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, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, injuries to tendons, muscles and nerves account for a significant number of lost workdays every day. And unfortunately, there are very few occupations in which these injuries are not likely to occur.
Prior to the 2010 implementation of the Affordable Care Act, it was estimated that approximately 40 million Americans were uninsured in the United States. In a majority of cases, those who sought medical treatment for injuries or illness struggled to make payments or could not pay at all. In other cases, the cost was too much, forcing people to make the difficult decision to not seek medical help at all.
Grants totaling more than $125,000 were recently received by the Deerfield Fire Department.
The holiday season is a time of joy. For the vast majority of Ohio residents, that's exactly how the time is experienced. In an ideal world, there would be nothing to disrupt those feelings, but the reality is that the rigors of daily labor include risks.
A new rule approved recently by the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) Board of Directors allows BWC to provide care to injured workers more quickly following an injury. The first fill rule will ensure that injured workers receive necessary medications while the future of their claims is being determined.
Imagine that you are a truck driver who has just been involved in a serious accident while transporting goods along your route. The accident leaves your spinal cord severed, taking away your ability to move your appendages and to walk.
Misconduct of the employee is immaterial under the workers' compensation system. The test of whether coverage should be extended is based on whether there is a requisite connection between the injury and the employment irrespective of the conduct of the parties. However, after entering into the course of employment, an employee can deviate from the employment by engaging in personal activity. Intoxication is one such deviation or departure from the course of employment. Voluntary intoxication which renders an employee incapable of performing the work constitutes a departure from the course of employment. Intoxication which does note incapacitate the employee from performing job duties, however, does not necessarily defeat a claim. If you have a work related injury that involved alcohol, please contact the Bainbridge Firm.
As much as people try not to, judgment gets passed around from time to time. This is especially true in the workplace where some occupations are considered more prestigious than others. Take for example exotic dancing. Most people turn up their noses at people who choose this profession, oftentimes claiming that they should not receive the same employee rights as other occupations.
The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation has adopted a new rule meant to help injured workers get quicker access to medications needed to treat their injury.