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December 2011 Archives

Safety precautions may save money, Ohio employees' health

Businesses in Columbus, Ohio should consider creating a safety culture rather than a safety program, according to one expert. This mentality allows the company and its employees to realize that most workplace injuries are preventable to some degree. Despite this fact, employers are still held responsible when an injury occurs on the job and this can result in workers' compensation payments being made to an injured employee.

Ohio Workers Compensation Official Disability Guidelines (ODG)

Work Loss Data Institute has released the Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) used by the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation and many national groups. The bureau has instructed the MCOs in the BWC to use the ODG whenever they are analyzing the medical necessity of treatment requests. Unfortunately the way it is being used, is as a denial mechanism versus an analysis of the appropriateness of treatment. As a result, many treatment requests for Ohio workers compensation are going to hearing where the Industrial Commission reverses the denial of treatment because they are reviewing the preponderance of all the evidence before them.

Settlement reached in tragic 2010 mining accident

People in Columbus, Ohio may remember the terrible coal mining accident that occurred in April 2010. It left 29 men dead and would have certainly led to a large amount of wrongful death lawsuits if a settlement had not been reached recently.

Farm accidents may lead to wrongful death suits soon

Farmers in Ohio know the dangers of working in a grain bin. When grain is flowing onto a conveyor, it can become stuck in the bin. Many times, an individual will have to enter the bin to free up the grains that are clogging the flow. When this happens, an individual can quickly become buried, and it is possible for victims to then suffocate. One research group believes that every grain engulfment accident can be prevented with proper procedure.

Study says firefighters more often injured during exercise

For firefighters in Columbus, Ohio, this news may be no surprise. But to people who are not firefighters, a new study presents some interesting information. Known throughout the workforce as one of the most likely professions to receive an occupational injury, injured firefighters often have the chance to receive workers' compensation.

Truck driver killed in serious crash

In 2008, a terrible trucking accident rocked one man's family forever. The man, a semi driver, was killed in a crash with another truck. In the aftermath, his family filed a lawsuit against the company that owned the other truck involved in the accident and allowed the irresponsible driver behind the wheel, despite his history of unsafe driving. The wrongful death suit ended when the deceased's family was awarded $7 million. Trucking companies in Ohio and elsewhere have strict regulations to follow and can be held responsible if they fail to comply.

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