State ex rel. Fairfield City Schools v. Indus. Comm.Annotate this Case
Appellant Fairfield City Schools (Fairfield) sought reimbursement for a total disability compensation award given to one of its employees. Edward Carpenter, Jr. had hypertension since 1995. In 2002, he injured his back while at work. Mr. Carpenter’s injury resulted in a considerable amount of disability compensation. In 2008, Fairfield requested handicap reimbursement from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation for at least part of the disability payments it made to Mr. Carpenter. Fairfield’s application alleged that Mr. Carpenter’s pre-existing hypertension is a cardiac disease that delayed his recovery from back surgery, contributing to prolonged disability payments. The Bureau rejected Fairfield’s application as “insufficient to establish cardiac disease as a pre-existing condition.” Fairfield appealed the Bureau’s decision multiple times. With every appeal, Fairfield added additional doctor’s reports and Bureau datasheets to support its argument that hypertension is a cardiac disease. The court of appeals eventually denied Fairfield’s appeal and application for a writ of mandamus. The appellate court found that the Bureau had exclusive authority to weigh the evidence Fairfield submitted, and the Bureau could find Fairfield’s evidence insufficient to prove hypertension was a cardiac disease. Fairfield appealed to the Supreme Court, and the Court agreed with the Bureau’s and appellate court’s decisions. The Court affirmed the lower court’s judgment.