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Injured workers don't need to go at it alone

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation is the agency responsible for providing medical and wage replacement benefits to individuals who experience work-related injuries, disease or death. In the state of Ohio, workers have the right to make a claim for benefits if they experience a health concern because of their employment at a company. When your health and income are concerns, every attempt should be made to seek the benefits to which you are entitled and which you deserve.

Permanent Total Disability Compensation in Columbus

Permanent Total Disability is defined by the Ohio Administrative Code as "the inability to perform sustained remunerative employment due to the allowed conditions in the claim." O.A.C. §4121-3-34(B)(1). This simply means that an injured worker is considered permanently and totally disabled when he or she is incapable of performing a financially rewarding employment position as a result of the allowed conditions in the injured workers' claim. The Industrial Commission looks at the injured workers' residual functional physical limitations, psychological limitations, as well as any non-medical disability factors, in awarding permanent total disability compensation.

What are Divorced Spousal Benefits?

A person may receive benefits as a divorced spouse on a former spouse's Social Security record, if he or she was married to the former spouse for at least ten years, is at least 62 years of age, is unmarried, and is not entilted to a higher Social Security benefit on his or her own record. In addition, the former spouse must be entitled to receive his or her own retirement or disability benefit.

What you should know about the Social Security increase of 2017.

If you are revceiving Social Security benefits then you will receive an increase this year. The cost of living (COLA) will increase a whopping $0.3 percent. The worst in history yet but hey, from no increase in 2016, this average $4 a month for recepients shows progress! 

Finding and Choosing an Attorney for your Workers' Compensation Claim

Although there is no law which says you need to hire a lawyer, in practical terms and regardless of how you feel about attorneys, it is difficult to handle a workers' compensation case on your own. With trained adjustors working for the insurance companies who have lawyers at their everyday disposal, hiring a qualified attorney is essential. Unless your case is extremely simple, a good lawyer is important to protect your rights. Trying to handle your own case may save you a penny but cost you a pound in the long run.

Social Security Spousal Benefits

The spouse of an individual may be able to receive social security benefits. Even if he or she has never worked under Social Security, your spouse may be able to receive benefits if he or she is at least 62 years of age and you are receiving or are eligible for retirement or disability benefits. He or she can also qualify for Medicare at age 65.

What do I do when I am injured on the job?

If you are injured on the job, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention, especially if your injury is severe. Second, your supervisor should be notified about your injury and the way in which it occurred. Next, you should complete the appropriate claim forms to participate in the workers' compensation system.

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