OhioBWC - Basics: Key factors when deriving an opinion
Key factors when deriving an opinion
When forming your opinion on causality or causal relationship, physicians should rely on historical information
available to them including that provided by their injured workers, exam results, any study results, and the
physicians' knowledge and expertise.
Key factors to consider
The alleged mechanism of injury, exposure or work activity
Time of onset (direct and proximate cause) or chronological sequence
Duration of exposure or activity
Typical, non-occupational disease manifestation
Common or known conditions which commonly occur as a result of a given exposure
Other contributing factors such as non-occupational activities or medical conditions
Response when applicant away from activity
Note: Physicians are only expressing their opinions. It is understood that they may not have all the information
at the time of completing forms and may have opinions that differ from others. However, physicians' expressed opinions
are essential in processing claims and determining the allowed conditions.