Changes to Ohio Workers’ Compensation Law

Last year Ohio saw a major change to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation law. House Bill 27, signed into law in September 2017 can have a serious impact on your workers’ compensation claim. If you were injured at work in 2017, time may be running out.

Major Changes with HB 27

The Most Notable Change, Statute of Limitations Reduced by 50%

Prior to September 2017, individuals that suffered a work related injury had two years from the date of injury or diagnosis to file their claim. HB 27 reduces that time period to 1 year.

The ramifications of a reduced statute of limitations are profound. Dealing with the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation is no picnic, and often times can take months to navigate the confusing process. It is more pressing than ever before to seek immediate legal aid. 

Appeal Deadline Change

The length of time for filing an appeal to a workers’ compensation Industrial Commission order has been extended under HB 27. The idea is to promote both parties to reach a settlement, without filing a claim in court. The appeal deadline is extended from 60 days to 150 days.   

Firefighters’ and Work Related Illness

Occupational diseases and the statute of limitations to file a claim remains at 2 years with HB 27. This is incredibly important for public service positions, such as firefighters, who recently also fought and won to establish the Michael J Palumbo firefighters’ cancer act. 

HB 27 and Your Case

Given these and many other changes under HB27,  time is of the essence for your workers’ compensation case. If you or a loved one were hurt at work, contact our offices immediately. We have the resources and experience to prove your case, and fight for the fair compensation that you deserve.

As your Ohio workers’ compensation attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities. You can reach Tim by email at or call at 877.944.4373.

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Ohio HB 27 - Changes to Ohio Workers' Compensation Law
Major changes to Ohio Workers' Compensation law, specifically the statute of limitations timetable, has been in effect since September, 2017. Ohio HB 27 reduced the filing time from the date of injury to just 1 year. Prior to HB 27, the statute of limitations to file a claim from the date of injury or diagnosis was 2 years.