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What is the SSD benefits appeals process?

Living with a disability, whether newly acquired or not, can be challenging. In fact, some individuals in Ohio find that a disabling condition can get worse over time, making it harder to do daily tasks, such as getting dressed, making meals, cleaning up and even working. When a disability prevents one from living a normal life and making a livable income, this can create financial hardships. In these cases, it may be necessary to apply for Social Security disability benefits.

Although many are aware of the ability to seek and recover disability benefits, many are also aware that a good portion of applicants are initially denied these necessary benefits. This fact alone can often deter many from even applying. However, this should not be the case, as it is possible to file an appeal to obtain the appropriate amount of benefits.

Workers' compensation and neck and back pain

Most people in Ohio and elsewhere go to work on a weekly basis. While this may be routine, many individuals suffer strains and aches because of the environment they work in. Over time, these minor aches and pains can evolve into a serious medical issue. And in some cases, these workers have to take time off from work to recover from an injury to the neck or back that occurred in the workplace.

Many presume that it is physical labor that causes neck and back pain in employees. However, the reality is that any type of worker in any type of workplace could suffer neck or back pain. For example, office workers spend a lot of time sitting at a desk, causing their body to twist in odd positions, putting one's feet on the rungs of a chair and hunching his or her back over a computer. This can, over time, cause neck and back injuries.

Being a nail technician is hazardous to your health

Many Ohio residents enjoy getting manicures and pedicures. In response to that demand, most cities and towns have at least one nail salon. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimates that approximately 375,000 people work in nail salons across the country.

People who don't spend their days in these establishments don't understand the hazards as much as you do. It's more than just filing and painting nails. In fact, you could suffer numerous injuries and illnesses from a variety of sources.

Guiding you through the SSD application and appeals process

Living with a disability can be challenging. While there are many opportunities to have accommodations made and seek out assistance, this may not be enough. People in Ohio with a disability may find it challenging to do the day-to-day things, even making it impossible to hold down a job. When a disability impacts one's life significantly, it is important to consider ways to address these challenges and financial hardships.

The Social Security Administration has designed programs to help those living with disabilities. Both Socials Security disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income can be very valuable resources to address the financial challenges a person with a disability might have. At Brian, Zwick, Stone & Associates, our attorneys understand how important these benefits can be. Thus, we are dedicated to helping those in the Ohio area with the application process, so they can secure these program benefits.

Mental illness problems and the workplace

Unfortunately, we all get ill from time to time. In most cases, it is a minor situation that is easily resolved with over-the-counter remedies and some rest. Unfortunately, workers in Ohio and elsewhere suffer illnesses from a wide range of situations, including conditions in their workplace. This could cause the worker to lose time from work as he or she recovers. While many are aware of some well-documented occupational diseases such as lung disease, there are other serious workplace illnesses that do not get as much attention, including mental illnesses.

According to the World Health Organization, work is good for mental health. However, they also reported that a negative working environment could cause physical and mental health problems. Depression and anxiety are two major mental illnesses that occur in the workplace, and they can have a significant economic impact world-wide. With regards to lost productivity, they cause an estimated global economy loss of $1 trillion per year.

What are some common workplace injuries?

Going to work is a very routine part of our daily schedule. While we go to work most days of the week, depending on a person's occupation, employees in Ohio may not look at this as a time when they will be subjected to serious risks. Nevertheless, workers in all industries are faced with dangers and the potential of suffering a serious injury in the workplace.

What are common workplace injuries? Each year, there are over 1 million work-related injuries and illnesses, causing workers to lose days away from work. This equates to one occupational injury or illness for every 100 full-time workers. While this seems like a very high number, it should be noted that the average number of work days missed is nine. This means that any of these injuries and illnesses are not very severe.

Understanding workplace depression

When we think of illnesses related to the workplace, we tend to think of illnesses related to exposures to chemicals or minerals, such as asbestos and coal. However, there are other types of workplace illnesses that some individuals in Ohio and elsewhere do not automatically associate with the workplace. For example, depression and anxiety can be serious mental health problems, and the work environment could cause them.

Everyone has a bad day from time to time; however, when there are more bad days than good or they are consistently bad, this can be a concerning situation. Workplace depression can be serious, and it is a growing area of concern. When an employee is depressed, his or her productivity and happiness is impacted. In addition to this, a depressed employee has the ability to impact those around them. Their depression can change the mood of the entire workplace, impacting their productivity as well. Finally, a depressed worker may find it difficult or even impossible to go to work.

How SSD benefits are impacted when workers' comp is received

While many workers in Ohio know it is a possibility, suffering from a work injury is still an unexpected event. What is even more unexpected is how much this incident impacts an individual. A minor incident may result in a worker requiring medical attention and missing work for a few days or weeks. However, a more serious incident could cause a worker to suffer a temporary or permanent disability. This can result in the inability to work, causing the worker to suffer serious financial hardships.

When a worker suffers an injury on-the-job, their first thought after obtaining medical attention and treatment is seeking financial assistance while they recover. Typically, this means filing for workers' compensation benefits. However, this may not be enough to get by when a workplace injury has caused a worker to suffer a temporary or permanent disability.

How often do construction accidents involving cranes happen?

Construction sites are often busy. This is not just because workers are working against a timetable to complete the project. The fact of the matter is that construction sites often have various heavy machinery, tools and workers. Additionally, they are busy sites because each worker is tasked with a different project that needs to be completed in order for the entire project to be completed. In some cases, this means having large equipment, such as a crane, on site. While this is very useful in the construction industry, it is also a piece of machinery that could cause serious injuries or even death to construction workers.

How often do crane accidents happen? According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were a total of 220 crane-related deaths from 2011 to 2015. This averages about 44 deaths per year. Those most impacted by these incidents are construction workers. When mishaps happen with cranes, this is best described as a catapult. There needs to be enough counter-weight to balance the machine. If the machine is off balance, this could cause the machine to tip over and catapult the objects or people being lifted by the crane.

If you work in retail, you could easily suffer an injury

Most Ohio residents would agree that construction is a dangerous job. If you agree with that statement, then you might be surprised to know that in 2016, the combined injury and illness rates were higher for retail workers than for construction workers.

This makes working in retail hazardous to your health. Your employer ought to make your safety a priority, but that doesn't always happen. Large corporations tend to have a more impersonal feel to them since they are far removed from their locations. However, the size of the retailer does not excuse skimping on safety.