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Brain injuries—more common in car crashes than in sports

No doubt you have seen a football player helped off the field after a blow to his head. The diagnosis is usually a concussion, a mild traumatic brain injury that seems all too common in sports.

However, did you know that motor vehicle crashes and falls are the most frequent causes of TBI? Would you recognize this kind of injury if it happened to you?

An overview of the Ohio workers' compensation program

Those who have worked for any length of time already know that workers' compensation provides financial benefits after a work injury. The existence of the program gives Ohio workers comfort because they know that help is available in the wake of an on-the-job injury. However, knowing about workers' compensation is not the same as understanding how it works.

For example, benefits do not automatically kick in after an injury. You must first make a formal injury report with your employer and then file an official claim before you begin receiving your benefits. Because some injury symptoms do not manifest right away, you have two years from the date of your injury to file your claim.

What if both drivers share the blame in a motor vehicle accident?

Most of the time, driving safely and abiding by traffic laws can prevent motor vehicle accidents. Other times, even seemingly safe driving habits cannot prevent crashes. Still other times, both motorists may share responsibility for a wreck, although one of them may not realize that they have played a role in the collision. Take a look at the following example of shared accident responsibility.

You are approaching an intersection and apply your brakes. The motorist behind you is driving too fast and crashes into the back of your car, leaving you with severe neck and back injuries. An accident investigation reveals that the other driver was intoxicated and driving over the speed limit when the accident occurred. However, it also reveals that your brake lights did not function at the time of the crash and the other driver did not realize you were stopping.

Ohio construction worker killed in hit-and-run accident

Most who work in the construction industry understand that it can be a dangerous line of employment. However, few of these workers expect to suffer injury or death from a private motorist. Unfortunately, these kinds of construction accidents injure and kill many Ohio workers employed in this industry each year.

A recent incident occurring in Brook Park, a suburb of Cleveland, led to the death of a 61-year-old construction worker. An additional worker suffered injuries in the vehicle-related construction accident.

Dwarf benefits can supplement disability and workers' comp

In truth, it is not dwarf benefits; it is DWRF benefits and it can make all the difference for Ohio workers brought down by a workplace injury. An acronym for Disabled Workers' Relief Fund, DWRF can supplement your workers' compensation benefits if an on-the-job injury results in a permanent disability. It can also supplement Social Security Disability (SSD) payments as well.

We have found that many victims of a work-related permanent disability have no idea that a program like DWRF exists. This is probably because these benefits begin automatically, as long as you qualify for them financially. You will not need to apply for them as you do when seeking workers' compensation. A representative will review your disability claim and if you meet the qualifications, you will receive a notification that you are eligible for DWRF.

Good driving habits that lower your risk of a collision

Every day, car accidents happen all around Ohio with some being more severe than others. One recent collision in Austintown resulted in a driver having to go to the hospital with serious injuries while the other vehicle sped off in a hit-and-run. 

It is impossible to avoid every single car crash that happens in the state. However, if drivers are just a little bit more vigilant, then the number can go down substantially. It is vital for all drivers in Ohio to practice safe driving habits to lower their risk of ending up in a car crash. Anyone who does not presently follow these actions should start soon. 

Why do fires plague active Ohio construction sites?

To many, it seems unusual that a fire could begin in an active and busy construction site. With so many workers present, it is reasonable to believe fires are preventable. However, fires continue to plague many active work sites in the Cleveland area and often result in injurious construction accidents. Understanding how and why these blazes occur is the first step in implementing an effective fire prevention plan.

This post contains information explaining why fires occur during construction projects. Even if your supervisor does nothing to address the risks, this information can raise your awareness about fire hazards. In turn, you will be better equipped to avoid construction accident injuries if a blaze does occur.

Does Ohio have a law that bans texting while driving?

Like most states, Ohio does have laws in place that prohibit texting while operating a vehicle. While these statutes should help reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents that occur in the state, they only work when motorists obey them. Unfortunately, many people choose to disregard the law, leading to severe accidents.

You should also know that these laws are not simple, cookie-cutter rules to follow. Statutes like these are comprehensive and work to ban different types of activities that can take a driver's attention away from the road. In Ohio, motorists may not legally engage in the following activities while driving.

  • Writing, sending or reading text messages on a handheld device (cell phone, tablet, etc.)
  • Using a laptop computer while operating a vehicle
  • Operating a handheld personal digital assistant
  • Using mobile technology that requires the use of one or more hands

Don't give up on proving that distraction caused your crash

Unfortunately, Ohio residents are all too familiar with motor vehicles caused by distracted driving. According to one article, 52 fatalities and 508 serious injuries occurred in motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted driving in 2018 alone. Even worse, the statistics surrounding these incidents show an increase in distracted driving accidents in recent years.

Our attorneys believe that those affected by distracted driving crashes deserve justice. The problem for many victims is proving that the other driver's distracted actions behind the wheel led to the accident. We want to share with you how you and your legal counsel can prove distracted driving.