The Appeals Process
Did you know that most Industrial Commission (IC) hearings take place in a small hearing room with a few people present? Our hearings are much different than you might see in a common courtroom. They are informal, quasi-judicial, and less intimidating, while still providing sufficient opportunity for injured workers and employers to present their positions on the claims under review.
Anyone wishing to appeal a claim to the IC should file Form IC-12 (located on the Forms page) with a local IC office, or file the appeal online by accessing ICON.
If the IC has already decided your case and you wish to appeal the IC decision, access ICON to file an appeal online, or click Hearing Levels for further information on the levels of appeals.
If you are filing a Permanent Total Disability (PTD) application, please review our Permanent Total Disability guidelines.
District-level and staff-level hearings are generally held at the local office closest to the injured worker's home. For more information on the hearing levels, visit the Hearing Levels page.
Injured workers are required to attend any exam scheduled by the IC. The Ohio Revised Code specifies that compensation may be suspended if the injured worker refuses or obstructs a medical exam relating to a workers' compensation claim.
An IC-ordered exam is performed by a medical professional at no cost to the injured worker. Qualified travel, lodging and food expenses may be authorized for reimbursement by the IC.
If you require foreign language interpreting services or deaf and hard of hearing services at your medical examination, you must request this service prior to the exam on the Interpretive Service Request Form (IC-INT). Requests can be made / submitted electronically through ICON, or by faxing a completed IC-INT, found by visiting the Forms page, to Customer Service at 614-728-7004. If you have questions regarding these services, please contact Customer Service at 1-800-521-2691.
Medical payments are payable when ordered by a staff hearing officer.