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What are the eligibility requirements for SSD benefits?

Whether it is due to an illness or an injury, living with a disability can be challenging for those suffering from the disability as well as their loved ones. Thus, many individuals in Ohio and elsewhere that develop a disabling condition because of the environment he or she work in certain ways to better their situation. The Social Security Administration designed the Social Security disability program as a means to help disabled individuals meet their basic needs while they are unable to work because of a disability.

In order to enjoy these benefits, an individual must apply for them. The application process asks for details and evidence of the applicant's disability so that the SSA can determine whether an applicant is in fact disabled. What are the requirements that make you eligible for SSD benefits?

Helping you apply for SSD benefits

For those of us that have to work to provide for yourself or family, it can be utterly devastating when you are physically, mentally or emotionally unable to work. A sudden onset of a disability or the worsening of an already existing disability can make it difficult or even impossible to maintain a job. Thus, these individuals should understand what options they have when it comes to obtaining financial assistance for their disability that prevents them from working.

The Social Security Administration designed the Social Security disability program as a mechanism to help disabled individuals meet their basic living needs. While this is a very valuable and beneficial program, it does have its downsides. The application process can seem overwhelming, especially if an applicant is denied and is waiting for an appeal. However, this should not deter those in Ohio from seeking these benefits.

The dangers of working in a hospital

Hospitals are places where people turn for healing and help when dealing with serious medical issues, but for the individuals who provide these services, hospitals can be quite dangerous. Ohio health care workers face various types of risks and threats to their safety every time they clock in at work. As a hospital worker, if you suffered an injury because of your job, you could have the right to workers' compensation benefits.

Workers' compensation insurance protects the interests of workers who get hurt or become ill due to their jobs. These benefits cover medical care, recovery of lost wages and more. If you believe you have a rightful claim to this type of support, you have no time to lose after a hospital work accident to follow through with the appropriate course of action.

Growing cause of work-related lung disease

When we get hired for a position or venture to work every day, we do not think about the potential risks and dangers we might encounter. Even if some of these risks are apparent and inherent in the place of employment, employees do not think about this on a daily basis. Nonetheless, the daily exposure to certain work environment dangers could add up over time. For example, in certain industries employees are likely to breathe in toxins in the air. While the small amounts exposed to each day does not amount to much, but over a course of years or decades, this could develop into a serious and even deadly workplace illness.

Work-related lung disease is often associated with employees that work in mines and around chemicals and asbestos. However, those working with styrene, which is a compound that is used extensively in plastic and rubber used in car, food packaging, boats and numerous other products, is linked to asthma and an irreversible lung disease known as obliterative bronchiolitis. And with the growing amount of plastic-based products on the market, there is a growing concern for the risks associated with the exposure to the chemicals used to make them.

What factors lead to falls on construction sites?

Construction workers understand that they are working in an industry that carries with it a wide variety of risks. From workplace injuries to work-related illnesses, construction sites can be considered unsafe work environments. Nonetheless, much has been done over the years to reduce the dangers associated with the construction industry. While training and safety equipment have worked to reduce those harmed or impacted by worksite dangers, this unfortunately has not worked to prevent some of the most deadly dangers at construction sites.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the number one cause of fatalities among construction workers. These fatal injuries account for one-third of the on-the-job deaths in the construction industry. Because of the high rate of fatal falls, the National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction was implemented back in 2012. This campaign not only encourages those within the industry to work safely, but it also emphasizes the importance of using the right equipment to reduce falls.

Ohio construction worker killed by falling object

All around us we can see construction sites. Whether it is a new home, building, renovation or road construction, this means progress and improvements. It also means construction crews working long hours and in risky conditions in order for these projects to be completed on time. Although employers are required to take steps to ensure the health and safety of construction workers are protected in the work environment, accidents unfortunately still occur.

According to recent reports, a construction worker was fatally injured at a construction site in Cleveland. Based on preliminary reports, the 56-year-old worker was killed when an object fell on him. The construction worker was working at a site at the Cleveland State University as a pipe-fitter.

Work-related asthma impacting the health of workers

When individuals in Ohio and elsewhere go to work, they likely do not expect to suffer harms because of the work environment they are in. Unfortunately, this is the reality some employees face. A work-related illness can happen suddenly or develop over time but, no matter when it shows up, it can become very detrimental to the lives and health of these employees. Thus, it is important for these workers to understand their situation and note their rights and options.

Based on a current study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers have found that only half of the American adults living with work-related asthma get the recommended vaccination to prevent pneumococcal pneumonia. An analysis of data collected from 2012 to 2013 found that only 54 percent of those living with work-related asthmas received the vaccination. The lowest rate was found to be among Hispanics, followed by those without health insurance and those between the ages of 18 and 44.

What types of injuries are construction workers likely to suffer?

The construction industry is very vital to society. Without it, we would not have roads, buildings or homes built. While construction workers are aware that their job comes with a wide variety of risks and dangerous work conditions, regulations, inspection requirements, specifications and job safety programs have been passed or developed on the state and federal level in order to address these dangerous conditions and prevent accidents from occurring on a construction site. Despite these efforts, construction workers are still victims of serious construction site accidents.

Although efforts and strides have been made with safety in the construction industry, workers are injured on a daily basis. While some of these incidents result in minor injuries, the fact of the matter is that construction site accidents tend to result in severe and catastrophic injuries.

Getting the rehabilitation you need to get back to work

After a work accident, you may find that you have many needs in your time of recovery. From coverage of your medical expenses to recompense for lost wages, you could secure benefits that may allow you to recoup some of the losses you experienced after your work accident.

In addition to medical care and lost wages, you also have the right to rehabilitation. This could mean rehabilitation for both your physical needs and your vocational needs. Not only do you have the right to a full physical recovery, you also have the right to get the training and help you need if you are unable to return to your same Ohio job.

Filing for workers' comp following a construction site accident

While the warm months are the typical time major construction sites on the roadways begin, it is possible to have work continue throughout the year at these sites. Because of this, motorists in Ohio frequently travel by these work sites on a daily basis throughout the year. Although this feels commonplace, motorists can forget to reduce their speeds, take notice of signs indicating lane changes or even notice a construction worker near their lane of traffic. Failure to take extra caution at a construction road site could result in a motorist causing a serious construction worker accident.

Being a victim of a construction work accident is a shocking, painful and an often life altering experience. While the risks involved with this type of work are apparent, this does not make going through such an incident any easier. Thus, the experienced attorneys at Brian, Zwick, Marchisio, Stone & Associates understand the severity of the pain and suffering a construction worker is going through. We are dedicated to helping injured workers assert their rights and protect them throughout a legal action.