This past summer, the Ohio General Assembly passed Substitute House Bill 27. In July, the Bill was signed into the Law by Governor Kasich and became effective as of September 29, 2017.
One important change included in the Statue was a reduction of the Statute of Limitations for filing injury or death claims. Under prior Law, an injured employee was required to provide written notice of an injury or death claim within two years of the date of injury or death. The new Law, codified in Ohio Revised Code § 4123.84, now provides that all claims for death or injury benefits shall be forever barred unless the claim is filed within one year of the date of injury or death. As a result of this legislative change, the Ohio Statute of Limitations for filing injury or death claims has now been shortened to one year. Employees who fail to provide timely notice of their claim will now be barred from recovery if that notice is not provided within the shortened, on-year Statute of Limitations. The new, revised Statute still requires that an
employee provide notice of a specific body part claimed to have been injured. The new shortened Statute of Limitations will protect employers from the difficulty of defending against claims that are filed well after the date of injury.