If Your Employer Says You’re an Independent Contractor When it Comes to Workers’ Compensation, You Should Check the Facts.
Posted by: Admin on March 26, 2017 in Workers Compensation
For independent contractors, employers do not pay employment taxes, nor do they withhold federal, state and local taxes from payments made to independent contractors. Additionally, independent contractors are not included in an employer's benefits program, they are not eligible for unemployment insurance benefits, and they are also exempt from wage and hour and employment discrimination laws.
Why does this matter, you may ask? The circumstances of your work and your relationship with your employer may actually classify you as an employee under the law – and as a result, entitle you to specific employee benefits. Yet your employer may be treating you as an independent contractor, and in doing so, infringing on your rights.
Nursing Home Abuse is an All-Too-Often Tragedy. If Someone You Love is Impacted, Your Rights are at Stake.
Posted by: Admin on March 3, 2017 in Nursing Home Neglect
Abuse of elderly persons is a tragedy—yet it happens all too often throughout Northeast Ohio and beyond. The number of cases involving nursing home abuse and neglect has reached epidemic proportions over the past several years. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), approximately one in 10 Americans aged 60 and over have experienced some form of elder abuse. Some estimates range as high as five million elderly individuals who are abused each year.
Mesothelioma is a Rare Cancer Caused by Asbestos Exposure. If You Have Been Diagnosed, Your Rights Are at Stake.
Posted by: Admin on February 27, 2017 in
Each year, about 2,000 new cases of mesothelioma, a rare type of cancer, are diagnosed in the U.S. In cases of Mesothelioma, cells of the mesothelium (a membrane that covers and protects a majority of the body’s internal organs) become abnormal and malignant.
Worker’s Compensation Trends to Watch in 2017
Posted by: Admin on February 2, 2017 in Workers Compensation
The workers’ compensation (WC) environment continues to grow ever-more complex in 2017. Issues such as prescription drug usage, medical marijuana, aging workers, and current and proposed legal and regulatory changes are making WC rights and claims more difficult for workers to understand and process.
Snowmobile Accidents Happen All-Too-Frequently in the Winter. When Accidents Happen, Victims are Entitled to Compensation for Their Losses.
With our cold winter temperatures and varied terrain, snowmobiling is a favorite pastime of many here in Northeast Ohio. While it offers fun and excitement, snowmobiles are dangerous motorized vehicles, and like any motorized vehicle, accidents can happen.
New Law Gives Ohio Firefighters Access to the Workers’ Compensation and Medical Treatment They Deserve
Posted by: Admin on January 13, 2017 in Workers Compensation
In April 2016, we provided an update on Senate Bill 27, which would create a presumption that firefighters disabled as a result of cancer incurred the cancer while working—and therefore, those firefighters would qualify for workers’ compensation (WC) coverage. We are extremely pleased to report that, on January 4, Ohio became the newest state to offer firefighters this valuable protection.
Danger Abounds in and Around Gyms and Fitness Facilities. When Accidents Happen, Victims May Be Entitled to Compensation for Their Losses.
Posted by: Admin on January 9, 2017 in
Every day, thousands of people are treated in emergency rooms across the country for injuries stemming from sports, recreation, and exercise. In 2012 alone, it is estimated that 459,978 people were injured while exercising or using exercise equipment. And according to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (a database maintained by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission), injuries caused by exercise and exercise equipment increased nearly 45% between 2007 and 2010. Among types of exercise equipment, treadmills caused the most injuries.
Tow Truck Drivers Work Overtime in the Winter. When Accidents Happen, Victims are Entitled to Compensation for Their Losses
While drowsy driving can affect any motorists, tow truck drivers are working long hours during our winter months here in Northeast Ohio—and they are especially prone to drowsy driving. The work that tow truck drivers must perform is grueling and occurs repeatedly in cold temperatures, over long hours. During our winter months, many tow truck drivers are sleep-deprived, and when sleep-deprived drivers get behind the wheel, accidents happen.
New Lawsuits Filed Based on Link Between Risperdal and Gynecomastia
In 2015, we alerted you to the dangerous side effects of Risperdal, a bipolar drug. Now, it has been reported this month that 13,000 men are suing the drug’s manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, saying it gave them breasts through a condition known as gynecomastia (breast growth).
Party Pooper: Injuries at Social Gatherings Can Be Serious. Know When Social Hosts are Liable – and When Injured Parties Can Sue
The holidays provide bountiful opportunities to come together with family, friends, co-workers and colleagues, share good tidings and rejoice in the spirit of the season. While social gatherings are festive occasions, they also provide ample opportunity for injuries to occur—especially when you factor in varying levels of alcohol, medication, foul weather, carelessness, recklessness, or any combination thereof.