Welcome to the Industrial Commission
Thomas H. Bainbridge Becomes Ohio Industrial Commission Chairman Effective July 9, 2013, Governor John Kasich appointed Thomas Bainbridge as the Chairman of the Commission... Full Story
Effective July 1, 2013, the Medical Examination Manual has been revised. It is located under the Medical Specialist Resources Quick Link.
Effective June 20, 2013, three Industrial Commission rules were updated. Rules 4121-3-32, 4121-3-34 and 4121-15-10 can all be viewed by visiting the IC Policies section and clicking the IC Rules link.
Governor John Kasich Signs Ohio Industrial Commission FY 2014-2015 Budget Bill IC budget passed General Assembly unanimously ... Full Story
Honoring 100 Years of Fulfilling Our Promise to Injured Workers and Ohio Employers On March 14, 2013, the Ohio Industrial Commission will celebrate 100 years of serving injured workers and Ohio employers through expeditious and impartial resolution of issues arising from workers' compensation claims ... Full Story
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. 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.
We're here to help! Call, fax or email us at askIC@ic.state.oh.us with questions and concerns.
Download individual PDFs of IC forms.
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.