Traumatic Brain Injuries in Teenagers

Posted by: Admin on February 26, 2015 in Concussions Head Trauma

Traumatic brain injury has been defined as a physiological disruption of brain function resulting from trauma both external (an object striking the head or the head striking an object) and/or internal (the rapid acceleration/deceleration of the brain within the skullcap). The causes of brain injury in teenagers differ from both pediatric and adult brain injury.

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Can I afford a Workers’ Compensation Attorney?

Posted by: Admin on February 16, 2015 in Workers Compensation

Can I afford a Workers' Compensation attorney?

At NRS Injury Law you can.

Our workers’ compensation attorney fees are earned on a contingent basis.

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Is Your New Facebook Friend A Cop Or An Insurance Investigator?

Posted by: Admin on February 11, 2015 in Social Media in Litigation

A United States Federal District Court judge has ruled that photos and other information obtained by police using an undercover Instagram account could be admitted into evidence in court despite the fact that this information was obtained without the authority of a search warrant.  In that case, the judge ruled that the prosecution could admit into evidence photographs of property that was allegedly stolen and then photos of that property was subsequently posted on the defendant's Instagram account, thereby linking him to the theft.  The court reasoned that the defendant's "consensual sharing" of this information removed it from the typical protections of the rules of evidence that would require a search warrant in order for police to obtain such evidence from the defendant's possession.   This case is important to criminal and civil cases alike as it demonstrates the emerging trend that information posted on social media accounts are considered to be in the public domain and are not afforded much in the way of protection in the law.   In this case the police used a fake social media account to connect with a suspect and then sorted through his posts until they found photos he had posted of property he is alleged to have stolen.  We expect this trend to continue and to permit an insurance company or defense lawyer in a workers' compensation or personal injury case to sort through the posts of a client looking for information to use against the client who is alleging personal injury.   For example, a client who was injured at work and sustained a back injury might have good days and might have bad days relative to their pain and level of disability.  On a good day, that client might go bowling or skiing and post photos or status updates on social media telling his/her "friends" about what he/she did that day.   The emerging trend as it relates to discovery of this information might permit an investigator or an insurance adjuster or opposing attorney to create a fake social media account that would be used to connect with the client and then look for information like this to use against that person in a trial or other proceeding concerning the injury claim.   For this reason, it is imperative that clients be wary of who they befriend on social media during the pendency of a claim and the better practice is to stay off social media entirely if you are involved in litigation or anticipate that you may become involved in litigation regarding a personal injury claim.

Here is a link to an article discussing the Federal Court Instagram case if you have an interest in learning more about this subject.   - http://www.thenationaltriallawyers.org/2015/02/social-media/

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The Effects of Declining Ohio Workers’ Compensation Coverage on Small Businesses and Self-employed

Posted by: Admin on January 16, 2015 in Workers Compensation Repetitive Use Injury

In Ohio, Workers’ Compensation is provided by the state government through a state insurance fund. This insurance is funded by employers, who pay into the system as required by law. In Ohio, every employer who has one or more employees must pay into the state Worker’s Compensation insurance fund. In return for payment into the fund, the company is in compliance with the law and also has the benefit of receiving Workers’ Compensation insurance coverage. Unfortunately some employers choose not to pay into this state-mandated insurance fund

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Workers’ Compensation Settlements and Social Security Disability Offsets

Posted by: Admin on January 6, 2015 in Social Security Disability Workers Compensation

 In some cases, the hard fought efforts at negotiating a favorable workers’ compensation settlement is only the beginning of the battle. Having negotiated a good settlement, the last thing a workers’ compensation practitioner wants is an angry client, frustrated that his or her workers’ compensation settlement results in a substantial reduction in his or her client’s Social Security Insurance disability benefits (DIB). If a client is receiving DIB, or maybe eligible in future for this benefit, thoughtful efforts must be put into drafting an agreement to ensure the injured worker’s DIB potential offset is minimized or eliminated.

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Report Your Work Injury Immediately

Posted by: Admin on January 2, 2015 in Workers Compensation

I have a lot of people ask me, I was injured on the job, should I report it?  The short answer is yes. To protect yourself when you are injured on the job, it needs to be documented immediately.  Whether or not immediate medical attention is required, tell your supervisor.  If your supervisor is not there, send an email, leave a voice mail, or report to another supervisor there. Further, some employers have written policies that require the immediate reporting of any injury.

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Medical Device used in Hysterectomies and Fibroid Removal Shown to Cause Increased Cancer Risk

Posted by: Admin on December 10, 2014 in Civil Litigation Mass Tort Litigation - MDL Laparoscopic Power Morcellators Medical Malpractice Personal Injury

Laparoscopic Power Morcellators found to increase risk of cancer when used in fibroid removal and hysterectomy procedures

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Inadequate Machine Guards Can Result in Serious Work Injuries

Posted by: Admin on December 1, 2014 in Workers Compensation

Lack of or inadequate guards on machines have the potential to cause serious work injuries. OSHA reports that missing or inadequate guards account for a majority of their citations.

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What are the time limits to file a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

Posted by: Admin on November 12, 2014 in Workers Compensation

Generally speaking there is a two year time limit in which to file a workers' compensation claim. The claim must be filed within two years from the date of the injury. For example, if someone is at work and lifts a box and injures his or her back on October 31, 2014, that person has until October 31, 2016 to file the claim with the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation. There are instances when that time limit can be extended depending on whether a self insured employer had knowledge of an injury and paid benefits to the injured worker when the injury occurred. Those situations can get complicated and need to be discussed with an attorney to see if a claim filed after two years can be deemed timely filed based on the actions of the self insured employer at the time of the injury.

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Social Media Impact on Workers’ Compensation Claims

Posted by: Admin on November 3, 2014 in Workers Compensation

      Social media is everywhere these days. From Facebook to YouTube to Twitter to Instagram, there are more ways than ever to communicate with the world. What individuals who suffer work-related injuries often fail to realize until it’s too late is that what they post on these websites have extremely negative impacts on their workers’ compensation case.

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