(A) District hearing officers shall hear the matters listed in division (B) of this section. District hearing officers are in the classified civil service of the state, are full-time employees of the industrial commission, and shall be persons admitted to the practice of law in this state. District hearing officers shall not engage in any other activity that interferes with their full-time employment by the commission during normal working hours.
(B) District hearing officers shall have original jurisdiction on all of the following matters:
(3) All other contested claims matters under this chapter and Chapters 4123., 4127., and 4131. of the Revised Code, except those matters over which staff hearing officers have original jurisdiction.
(C) The administrator of workers' compensation shall make available to each district hearing officer the facilities and assistance of bureau employees and furnish all information necessary to the performance of the district hearing officer's duties.
Effective Date: 09-29-1997 .