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January 2017 Archives

Can professional athletes get workers' comp? You may be surprised.

A lot of people are surprised to learn that most professional athletes have traditionally been allowed to collect workers' comp benefits when they are injured playing sports - especially since many of these athletes make millions of dollars a year.

Tax season is here. Will I have to pay taxes on my SSD benefits?

Many disabled individuals are surprised to learn that their Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits may be taxable, depending on their situation. In fact, while Ohio doesn't tax SSD benefits at the state level, roughly one-third of all current beneficiaries will end up paying federal taxes, according to the Social Security Administration.

Appealing the denial of a workers' compensation claim

An injured Ohio worker who applies for workers' compensation benefits may find that the claim has been denied. A common question in such cases is, "What next?" In other words, is there an appeal process? And what agency hears such an appeal? Can the worker take the case to court? The post will review the appellate processes available under the Ohio workers' compensation system.

Recovering damages from a third party for work-related injuries

All Ohioans who suffer a work-related injury are entitled to receive benefits according to the formula prescribed by the state's workers compensation code. These payments are made in lieu of amounts the worker might recover in a lawsuit against the employer even if the employer were liable for the injury. Many times, however, a work-related injury is caused by the negligence of a third party. This post will examine the rules for recovering damages from such a third party.

OSHA cites Ohio plastics firm for injuries, poor safety record

Ohioans injured in workplace accidents often wonder if the incident could have been prevented and their injury avoided. Both the State of Ohio and the United States Department of Labor maintain programs to ensure that employers use all reasonable safety precautions to protect their employees against workplace injuries. A recent Occupational Safety and Health Administration citation of a plastics manufacturing firm in New Philadelphia, OH shows that some employers do not pay sufficient attention to prevention of workplace accidents.

Ohio ranks fifth among states in workplace deaths

Fatal workplace accidents are an unwelcome aspect of an industrialized society. According to figures recently released by the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ohio had the fifth highest statewide total of fatal workplace injuries in 2015, the most recent year for which such numbers are available. A review of the statistics for Ohio and the nation at large reveals some interesting patterns.

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