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Choosing a doctor for your work-related injury or illness

When you suffer an injury or illness in the workplace, you may not be able to be treated by your own doctor. Here in Ohio, your first visit can be to your own physician. However, if you are seeking workers' compensation, you'll need to be treated by a physician who is certified by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC). That doctor will be listed as your physician of record (POR).

Who's most likely to be killed on the job in Ohio?

Recently released information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) details trends in work-related fatalities in Ohio over roughly the past decade. The good news is that fatal injuries in 2018 — the last year for which data was reported— dropped to 158 from 174 the previous year. By contrast, the numbers nationwide rose in 2018 to 5,250 from 5,147 the prior year.

Is your back pain work-related?

You've done it a million times. Tossing building supplies onto a truck, lifting cinder blocks, transferring a patient from chair to bed or other common motions are part of your normal workday. You may have felt twinges in your back for a while or have woken up many mornings struggling to stand up straight. However, this time is different. Perhaps you felt a pop in your spine or you simply couldn't right yourself.

Are you suffering from occupational asthma?

Occupational asthma is much like regular asthma. However, it's caused by substances that workers breathe in at their workplace. This can include gases, chemical fumes, dust and more. More than 250 substances found in some workplaces have been linked to occupational asthma.

Ohio lawmakers consider bill to help protect EMS workers

Emergency medical services (EMS) workers and other first responders are at risk whenever they attend to a person in distress. Although they typically wear protective gear, they still can be exposed to bodily fluids that could spread disease. Even being in close proximity to someone with a highly contagious or infectious condition can place them at risk.