Workers’ compensation laws cover some 135 million employees. Such laws are responsible for a collective payout of more than $7 trillion each year, making workers' comp one of the largest government-mandated programs in the country. The following sections outline which industries generate the most workers’ compensation claims in Ohio.
People think of healthcare workers as individuals who save lives, but such individuals also put their own lives on the line. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration reports that the private healthcare industry records more instances of work-related illness and injury than any other private sector in America. About 580,000 workers’ comp cases are filed annually in healthcare, 30% for musculoskeletal injuries or ailments.
How might healthcare workers find themselves in a position where they need to file a workers’ comp claim? Here are some examples:
Manual lifting injuries
Exposure to radioactivity
Biological hazards and toxicity
Blood-borne pathogens and illnesses
Exposure to chemicals, waste, drugs, or toxic gas
Infectious diseases transmitted by patients or other workers
People who work in healthcare and become injured or sick because of work should file for workers' comp.
Transportation and Warehouse Employment
As one might imagine, jobs involving moving large objects around or operating heavy machinery and vehicles could put one at risk for injury. That’s why the transportation and warehouse sector is in second place after healthcare as the industry that produces the highest rate of workers’ comp claims each year.
Transportation and warehousing employ about 5.5 million workers, and these individuals are at risk for injury daily. Common causes of injury include:
Traffic accidents with other automobiles
Physical overexertion from lifting objects that are too heavy
Slips, falls, and other accidents caused by irregular work surfaces
Airborne objects that impact workers and cause serious injury or death
Heavy, moving equipment that causes musculoskeletal harm to workers
Toxic chemical exposure, corrosive spills or burns, noxious fumes, or poison
Today, at least 5.1 cases of injury and illness are reported each year for every 100 workers in this field.
Forestry, Farming, Fishing, and Professional Hunting
Anyone who steps outdoors and engages with the natural world puts themselves at risk for injury, whether they do so for recreation, work, or both. Logging, farming, fishing, hunting, working in the forest, and performing conservation work are all industries that involve exposure to the environment and the risks that come with it.
Some examples of common injuries related to extensive work outdoors include:
Extreme noise exposure
Exposure to inclement weather
Respiratory hazards due to heavy machinery
Impact and pressure hazards due to heavy machinery
Exposure to chemical hazards and toxic or corrosive liquids
Unsanitary working conditions due to poorly regulated working environments
Extreme risk for bodily harm due to dangerous equipment, machines, silos, grain bins, etc.
The industries in this category report about 5.3 injuries or illnesses each year for every 100 workers, making it a leading sector for workers’ comp claims.
Manufacturing covers a wide range of jobs, and all such jobs carry a higher-than-average risk for workers. Throughout the manufacturing process, workers may have to handle dangerous chemicals, use high currents of electricity, work around large machines and assembly lines, and work in complex factories with lots of moving parts. Because of that, workers are at risk for slips and falls, and they might face exposure to dangerous chemicals, biological hazards, electrical currents, fire, or suffocation. Depending on the product being manufactured, the weight of objects handled can also be an issue, leading to back injuries and other musculoskeletal trauma from heavy lifting or accidental impacts and collisions.
From manufacturing clothing to making children’s toys, building tools, assembling cars, mixing solvents for industrial cleaning supplies, or doing something as seemingly harmless as assembling parts on an assembly line, manufacturing is complex and can sometimes be chaotic, hence the risk.
The data shows that there are 3.4 annual cases of work-related injury per 100 workers in the manufacturing field. Given the high risks of injury but the minimal ability to predict risk factors or instances of injury, people who work in this field should make sure their employer offers a robust workers' compensation package.
Recreation, the Arts, and Entertainment
Recreation, arts, and entertainment might be the last field where anyone would expect serious injuries and illnesses to occur. But especially for those working behind the scenes to produce entertainment, this field can be quite dangerous to one's health and safety.
Workers who build sets for film or theatre, fitness trainers who work with heavy weights, amusement park attendants operating heavy machines, the list goes on. Workers in these sectors have very active jobs that have injury risks. That’s why this field reports 5.4-per-100 work-related injuries or illnesses each year.
No Matter Your Industry, Make Sure You Seek Legal Representation When Injured on the Job
For every type of job performed in America, there are just as many, if not more, ways that one might become injured or ill as a result of working at that job. Different sectors may have different risk factors, but all workers injured on the job are entitled to benefits. Further, injured workers should seek free legal advice before filing a claim to get the best benefits package possible. Contact NRS Injury Law today at 855.977.6670 for a free consultation.
 SSA. “Workers’ Compensation Program Description and Legislative History.” Social Security Administration, 2017. ssa.gov
 OSHA. “Healthcare.” Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 2022. osha.gov
 BLS. “Warehousing and Storage.” Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 2022. bls.gov
 BLS. “Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting.” Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 2022. bls.gov
 BLS. “Manufacturing,” Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 2022. bls.gov
 BLS. “Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries.” Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 2022. bls.gov
Every job comes with some injury risk, but some industries see more workers’ comp claims than others. For example, the wood product manufacturing industry has one of the highest per-capita rates of workers who become injured on the job. Even though wood product manufacturing is a relatively small field, the risk for injury is high, and thousands of workers in this sector file for workers’ comp each year.
Efforts are Ongoing to Make the Workplace Safer
Thankfully, because people are becoming more aware of the need for safe workplaces, technological developments have made some high-risk workplaces safer. In the transportation sector, innovations like lane-change notifications, backup mirrors, HID headlights, night-view lights, and automatic high-beam assists make this industry safer for truck drivers. However, several industries are still dangerous, so workers must know how to maximize compensation claims.
In the Event of an Injury, Follow These Steps to Maximize Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
Not all injuries can be prevented, but how workers respond to an injury can influence their workers’ compensation claim. Workers should follow these steps to maximize their claim:
Seek immediate medical care. Don’t wait, as waiting for medical attention may jeopardize a workers’ comp claim.
Notify your employer immediately. Putting off formally notifying an employer is not helpful.
File a claim quickly. Delaying is not good, as that makes the insurance company wonder if the injury is work-related.
Get a doctor who represents you accurately. If you’re not satisfied with your doctor’s assessment of your injury, seek a second opinion.
Be consistent in your claims. Always stick with the truth and stay consistent when reporting how you were injured.
Seek legal representation as soon as possible. Ideally, you should seek legal representation before you file a workers’ comp claim. A legal professional can advise you on how to negotiate with employers and insurance companies, handle paperwork, present for an Independent Medical Examination, negotiate recorded statements, interact with insurance representatives, and effectively advocate for the full benefits package you deserve.
Understand the Terminology
Finally, and this deserves a section of its own, injured workers are much more likely to secure a full workers’ compensation benefits package when they understand the terminology of workers’ comp. Thankfully, the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation published a detailed glossary of workers’ compensation terms.
Don’t Face a Workers’ Comp Case Alone
Workers who become injured or ill are almost certainly entitled to benefits. Those who say otherwise might be trying to save the insurance company money. That’s why injured workers should seek free legal advice before filing a claim. That way, they’ll ensure they continue to receive compensation while recovering from their injury. To get started, contact NRS Injury Law today at 855.977.6670.
 BWC. “Injured Worker Glossary.” Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, 2022. bwc.ohio.gov
Everyone wants to have a safe experience on America’s roads. But with vehicle accidents and traffic fatalities rising, a safe experience is never guaranteed. The number of vehicles on the roads will only increase in the coming years, exacerbating risk factors and potentially making travel by automobile even more dangerous.
Given the predicament, some experts indicate that self-driving cars could increase road safety.
A Need for Self-Driving Cars to Improve Road Safety
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 38,824 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes in 2020. Further, NHTSA’s preliminary data has 2021’s figures at 42,915 fatalities, a ten percent increase over 2020 and the highest death toll in 16 years. That means automobile accidents are again a leading cause of preventable and injury-related death in the United States.
Information like this means self-driving automobile manufacturers must put safety at the forefront of all tech innovations and future developments.
How Might Self-Driving Cars Increase Road Safety?
Thankfully, plenty of evidence suggests self-driving cars will indeed increase road safety. Self-driving cars will have a 360-degree view at all times. The cars will be able to sense if other cars or obstacles are too near, will be able to spot when a vehicle ahead is braking and will follow speed limit laws. Self driving cars safety features will be compliant with other highway safety and respond to road hazards, poor weather, and congested traffic.
That’s just a start. Proponents of self-driving cars also say that automated systems will cut reaction time in accident scenarios. Given that a significant percentage of accidents are the result of slow reaction time and being distracted (on the part of the driver), self-driving cars may be able to save lives by responding faster and by never becoming distracted in the first place. Quoting the NHTSA, “In some circumstances, automated technologies may be able to detect the threat of a crash and act faster than drivers. These technologies could greatly support drivers and reduce human errors and the resulting crashes, injuries, and economic tolls.”
Who is Liable When an Accident With a Self Driving Car Occurs?
Though such instances will hopefully be rare, self-driving vehicle systems will fail from time to time, and accidents will occur. When the NHTSA was asked to comment on who would be liable in an accident caused by a self-driving vehicle, they responded that questions about liability were still being discussed.
Even though the NHTSA wasn’t willing at the time to go on the record in saying that the companies that manufacture self-driving cars are potentially liable in the event of an accident, that is almost certainly the case. If you or someone you care about is involved in a car accident involving a self-driving or partially-automated vehicle, please call NRS Injury Law at 855.977.6670.
 NHTSA. “Newly Released Estimates Show Traffic Fatalities Reached a 16-Year High in 2021.” National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2022. nhtsa.gov
 NHTSA. “Automated Vehicles for Safety.” National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2022. nhtsa.gov
With school back in session and thousands of Ohio teens obtaining driver’s licenses’ and driving to school or work for the first time, parents should take extra steps to ensure their teens drive safely.
Ohio Teen Driving Statistics
To raise awareness of the unique risks that teens face on the road, the Ohio Department of Public Safety released information highlighting teen traffic accident statistics:
From 2016 to 2018, 132,744 automobile accidents in Ohio involved at least one teen driver. Even though teens comprise a small percentage of drivers in Ohio (just 7%), they were involved in more than 15% of all accidents.
During that period, ODPS (Ohio Department of Public Safety) estimated that action on the part of the teen driver contributed to 71% of accidents (94,861 crashes).
In the last decade, at least 1,000 Ohio teen drivers have died in traffic accidents. Between 2016 and 2018, 251 teen drivers lost their lives in automobile accidents.
Though it earns significant media attention, drug and alcohol impairment is not as severe a problem among teen drivers as it used to be. Today, only 2% of all at-fault teen driver crashes are caused by drug or alcohol-impaired driving.
Unfortunately, the improvements have been made to reduce teens driving impaired has been outpaced by another severe crisis, distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, distracted driving on the part of the driver is responsible for at least 9% of all teen driving fatalities.
While teens face clear risk factors when they start driving, parents can take steps to make driving safer for them.
What are Critical Risk Factors for Teen Drivers?
Research suggests that the five main causes of crashes among teen drivers (and how parents might address them) are as follows:
Lack of experience. Lack of experience plays a role in teen car accidents. Even after a teen gets their license, their parents should still ride as passengers in the car to help provide advice, monitor their driving, and coach as needed.
Following too close. Following too close is a leading cause of rear-ending accidents. Parents should coach their teens on maintaining a minimum three-second following distance between their car and the car in front of them.
Failure to yield. Failing to yield leads to traffic accidents at intersections. Parents should coach their teens on always looking for road signage that indicates yielding.
Improper lane change. A major part of defensive driving involves performing head checks to look for other vehicles that may be obstructing a planned lane change. Teens might not have this habit yet, so parents should always remind their teens to do head checks and examine their blind spots before changing lanes.
Distracted driving. As referenced earlier, distracted driving is responsible for more than 4X the number of teen driving fatalities than alcohol or drug impairment. Parents must insist their teens remain focused on the road while driving, not talking on the phone, texting, or looking at their phone screens.
Professional Representation can Help Teens Affected by an Accident
A teen traffic accident is a parent’s worst nightmare. If you or someone you care about has a teen involved in a car accident, please call NRS Injury Law at 855.977.6670.
 ODPS. “Ohio Traffic Safety. Ohio Department of Public Safety, 2022. publicsafety.ohio.gov
 NHTSA. “Recent NCSA Publications.” National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2022. crashstats.nhtsa.gov
Autumn is just around the corner, which means the flannels are coming out of the closet, and family members and friends are coming over for a toasty warm fire in the backyard fire pit.
However, anywhere fire is involved, it’s important to:
A). Follow local laws and ordinances.
B). Observe safe fire pit practices.
Before building a fire, one should always check city and county regulations regarding backyard fire pits. If everything checks out legally, follow the safety tips in the next section.
Following are nine simple tips on how to enjoy a backyard fire pit safely:
Ohio has a statewide law that says fire pits must be maintained at least 10 feet away from houses and cannot be used on days when Air Quality Alerts have been issued.
That’s the statewide rule, but individual cities in Ohio have their own rules. The following cities are each linked to their laws about backyard fire pits:
The fall season is right around the corner, meaning thousands of Ohioans will enjoy fire pits, backyard fires, campfires, and open-fire grills. Fire safety is vital around backyard fire pits, and if you or a loved one become injured due to someone else’s negligence and a backyard fire, please contact NRS Injury Law today at 855.977.6670.
 OEPA. “Requirements for Backyard Fires.” Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, 2006. ohioepa.custhelp.com
 TCC. “Open Burning Guidelines.” The City of Columbus, 2022. columbus.gov
 AL. “Fires and Fire Prevention.” American Legal, 2022. codelibrary.amlegal.com
 TCD. “Open Burning in the City of Dayton.” The City of Dayton, 2022. daytonohio.gov
 TFRD. “Open Burning/Illegal Burning.” Toledo Fire & Rescue Department, 2022. toledofirerescue.com
 HCES. “Open Burning.” Hamilton County Environmental Services, 2022. southwestohioair.org
Applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is no walk in the park. Endless paperwork accompanied by deadlines, confusing legalese, and government representatives who are not always available to answer your questions complicate the process.
The following section identifies and answers the most frequently asked questions about SSD.
Q. What are the eligibility requirements to receive Social Security Disability Benefits?
A. The Social Security Administration will pay monthly benefits to workers who cannot work for a year or more or who have a condition expected to end in death.
Q. What is the legal definition of disability?
A. The Social Security Administration defines disability as someone who meets the following quoted criteria: “You cannot do work and engage in substantial gainful activity (SGA) because of your medical condition. You cannot do work you did previously or adjust to other work because of your medical condition. Your condition has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or to result in death.”
Q. Can a disabled worker return to work while receiving SSD benefits?
A. Yes. There are special rules governing how a disabled worker who recovers from their disability and who can return to work does so. There is often a trial period in which the worker can attempt to return to work without forgoing their disability benefits.
Q. What’s the difference between Social Security and Social Security Disability?
A. SSD benefits are a section of the greater Social Security network. Social Security retirement payments, for example, are to be funded out of employment taxes that the worker paid throughout their time in the workforce. Social Security Disability is a specific program intended to help those who become disabled, even if this occurs long before retirement age.
Q. For those already receiving SSD benefits, will they also get retirement benefits when they reach retirement age?
A. SSD benefits switch to retirement benefits when disability beneficiaries reach the full retirement age.
Q. How long does it take to get a decision on an SSD benefits application?
A. The duration of the application process depends on numerous factors, including the nature of the disability, how quickly one can get medical evidence of disability from their doctor, and whether or not the application has any mistakes or incomplete sections.
Q. What are Compassionate Allowances?
A. Such allowances allow the Social Security Administration to quickly send out disability benefits for people whose medical conditions are so severe that their conditions meet the disability definition precepts outlined above.
For more information about Social Security Disability Benefits, the Social Security Administration offers a full-length FAQ on its official website.
If you or a loved one feels rightful disability benefits are being withheld at any point along the application process, the correct action is to hire an Ohio Social Security Disability Lawyer. For further assistance and a free consultation, please call NRS Injury Law today at 855.977.6670.
 SSA. “Disability (SDDI).” Social Security Administration, 2022. faq.ssa.gov
A catastrophic event hit close to home on the evening of September 20th and into the morning hours of September 21st. The event involved the BP-Husky Toledo Refinery in Oregon, Ohio, just across the river from Toledo, experiencing a major explosion and fire.
Two steelworkers, brothers Ben and Max Morrissey with United Steelworkers Local 1-346, were severely injured in the event. Sadly, both men died from their injuries. Quoting the press release put out by BP:
Witnesses on the scene described clouds of black smoke, flames, and burn-off clouding the sky on Tuesday night, accompanied by at least one major explosion that witnesses could feel. Thankfully, first responders were able to extinguish the blaze by 10:15 p.m. that evening.
The BP-Husky refinery has been running in that location for over a century. It covers 585 acres of land in Oregon, Ohio, and can process up to 155,000 barrels of crude oil daily. The refinery produces gasoline, liquefied petroleum gas, diesel fuel, jet fuel, propane, propylene, flue gases, kerosene, sulfur, heating oil, pet coke, and asphalt.
WTOL 11, a local television station in Toledo, announced that Steelworkers Local 1-346 had set up a donation fund for the families of the two steelworkers killed, both of whom were fathers and husbands. The fund is called the “Ben and Max Morrissey Fund.” Donations are being accepted at:
A representative from OSHA arrived at the refinery on Wednesday. However, the cause of the explosion has not been released yet. However, the incident is a painful reminder of why worker safety is so important. For so many trades, workers perform their tasks in hazardous environments, places that can cause severe injury and death.
NRS Injury Law is dedicated to pursuing justice for victims of injury or wrongful death in the workplace. If workers are hurt, no matter the cause of their injury, they deserve compensation. And if their injuries result in death, their families need compensation to cope with losing a beloved family member and provider. If a workplace injury has severely harmed you or someone you know, contact NRS Injury Law today at 855.977.6670.
 BP. “BP America statement on the fire at bp-Husky Toledo Refinery.” British Petroleum, 2022. bp.com
 WTOL11. “Steelworkers killed in Tuesday fire and ‘explosion’ at BP refinery in Oregon identified as brothers.” WTOLL11, 2022. wtol.com
Spooky season is officially here! It’s a favorite time of year for many, and it comes with various fun activities like trick-or-treating, hay wagon rides, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, Halloween parties, and spooky theme parks.
But all this excitement can lead to an occasional accident or injury. What happens when you trip over a pumpkin stalk? Or when you or one of your children falls in a haunted house? Or slips on an icy sidewalk while trick-or-treating?
Fall may be a favorite season, but just because it’s called ‘fall’ doesn’t mean we should... fall! But if an accident does occur, rest assured there is a correct approach to that injury, a proper way to recover and get the help you need.
Americans love Spooky Season! According to one resource, more than 1,200 haunted houses operate every October, and that number grows every year as fall becomes a true cultural event. Also, over 300 amusement parks across America put on spooky attractions, and well over 3,000 charity groups and non-profits host Halloween-themed events.
American families in all 50 states attend the festivities, so what happens when there’s a slip and fall in a haunted house?
Like theme parks, the owners of haunted houses are responsible for the safety of their guests. If injuries occur, guests may be able to recover damages, medical bills, harm to their quality of life, and lost wages. Examples of injuries in haunted houses include:
Slips and falls are still a leading cause of injury in America. Nearly one million Americans end up in the hospital due to a bad fall, and slips and falls cause about 95% of hip fractures. With autumn being a season of outdoor activity and festivities combined with haunted houses, cooler weather, surfaces that may have ice on them, hay wagon rides, corn mazes, and pumpkin patches, risks for falls go up.
Spooky season should be both fun and safe! If you or someone you care about has a bad fall during… fall, please don’t hesitate to contact NRS Injury Law at 855.468.4878 or by filling out our online form. Our experienced injury attorneys will help you recover medical bills and lost quality of life from the fall, making your autumn enjoyable again.
 AH. “Haunted House Facts.” America Haunts, 2022. americahaunts.com
 CDC. “Facts About Falls.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2022. cdc.gov
The elderly should be protected, cherished, and cared for with compassion, dignity, and respect. They cared for us when we were young, and now it’s our responsibility to care for them.
Unfortunately, nursing home neglect is a serious problem, one that NRS Injury Law is committed to fighting.
Nursing home neglect may be one of the most hidden yet one of the most pervasive aspects of medical malpractice. According to the World Health Organization:
Nursing home neglect and abuse can take many forms, and the following are a few examples. If you observe these signs of nursing home abuse in Ohio, contact NRS Injury Law at 855.468.4878:
NRS Injury Law specializes in nursing home abuse in Ohio. It pains us greatly to see elderly residents and senior citizens harmed by abusive nursing homes or neglectful nursing home staff. If you or a loved one has been neglected or abused in a nursing home, please contact NRS Injury Law immediately by calling our office at 855.468.4878 or by filling out our online form.
 WHO. “Abuse of Older People.” World Health Organization, 2022. who.int
Despite even the best prevention efforts and safety practices, workplace injuries in Ohio still occur daily. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ohio reports about 85,000 nonfatal workplace injuries yearly, the equivalent of 2.4 injuries per 100 full-time workers.
Quoting the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, “There were an estimated 110,500 total recordable cases reported in 2019 for all industries; 36,200 (32.7%) cases involved one or more days away from work, 19,600 (17.7%) cases involved one or more days of job restriction/transfer, and 54,700 (49.5%) were recordable cases with no loss time.”
In short, work injuries in Ohio occur, so what can employees do to help recover?
The following are some tips for addressing the physical toll resulting from an Ohio workplace injury:
1). Seek medical care and follow medical advice. Often, employees injured at work don’t want to seek medical care, and that’s a poor decision. Don’t be afraid to see the doctor and follow their advice! Doing so will almost certainly improve your recovery.
2). Rest, rest, rest. The body heals best when allowed to rest, and forcing oneself to engage in household chores and physically strenuous tasks might prolong recovery or even worsen the injury.
3). Depending on the injury, noninvasive therapeutics like laser therapy, massage, chiropractic care, herbal remedies, certain vitamins and supplements, hot/cold therapy, and physical therapy can promote recovery and healing.
4). Workers at home recovering from an injury should take time to engage their minds and be mindful of their mental health. Taking part in productive activities that are not physically demanding but which are mentally stimulating can help promote recovery.
5). Get plenty of healthy meals, drink lots of water, and get sufficient sleep. The body requires fuel to heal from injury, so during recovery, one should get enough food, water, and rest.
6). Seek alternative pain remedies. Injured workers may be dealing with a fair amount of physical pain, but they should only seek pain relief from opioid pain relievers as a last resort and only exactly as directed by their physician due to the addictive nature of such medications. Rather, workers should seek holistic remedies and over-the-counter pain relief when possible.
7). Perhaps most importantly, workers should not return to work until fully recovered, as doing so may heighten the risk of re-injury.
NRS Injury Law is Ohio’s largest workers’ compensation law firm. If you or a family member or loved one has been injured at work and you need help with Ohio workers’ comp, call our legal offices today at 855.468.4878, or fill out our convenient contact form.
 BLS. “Employer-reported workplace injuries and illnesses in Ohio — 2020.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020. bls.gov
 BWC. “2019 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) Data for Ohio.” Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, 2019. info.bwc.ohio.gov
In a victory for the family of a road worker killed during road construction, a Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court jury ruled on Monday, October 3rd, 2022, that the Cleveland-based construction company Perk Co. is liable for $16.9 million in damages. The $16.9 million will be awarded to the estate of David Sollars.
Road worker David Sollars was fatally struck on a University Heights construction site in 2019 at about 3:00 a.m. on Cedar Road, near South Green Road. Sollars, who is 54, leaves behind a wife and three children.
In December 2019, Sollars’s widow, Shelley Sollars, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Perk Co.
The motorist who struck Sollars, Wiley Bridgeman, was sober and was driving within five miles over the speed limit upon impact. Bridgeman was indicted for aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, and failing to stop after an accident. However, Bridgeman himself died before the wrongful death case came to a close.
The key detail that caused the jury to rule in favor of the Sollars family was that the lane in which David Sollars was struck should have been blocked by an electronic arrow board, traffic control devices, and orange barrels.
The trial spanned over two weeks, and the jury heard relevant testimony from several witnesses. Those who gave testimony included Shelley Sollars, Perk Co. representatives, the hospice physician who treated Sollars, accident reconstructionists, friends, and family members. As a result of the testimony, the jury awarded $16.9 million to the Sollars estate and determined that Perk Co. was 70 percent at fault and Bridgeman (now deceased) was 30 percent at fault.
Jeremy Tor, the attorney representing Shelley Sollars, was available for comment:
What happened to David Sollars is a clear example of injustice. He’d almost certainly be alive today had Perk Co. taken appropriate safety precautions to protect their workers, and both the Sollars and Bridgeman families wouldn't have gone through needless suffering. If there is a silver lining to the tragedy, it's that Shelley Sollars can now use her settlement to support her children and recover the lost income from David’s death.
If you lost someone close to you and felt it was a wrongful death, please don’t hesitate to reach out to NRS Injury Law. Our attorneys will relentlessly pursue corporations and institutions liable for wrongful deaths and other injustices. Call our office today at 855.468.4878 or fill out our convenient online contact form.
 Cleveland. “Estate of road worker killed at University Heights construction zone receives nearly $17 million verdict, lawyer says.” Cleveland, 2022. cleveland.com
Justice Jennifer L. Brunner is the 162nd Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court. She is currently running to be Ohio's 11th Chief Justice. Her platform includes a justice system that operates on accountability, openness, and fairness. Justice Brunner draws heavily on her judicial background and her former experience as Ohio's Secretary of State to create a court system that is truly a People's Court. She supports bail reform, more community participation in the justice system, programs addressing systemic racism in the criminal justice system, and programs focusing on environmental justice.
“Administrative and policy leadership of the court is not about an ideology of who should win and who should lose,” Justice Brunner said. “It is about a belief and understanding that courts are only as effective as people believe them to be. Good judges and fair courts can make all the difference in the confidence Ohioans have in their judiciary. And that confidence makes our courts more effective.” - Justice Jennifer Brunner The Ohio Supreme Court is the highest court in the State of Ohio with final authority on the interpretation of the Ohio Constitution and laws of the State. The Supreme Court also resolves inconsistencies in the application of law being applied in the trial and appellate courts of Ohio's 88 distinct counties. NRS Injury Law fights for the rights of injured workers and accident victims, and we prioritize the support of judicial candidates who will protect our clients' rights. With that in mind, NRS Injury Law supports JUSTICE BRUNNER, JUDGE JAMISON, and JUDGE ZAYAS for OHIO SUPREME COURT.