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Understanding roadside construction workers accidents

Now that warm weather is here in Ohio, it not only means that more people will be outside enjoying it, but also that road construction season is here. Interstates, highways and residential areas will undergo construction to repair or even widen roads. In some cases, major projects might begin, causing some major roadways to go down to a single lane. Just like road construction is necessary, safety among those working on the roads is also important. Motor vehicles are constantly traveling by these workers, putting them at risk of being involved in a serious or even fatal construction site accident.

Based on current statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, 96,626 crashes occurred in work zones in 2015. This was an increase of 7.8 percent from 2014, which experienced a 42 percent increase from 2013. Based on this information, a work zone crash occurred every 5.4 minute in 2015.

What could impact your continuing eligibility for SSD benefits?

For those living with disabilities in Ohio, it can be challenging to get by. Because of this, certain programs have been designed to help individuals who are unable to work because of a disability. The goal of these programs is to help individuals meet their basic needs while they are living with a disability that prevents them from working temporarily or permanently. Receiving these benefits is very valuable and necessary. Therefore, when these benefits suddenly stop, recipients are likely to endure hardships.

What could impact your continuing eligibility for Social Security disability benefits? When an applicant in Ohio or elsewhere has been approved for SSD benefits, they will likely continue to receive these benefits as long as they are deemed disabled. Unfortunately, certain events could occur, making a recipient no longer eligible for disability benefits.

Tips for applying for SSD benefits

It is difficult to imagine a time when it could be challenging to do daily tasks. Whether that means taking care of yourself, enjoying leisure activities and even holding down a job, one does not know what it means to be incapable of doing these things until it happens to them. Suffering from a disabling injury or illness is a shocking event. It not only causes pain and suffering, it also causes the need to seek medical treatment, make accommodations and even endure financial hardships.

Many individuals in Ohio and elsewhere understand that Social Security disability benefits are in place to provide financial support to those living with a disability. Nearly 9 million Americans utilize these necessary benefits, evidencing how it important these benefits truly are. However, due to media and news coverage, most are aware of the challenges faced by those applying for SSD benefits. Whether it is the initial application phase or the appeal process, applicants are often faced with a lengthy wait period.

Treatment and diagnostic advancements for mesothelioma

As a previous post highlighted, workers in Ohio and elsewhere could be subjected to harmful conditions in the workplace. In some cases, this means that he or she is breathing in harmful particles, causing the worker to suffer a serious workplace illness. While no one expects to be diagnosed with mesothelioma, the unfortunate reality is that a worker could be diagnosed with this serious, life-threatening illness.

Cancer research has had its ups and downs, successes and setbacks. Nonetheless, this research makes it possible to treat diseases like mesothelioma and provide individuals with a more realistic outlook when it comes to treatment plans and the ability to fight this disease. When a person was diagnosed with a rare cancer, such as malignant mesothelioma, advancements for treatments were unfortunately far and few between. This illness has an aggressive progression and patients are likely to have a poor prognosis.

Is the bruise you noticed a sign of elder abuse?

No adult child of aging parents in Ohio or anywhere wants to imagine their loved one suffering neglect or abuse at the hands of a care provider. Whether you are currently researching nursing homes to help transition an elderly loved one to an assisted living lifestyle or have already helped them settle into a new residence, there are certain things to which you'll want to pay close attention to ensure that he or she is getting high-quality care.

No facility or staff member is perfect. People make mistakes and it's sometimes best to acknowledge an error, forgive the person who made it and move on. It's another story altogether, however, if someone who is supposed to be caring for your mother or father is neglecting his or her responsibility, or worse, causing personal injury through abuse. You may feel frustrated and angry upon learning your loved one was the victim of substandard care. The good news is that there are immediate steps you can take to pursue justice.

What are the risk factors for asbestos-related lung disease?

It is public knowledge in Canton and elsewhere that smoking can cause lung diseases. In fact, even when individuals breathe in second-hand smoke, they are at risk for developing lung cancer. But there are other environments and situations that could increase a person's risk of this disease. Unfortunately, the work environment could pose dangers and risks when it comes to developing this type of workplace illness.

What are the risk factors for asbestos-related lung disease? There are certain industries that place an employee at a higher risk of developing this lung disease. Those who engaged in prolonged periods of mining, making, milling or installing asbestos products prior to the 1970s were at a very high risk for developing asbestos-related lung disease. These workers include miners, aircraft and auto mechanics, construction workers, electricians, shipyard workers, boiler operators, building engineers and railroad workers.

Recovering workers' compensation after a workplace illness

No matter how hard one tries, we all get sick at some point. While this typically means a cold, the flu or some bug going around, other individuals suffer more serious ailments because of the work environment they work in. Work-related illnesses can be very serious, causing employees to miss time at work because they need to begin major medical treatment plans. While one may not think they are at risk of such illnesses, the reality is that such an event could plague anyone in Ohio.

No one expects to become ill from the environment that they work in. They furthermore do not expect to be unable to work for an extended period of time because of it. This can become very problematic for a worker, as they are no longer able to make ends meet without an income. Thus, workers in Ohio should understand that they may have options when it comes to recovering workers' compensation for a workplace illness.

Easing the SSD benefits application and appeals process

With modern technology, we are often spoiled by the ability to do things with a click of a button. While we wish everything in life could be quick and easy, this is not always the case. For those living with a disability, applying for Social Security disability benefits is not quick and easy. Even after the application process is complete, this does not mean everything is all said and done. In fact, because many initial applications for SSD benefits are denied, many applicants can expect to go through the appeals process.

In Ohio, the appeals process can be rather daunting. According to current statistics, only 34 percent of initial applications are approved. And when applicants are initially denied, the appeals process could stretch on for months or even years.

Spending bill to cut SSD backlog

Much media coverage has focused on the issues impacting the Social Security Administration. More specifically, the concern about the funding associated with Social Security disability. While much effort and many proposals have been made to address these funding issues, there remains a major concern with the length of time individuals in Ohio and elsewhere must wait for an appeal for a denied SSD application.

Based on recent reports, the Senate Finance Committee celebrated a win, as there will be an increase in the SSA's budget in the omnibus spending bill. This was done as a measure to address the substantial SSD appeals backlog endured by many disabled Americans.

Building a case for injuries suffered in a fall

If you didn't see the uneven pavement, the patch of ice at the foot of the stairs or the knee-level boxes in the aisle, you may have taken a tumble. You may still remember sitting on the ground or floor rubbing your knee or ankle and wishing you could just crawl away by yourself. The embarrassment of slipping or tripping and falling in public may stick with you longer than the pain.

However, you may be like many who suffer serious, even critical injuries in a fall due to hazardous conditions in a public place. Perhaps you do not even remember the fall because you struck your head and lost consciousness. Perhaps there was no way for you to crawl off because the fall resulted in a spinal injury or internal injury. If you are now dealing with the pain and suffering of a fall, you may wonder if someone can be held responsible.