A lot of people are surprised to learn that most professional athletes have traditionally been allowed to collect workers' comp benefits when they are injured playing sports - especially since many of these athletes make millions of dollars a year.
While Ohio's recently enacted medical marijuana law has been heralded as a significant victory for needy patients suffering from severe medical conditions, it may not be all good news - particularly for injured workers who are in need of workers' compensation benefits.
Are you safe at work? While most people never expect to be injured while working, the unfortunate reality and that every year countless employees experience severe injuries - some of which are fatal. In fact, according to the most recent information made available by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a shocking 4,821 people suffered fatal injuries while working in 2014, with nearly one-fifth of those deaths occurring in the construction industry alone.
In Ohio, it is illegal for an employer to fire, demote or retaliate against an employee simply because he or she files or pursues a workers' compensation claim. While this anti-retaliation law is one of the bedrocks of Ohio's workers compensation system, its application was recently questioned in case before the Ohio Supreme Court.
The rising cost of the medical portion of the workers' compensation benefit dollar has been an ongoing concern for all workers' compensation systems. In 1993, Ohio introduced managed care into its workers' compensation system to "help hold down the cost of the system by providing new mechanisms for medical cost containment."
Workers in Jeffersonville, Ohio, may want to consider their employers' intentions when it comes to workplace safety. According to a recent investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a manufacturing company that employs 140 workers in Jeffersonville is guilty of more than a dozen safety violations, many of them serious. If an employee was to get hurt while on the job, a workers' compensation claim would likely be granted, considering the workplace and its safety environment.
People in Columbus, Ohio may remember the terrible coal mining accident that occurred in April 2010. It left 29 men dead and would have certainly led to a large amount of wrongful death lawsuits if a settlement had not been reached recently.
Earlier this month, a construction accident took the life of a 40-year-old construction worker from Akron, Ohio.
With many worried about becoming injured on the job, recent grants awarded in Ohio should alleviate some of those concerns. The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation awarded more than $217,000 to 10 companies within the state hoping to make their businesses safer for their employees.
I previously discussed how privatizing Ohio's workers' compensation system would harm Ohio's economy and negatively effect Ohio's insurance industry. The present push to privatize is coming from large national insurance companies. Ohio's domestic insurance companies have never supported this concept. In delving into this deeper, I believe it is fair to say that the privatization of our workers' compensation system has the possibility of destroying Ohio's insurance industry.