Workers comp official gives county check for #036;100,600

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 28, 2002

It's something that doesn't happen every day. When it does, Lawrence County officials sit up and take note. Tuesday, Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation

Employer Service Specialist Wendy Queen handed commissioners a check for $100,600. The check was a rebate of sorts.

Commission President Jason Stephens and

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James Ward, the county's point man for workers compensation, attended a workers compensation educational meeting in Chillicothe earlier this year.

Bureau of Workers Compensation officials imparted information on how local entities could more judiciously manage workers comp claims and save money. In exchange for attending the meeting, the county was refunded 25 percent of their worker's compensation premium.

"It's big," Stephens said. "It's good news anytime you get a six figure check, especially as we move into the new year."

The county will receive the rebate for one year only.

Queen delivered a dose of bad news along with the good: rates are going up 11 percent next year.

"It's not just you," Queen told the commission. "There's an increase overall in the cost of claims."