The Employment Relationship

by Kara Dolan-West | Dec 31, 2014 | General Information

The Workers’ compensation Act applies only to parties who have entered into an employment relationship. The existence of an employer-employee relationship therefore constitutes an essential condition of coverage under the fund. Absent proof of an more >>

Social Security Serving Veterans

by Kara Dolan-West | Dec 29, 2014 | Social Security in the News

In November, the Nation celebrated Veterans Day, honoring all those who served in the military. Social Security doesn’t just honor these dedicated men and women on one day of the year-we have made it our more >>

Two Workers Injured at Ohio Rice-Cake Plant

by Kara Dolan-West | Dec 26, 2014 | In the News

Coldwater, OH ( – In response to a complaint of an electrical shock injury, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that a 20-year employee was injured while he performed service more >>

The Self-inflicted Injury Exception

by Kara Dolan-West | Dec 24, 2014 | General Information

An employee’s self-inflicted injuries have been excluded from workers’ compensation coverage since 1911, and such sentiment has been codified in Ohio Revised Code § 4123.46, and 4123.54. Deliberate self-injuries are highly unlikely to be motivated more >>

Stay on hours-of-service rules leaves some worried about safety

by Kara Dolan-West | Dec 23, 2014 | Workers' Compensation

Whether you work in an office building or your office is the cab of a semi truck, you are entitled to a safe work environment. This is true not only at the state level but more >>

What is the Personal Comfort Doctrine?

by Kara Dolan-West | Dec 22, 2014 | Workers' Compensation

The personal comfort doctrine is a legal principle that states that the course of employment is not interrupted by certain acts relating to the employee’s personal comfort (such as short breaks for eating, drinking, using more >>

Obama Stops Social Security Payments to Nazi War criminals

by Kara Dolan-West | Dec 19, 2014 | Social Security and Disability Compensation

President Barack Obama signed Thursday a new law that bars suspected Nazi war criminals from receiving US Social Security benefits. The legislation came in response to reports that suspects continued to receive benefits long after more >>

Scope of Employment

by Kara Dolan-West | Dec 17, 2014 | Workplace Accidents and Injuries

To be compensable, the injury must arise not only within the spatial confines of the employment environment, but also within the time and during the course of an employment-related activity. This includes the employee’s performance more >>

Course of Employment

by Kara Dolan-West | Dec 15, 2014 | Workers' Compensation

The “course of employment” component of a compensable claim tests workconnection in terms of time, place, and activity. As a general rule, an employee acts in the course of employment while performing obligations of the more >>

Musculoskeletal injuries and your right to compensation

by Andrew Bainbridge | Dec 15, 2014 | Workers' Compensation

Despite state and federal safety laws and despite an employer’s best efforts to keep their workers out of harm’s way, accidents may still occur that can lead to serious injuries. Here in the United States, more >>