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January 2012 Archives

The sobering cost of workplace injuries to Ohio, nation

A recent study relying upon data culled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and more than 40 other job-related databases sheds light on just how much construction accidents and other workplace injuries cost the United States each year, in terms of medical costs, lowered productivity and related factors.

Auto maker's strategy revealed in consolidated car crash claims

Toyota owners have been plagued by a series of car accidents in recent years due to unintended acceleration. As a result, Toyota has been hit with nearly 200 lawsuits, including some from Ohio, relating to injures and damages concerning various accidents linked to unintended acceleration. Toyota has revealed that it is likely to use the same defense that many auto companies have used in similar accident cases. That defense will be to blame the victim.

Product recalls, accident concerns persist with car makers

Ford cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans constitute flagship brands and are popular consumer choices in Ohio and everywhere else across the country. The company has a singular and enduring history in the United States, with deep loyalties among many of its vehicle buyers.

Study on car accidents supports Ohio's pending medical pot law

In a recent study conducted by two university professors, car accident fatalities are shown to have decreased in those states that have legalized marijuana laws. The information linking those states was posted on the Institute for the Study of Labor website and is currently under review by the Journal of Law and Economics.

MADD wants Ohio, other states to enact harsher drunk driving laws

As of January 1, 15 states now require ignition interlock devices to be installed onto any vehicle owned by a motorist with at least one drunk driving conviction. The growing trend among states is part of a nationwide push by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), which is ramping up its efforts to force the adoption of laws that will reduce car accidents caused by drunk drivers.

Carpal tunnel syndrome common in workers' compensation cases

Recent survey statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveal that carpal tunnel syndrome presents itself more through work-related actions and affects more women than it does men. CTS is one of the leading health conditions leading to workers' compensation costs, disability, and lost work time and productivity.

Ohio accident solicits comments regarding distracted drivers

When queried by newspaper reporters following a vehicle crash in a small town in the south central region of Ohio, motorists, tow truck drivers, road construction workers and emergency responders readily stated what is an increasingly prevalent view in Ohio and elsewhere throughout the country: Distracted driving is routinely the direct cause of car accidents, it is ever-present on roadways, and knowing how common it is makes them fearful when they are out on the road.

Ohio workers' compensation chief comments on program, reforms

Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Administrator and CEO Stephen Buehrer provided comments and an official statement recently commemorating the 100th anniversary of the state's workers' comp program.