Articles by Ben Wiborg

Settling your workers’ compensation claim can result in an increase in your Social Security Disability benefits

by Ben Wiborg | October 7th, 2013

Our prior blog detailed how benefits received by a disabled worker from both workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability  are offset.  In this blog, I discuss how settling a workers’ compensation claim can actually result in an increase in the SSD benefits being received. The key to settling a workers’ compensation claim for anyone who […]

Why have my Social Security Disability benefits been reduced and now I have an overpayment?

by Ben Wiborg | October 3rd, 2013

For those who qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, the benefit amount is based upon the disabled worker’s Average Current Earnings (ACE).  The Social Security Administration determines the ACE by reviewing the disabled worker’s earning history from the years he or she was able to work.  Essentially the ACE is the highest earning calendar year […]

When will the medical bills for treatment of my work-related injury be paid?

by Ben Wiborg | August 19th, 2013

Our last workers compensation blog addressed why an injured worker might receive bills for medical treatment received for a work-related injury.  Now let’s review the remedies for this problem: 1. If your claim is being contested by your employer or the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, you will have a hearing to determine if your […]

Hurt on the job? Medical bills piling up?

by Ben Wiborg | July 19th, 2013

Q: I got hurt at work, why am I getting billed for the medical treatment I received? A: When you’re injured on the job, the medical bills for the treatment you receive are supposed to be paid by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (MCO) or your self-insured employer.  All too often the injured worker receives a […]

Defrauding Ohio’s Workers’ Compensation System Results In Convictions

by Ben Wiborg | January 25th, 2013

According to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Administrator, Stephen Buehrer, there were 125 fraud convictions of employers, injured workers, providers, and others who committed fraud against the State Insurance Fund in 2012. Buehrer announced that 26 individuals were either convicted of or pled guilty to defrauding Ohio’s workers’ compensation system in November and December […]

Social Media Affecting Workers’ Compensation Claims

by Ben Wiborg | November 28th, 2012

In this day and age, social media can have an impact on all aspects of life, including your workers’ compensation claim. When you are injured at work life does indeed go on, however, what you share about your personal life on social media can be used against you in your workers’ compensation claim. Your employer […]

Two Important Factors When Treating for Work Related Injuries: Consistency and Compliance

by Ben Wiborg | October 11th, 2012

Many clients may not realize the importance of attending doctors’ appointments regularly. Although fitting in routine visits with your everyday responsibilities can be challenging, doing so is essential to managing your workers’ compensation claim. Consistency and compliance are key factors to receiving workers’ compensation benefits as well as to recovering from work-related injuries. When your […]