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Workers' compensation benefits in Ohio can help injured workers

Workers' compensation benefits are an important protection injured workers have against the mounting harm that may result after they suffer a workplace injury. Workers' compensation benefits can help injured workers ad their families offset some of the physical, financial and emotional challenges and losses associated with an injury that occurs on-the-job.

In our state, workers' compensation benefits can help injured workers and their families with the medical care they need including hospital care, doctor visits and medication; wage loss benefits; temporary total disability for when the injured worker is totally disabled and unable to work for a temporary period of time; permanent partial disability for when the injured worker is permanently partially disabled, even if they can return to some other type of work; and permanent total disability if the injured worker is completely disabled and unable to work. Death benefits may also be available for surviving family members following a fatal workplace accident.

How you can reduce the chance of a drowsy driving accident

The dangers of drowsy driving are very similar to that of driving distracted. Both are extremely dangerous, and nobody likes when someone else is doing it but it continues to happen. A recent survey has shown that a third of people admit to driving while being so tired they could barely keep their eyes open at least once in the past 30 days.

Why is drowsy driving so prevalent?

Different types of distracted driving lead to car accidents

Distracted driving is a serious danger on our roadways and is a serious problem that can cause car accidents resulting in injuries or worse to victims. There are different types of distracted driving drivers should be aware of so they can avoid them and help keep everyone safe on the roadways.

It is important for victims of motor vehicle accidents to note that there are legal remedies available to them when they have been injured in a car accident by a distracted driver or driver who has been otherwise negligent. A personal injury claim for damages following a car accident can help car accident victims recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional injuries including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.

What types of car accident injuries can I get help with?

Car accidents can leave victims facing a rash of injuries which leads to a pile of medical bills and the inability to work while they recover. Fortunately, personal injury legal protections are available to help victims recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering for the injuries they have suffered in a car accident.

Personal injury legal protections are available to protect the millions of victims injured each year in a car accident. A total of 5.6 million car accidents were reported in 2012 and 1.6 million of those car accidents resulted in injuries to victims. Personal injury legal protections can help injured victims seek compensation from the negligent driver responsible for causing the car accident that injured them. Unfortunately, car accident victims can suffer extensive injuries in a car accident.

Fatal Ohio workplace accident claims life of worker

Workers' compensation benefits provide a variety of support for injured workers and their families. A fatal workplace accident recently claimed the life of a 56-year-old Ohio worker. The man died when he was caught in between boxes and a conveyor belt and crushed. The workplace accident occurred as workers were loading products onto a truck. The worker was pinned for 10 minutes prior to being extricated. He was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.

The fatal workplace accident was the third fatal workplace accident that has recently occurred in central Ohio. Injured workers and surviving family members of workers killed in a fatal workplace accident rely on important workers' compensation protections to help them through one of the most difficult periods of their lives. As a result, it is important for injured workers and their families to be familiar with the protections available to them.

Important work history requirements for disability benefits

There are different components of qualifying for Social Security disability that it is important to be familiar with. Social Security disability benefits can be challenging to obtain which is why disabled individuals in need of them should be familiar with the application process and what it requires.

To begin with, an individual applying for disability benefits must meet the definition of a disability provided by the Social Security Administration. This definition requires that they suffer from a medical condition that is severe enough that it prevents them from working. In addition, it must be expected that this medical condition with either last for at least 12 months or lead to the individual's death. There is a list of conditions provided by the SSA and those individuals with these ailments may qualify for disability. Applicants can provide their medical records to establish their medical condition and disability.

How can anyone prove a distracted driver caused an accident?

Distracted driving is extremely common despite Ohio laws put in place to discourage it. Distracted driving leads to over 300,000 injuries a year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If you were injured in a car accident, it may be reasonable to suspect the accident was caused by another driver texting or being otherwise distracted from the road, but how can it be proven?

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The importance of the Social Security disability appeals process

Social Security disability benefits are important for many disabled individuals but the process of applying for benefits can be challenging and it can be even more difficult to receive benefits. As a result, it is important for disabled individuals to be familiar with the application process for Social Security disability benefits but to also understand the Social Security disability appeals process.

Qualifying for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits is based on the medical condition of the applicant and their qualifying work history. The disabled individual must suffer from a medical condition that is severe enough that it prevents them from working and is expected to last for 12 months or longer or result in death. An initial claim for benefits is usually denied. It is helpful to know how to fill out the application and to provide the required documentation but also to be familiar with the appeals process because so many applications for benefits are denied.

Beware of slips and falls in winter weather

As snow descends on Ohio residents and continues to accumulate while people go about completing their daily tasks, including rushing to complete their holiday shopping, they may not be aware of the risks that could befall them if the proprietors of businesses have not ensured their safety. Slips and falls are common accidents that take place in winter.

When an individual slips and falls on another's property and suffers a personal injury, they may be able to file a premises liability lawsuit against the property owner. Slip and falls can take place both inside the premises, due to poor lighting and cracked stairways, or outside, because of rain and snow. Although it is the responsibility of the owner or maintainer of property to ensure their premises are kept safe from risks and dangers, there are certain legal requirements that must be met to establish a premises liability case.

The traffic related injuries covered by workers' compensation

Many traffic accidents take place either in the morning or afternoon rush hours, when most people are commuting to and from their employment. Those who have a bare understanding of the concept of workers' compensation may think that injuries that occur in these crashes are covered by workers' compensation, since they took place while a worker was on the way to work, or coming from work. However, injuries caused by most traffic accidents do not qualify as being covered by workers' compensation.

For an injury to be covered by workers' compensation, the injury must somehow be connected to a person's work responsibilities and be suffered while performing a task related to work. Most of these injuries are those that take place at a workplace, but could be in a vehicle if the injured person works primarily in a vehicle. Therefore, vehicle accidents involving bus or truck drivers could be considered to be covered by workers' compensation, as driving a truck or a bus is part of the driver's job.

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