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Eastern Kentucky Social Security Attorney Eric Conn has recently plead guilty to one count of stealing from the Social Security Administration and one count of paying illegal gratuities to a federal judge.
Most people in Ohio know that if they are injured on the job, they can apply for workers' compensation benefits that can help cover lost wages, medical expenses and even rehabilitation treatments. For a lot of people, workers' comp benefits are incredibly important because they make sure that an injured worker is being provided for financially, allowing the worker to focus on recovery instead of their expenses.
The roles of temporary total disability (TTD) and permanent total disability (PTD) are supposed to be separate and distinct. TTD is designed to compensate an injured worker for a loss of earnings while he or she is unable to return to his former position of employment. TTD stops once the client reaches the level where he or she is "as good as they are going to get" (also called MMI) with respect to the allowed conditions. Depending on the severity of the injuries, the client may then be looking at the possibility of permanent total disability. PTD is intended to compensate an injured worker for the loss of wages caused by an injury which removes the injured worker from all sustained gainful employment. This would mean that the injured worker is not only unable to return to his or her former position of employment, but is also unable to return to any form of sustained employment on account of the allowed conditions in the workers' compensation claim.
Many times on this blog we discuss workplace environments that seem safe, but actually pose hidden dangers. However, there are also workplaces that are inherently dangerous. Amongst these are those locations where law enforcement personnel work. Every day, these brave men and women risk their lives to protect our communities. When these individuals are injured, they should be provided the compensation they need to reach a full recovery.
Three CSX employees were recently injured on the job in Ohio. Reports indicate the men were working on a railroad crossing when a car drove around two sets of barricades, hit a utility pole, then slammed into them. All three men were injured and were taken to the hospital. While the accident remains under investigation, these workers may have to deal with extreme pain and they might be unable to return to work for a considerable length of time.
Workplace safety is an employer's responsibility. They are expected to provide adequate and safe equipment, properly install safety features, promote and enforce safety procedures, and ensure employees are trained to work in a safe manner. When an employer fails to live up to these standards a serious accident can occur, causing serious injuries to workers. OSHA works to hold these employers accountable, and it has recently fined several companies, including one based in Ohio, for unsafe working conditions.
Several workplace environments can turn deadly in a matter of moments. These hazards are invisible to many as company policies, regulatory codes, and state and/or federal laws operate to protect workers. But sometimes employers become lackadaisical about enforcing these rules and regulations, placing employees at risk of harm in the process. Other times, unpreventable accidents occur leaving workers injured. No matter how a worker is harmed, he often rightly feels like he should be taken care of by his employer.
Many Ohioans unknowingly work in jobs that pose risks of injury. Sometimes the danger is hidden and other times it is masked by safety procedures put in place by employers. Though employers have a duty to protect their employees from harm, sometimes unsafe working conditions or workplace accidents lead to injuries. One such accident occurred recently and left one worker injured.
Workplace accidents happen all the time. While we often think of these accidents as happening in construction or industrial work, they can happen in any profession. The dangers posed by a workplace accident are many and severe. Workers can be seriously injured, receive a permanent disability, or be killed. Awareness is now being raised about the dangers faced by farm workers.