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Agency News

Statewide Hearing Officer Training to be Held September 28, 2015. Registration begins on Monday, June 1, 2014. Full Story…

Cleveland Hearing Location Change Starting May 19, 2015, hearings in the Cleveland Regional Office will move from the seventh floor to the fifth floor of the Frank Lausche Building. Full Story…

Regional Office Structure Changes Effective April 1 The Ohio Industrial Commission has announced regional office structure changes to its Columbus, Akron and Cleveland regions. Full Story…

Accessing Confidential Personal Information Rule Review The Ohio Industrial Commission is currently reviewing Rules 4121-4-01 through 4121-4-05, which set forth a policy for the access of confidential personal information by IC employees and members. Full Story…

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Effective Monday, December 15, 2014, the Ohio Industrial Commission has revised the Permanent Total Disability Rule. Click here to view the new rule.

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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 2016/2017 Budget Booklet entitled “Keeping Our Customers First.” This booklet was published in March 2015 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.ohio.gov 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