Bashein & Bashein Company, L.P.A.
Free Initial Consultations
888-340-5284 216-539-8437

Cleveland Personal Injury Law Blog

Workers' compensation fund continue to grow in Ohio

Workers deserve the best possible protection when they are on the job, especially when their employment is potentially hazardous like construction or emergency services. But if employers had to be prepared to pay medical expenses on their own, few small- or medium-sized businesses would survive an accident or two.

This is why state governments like the one in Columbus provide workers' compensation plans to help people who have been injured or sickened at work. They also manage the finances for funds that often end up being huge pools of reserve money for potential hospitalizations, operations, medications and other elements of a safe recovery.

Man killed in Licking County construction accident

Construction is one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States, along with fishing in the open ocean and providing emergency services. This is why many protections required by federal and Ohio law on all construction sites to help ensure that workers are exposed to fewer risks.

After a workplace accident, there are many sources of assistance for injured employees or the survivors of those killed on the job. Workers' compensation benefits are a start, especially if medical expenses must be covered immediately. A lawsuit for financial damages in civil court may be a possibility in some circumstances as well.

Post-car-crash symptoms may not be enough to identify SCI

While many of the symptoms of a spinal cord injury, or SCI, are obvious, your body can mask certain red flags after a traumatic incident such as a vehicle crash.

Even a minor collision may be enough to injure to your spine, and that could result in SCI, so a prompt medical diagnosis is essential.

Pair of accidents injure 3 people in Ohio

People manage risk all the time by investing in their future and staying away from unnecessary hazards. One of the most dangerous things that most of us do every day is get on the roads, where anything can happen. If there is a collision that results in damage or injury, a lawsuit for financial damages may be your best option to get past it.

Three people were seriously hurt after a collision on a southbound stretch of Interstate 71 in Cuyahoga County. It appears that two vehicles were involved in an earlier accident that caused unclear damages because a second collision pushed one of their two cars into them.

Ohio considering PTSD as a work injury for compensation

Pain and injury on the job is one of the most terrifying situations that a lot of workers could face. Many government regulations, including all of the ones enforced by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and several individual procedures used by companies are there simply to keep workers safe and stop them worrying about their safety.

The last year or two has seen a revolution in thinking about workplace injuries or at least who can pay to help people recover from them. Ohio is one of several states considering the inclusion of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related mental issues as conditions that could be covered by workers' compensation payments.

Cleveland builder cited after crane failure on construction site

Construction is one of the nation's most vital professions, as Ohio and other states constantly need new housing stock, office space and industrial workshops. But it can also be one of the most dangerous professions, as equipment and material has constant potential to injure people and cause damage if it is not properly handled.

This is why the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) strictly regulates the practices of construction companies along with other industries to make sure that workers and bystanders are as safe as possible. They also levy fines in the case of violations of their regulations.

Drowsiness negatively affects driving skills

The government tracks drunk driving statistics every year, but studies show that drowsy driving may be just as dangerous. It may also be just as prevalent, although much of the research depends on drivers' willingness to admit to the behavior because law enforcement may not be able to identify someone's level of fatigue after a crash.

Here are some facts that studies have revealed about drowsy driving, impairment and crash risks:

Ohio woman killed in 3-vehicle crash

Anyone who has taken a long drive across the Buckeye State can attest that the straightaways can lead to some serious highway hypnosis. But drivers should always keep an eye out for unexpected obstacles, like stopped cars and motorcycles because collisions can lead to some serious consequences.

An Ohio woman is dead after a multiple-vehicle wreck in Middletown. She was driving her car across an intersection when she was apparently struck by a box truck traveling on the other road. The collision then forced her vehicle into the path of a tractor-trailer.

Workers' compensation claim led to criminal charges

When people are hurt on the job in Ohio, they have a lot of options to help them recover from it. Minor injuries may require a trip to the doctor, and many employers offer a health insurance option that may pay or defray the cost for medical care. But serious injuries that are related to work may be covered by workers' compensation claims.

There are also options for covering time lost during recovery, during which a person may not be able to work. This is similar to disability payments and, like them, claims rely on physicians or related professionals certifying the fact that a worker cannot do what they usually do because of an injury.

Workers and other motorists should recognize construction signs

Before a Cleveland construction team can begin the important tasks of repairing damaged roads or building new ones, employees must prep the worksite. This means bringing in equipment and tools and work vehicles. It also means setting up signs and other markers to let motorists know that work is underway.

Proper sign placement alerts both workers and civilian motorists to the presence of ongoing construction. When these markers are well-placed and visible, they can reduce the amount and even the severity of construction accidents involving private vehicles.