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Important Announcement: The Ohio Industrial Commission met on Wednesday April 15, 2020, and voted to add the issue of permanent partial disability to the issues that can currently be heard via telephonic hearing at the Ohio Industrial Commission. The issues that can now proceed to telephonic hearing include the initial allowance of claim, additional allowance, temporary total, termination of temporary total, wage loss, permanent total, and permanent partial. In addition, for the purpose of complying with the declared state of emergency and the limitations on travel and expenditures, the Ohio Industrial Commission voted to cancel the Statewide Hearing Officer Meeting that had been scheduled for September 14-15, 2020.

Change to Telephone Hearing Process: Beginning on Monday, April 27, 2020, the IC will change the way it conducts telephonic hearings in an effort to increase efficiency. In addition to the names of parties, claim number, date and time of hearing, and general information telephone number, the notices of hearing will state that the hearings will be conducted by telephone, and will provide a number and access code for parties and representatives to call in order to participate. Telephonic hearings that take place prior to April 27, 2020 will be conducted in the same manner that has been used during the last couple of weeks.

Agency News

On September 10, 2019, the Ohio Industrial Commission adopted a new version of the Medical Examination Manual. To view the new manual, please visit Medical Specialist Resources.

The Ohio Industrial Commission welcomes Jim Hughes as the chairman and employee member of the Commission for a term that begins on July 1, 2019. Full Bio

Resolution Update: IC Resolution 19-1-01 IC Medical Exam Fee Schedule has been adopted. To view it, visit our IC Policies>IC Resolutions page.

Construction Project Near the Cleveland Regional Office
Customers and tenants in the Frank Lausche Building in Cleveland, Ohio have recently experienced some minor floor vibrations throughout the building. These vibrations are a result of the sidewalk demolition occurring on West Sixth Street outside of the building. The sidewalk demolition is part of the Tower City Bridge construction project. The demolition portion of this project will end soon and the vibrations should end, too. Click here to see the informational flyer regarding this project’s schedule as well as the traffic impact that will occur. 

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About the Industrial Commission

The Ohio Industrial Commission (IC) conducts over 130,000 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.ohio.gov 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

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


ICON 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.ohio.gov with questions and concerns.


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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.