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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.

Ways to prepare for a Social Security disability hearing

Preparing for a Social Security disability hearing is important because it can have an impact on whether or not the applicant receives Social Security disability (SSD) benefits. These are important benefits available to many disabled individuals and their families, thereby making it important to be prepared for a Social Security disability hearing.

During a Social Security disability hearing, it is important to remain truthful and avoid exaggerations. Providing concise information about one's disability and symptoms is important to focus on during the disability hearing. The disabled applicant should be prepared to discuss the medical conditions that cause their disability, their symptoms and medications, their medical history, and their physical and mental abilities. This can include, for example, sharing the intensity of their pain, any side effects of their medication, or their range of motion.

What injuries are you most at risk for as a nurse?

Choosing to spend your career as a nurse puts you on the front lines of the medical world. Patients will more than likely see more of you than they do of anyone else, including their doctors.

Your job requires patience, compassion, diplomacy and knowledge. You probably don't receive enough credit for the work you do, especially considering you put yourself at risk for serious injuries every time you go to work.

Ohio roofing company cited for workplace safety violations

This blog recently discussed the different types of injuries construction workers may suffer while on the job. Some of the most serious injuries result from falls, which can occur while workers are performing roofing duties. Since the damages incurred as a result of an on-the-job can be significant, injured construction workers need to be familiar with all of the different types of protections available to them.

This may be case for some Ohio workers who were subjected to dangerous working conditions. Even though construction workers can suffer harm related to a roofing fall, scaffolding fall, or other type of fall, a roofing contractor in Ohio was recently cited for repeated, willful, and serious violations of federal workplace safety standards. The roofing contractor is facing a potential fine close to $250,000. The company was cited for exposing workers to fall hazards on job sites and for a variety of failures to keep workers safe.

Understanding work history requirements for SSD benefits

There are two primary components for qualifying for Social Security disability benefits and disabled individuals seeking benefits, or who think Social Security disability benefits may be able to help them, should be familiar with what those components are. Social Security disability benefits can help disabled individuals with their daily needs and concerns while they are unable to work because of their disability.

The first component to qualify for SSD benefits is that the disabled individual must suffer from a medical condition that is severe enough that it prevents them from being able to work and it is not expected to be temporary in nature. Secondly, the disabled applicant must meet work history requirements to qualify for Social Security disability benefits which is the second component of the requirements that must be met for SSD benefits.

What is asbestos exposure and why is it serious?

Asbestos exposure can lead to devastating health consequences and be a serious health concern for workers. Asbestos exposure can contribute to several different types of devastating illnesses which is why workers need to understand what they are and be familiar with the legal resources that may be available to help them.

Asbestos-related illnesses can include asbestosis and mesothelioma which are both serious illnesses. Asbestosis is a fibrous scarring of the lungs and mesothelioma is a malignant form of cancer that lines the chest and abdominal cavities. Asbestos was historically used in building materials and because of its durable and fibrous nature, it can produce dust that becomes deposited in the lungs when inhaled.

Rear-end collisions are avoidable tragedies

If you have ever had another vehicle hit yours from behind, you are not alone. Rear-end collisions are the most common accidents that occur on the roads. You may be fortunate if yours is just a fender bender, but in many cases, a crash from behind can be quite serious.

While there may be some circumstances in which it is impossible to avoid colliding with the vehicle in front of you, rear-end collisions are almost always preventable through the careful driving and attention of the driver in the vehicle behind.

What types of injuries can construction workers suffer?

The construction industry can be a dangerous industry to work in. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of 3.3. million injuries and illnesses reported in 2009, 9% involved construction workers. As a result, it is essential for injured construction workers to be familiar with the options available to them if they are injured on the job and the types of construction accident injuries they may suffer.

Falls are one of the most common construction accident injuries construction workers may suffer. They may suffer falls from scaffolding, cranes, roofs, ladders and other heights. In addition, there is a risk a construction worker may be injured by falling objects from above that were not properly secured. Construction equipment-related accidents are also an injury risk for construction workers on construction sites.

Workers' compensation benefits for injured Ohio workers

Ohio workers' compensation benefits can be essential benefits that injured workers need to help them following a workplace injury. Injured workers and their families should be familiar with the different types of benefits available and the application process for workers' compensation benefits.

One of the potentially most important types of workers' compensation benefits available to injured workers in Ohio include benefits for medical care costs and needs. Benefits can include those for hospital care, doctor visits, medication and other medical care expenses. In addition, injured workers can receive compensation for wage loss. Depending on the circumstances and needs of the injured workers, benefits for temporary total disability, permanent partial disability and permanent total disability are available. In addition to benefits for injured workers, death benefits may be available through workers' compensation to surviving family members following a fatal workplace accident.