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Workers' compensation offers special protection for juveniles

In Ohio and other states, strict regulations exist when it comes to underage employees. They are prohibited from doing some jobs and operating certain equipment. If a young worker suffers on-the-job injuries, the Ohio workers' compensation program may double or triple the benefits paid to the victim. The aim is to prevent exploitation of juveniles in the workplace.

This may be the case when a 15-year-old boy pursues workers' compensation benefits after injuries he suffered on the job in another state. Reportedly, the incident happened shortly after noon on a recent Friday at a residential work site in which the boy was a member of a hired work crew. Authorities say a tractor ran over the teenager after he fell off it.

Who was responsible for the chemical burn you suffered?

Perhaps you have worked at the same lab for years without incident. You and your coworkers are very careful around chemicals because you know that an accident can cause serious injury, such as a chemical burn. Ironically, that is exactly what happened to you. Now you face with rapidly rising medical bills and you have no idea when or if you will be able to return to work.

Your next step should be to contact an experienced personal injury attorney, who will want to find out who was responsible for your burn injury.

Car accidents: Drugs suspected in crash causing serious injuries

When crashes cause serious injuries to motorists in Ohio, investigators do what they can to determine the cause and the identity of the party or parties believed responsible. Some car accidents take longer than others to investigate, especially when drugs or alcohol use is suspected. Waiting for toxicology results can further delay the process.

Deputies in Hamilton County believe drugs played a part in a two-vehicle crash that caused injuries to one of the drivers. Reportedly, a 27-year-old driver of a pickup truck was traveling along U.S. 50 when he veered across the center into the traffic lanes of the vehicles traveling in the opposite direction. A head-on collision followed when the pickup truck smashed into a passenger car.

Ohio firefighters with cancer get workers' compensation benefits

All occupations pose some level of danger, and in most workplace environments, compliance with federal safety regulations can prevent injuries and death. However, some jobs expose Ohio workers to risks that are not easy to eliminate. One such occupation is firefighting, which exposes firefighters to various carcinogens. Obtaining workers' compensation benefits for occupational injuries is typically incredibly challenging.

The Centers for Disease Control report that one study indicated that, while cancer develops in 22 percent of members of the general population, an estimated 68 percent of firefighters are diagnosed with cancer. One of those is a 49-year-old Ohio firefighter who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2015. He is currently receiving hospice care after protecting others from fires over decades without considering the dangers he faced in doing so.

Construction workers' accidents: I-beam kills 34-year-old worker

Saying goodbye to a loved one who leaves for work, never to see him or her again, is an indescribable tragedy. Sadly, this is not an uncommon occurrence -- especially for families who have loved ones working in the construction industry. Fatal construction workers' accidents leave far too many Ohio families without a breadwinner.

Reportedly, such a tragedy occurred on a construction site of a residential building where a 34-year-old man from Columbus lost his life in an on-the-job accident on a Thursday at the end of March. The county sheriff said the incident occurred shortly after noon. A work crew was working on placing steel beams across the top of the completed basement. To achieve this, they used a crane to lift the beams and put them in position.

Car accidents: 4-car crash on I-270 kills 1, injures 2

Learning about the death of an Ohio motorist in a crash that was caused by another driver is surely traumatic for surviving family members. If it's learned that the deceased driver was the innocent victim of a seemingly negligent driver, the trauma may well be exacerbated. The sad fact is that car accidents occur all over the country, and virtually everyone traveling our roadways faces the risk of suffering injury, or worse.

According to the office of the Franklin County Sheriff, the fatal crash was first reported shortly before 2:30 p.m. on a recent Thursday, and emergency services responded to southbound Interstate 270. A preliminary accident report indicates a 46-year-old woman was stopped in I-270 traffic, heading south. For reasons yet to be determined, an SUV driver traveled across two traffic lanes and rear-ended the southbound driver's car. The SUV continued into another SUV, which then struck a van.

Be aware of work zone and no-zone dangers while driving

As a motorist, you are used to reacting to colors: red for stop, yellow for caution and green for go. Orange is another color that warrants special attention because it is a work zone alert. If you are accustomed to driving around your local area, you probably know where many construction zones are located, but that will probably not be the case when you are traveling. You will need to adjust your driving not only because of the work zone ahead, but also in anticipation of the "no-zone" areas that surround any large trucks with which you may be sharing the road.

Costs of amputations caused by car accidents are recoverable

Catastrophic injuries typically have life-altering consequences -- not only for the victim but also for that person's loved ones. If, for example, a limb is lost, the victim's home and vehicle might have to be modified to accommodate his or her new physical limitations, and he or she might never be able to return to work. Such injuries are often the result of car accidents, and the negligence of one Ohio driver can change the life of another in the blink of an eye.

The unanticipated expenses might cause financial ruin. These could include medical treatment and procedures, rehabilitation, vocational training and home and vehicle modifications. One way in which to deal with this is to pursue compensation through the civil justice system. However, coping with the legal proceedings could be overwhelming at a time when the victim must adjust to a new lifestyle.

How are injuries classified for workers' compensation benefits?

Ohio workers in all industries are no doubt aware that they are entitled to pursue financial relief in the event of workplace accidents that cause injuries and time away from work. However, some may not understand how the workers' compensation program works and how long they will have to wait for receipt of benefits. All payments to injured workers will be based on the severity of the injuries and the amount of time it takes the injured employee to return to work, if he or she is ever able to return at all.

Claims for injuries that required no hospitalization or absence from work are classified as medical only claims with immediate compensation. However, payments for a worker who cannot return until full recovery is achieved -- temporary total disability (TTD) -- will start within a week after the injury. Those with temporary partial disability (TPD) may carry out light-duty jobs at a reduced rate until they recover fully, and the insurance might pay the shortfall.

Think you are immune to distracted driving?

Ohio has a strong distracted driving campaign: "Look up, hang up, and go slow for the cone zone." The Ohio Department of Public Safety reports that 80 percent of Americans believe hands-free devices are safer than handheld phones, but the research does not prove that. In addition, the problem of distracted driving is not limited to just cell phones or electronic devices. If you think you are immune from distracted driving, consider the following.