OhioBWC - Basics: (Policy library) - File

Policy Name:

Court Cost Payment

Policy #:

CP- 03-07

Code/Rule Reference:

R.C. 4123.522


Effective Date:



Rick Percy, Chief of Operational Policy, Analytics and Compliance (signature on file)


Claims Policy


All Injury Management policies, directives and memos regarding court cost payment that predate the effective date of this policy.


New 8/20/2014





The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance for the processing and payment of litigation-related bills.




This policy applies to BWC field operations staff and Benefits Payable.




Attorney fees:  An equitable amount fixed by the trial judge and established upon the final determination of a proceeding, payable to an attorney for legal services rendered in a matter.


Court costs:  For purposes of this policy, the amount of money to process the legal proceeding through the court system and for which the trial judge may apportion liability to a party or parties.


Court Unit 512 Memo:  An Industrial Commission of Ohio (IC) document used to memorialize receipt of a court judgment entry or decision.


Judgment Entry:  A document created by the court and signed by a judge, magistrate or designee to record the outcome of a case; a court order.


Litigation-related bills: The cost associated with litigation of a case, such as independent medical reviews or examinations, expert testimony, attorney fees, court costs.





A.    It is the policy of BWC to ensure that all litigation-related bills are paid in compliance with a judgment entry in an appropriate and timely manner.


B.    The BWC will not issue payment or implement an order until:

1.    The IC has sent BWC the Court Unit 512 Memo; and

2.    The Attorney General approves payment.



BWC staff may refer to the corresponding procedure for this policy entitled “Procedure for Court Cost Payment” for further guidance.