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An introduction to the workers' compensation process

The workers' compensation process can be critically important to injured workers and their families during an exceptionally challenging period in their lives.

Knowledge of how the workers' compensation process works can help injured workers when they are applying for the benefits they need after they have been injured on the job or if they are suffering from an occupational illness.

Help for injured workers with repetitive stress injuries

Workers struggling with a repetitive stress injury need to be aware of the legal resources available to help them when they are unable to work because of the repetitive stress injury they are suffering with. Manual labor and office work can both cause repetitive stress injuries that injured workers may need help with.

There are a variety of different types of repetitive stress injuries victims may suffer with. It is important to note that repetitive motions in one part of the body can impact muscles in another part of the body and psychological stress and monotony can worsen the worker's symptoms. Modern technology has increased the number of repetitive stress injuries and improved workplace standards and practices can help prevent repetitive stress injuries.

Who and what is covered by workers' compensation benefits

Workers' compensation covers most workers and variety of workplace accidents with a few exceptions. Injured workers and their families should know when a worker is covered, the types of workers' compensation benefits that may be available to them and how they can obtain the benefits they need when they need them.

Workers' compensation benefits are referred to as no-fault which means they are designed to protect workers injured on-the-job even if they were being careless when they were injured. Injuries that may not be covered by workers' compensation benefits can include those that were suffered in the workplace when the injured worker was under the influence of alcohol or drugs; that took place while the worker was not at their workplace; when the worker was violating the law at the time they suffered the injury; or if the injuries were self-inflicted.

Ohio company fined following worker's death

Employers have the responsibility to provide safe workplaces to their employees in Ohio. When they fail to do so, there can be significant harm to injured workers and their families and significant consequences for employers.

An Ohio company was recently fined and placed on probation for two years for covering up safety concerns and interfering with an investigation into a fatal workplace accident that killed one worker and injured another worker. The company was fined $250,000 by a federal judge reviewing the incident. The 21-year old worker that was killed in the industrial worker accident when racks containing hot aluminum products and weighing over 4,000 pounds tipped over and crushed him. The company and its plant manager and safety coordinator have been accused of obstructing the investigation.

Ohio worker injured in industrial accident

Important protections are available for injured workers in Ohio. In an Ohio community a couple of hours north of the Columbus area, an industrial worker accident recently resulted in an injured worker being flown to the hospital. The injured worker fell into a mixer and was trapped. Authorities reported that the injured worker was pinned in the mixer in some type of tar substance. Rescue crews worked together to help free the injured worker. The process of freeing the injured worker took some time and he was then flown by helicopter to the hospital. The worker was alert following the accident but his condition was unknown following it.

When a victim has suffered an industrial worker accident there are valuable resources available to them to help them with their medical expenses and care, lost wages and can also provide some other assistance as well depending on the circumstances. An industrial workplace accident, whether it results in injuries or death, can be devastating for the stability of injured workers and their families who can lose everything they rely on in an instant.

How VSSR claims can help injured workers in Ohio

Employers are required to provide a safe workplace under Ohio law. To achieve a safe workplace, Ohio employers are required to adhere to all safety requirements imposed by the state. When employers fail to adhere to state safety regulations designed to help keep their workers safe and a worker is harmed, they may be liable for an Employer Violation of Specific Safety Requirement (VSSR).

By claiming an employer violation of specific safety requirement, injured workers may be able to claim an additional 15 to 50 percent of the maximum weekly compensation amount allowed under Ohio's workers' compensation system. This is in addition to their regular workers' compensation benefits that can help them with their medical expenses, lost wages and other concerns, depending on the circumstances.

Protections for families following fatal workplace accidents

Workers' compensation benefits can protect injured workers and workers killed in their workplaces. During 2017, nearly 5,200 American workers died on the job which amounts to 14 workers killed in their workplaces daily. In addition, the number of workplace deaths increased from 2016 to 2017. Because of this unfortunate reality, it is important to focus on workplace safety and also for surviving family members of workers killed on the job to be familiar with the workers' compensation protections available to them.

A variety of different types of accidents contribute to workplace deaths. Industrial worker accidents can result from slips, trips and falls on the job; construction equipment and construction accident;, and exposures to hazardous materials which are some of the top causes of a workplace fatality. A variety of different jobs may be more dangerous than others, including construction roofing jobs and others, but workplace accidents can happen in any situation.

Help for workers struggling with a repetitive stress injury

Repetitive stress injuries can keep workers from working and from fully working when they are at their jobs. It is helpful for workers suffering with the pain and challenges of a repetitive stress injury to be familiar with the different types of repetitive stress injuries and the resources that may be available to help them through the challenges they face as a result of their workplace injury.

Repetitive stress injuries primarily impact the soft tissues of the body such as the nerves, tendons, ligaments and muscles. Repetitive stress injuries are caused by repeated motions such as repeated motions in the workplace. Many different types of workers can suffer a repetitive stress injury including workers who perform assembly line work; meatpacking work; sewing; carpentry; gardening; and computer or office work, among other types of work that may lead to a repetitive stress injury.

Moving patients a common cause of injury in health care

As someone who makes your living working as a nurse in Ohio, you probably understand quite well that aches, pains and other ailments are often an unavoidable part of your profession. Some of the biggest injury risks you face working as a nurse, however, result from heavy lifting. In some cases, lifting-related work injuries are preventable and avoidable.

According to Healthcare Business & Technology, injuries that develop due to lifting heavy or immobile patients are the most substantial threat facing today’s nurses. Just how prevalent is the problem? Each year, American nurses suffer about 35,000 back and musculoskeletal injuries at their places of employment that are bad enough to keep them from working. In fact, the injury risks today’s nurses face are so severe that nurses are now more likely to suffer on-the-job injuries than construction workers, manufacturers and others who work in notoriously dangerous environments.

Injured workers and their medical care rights

One of the most important concerns when a worker has been injured in a workplace accident is for the injured workers to receive the proper medical care and treatment that they need. Because injured workers and their families likely have many concerns related to the medical treatment they need, how they will obtain the medical treatment and care they need and how that medical care will be paid for, it is useful for them to be familiar with the workers' compensation process.

Workers' compensation benefits can help injured workers receive the medical care they need. Workers' compensation benefits generally can help with medical costs, as well as lost wages. Workers' compensation benefits can also assist injured workers who are suffering from a permanent disability because of the workplace injury or occupational illness they have suffered. It is important for injured workers to understand their rights to receive the medical care and treatment they need.

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