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2014 Statewide Hearing Officer Meeting Agenda Released. The agenda for the Fall Statewide Hearing Officer Meeting, scheduled for Monday, September 8, 2014 in the William Green Building L2 Auditorium, is now available. Click here to view the agenda.

The Summer 2014 edition of the Adjudicator is now available. It is located under the Reports and Newsletters Quick Link.

Hearing Officer Manual Policy I5 has been revised, effective Wednesday, June 18, 2014. Click on the Hearing Officer Manual Quick Link to view the policy.

Enhancements Made to the IC Mobile Website. The Ohio Industrial Commission has launched a new clickable map on its mobile website. Users can click on a region of the map to see the contact information for the IC offices in that region. More content will also become available in the future. If you do not wish to view the mobile website, please click the “VIEW FULL SITE” link on the bottom, and if you want to visit the mobile site, you can click the “IC Mobile” graphic at the top of any page.

A REMINDER FROM THE COMMISSIONERS: The Industrial Commission would like to remind all who actively participate in the adjudication process at the Industrial Commission of the professional dress expected when appearing for hearings. Out of respect for the system, we ask all who attend hearings be appropriately dressed in business attire and demonstrate good judgment and professional taste. "Casual Friday" or golf attire is not appropriate, as such dress is disrespectful of the important role of the Industrial Commission. Please ensure your appearance is professional as a courtesy to your clients and peers.

The Ohio Industrial Commission is Currently Reviewing the Permanent Total Disability Rule. Comments from the public regarding the proposed changes are welcome.... Full Story

Effective April 4, 2014, the Industrial Commission of Ohio has approved the following policies: new Telephone Participation Guidelines; New Hearing Officer Manual Policy G5 (Guidelines for Permanent Total Disability Tentative Grant Orders); Revised Hearing Officer Manual Policies O3 (Staff Hearing Officers Review of Settlements) and R7 (Use of Audiovisual Evidence). All can be found under the IC Policies tab.

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About the Industrial Commission

The Industrial Commission (IC) of Ohio conducts over 150,000 hearings annually and most of these hearings take place within 45 days of the original claim appeal. What does that mean to you? It means you can expect great customer service as we provide a forum for appealing Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) and self-insured employer decisions.

Our mission: Serve injured workers and Ohio employers through expeditious and impartial resolution of issues arising from workers' compensation claims and through the establishment of adjudication policy. Throughout the appeals process, the Industrial Commission assists parties via our toll-free customer service and TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) phone lines, our askIC@ic.state.oh.us general email address, by providing interpreting services, and with assorted Web services.

Hearings on disputed claims are conducted at three levels within the Commission: the district level, the staff level, and the Commission level. The Governor appoints the three-member Commission and the Ohio Senate confirms these appointments. By previous vocation, employment or affiliation, one member must represent employees, one must represent employers and one must represent the public. The executive director manages the agency’s day-to-day operations.

While BWC is responsible for collecting workers' compensation insurance premiums, overseeing the insurance system, and paying out compensable claims, the IC is responsible for:

  • Providing a forum for fair and impartial claims resolution
  • Conducting hearings on disputed claims
  • Adjudicating claims involving an employer's violation of specific safety requirements
  • Determining eligibility for permanent total disability benefits

The IC's independence from BWC allows it to more fairly adjudicate disputes over those benefits. For a breakdown on how well we are serving you, read the Industrial Commission 2014/2015 Budget Booklet entitled “Putting Our Customers First. Less Spending. Better Service.” This booklet was published in March 2013 to provide information about the IC to legislators during the state’s biennium budget process.

To learn how the IC works to resolve disputed claims, see The Appeals Process.

I.C.O.N.

I.C.O.N. is your online resource for managing your hearing file. Logon to file appeals, objections, continuances, cancellations, request services, and view or add documents to your hearing folder.

Contact

We're here to help! Call, fax or email us at askIC@ic.state.oh.us with questions and concerns.

Forms

Download individual PDFs of IC forms.

IC Policies

Get the information you need to comply with IC rules, resolutions, policies and guidelines.

The Appeals Process

Confused about the process or what is expected of you? Visit the Appeals Process section to learn the ins and outs of workers’ compensation claims and hearings.

“I’ve been working with the IC for years and have had a very positive experience. The staff is very respectful and committed to treating everyone fairly. The staff works hard to understand what you need and gives an extra effort to do what they can to help.” 

Attorney Mark McCarthy
Poling Law