What To Do When Applying For SSDI Benefits

When someone is trying to earn benefits for their disability, frequently, that income may be the only source of money they can earn. When money is scarce, an applicant must do everything to gain their benefits as soon as possible. The appeals process on an SSDI application can take months or longer, so it is […]

SSDI and SSI: Five new compassionate allowance conditions

It is common knowledge that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is notoriously slow in processing applications and appeals for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Some applications take months or even years, with some people even dying before resolution of their claims. What is a compassionate allowance? In response, the SSA […]

Can I use my own doctor after an Ohio workplace injury?

When an Ohio worker is injured on the job or contracts an occupational sickness, their exclusive legal remedy is filing a workers’ compensation claim. Of course, the most important thing is that the employee receive medical care as soon as possible, followed by providing notice of the injury to their employer and starting the workers’ compensation […]

Maximum medical improvement under Ohio workers’ compensation law

An injured worker is found to have reached maximum medical improvement (MMI) when his/her condition has stabilized, and despite continued medical treatment their condition is not likely to improve. Basically, an employee collecting TT because of a work injury or occupational disease may reach a point medically when they will not improve any more – […]

Ohio Senate to consider workers’ comp coverage for first responders’ PTSD

On Feb. 12, the Ohio House of Representatives passed a bill 74-22 that would provide workers’ compensation for peace officers, paid and volunteer firefighters, and emergency medical workers who get post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the course of their lifesaving work. The legislation is now before the state Senate and, should it pass, would create an exception […]

6 common misconceptions about workers’ compensation

Sustaining a job-related injury or developing an occupational illness can be devastating. After all, if you cannot work, you may not be able to provide for yourself and your family. Fortunately, the Ohio’s workers’ compensation program provides a means for injured workers to receive lost wages and payment of medical bills. There is a great […]

How to apply for workers’ compensation in Ohio

If you suffer an injury at work, you can file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, including coverage of the cost of your medical recovery and lost wages. Understanding how to apply for these benefits and the general process can help you avoid problems and protect your future. This blog post will cover the general […]

Construction workers at high risk for electrocution

If you work construction in Ohio, you likely spend your days working around or with electrical equipment and tools. Unfortunately, this puts you at great risk for suffering a fatal or nonfatal electrocution injury. If you are familiar with the “Fatal Four” list put out by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the causes from which construction […]

3 things police officers should know about workers’ compensation

Police officers protect the public from harm. Their primary responsibility is ensuring that people can go about their days safely by enforcing laws. However, police officers quickly fall victims to the conditions of their job. They may start to develop medical conditions relating to stress, repetitive injuries and ultimately, injuries incurred during the commission of […]

3 things to do if you sustain an injury at work

Like most of your neighbors, you go to work every day to provide for your family. When you are at the job site, you try to do your best to stay safe. While working smartly can likely decrease your odds of sustaining an injury, you may not be able to avoid one forever. The workers’ […]

Will your retirement affect your entitlement to workers’ compensation benefits?

Post-Retirement Temporary Total Compensation – Ohio Supreme Court Rules “No” In a recent case before the Ohio Supreme court, it issued an unanimous opinion ruling that “when a claimant voluntarily retires from the workforce following an injury, he or she becomes ineligible for a new period of temporary total disability while recovering from a post-retirement […]

What Happens To Your Disability Payments When You Reach Full Retirement Age?

If you are approaching full retirement age you are probably wondering what’s going to happen to your disability benefits. The short answer is, there will be some transitions. However you may not be aware they are happening. There are a series of program changes and paperwork that happen in the background at the Social Security Office. Your payments […]