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What does 'remain at work' mean under workers' compensation?

Workers' compensation in Ohio can address a variety of different situations from workers who are completely unable to work for the foreseeable future, if not permanently, and workers who have minor injuries that leave them unable to work for a short period of time. For workers who have injuries that meet certain criteria, there is an alternative known as "remain at work" that might be useful. Knowing the details of remain at work is important for those who are considering it.

Workers who suffered workplace injuries can stay on the job with the remain at work alternative. It is meant for workers who are injured and have medical-only claims, meaning they have missed seven days or fewer, and want to continue working but are having issues doing so and might need to leave work again. The Managed Care Organization should be contacted if there is a worker who requires specialized services to continue working or is having trouble with an injury after getting back to work.

There are three ways in which a worker can be deemed eligible for remain at work. They must: have a certified medical-only or lost-time claim in which there was no salary continuation or temporary total compensation; there must be a problem working because of the injury or condition; and the difficulty must have been identified by the worker, the physician or the employer. The MCO will keep track of the difficult time the worker is having and will craft a plan for the employee to remain at work. This might include such factors as job modification, job analysis, on-the-job training, gradual return to work and others.

The MCO will pay for remain at work as it does for other services. The goal is to keep an injured worker working and prevent injuries from turning into lost-time claims. With remain at work, the employee will stay on the job and continue receiving regular pay. This is also beneficial to the employer because it avoids a lost-time claim. While this program might not be for everyone, it can be useful for some workers. If there is any confusion regarding an aspect of workers' compensation or a disagreement over the worker's injuries, having legal help is crucial and a law firm experienced in workers' compensation benefits should be contacted immediately.

Source: bwc.ohio.gov, "Remain at work," accessed on Jan. 8, 2018

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