Approximately one-third of Ohio employers are self-insuring. Self-insuring employers pay workers'
compensation benefits directly to their employees. If your employer is self-insured, file your
workers' compensation claim with your employer.
When employers doing business in the state of Ohio meet the self-insuring criteria listed under
ORC 4123.35 and
OAC 4123-19-03, they are granted the
privilege to self-insure (administer) their own workers’ compensation claims. Self-insuring
employers are given decision-making authority similar to that of the BWC Administrator.
The self-insuring (SI) employer agrees to abide by BWC and Industrial Commission of Ohio (IC)
rules and regulations. The employer agrees to provide accurate and timely payments of compensation
and benefits subject to the provisions of those rules.
Ultimate responsibility of the claim will reside with the SI employer. The SI employer must:
Furnish or make arrangements for reasonable medical services during working hours.
Assist employees in completing the necessary forms or applications for workers’
Review for allowance or disallowance of the reported claim(s) and issue payment of
compensation and benefits in a timely manner;
Maintain an office in the state of Ohio and have one or more employees knowledgeable
and capable of administering a workers’ compensation program;
Maintain claim files in an orderly manner and make appropriate information available
to injured workers and their representatives for review. A third party administrator
or individual may assist the employer in the administration of workers’ compensation
House all Ohio workers’ compensation claim files within the state at one of the
employer’s locations or obtain prior approval from BWC before housing claim files
out of state.
Filing a complaint against the self-insuring employer
If your employer is self-insured, and you're having problems getting your claim processed,
receiving your lost-time compensation or getting medical bills paid, you should try to
resolve the issues with your employer first. If, after that, the problem has not been resolved,
you may submit a Filing of an Allegation Against a
Self-Insured Employer (SI-28) to the self-insured department.
BWC will accept complaints or allegations of improper claims management by letter or the SI-28.
The mailing address is:
BWC Self-Insured Department
30 W. Spring St.
Columbus, Ohio 43215-2256