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January 2014 Archives

Ohio employee injuries reduced due to daily exercise routine

Despite best efforts by employers, workplace injuries still occur. It is a good idea to remember that regardless of what measures are taken to prevent such injuries, if you suffer an injury at work you should seek legal advice to understand your options for compensation. For over a year, the city of Dublin, Ohio, has required one more task of city workers with physically demanding jobs: morning stretches. The city is giving special attention to these employees, who are most likely to get injured on the job and file a workers' compensation claim

Language in workplace injury awards may affect tax liability

When you have been awarded compensation as the result of a workplace injury in Ohio, you probably need every penny to support yourself while you are out of work, but depending on the language used in the award, you may find yourself in debt to the Internal Revenue Service.

My claim was denied? Can I appeal the decision?

If your claim was disallowed, you may want to file an appeal. Once you have received the BWC order disallowing your claim, you have 14 days to file an appeal if you disagree with the decision. You may file the appeal online through the Industrial Commission Online Network (I.C.O.N), or you may file an appeal in writing. To file an appeal in writing you must print the Notice of Appeal (IC-2) form, fill it out and send the form to any Industrial Commission service office. Once the Industrial Commission receives your appeal, they will notify you of the time, date, and location of your hearing.

What is an occupational disease?

According to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, an occupational disease is "a disease peculiar to a particular industrial process to which an employee is not generally subjected or exposed and is contracted in the course of employment." Occupational diseases usually occur over time, and can be compensable injuries for which an injured worker may receive workers' compensation benefits. An example of an occupational disease is asbestosis.

My work injury was my fault. Can I still apply for workers' compensation benefits?

You may file a workers' compensation claim, even if the injury was your fault. The Ohio Workers' Compensation system is a "no-fault" system, which means that benefits are not determined by looking at who was at fault for the injury. Workers' compensation in Ohio eliminates negligence and fault as bases of loss allocation, and then distributes the cost of injuries among those parties who are best equipped to absorb them. This means that questions of fault, blame, wrongdoing, wrongful acts or omissions, or neglect are theoretically irrelevant under Ohio's workers' compensation system. What must be shown is that the workers' employment had the requisite causal connection with the injury.

Ohio workers at risk for cold stress injuries this winter

Many people in Ohio are used to the cold weather during the winter season. However, it is important to know that being used to the cold weather and working in this kind of weather is not the same. Working in sub-zero conditions can be very hazardous and cause workplace injuries for workers in Ohio.

OSHA wants to reduce silica exposure for workers

Workers are exposed to many chemicals but one of the most dangerous chemicals is silica. Silica particles are very small and are often inhaled by workers. Silica exposure affects roughly 2.2 million people in America, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. 

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