The recent saga of Tom Tupa, an ex-NFL player seeking to collect workers' compensation benefits for a work-related injury he sustained on a playing field in 2005, is widely instructive, including in Ohio. The league has teams across the country, including one in Cleveland and Cincinnati, respectively, and Tupa's story reveals much about how the NFL and its teams view workers' comp claims and seek to defend against them.
Workplace accidents and injuries are simply a fact of life on construction sites, in factories, on roadwork crews and in a number of work environments. Some companies simply have demonstrated safety records that underscore a lack of focus on or even due care concerning dangerous conditions or safety violations. Others admittedly do work very hard to increase workplace safety, but, notwithstanding their efforts, no work environment can ever be made totally free of risk and injury.
When he says that "safety pays," OSHA chief David Michaels means it in more ways than one.
Ohio workers who suffer on-the-job injuries are entitled to receive workers' compensation benefits pursuant to a system in which state employers pay compensation premiums to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC).
Employees' down time for on-the-job injuries, issues concerning workers' compensation claims and benefits and a number of related matters regarding workplace injuries are closely affected by what many safety experts say is extreme tardiness by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in enacting new safety regulations.
To the degree that some injured workers in Ohio pay attention to the workers' compensation rulings in other states, they might want to consider a recent appellate court decision from Arkansas. That case sends a strong message concerning the central role that today's social media can play in a court case and legal outcome.
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.
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.
A recent judicial outcome in a workers' compensation case in Arizona has many critics across the country questioning the court's ruling. The case has been noted for undercutting the time-honored expectation that an employee injured in the scope of employment at the worksite and during normal work hours will be awarded workers' comp benefits.
Republican lawmakers in Ohio and organized labor interests in the state have historically been at loggerheads over system reforms and proposed changes to Ohio's workers' compensation program.