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January 2018 Archives

Can multiple illnesses boost one's chance for SSD benefits?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides financial aid to those who cannot work due to a debilitating illness. There are numerous qualifying mental and physical disabilities, including depression, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, multiple sclerosis, cancer and diabetes. Ohioans suffering from more than one illness may improve their chances of getting Social Security disability (SSD) benefits by listing all their impairments when applying.

New Ohio rule regarding opioids for workers with back injuries

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) has targeted the opioid addiction epidemic by establishing a new rule regarding workers with back-related injuries. Ohio has seen many negative effects from the opioid overdose crisis, which experts attribute to prescription painkiller addictions that progress into heroin addictions. The BWC rule is similar to those in other states, which decline immediate payment for surgery, requiring injured workers to first try other remedies such as physical therapy and chiropractic care. However, the BWC takes it a step further by including an opioid warning in its surgical restriction.

If you have epilepsy, do you qualify for disability?

There are various types of medical conditions that could prevent you from holding gainful employment. Physical injuries, mental conditions or medical issues could keep you from work, which likely means you will not be able to earn the money you need for medical needs, basic care and other necessities. If you find yourself in this position, you would qualify for certain benefits through the Social Security Administration.

Workers' compensation benefits may continue after death

Workers' compensation benefits assist injured workers with medical bills and other expenses associated with work-related accidents. There are several types of compensation offered by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC), including awards for disabilities, wage loss, change of occupation and living maintenance. An injured worker's dependents may also collect accrued compensation and file a claim for ongoing death benefits if the worker died as a result of a workplace accident or occupational disease.

New limitations on back surgeries for injured Ohio workers

Ohio readers may know that if they suffer an injury at work, they could be eligible for certain benefits through workers' compensation insurance. However, there are limits to the type of support they could get, especially if they suffered a back injury. A new rule passed by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation strictly limits the type of care a patient may receive for back injuries.

Bureau of Workers' Compensation sees accomplishments, sets goals

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) is ringing in the New Year with a wellness program, set to debut in early 2018. The BWC had several significant accomplishments in 2017, including: a $1 billion rebate to Ohio employers; a fire department grant program to help with the purchase of safety gear; base rate reductions for Ohio employers; continuation of the enhanced care program which allows medical providers to provide injured workers with more holistic treatment; and improvements to the pharmacy department that led to a 54 percent reduction in opioid-dependent injured workers in 2017.

What is the average wait time for SSD decisions in Columbus?

A previous blog post discussed the increased wait times for Ohioans and people across the country on their Social Security disability claims. Due to Social Security Administration (SSA) budget cuts, cost -saving measures such as hiring freezes and staff cuts were implemented. As a result, many people are left waiting, sometimes years, to get decisions on their claims.

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