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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.

Damage claim options for a wrongful death case

The loss of a loved one can be hard, especially when with an unexpected loss. When people pass away too soon due to others' negligent acts, it is possible to seek recompense.

wrongful death claim is a common way to accomplish this. In a successful claim, the claimant may request various types of damages. It is important to be familiar with them.

No workers' comp insurance leads to manslaughter charge

If you have ever wondered how workers' compensation insurance benefits employers and employees, a recent news report should clarify things.

The owner of a construction business in Ohio was recently convicted for involuntary manslaughter. The business owner did not kill anyone outright, but one of his employees died in a 2017 construction accident. At that time, the business owner did not have workers' comp insurance.

3 conversations you need to have with your teen driver

If you have a teenager, then chances are good that you have already had plenty of conversations about teen driving. However, it is vital to stress just how careful your teens need to be behind the wheel because they have an increased risk of ending up in a motor vehicle accident

In 2015, roughly 195,000 teenagers sustained injuries in the United States from traffic collisions. This is an increase of 14% from the previous year, and you can see a similar increase between the two years when it comes to teenager fatalities. The truth of the matter is that your teens do not have a lot of experience, so you need to talk with them thoroughly about the dangers of driving at this age.

Workers' compensation benefits for victims of black lung disease

Black lung disease, or pneumoconiosis, sounds like an illness that plagued victims in a long lost era. While it is true that this pulmonary condition is ancient, it is still harming far too many Ohio coal miners.

The nation continues to rely on fossil fuels like coal for many reasons. Examples of its continued industrial use include:

  • Steel production
  • Carbon fiber production
  • Chemical manufacturing
  • Electricity generation
  • Paper manufacturing