Charles D. Smith & Associates

January 13, 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 […]
November 20, 2013

Trio of Ohio Supreme Court Cases Illuminate Abandonment of Workforce as Bar to Disability Compensation

Three recent Ohio Supreme Court cases have addressed the effect of voluntary retirement or job market abandonment on eligibility for disability compensation.  State ex rel. Hoffman v. […]
November 20, 2013

Inconsistent Application of Company Policies Can Lead to Trouble and Discrimination Litigation

In a recent opinion, the Tenth District Court of Appeals emphasized again how important it is for employers to make sure that their company policies and […]
October 16, 2013

Termination for Criminal Conduct May Not Bar Recovery of Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Under the defense of voluntary abandonment, an employer can block a claimant’s eligibility for future temporary total disability benefits if the employer can show that the […]
October 2, 2013

Ohio Supreme Court Rules that BWC is Not Under Duty to Pay Scheduled Loss of Use Benefits in Absence of Application

On September 18, 2013, the Ohio Supreme Court affirmed a court of appeals decision finding that the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) was not required to […]
August 1, 2013

Failure to List All Allowed Conditions in the Header of a Report Does Not Necessarily Disqualify the Report from Consideration by the Industrial Commission

The fact that an examining doctor does not list all of the allowed conditions in the header of his or her report does not necessarily mean […]
July 23, 2013

Ohio Supreme Court Limits Recognition of Psychiatric Condition in Workers’ Compensation Claim

The Ohio Supreme Court recently limited the opportunity under Ohio’s workers’ compensation laws for the allowance of psychiatric conditions.  Armstrong v. John R. Jurgensen Co. (June 14, 2013), […]
June 7, 2013

Defective Safety Devices Can Lead to Liability Under an Employer Intentional Tort Claim

Even with the significant protections set forth in Ohio Revised Code Section 2745.01, employers still face potential liability in an intentional tort action if a safety […]
May 16, 2013

Governor and BWC Announce Proposal to Pay $1 Billion Back

Governor Kasich and the Administrator of the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC), Steve Buehrer, recently announced a proposal to pay $1 billion in rebates to private […]