The state's $21 billion system for handling claims from injured workers and setting the premiums their employers pay is "pretty broken," and it may take years of work before public trust is restored, the new director of Ohio's insurance fund for injured workers said Wednesday.
The premiums employers pay are unstable and some workers face inappropriately long waiting periods after filing claims, Marsha Ryan, administrator of the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, said in an interview with The Associated Press.
We in the real world didn't need for Marsha to tell us what we already know. Ohio worker's comp system is the worst in the nation. For injured workers as well as employers.
It's not unusual for an employer's annual premiums to double despite the lack of a claim history. I currently have a day care provider with a $6000 annual workers comp bill. It's ridiculous.
I know someone that waited almost six years to get the approval for a back surgery.
What I want to know is why this article is in the Houston Chronicle and not the Buckeyeville Dispatch. Oh, I guess new turf on the football field is more important than a collapsing workers comp system.
Hat tip to Right Angle Blog.