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Disability denied to injured worker who abandoned the workforce



A man who was injured at work and later turned out to be able to perform sedentary work part-time, but still did not continue such work, is not entitled to permanent total disability, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday.

The man, who worked several jobs, including as a postal company and guardian for the US Postal Service after suffering a work-related car accident in 1992 that resulted in both physical and mental injuries, applied for permanent total disability in 2014 and was denied according to documents in 2020-Ohio-4269.

On appeal, the Ohio Industrial Commission denied his request for benefits and found that he "voluntarily abandoned the workforce" after being considered capable of working part-time, which he never sought under documents.

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0th District Court of Appeals later found that the Commission's decision was supported by evidence in the minutes, despite the man's argument that he had sought vocational rehabilitation, which he only followed for three weeks, according to documents.


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