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The rights of injured workers in Ohio

Injured workers in Ohio have important rights that they should be familiar with and are protected when they have been harmed on the job. It is important for injured workers to be familiar with these rights and that they include fair treatment and receipt of benefits they need to help them heal following a workplace accident.

Workers who have been injured on the job or have suffered from an occupational illness in Ohio have the right to recover workers' compensation benefits which includes compensation for medical expenses and lost earnings, as well as some other benefits that may be available depending on the situation and circumstances. Injured workers have the right to be evaluated for all possible benefits including occupational rehabilitation benefits. The injured worker also has the right to receive high-quality healthcare and the medical care and treatment they need from the medical provider they select. They also have the right to an independent medical examination when required.

Minimizing your cancer risk as a firefighter

Certain careers and professions are inherently riskier than others. If you make your living working for an Ohio fire department, you work in one such profession. While the firefighting profession brings with it a broad range of potential health and safety risks, one particularly troubling risk you face is that of developing work-related cancer.

According to Safety + Health, a recent study involving about 30,000 American firefighters revealed that they face more substantial cancer risks than the rest of the population. The study revealed that today’s firefighters are nearly twice as likely as the general population to develop malignant mesothelioma, which is a rare form of cancer that typically develops after prolonged exposure to asbestos. Furthermore, today’s firefighters are more likely to develop digestive, respiratory, oral or urinary cancer than the rest of the population. So, what steps can you take as a firefighter to minimize your cancer risk?

Workers' comp help with repetitive stress injuries

Repetitive stress injuries can be difficult for workers to deal with and may impact them on a daily basis in both their professional and personal lives. It is important for workers suffering with the pain of a repetitive stress injury to be familiar with the legal protections available to them and the help that they may be able to receive through workers' compensation benefits if their repetitive stress injury leaves them unable to work or impacts their daily work.

Repetitive stress injuries are serious injuries that can be caused by repetitive motions that overstress the body. Repetitive stress injuries can cause long-term harm to workers and can impact the muscles, tendons and bones of the victim. Workers' compensation can help injured workers suffering with a repetitive stress injury with their medical care, lost wages from time away from work and other expenses as well.

Where to turn after a workplace accident

After a workplace accident, injured workers and their families may wonder what to do. They are likely unexpectedly left facing high medical care costs at the same time they are unable to work to help pay for those costs, as well as their other everyday costs and the needs of themselves and their families. Fortunately, workers' compensation benefits serve as a resource to help with the care they need and their lost earnings.

Workers' compensation benefits can help ensure injured workers receive the medical care and treatment they need to recover from the injury they suffered on-the-job, as well as help with the expenses associated with the medical care and treatment they need. Injured workers can also receive help with their lost earnings through a workers' compensation claim for benefits following a workplace accident or if they are suffering from an occupational illness. Help with vocational rehabilitation or permanent injuries may also be available.

VSSR benefits and how they can help injured workers

Unfortunately, at times, in Ohio a workplace accident or injury can sometimes occur because of an employer's violation of a specific safety requirement. In those circumstances, the injured victim, or their family in some instances, maybe able to recover additional compensation for the harm they have suffered. It is important for injured victims and their families to be familiar with what a employer violation of specific safety requirement (VSSR benefit) is.

VSSR is a certain type of benefit that may be available to injured workers and their family members in circumstances of a fatal workplace accident. Injured workers and the family members of workers killed in a workplace fatality may be able to file for the VSSR benefit. The employer may be required to pay the VSSR benefit if there has been a failure to comply with specific safety requirement which has led to a workplace accident, injury or fatality.

How the workers' compensation process helps workers

Workers' compensation benefits can help with the important needs of workers following a workplace accident of injury. It is important for workers who have been injured on the job to know what to do following a workplace accident or injury.

The workers' compensation process includes several steps to ensure injured workers receive all the care and treatment they need to help them get back up on their feet. It can also help with lost earnings while they are away from work. Workers' compensation benefits include benefits for medical expenses and lost wages. It is vital for injured workers to seek the medical care and treatment they need following a workplace accident or injury.

Common types of workplace injuries

Workplace injuries can leave injured workers and their families wondering where to turn as they are unable to return to work to earn a living and may be spending time in doctor's offices as medical expenses pile up around them. Workers' compensation benefits are available to help injured workers and their families with the many common types of injuries they may suffer in workplace accidents.

Common types of workplace injuries include slips and trips; crashes and collisions; lacerations; falls; muscle strains; and repetitive stress injuries. Different types of injuries may be more common in different work environments; however, workplace accidents and injuries can occur in any workplace settings. As a result, it is important for injured workers and their families to understand how to help themselves when they have been harmed on the job.

Ohio company charged following fatal workplace accident

Workers' compensation benefits help workers and families during their most difficult times. A manufacturing company in Ohio has been charged with making misleading statements in an investigation about a workplace accident that seriously injured one employee and killed another. Two former plant managers were charged with covering up safety concerns that had come up before. The two former plant managers were charged with covering up the safety concerns during a 2012 investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The two have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of justice charges. According to prosecutors, the pair pressured employees to provide false statements to a federal investigator following the accident and during the OSHA investigation. Workers have a reasonable expectation of safety in their workplaces and employers in Ohio have a duty to provide a safe workplace for their employees.

Making sure injured workers get the most of their benefits

When a worker has been injured on the job, it can impact many areas of their lives in a negative way. It can have an impact professionally, personally and emotionally. Injured workers may be unable to work to earn a living to support their families when they need it most which can be challenging.

Workers' compensation benefits are available to help injured workers in that tough spot by helping them with their medical costs and lost wages. It serves as a type of insurance and is an important protection for injured workers to be familiar with and to know how to obtain. A workers' compensation settlement may also be available in certain circumstances. Workers' compensation benefits can depend on the situation and circumstances which is why injured workers and their families should know as much about the workers' compensation process as possible.

Importance of taking breaks to avoid injuries

All workplaces should promote certain practices to help employees become more engaged with their work. All businesses in Ohio must give their workers regular breaks throughout the day as long as they work a certain number of hours total. By taking breaks regularly, employees can avoid distractions when behind their desks. 

Regular breaks come with several other benefits. They can also reduce a worker's chances of developing a repetitive stress injury. If workers must complete tasks for hours on end without any reprieve, it can soon lead to carpal tunnel and other problems. Breaks are vital components of the workday, so make sure you (and everyone else you work with) take them. 

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