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March 2011 Archives

Firefighter receives workers' compensation for exercise injury

Many jobs have guidelines requiring that employees stay physically fit while they are working. Professional athletes need to stay in shape during the off-seasons. Construction workers need to stay strong enough to lift heavy materials. Police officers and firefighters in Ohio need to remain in-shape, so they do not get injured while they are fighting crime or fighting fires.

Social Security Disability Insurance more accessible now

Social Security Disability Insurance exists to provide compensation to individuals after a work injury prevents them from returning to their previous occupation. It is not unemployment insurance, and it is not provided to individuals in Ohio unless they have spent at least five of the past 10 years working.

Remembering the wrongful deaths of the Triangle Shirtwaist fire

This Friday marks the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire. When the top three floors of the factory caught on fire, 146 of the 500 employees at the factory lost their lives.

How Social Security benefits 20-somethings in Ohio, part two

In the last post, we talked about the benefits 20-somethings receive from Social Security. Many young adults worry that they will not see any benefits from the 4.2 percent of their paychecks that is withheld for Social Security. To address those concerns, the Social Security Administration hosted a webinar to help people under 30 understand the services Social Security provides to the younger generations.

How Social Security benefits 20-somethings in Ohio, part one

Generation Y has received a myriad of attention lately. Many 20-somethings were trying to break into the workforce at the same the recession was pushing experienced workers out. The New York Times printed a large article criticizing the self-centered career and relationship choices 20-somethings make. And now much of Generation Y is wondering why they lose such a large chunk of their paychecks to a program that may not be around when it's time to retire.

Workers' compensation covers rehabilitative brain injury therapy

When we think about the type of accidents that happen at work, we often think of job-related injuries. Individuals who work in construction may suffer injuries from falling off ladders; people who work in old industrial plants may get asbestosis; and individuals who work at desks all day are more likely to suffer from carpel tunnel syndrome.

Ohio football player wins workers' compensation lawsuit

When people are injured while they are working, they should apply for workers' compensation. Depending on the type and scope of the injury, workers' compensation can cover a variety of things. Workers' compensation benefits may cover medical bills and lost wages. However, if an injury is so severe that a person cannot return to his or her former position, workers' compensation may also include job retraining.

Applying for Social Security benefits? Beware of non-lawyers

In our last post, we discussed the impact the recession has had on the number of people applying for Social Security disability benefits. One of the biggest victims of companies downsizing were the employees who were aging or had health problems. Although their current employers were willing to accommodate their work needs, many of them were among the first to be let go.

Increasing number of Social Security disability claims awarded

Since the economic recession started in 2008, businesses and individuals have felt the impact of it. Many people who worked hard their entire lives have felt the harsh reality of downsizing and layoffs. Among those who were laid-off, people who were working with injuries have suffered the most.

Privatization Could Destroy the Ohio Insurance Industry

I previously discussed how privatizing Ohio's workers' compensation system would harm Ohio's economy and negatively effect Ohio's insurance industry. The present push to privatize is coming from large national insurance companies. Ohio's domestic insurance companies have never supported this concept. In delving into this deeper, I believe it is fair to say that the privatization of our workers' compensation system has the possibility of destroying Ohio's insurance industry.

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