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August 2011 Archives

Social Security disability fund quickly dwindling

The economic downturn that has occurred over the past few years may be putting the Social Security disability fund at risk. With more and more unemployed people that are disabled in states such as Ohio, the fund is quickly dwindling.

Social Security disability fund quickly dwindling

The economic downturn that has occurred over the past few years may be putting the Social Security disability fund at risk. With more and more unemployed people that are disabled in states such as Ohio, the fund is quickly dwindling.

Ohio Workers Compensation Benefits Fall in Recession Economy

Yesterday, I reported a study released by the National Academy of Social Insurance that reported that the number of employees covered by workers compensation declined by 4.4% from 2008 to 2009.  The author of the study, John Burton, was quoted as saying "as one might expect, when the great recession hit, employers paid less in workers compensation costs because there were fewer employees to cover".  The workers compensation study also revealed that the total benefits paid to injured workers in 2009 increased in 23 states, but declined in the other 27 states (compared to 2008). 

Hotel housekeepers regularly receive serious injuries

A new study has indicated that hotel workers may have some of the highest injury rates among service workers. Many of them, whose lives are drastically changed by their serious injuries, do not file for workers' compensation and continue working with their injuries instead.

Workers' compensation coverage falls in recession economy

According to a study of workers' compensation costs and the number of employees covered by workers' compensation released by the National Academy of Social Insurance earlier this month, 2009 saw a decline in workers' compensation benefits distribution in the U.S. According to EHS Today, 2009 is the most recent year with complete information on workers' compensation. The number of employees covered by workers' compensation declined by 4.4 percent from 2008 to 2009. Interestingly, the cost to employers covering employees declined by a higher 7.6 percent over the same time period.

Widow of Ohio police officer files second lawsuit against Elyria

The sudden death of a spouse is something no one hopes to experience. Sadly, however, tragic accidents occur that leave spouses widowed and children without a parent. Such an incident is a lot for anyone to bear. If a spouse is killed while working, many families are entitled to workers' compensation benefits, which can help them focus on comforting one another instead of worrying about how to afford a funeral or even the next trip to the grocery store.

New Research Shows Ohio's Performance in Keeping Worker's Compensation Indemnity and Benefits Low

We now have a substantial new body of research released in August of 2011 from John Burton's "Workers Compensation Resources Research Report", that supports the conclusions I made in my previous blog regarding Ohio's indemnity comparisons to the rest of the country. John Burton's report provided 23 years of research on cash benefits, medical benefits, and total (cash plus medical) benefits per 100,000 workers for up to 47 jurisdictions. This research excluded the four (4) state-funded workers compensation monopolies (such as Ohio). Nevertheless, we can contrast Ohio's actual data on these issues with John Burton's research report to analyze the cost effectiveness of Ohio's system versus all other workers compensation programs across the country.

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