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Ohio's 'Move Over Law' expanded to protect construction workers


Ohio's construction workers are often exposed to dangerous working conditions, including fast-moving cars. These risks sometimes result in construction workers suffering serious, and at times life-ending, injuries. In fact, since 2008, more than 600 accidents happened involving a traveling motorist and Ohio Department Transportation equipment and vehicles. Many times, workers are in the vicinity of these accidents. With this in mind, the Ohio General Assembly passed a bill designed to further protect construction workers.

Under the new law, which expands the current "Move Over Law," motorists will be required to slow down and shift to an adjacent lane when nearing construction areas. The new law is similar to that in place to protect police and emergency vehicles, giving these workers more room alongside the road to work without fear of being hit.

While this newly expanded law will likely help protect Ohio's construction workers, it will not completely prevent workplace accidents from occurring. When a worker is injured on the job, he may suffer physical impairment, including disability, which might render physical, emotional and financial pain. These individuals can struggle to pay for the medical care they need, especially when it is impossible to work and obtain wages.

A workers' compensation claim should aid in covering these costs. A claim may succeed if an accident within the employee's scope of employment led to his injuries. While these claims are often granted, sometimes they are denied. When this happens, an injured worker should consider obtaining legal advice regarding his predicament.

By seeking legal assistance, an injured worker places himself in a position to possibly obtain a reversal of the claim denial. An attorney might seek to achieve this by putting forth evidence in support of the elements necessary to obtain compensation. If damages are awarded to the worker, then medical expenses and lost wages may be taken care of. An Ohio workers' compensation attorney will fight to maximize this compensation so the worker is in the financial position he needs to be in to get back on his feet.

Source: The Portsmouth Daily Times, "'Move Over' law expanded," Frank Lewis, Dec. 13, 2013

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