Recent national studies have confirmed that workplace stress knows no occupational boundaries and, moreover, threatens the psychological well-being of the United States work force. Stress-related claims are expected to increase through the 1990s, and recent commentators fear that this predicted increase in stress-based claims will destroy some states' workers' compensation systems. Because of the potential for fraudulent claims and costly litigation, many states have moved to define and limit the situations in which workers are eligible for stress-related benefits. Limitations have come in the form of legislative enactments or judicial decisions establishing specific requirements or restrictions regarding stress claims. The question addressed by this article is under what circumstances can a physical or mental condition that is related to mental job stress be compensable under the workers' compensation law of Ohio? The article addresses this question by breaking down the Ohio Workers’ Compensation Act in Section II. Sections III though VI explain the three kinds of stress claims, and finally Section VII discusses suicide claims.
Fred J. Pompeani,
Mental Stress and Ohio Workers' Compensation: When Is a Stress-Related Condition Compensable,
40 Clev. St. L. Rev.
available at http://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/clevstlrev/vol40/iss1/5