Monast Law Office - February 2019

A VITAL FORM IN THE CLAIMS PROCESS The Skinny on MEDCO-14

The key to a successful workers’ compensation application is, in part, to follow all the instructions and guidelines from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) and the Ohio Administrative Code. Submitting the required forms at the right time is an essential part of this process. But it can be confusing and overwhelming to try and suss out what you’re supposed to do and when. Two forms to remember are Form C-84 and MEDCO-14. When you apply for workers’ comp the first time, you must submit Form C-84 as proof of temporary total disability. Along with that, your physician must fill out the MEDCO-14 form to verify your inability to work. Each time you apply to extend your benefits for ongoing total disability, you have to submit a new C-84 and your doctor has to provide a new MEDCO-14 form.

Describe the work-related conditions that

prohibit the employee from performing job duties, including supporting evidence and reasons for the delay in improvement.

• Determine if the worker has reached maximum medical improvement (MMI) and, if not, provide a treatment plan for getting them to MMI.

• Indicate whether the patient is a candidate for vocational rehabilitation services or, if not, recommend how to help the patient return to work.

On this form, your doctor will:

• Indicate whether there are charges to the worker’s health since the last form was submitted.

While it’s your doctor’s responsibility — not yours — to accurately complete this form, you have a lot riding on it. And sometimes, things go wrong. Deadlines are missed, forms get mixed up, or claims are rejected due to other factors. That’s why you should never deal with the BWC or your self-insured employer’s third-party administrator alone. If you know you’ll be out of work for a long time as you recover, contact Jim Monast at 614-515-2595. He’ll help you navigate the system and get the time, medical care, and lost wages you need to get back on your feet.

• Review a description of the injured worker’s job duties at the time of injury.

• Verify the individual has restrictions which prevent them from performing those job duties.

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ABBY’S APPETIZERS

VALENTINE’S DAY COOKIE CARDS

Inspired by Food & Wine magazine.

INGREDIENTS

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2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

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2 large egg yolks

3/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract Royal icing, sprinkles, and edible markers, for decorating

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 sticks unsalted butter, cold and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

DIRECTIONS

1.

Heat oven to 375 F.

2. In a mixing bowl, combine flour with sugar and salt. Add butter and combine using a mixer at low speed until butter breaks down into small, crumbly pieces. Increase mixing speed to medium and beat until butter and flour clump. 3. Add egg yolks and vanilla extract to bowl, return mixer to low, and mix until dough congeals. 4. Carefully roll dough into a sheet 1/16-inch thick and cut into 4x6-inch cards. 5. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, bake cookie cards for 6 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. 6. Let cookies cool completely, decorate, and distribute.

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