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Does your injury qualify you for workers' compensation?

If you suffered an injury in a work-related accident, you probably assume you will be able to claim benefits through a workers' compensation claim. If your accident took place in an Ohio workplace or is a direct result of your job-related duties, you likely qualify. However, the circumstances of your injury may be complex, or it may not be immediately clear whether you qualify.

It can be helpful to learn more about what types of injuries qualify a person for this type of insurance claim. This can help you understand your rights and whether you should move forward with a workers' compensation claim. If there are benefits available to you, it is in your interests to move quickly to complete your claim and pursue what you need to get better and move forward.

Six common ways that craft breweries violate OSHA standards

OSHA's safety standards apply to all industries in Ohio and across the U.S. That even includes the booming and "fun" craft beer industry. Roughly speaking, there are six ways that craft breweries are often violating these standards.

First of all, many breweries have permit-required confined spaces. Lots of employers violate OSHA standards on PRCSs by failing to put up warning signs and by having employers continuously occupy them. Next, craft beer employers often violate the General Duty Clause by leaving workers open to the risk of suffering an ergonomic injury through the lifting of heavy kegs and sacks of grain.

Report released after workplace accident injures miners

Mining can be a dangerous job in Ohio. As a result, workers who are employed in this industry should be aware of what steps to take if they have been involved in a workplace accident. Since these workers are oftentimes below ground, use heavy equipment, could face unforeseen risks as they go about their duties, and are involved in a physically and mentally demanding job, accidents happen quite frequently.

A mine accident that injured two workers has been investigated by the state regulator. A preliminary report was released as to what happened. According to the investigation, the accident occurred in the mid-afternoon shortly after 3 p.m. Two men, age 23 and 20, were in a crane lift. A third worker was by the truck to which the lift was attached. The injured workers were in a basket. They were around four feet above the floor of the mine.

Asbestos exposure can cause serious health problems

Over the years, asbestos was used in a variety of consumer products and construction products, including building materials and other products, such as brake pads. Asbestos has properties including heat resistance, strength and insulating benefits that make it useful in a variety of products. However, it poses many health hazards.

Asbestos can be found in products including roofing felt and roofing coatings, cement shingles and other cement products, vinyl floor tiles, pipeline wrapping, disk brake pads and other car parts, as well as other products as well. Asbestos produces a dust that can be deposited into the lungs and cause serious health concerns. Asbestos exposure can lead to a variety of asbestos-related illnesses, including mesothelioma and asbestosis. Mesothelioma is a cancer that lines the lungs, stomach and other organs and can be painful and even fatal.

Disability benefits may be available for mental conditions

Social Security disability can help disabled individuals with some of the challenges they face when they are unable to work because of a disabling medical condition. To qualify for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits, the disabled individual may suffer from either a physical or mental medical condition that prevents them from working.

Mental conditions that may qualify disabled individuals for disability benefits can include schizophrenia, autism disorders, mental retardation, depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. The Social Security Administration maintains a list of mental conditions it considers inherently disabling that may qualify for SSD benefits. This means that disabled individuals suffering from a mental condition on the list may be considered unable to perform substantial gainful activity including employment and be eligible for SSD benefits as a result.

How workers' comp can help injured construction workers

When a construction worker has suffered harm as a result of a construction accident, they should know how to take care of themselves and the different resources available to help them do that. Workers' compensation can help injured workers through the challenges they face after being hurt on the job.

A construction accident can be a devastating occurrence for construction workers and their families. Unfortunately, construction accidents are not uncommon and there are many dangers and risks construction workers face every day on a job site. Workers' compensation is one resource that may be able to help injured construction workers but other legal options may be available as well. A workers' compensation claim is similar to making an insurance claim.

Disabling arthritis may qualify you for Social Security benefits

No one has ever accused you of slacking on the job. In fact, the fast pace and physical demands may be exactly what motivate you to push yourself at work. Whether you love your Ohio job or you simply need the money, the thought of a physical disability preventing you from earning a living may be difficult for you to imagine.

Nevertheless, if you have rheumatoid arthritis, you may already know that there is a good chance your condition will worsen to the point where you are no longer able to continue the kind of work you are doing now. One study showed that 35% of those who receive a diagnosis of RA can no longer work within ten years. If you are nearing this point, you may want to begin learning about the steps you can take to seek disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.

Help for workers suffering with repetitive stress injuries

Repetitive stress injuries can cause daily pain and suffering for workers while they are trying to earn a living. It is important for injured workers suffering with a repetitive stress injury to understand what repetitive stress injuries are and the different types of help available to them if they are suffering with a repetitive stress injury caused by their work.

The most common types of repetitive stress injuries are carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and bursitis which can be both painful and debilitating for victims. The symptoms of a repetitive stress injury include swelling, tingling, numbness, stiffness, weakness and sensitivity to cold and heat. The symptoms and impact of a repetitive stress injury can make the injured worker's job difficult to perform. Repetitive stress injuries can occur in practically any industry and in any job.

Caring for a workplace illness

Workers suffering from a workplace illness can be in a difficult position as they are unable to work whilw face mounting medical bills to care for their occupational illness. It is essential for workers impacted by a workplace illness to know how they can get the help they need with lost wages and their medical expenses.

Asbestosis and Mesothelioma are serious medical conditions that can be caused by exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused by asbestos exposure that develops in the cells that line the lungs, the inside the ribs or around the abdominal organs. Malignant mesothelioma is a serious disease that can be fatal for victims. As a result, workers suffering with mesothelioma or another workplace illness need to be aware of the different options protecting them and available to them.

What is the Social Security disability appeals process?

This blog recently discussed the importance of a Social Security disability hearing. A Social Security disability hearing can be an important component of the Social Security disability appeals process. Applicants for Social Security disability have important appeals rights they should be familiar with if they hope to maximize their chances of successfully receiving the benefits they need.

Social Security disability benefits are important to many disabled individuals and their families, which is why there are several levels of appeal that disabled individuals can exercise if their application for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits has been denied. The first level of appeal is a request for reconsideration. Once a request for reconsideration is made, a different individual than that who made the initial determination reviews the disabled individual's application for disability benefits.