical Marijuana – Can it be Considered Reasonable and Necessary Treatment in a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

To date, twenty states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes. In addition, two states have legalized the recreational […]
August 13, 2014

Under the Laws of Disability Discrimination, Perception is Reality

Under the Americans with Disability Act, as well as Chapter 4112 of Ohio Revised Code, an individual can bring a claim for disability discrimination based upon […]
August 7, 2014

Ohio Supreme Court Requires Industrial Commission to Address Employers’ Defenses in Permanent Total Disability Applications

In the case of Sheppard v. Industrial Commission, (2014), 139 Ohio St.3d 229, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the Industrial Commission must address all legal […]