Ohio Laws: Move Over Law - Move Over 3 Feet

Posted by: Admin on April 29, 2017 in

As of March, 2017, Ohio drivers are now required to provide 3 feet of distance while passing a bicyclist on the roadways.  Bicycle accidents and pedestrian injuries are especially dangerous, and springtime leads to an influx of occurrences with increased outdoor activity.  Protecting yourself or your loved ones on the roadways is critical, and Ohio’s new law aims to provide ample passing space to achieve just that.

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Workers Compensation – New Opioid Rules to Prevent Addiction in Workers’ Comp Claims

Posted by: Admin on April 29, 2017 in

Recent news about the opioid crisis and its impact on work injury victims highlights the importance of proper medical treatment and ongoing monitoring of workers’ comp claimants. 

For many, a workplace injury is a preventable, tragic occurrence that forever changes the course of one’s life, and the lives of family members.  Pursuing a workers’ compensation claim is often a matter of necessity, as injuries can lead to permanent debilitation and complications, preventing the injured from earning a fair wage while trying to manage a future riddled with pain and suffering. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Snowmobile Accidents Happen All-Too-Frequently in the Winter. When Accidents Happen, Victims are Entitled to Compensation for Their Losses.

Posted by: Admin on January 20, 2017 in ATVs, Snowmobiles, Off Road Vehicles Automobile Accident Car Accidents Motor Vehicle Accident Personal Injury

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.

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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.

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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.

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Tow Truck Drivers Work Overtime in the Winter. When Accidents Happen, Victims are Entitled to Compensation for Their Losses

Posted by: Admin on January 5, 2017 in Automobile Accident Car Accidents

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.

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