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Policy Name:

FACIAL DISFIGUREMENT

Policy #:

CP-06-02

Code/Rule Reference:

RC 4123.57(B)

Effective Date:

05/24/17

Approved:

Kevin R. Abrams, Chief Operating Officer

Origin:

Claims Policy

Supersedes:

12/10/2012; Policy effective 09/05/2012;

History:

Rev. 12/10/12; New 09/05/12

Review date:

05/24/20

 

 

I. POLICY PURPOSE

 

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that awards for facial disfigurements are made in compliance with R.C. 4123.57.

 

II. APPLICABILITY

 

This policy applies to all claim services staff.

 

III. DEFINITIONS

 

Facial Disfigurement: A visible deformation, mark or scar to the face or head.

 

Facial Disfigurement Award: An award granted to an IW when an injury or occupational disease results in a serious facial or head disfigurement which either impairs or may in the future impair the opportunities to secure or retain employment.

 

IV. POLICY

 

A.    It is the policy of BWC that upon application, it will determine eligibility for a facial disfigurement award and evaluate the degree of impairment.

 

B.    BWC may pay facial disfigurement awards in addition to other types of partial disability compensation awards.

 

C.   Facial disfigurement awards are paid in a lump sum.

 

D.   Eligibility for an award

1.    To be eligible for a facial disfigurement award, the disfigurement must:

a.    Directly result from the IW’s compensable injury or occupational disease; and

b.    Be visible on the IW’s face or head; and

c.    Impair or have the potential to impair the IW’s opportunities to secure or retain employment.

2.    It is the policy of BWC to make an eligibility determination only after the facial disfigurement has stabilized.

3.    The IW’s employment status is irrelevant in determining eligibility for a facial disfigurement award.

 

E.    Maximum awards for facial disfigurement

1.    The maximum award for injuries occurring on or before June 29, 2006, is $5,000.

2.    The maximum award for injuries occurring on or after June 30, 2006, is $10,000.

 

 

BWC staff may refer to the corresponding procedure for this policy entitled “Procedure for Facial Disfigurement” for further guidance.

 


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