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State ex rel. Bowman v. Industrial Commission

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Court: Supreme Court of Ohio

Citation: 2022-Ohio-233

Opinion Date: February 2, 2022

Judge: Per Curiam

Areas of Law: Government & Administrative Law, Personal Injury

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The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals granting a writ ordering the Industrial Commission of Ohio to vacate its order awarding compensation to Cami Bowman, holding that the court of appeals correctly concluded that the Commission abused its discretion.

Bowman sought compensation for the permanent partial loss of her sight based on a seventy percent bilateral loss of vision. The Commission awarded compensation based on only a forty-five percent loss of sight in the left eye, maintaining a prior award based on a sixty-seven percent loss of sight in the right eye. The court of appeals granted Bowman a writ ordering the Commission to vacate its order and award her requested compensation, ruling that the Commission abused its discretion by relying on a portion of a physician’s report that the physician had disclaimed. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the Commission failed to base its decision on medical evidence.

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