Ohio’s COVID-19 Legislation Extends Deadline to File Workers’ Comp Claims

Late last week, Gov. DeWine signed into law House Bill 197 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the legislation’s many provisions is one that tolls the statute of limitations for any administrative action or proceeding set to expire between March 9, 2020, and July 30, 2020.

According to this insight by OMA legal counsel Bricker & Eckler, this change impacts any relevant statute of limitations related to Ohio’s workers’ compensation claims. For new claims — which normally have a one-year window from date of injury for filing — HB 197 extends the statute of limitations to at least July 30, 2020 for claims of alleged injuries that occurred between March 9, 2019 and July 30, 2019. 4/1/2020