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Workers in different industries receive different injuries

In these times, many workers in Ohio find themselves lucky to have a job. Though this may be an accurate view, it does not mean that these individuals are free from risk while on the job. Working in itself is a risk that can create both short- and long-term consequences for an employee, some through performing labor for long periods of time and others through workplace accidents.

Incomplete or missing information in SSDI applications slows the process

Many applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Statistics support this, with roughly 70 percent of initial applications failing to be approved by claims adjudicators. In 2010, SSA reports that only 27 percent of all adjudications were approved. There are probably as many reasons for this as there are applicants.

SSDI is not the only benefits program that carries long-term costs

When we talk about long-term costs of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), we often think about 10-, 20- or maybe 50-year time frames. Sometimes, as when chief actuary for the Social Security Administration, discussed the state of the SSDI program in the year 2085, it is hard to really come to grips with a potential event 72 years in the future.

Ohio plastics plant cited for safety violations

Berry Plastics is a company that has manufacturing facilities in more than 80 cities. One of these facilities is in Monroeville, Ohio, and is at the center of a recent report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration indicating that the plastics manufacturer violated several safety regulations. Some of these violations are listed as serious, which means that the issues could have caused serious injury or death. Had they caused the latter, it is likely that a wrongful death suit would have been filed.

Should employers bear some of the costs of SSDI?

In testimony before the House Ways and Means Social Security subcommittee., Joyce Manchester, an analyst at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), suggested that one way to improve the economic health of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) would be to reduce the number of workers who need SSDI. If employers could help keep workers healthy while they are employed and provide greater support for workers who have some disability, to enable them to remain employed, the demands on SSDI could be reduced.

Even mild brain injurys can cause long-lasting damage

Researchers have discovered that even slight brain injurys can be extremely destructive and potentially deadly. Previously, many perceived that only severely traumatic brain injurys (TBI) could cause catastrophic changes in victims but a new study has determined otherwise.

Self-insured companies in Ohio may see BWC changes

Almost two million workers are employed by self-insured businesses in Ohio. These self-insured businesses once had many issues with the state's Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC), but there are many changes in the works allowing these businesses and their employees to benefit from increased flexibility and simplicity, according to a recent announcement.

Injuries from tornado lead to SSDI

As a growing chorus of voices continues to decry the growth of the Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) program, it is easy to get lost in the numbers. Yes, the program has grown and yes, the trust fund has been exhausted. Too often, underlying the outrage is the implication that the program has grown only because of fraud. If we could only kick off all the fraudulent recipients, all of our problems would be solved.

Ohio's Workers' Compensation Managed Care System

The rising cost of the medical portion of the workers' compensation benefit dollar has been an ongoing concern for all workers' compensation systems. In 1993, Ohio introduced managed care into its workers' compensation system to "help hold down the cost of the system by providing new mechanisms for medical cost containment."

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