New Court Ruling Opens Door for Lump Sum Payments for Work-Related Loss of Arm or Leg
Posted by: Admin on May 24, 2016 in Workers Compensation
Losing a limb or appendage at work is a horrifying, excruciatingly painful, traumatic and life-changing event. When such a tragic accident occurs, the injured worker is entitled to medical treatment, recovery time and compensation through the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). Thanks to a May 12 ruling by the 8th District Court of Appeals, the BWC must begin issuing lump sum payments to injured workers who have lost an arm or a leg in a workplace accident.
Dog Bite Victims May Be Eligible for Compensation
Last month, an Elyria woman was arrested after her pit bull mix attacked another woman as she walked along the sidewalk in the 1200 block of Middle Avenue. According to a police report, the 50-pound pit bull mix bit the 59-year-old victim several times on her hands. Dog attacks and dog bites must not be treated lightly. A dog bite is a serious injury; it can cause permanent scarring and major bodily damage, as well as emotional trauma that potentially lasts a lifetime. Ohio has strict statutory liability for dog bites. In other words, Ohio law explicitly makes dog owners liable for every bite—including the first one.
Learn Which Medical Expenses are Covered Under Workers’ Compensation Rules
If you become injured or sick on the job, workers’ compensation (WC) benefits can be of great benefit to you by helping you cover certain crucial and often large costs. Under Ohio WC regulations, you as an employee will get paid and have medical costs covered if you elect to receive WC benefits. In return, you give up the right to sue your employer over the injury or illness you incurred.
Fluoroquinolone (FLQ) Medication Victims May Be Eligible for Compensation
Fluoroquinolone (FLQ) antibiotics are common antibiotics used to treat respiratory infections and urinary tract infections. FLQs are widely prescribed by doctors who are often unaware of their dangers and the serious — and sometimes permanent — damage they can inflict upon the human body. Commonly prescribed fluoroquinolones include Avelox, Cipro, Factive, Floxin, Levaquin and Noroxin.
Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) Medication Victims May Be Eligible for Compensation
A class of widely prescribed and over-the-counter drugs known as Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) is making news recently for all the wrong reasons; namely, the purported links of PPI drugs to kidney damage. PPI users who suffered (1) acute interstitial nephritis, (2) acute kidney disease/failure, (3) chronic kidney disease/failure, or (4) transplant, dialysis or death all may have viable claims.
Second J&J Talcum Powder Lawsuit Verdict Affirms Dangers, Signals More Litigation
In a recent blog post, we alerted you to a civil suit that found corporate giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) liable for an Alabama woman’s ovarian cancer—a cancer which she claimed in the lawsuit resulted from using J&J’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower powder, both of which contain talcum powder. Now, on Monday, May 2, a U.S. jury in a Missouri court has ordered J&J to pay $55 million to a 62-year-old South Dakota woman who stated that she too got ovarian cancer from using J&J’s talcum powder products.
Motorcycle Accident Victims May Be Eligible for Compensation
Ask any motorcyclist, and they’ll likely tell you there are few things they enjoy more than hitting the open road on their iron horse. Given the long winter season here in Ohio, it’s no stretch at all to understand the passion that motorcyclists have for this pastime. With motorcycle season comes the threat of cycle-related injuries. If injuries occur on the road, you or a loved one may be eligible for compensation.
Ohio Senate Passes Law to Give Firefighters Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Cancer
Posted by: Admin on April 14, 2016 in Workers Compensation
Last week, we wrote about pending legislation here in Ohio that would allow firefighters diagnosed with some forms of cancer to receive workers' compensation (WC) benefits. On Wednesday, April 13, the Ohio Senate voted 32-1 to pass that legislation—specifically, Senate Bill 27. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives, where it will be assigned to a committee for review.
Pending Law Would Give Firefighters Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Cancer
Posted by: Admin on April 8, 2016 in Workers Compensation
Firefighters today are being diagnosed with cancer at abnormally high rates. Legislation now pending at the Ohio statehouse would create a presumption that firefighters disabled as a result of cancer incurred while working—and therefore, those firefighters would qualify for workers’ compensation coverage. More than 30 states have enacted laws that recognize a presumption that when firefighters get cancer, it is job related. The legislation is currently pending in committees in both the Ohio House and Senate.
Construction Company Faces Investigation After Recent Trench Collapse Death
Posted by: Admin on April 5, 2016 in Workers Compensation
Construction workers face a bevy of safety concerns in nearly every aspect of their jobs. On March 29, that reality was driven home when a 28-year-old construction worker was killed after a trench in which he was working collapsed at a Mentor, Ohio construction site.
For construction workers engaged in trench and excavation work, safety is a paramount concern, given the large number of potential hazards that exist in these volatile and shifting environments.