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BP-Husky Toledo Refinery Explosion Kills Two

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, […]

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Common Questions about Social Security Disability Benefits

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. Frequently Asked Questions about Social Security Disability […]

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The Fall Season Means More Backyard Fire Pits

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 […]

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How to keep my teen driver safe? - Tips for parents

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 StatisticsTo raise awareness of the unique risks that teens face on the road, the Ohio Department of Public Safety […]

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Will Self-Driving Cars Increase Road Safety?

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 […]

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How to Maximize Your Ohio Workers’ Compensation Claim

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, […]

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Industries with the Highest Workers Comp Claims in Ohio

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.[1]HealthcarePeople think of healthcare workers as individuals […]

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Workers’ Compensation Guide

In addition to operating the largest state-funded workers’ compensation system in the country, Ohio is also home to millions of workers in the private sector who are covered by workers’ comp. Whether you work in the private or public sector, this guide is for you. What to Do When an Accident Occurs Workers’ compensation is […]

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Ohio’s Car Insurance Laws

Anyone who’s attempted to learn about insurance laws will notice something right off the bat. Such laws are far more confusing than they need to be. In this short article, we’ll answer three of the most frequently asked questions about Ohio’s insurance laws: What is minimum coverage? How does “fault” work in insurance? Why does […]

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What’s the Difference Between Personal Injury and Workers’ Comp?

There are different terms for how one can become injured and seek compensation. How the injury takes place, where it occurs, the circumstances of it, what the individual was doing when they became injured, and what others were doing around them at the time are all factors that influence how the victim of the injury […]

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School Zone Driving Safety

School is back in session, which means millions of Americans must pay particular attention to traffic laws, speed limits, road crossings, signage, and other rules that apply to school zones. These rules are in place to protect schoolchildren, yet the greatest risk to young people in school zones may not be speeding, failing to read […]

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School and City Bus Accidents

Given the extensive training that school bus drivers receive and the safety-minded rules and regulations surrounding school buses, these vehicles are thought to be some of the safest on America’s roads. Unfortunately, accidents still occur involving school buses. And particularly for other vehicles, drivers, passengers, and pedestrians involved in a collision with a school bus, […]

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Motorcycle Safety at All-Time Low

Motorcycles give riders endless hours of enjoyment on America's roads. But they are also dangerous. Motorcycle enthusiasts need to know the risks, understand safe and defensive motorcycle operations, and know how to respond when an accident occurs. Motorcycle Accident Statistics Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents and motorcycle-related injuries are at an all-time high. According to the National […]

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Commercial Trucking Accidents Caused by Distracted Driving

Everyone who shares America’s roads wants a safe experience while doing so. Unfortunately, the risk for accidents has increased as rural and urban roadways become more congested. Of particular concern, increasing numbers of commercial trucks on interstate and highway roads have led to more accidents, especially accidents caused by distracted driving. Commercial Truck Driving Accident […]

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What's the Difference Between the Bureau of Workers' Compensation and a Managed Care Organization?

The jargon and terminology surrounding health care, insurance, workers' compensation, and workplace injuries can get more than a little confusing. Add abbreviations for every term plus the complex terminology of state laws, workplace policies, contracts, and regulations, and the system seems too complicated even to scratch the surface of understanding it. One of the most […]

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What You Need to Know About Workers’ Compensation and Light Duty, Return-to-Work in Ohio

No one wants to experience an injury at work. But when an injury occurs, it’s important to know your rights and how you should proceed when offered return-to-work assignments by your employer. The State of Ohio has rules and regulations on workers’ compensation.[1] These include criteria for Temporary Total Disability payments (TTD) for injured workers […]

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Summer Safety on the Next Family Road Trip

With long days and short nights, good weather across the nation and no school, summer is the best time to take the family out to experience one of the nation's most iconic vacations, a road trip. But before hitting the pavement, Americans are advised to follow a few basic preparation guidelines to ensure maximum enjoyment […]

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Pool Safety, Lifeguards, Responsibility, and What to Do When an Accident Occurs

The summer months are everyone’s favorite time to hit the beach, riverfront, waterpark, or public pool. However, water activities unfortunately go hand-in-hand with water-related accidents, injuries, and deaths, so families have to keep health and safety at the forefront. Families should start by always swimming under lifeguard supervision, which improves safety and peace of mind.[1] […]

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Ohio House Bill 447, A Recent Amendment to Workers’ Compensation for Remote Employees

The Covid-19 pandemic reshaped how Americans view and perform work. According to the Pew Research Center, 59% of workers in 2022 work from home all the time or most of the time. An additional 18% report working from home part of the time, indicating that almost 80% of the American workforce engages in some degree […]

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May Through September, Tips for Staying Safe During the 100 Deadliest Days on the Road

Traffic volume increases significantly on America’s roads during the summer months. A higher number of cars sharing the road increases the risk for traffic accidents, hence the need to take extra precautions.Statistical Data on Summer Traffic AccidentsThere is ample evidence suggesting the roads are more dangerous in Ohio during summer than in other seasons. Safety […]

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How Did Covid-19 and Remote Work Change Workers’ Compensation Laws?

Even as more in-person workplaces have become available and the labor market continues to improve, most Americans still prefer working from home all or most of the time. That’s the thesis of a Pew Research paper that analyzed how work-from-home vs. in-person work has changed over the last few years.[1]Remote Employment, A Changing Landscape for America’s WorkersBefore […]

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Car Accidents as a Passenger in an Uber or Lyft Rideshare, What are Your Rights?

Research has shown that rideshare services like Uber and Lyft have accounted for a 3% increase in traffic fatalities since 2011. The data is published in “The Cost of Convenience: Ridesharing and Traffic Fatalities.” That paper also reported Uber and Lyft ridesharing traffic accidents led to 107 deaths between 2017 and 2018.[1] Those figures are […]

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Nursing Homes Must Report Weekend Staffing and Turnover Rates

Nursing home abuse has long been linked to understaffing and high turnover rates. Because many nursing homes underpay and overwork their staff, employees may not be able or willing to give residents the care they deserve. In the past, it has been difficult to find accurate data about turnover rates and staffing issues. The Department […]

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Building Collapses on Construction Sites

Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in America. Even when taking appropriate safety precautions, the possibility of an accident always remains. Whether a parking garage collapse or an office building collapse, Ohio is no stranger these situations and more. If you were injured on a construction site, you may be entitled to compensation. […]

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Three Common Misconceptions About Workers' Compensation

There are many myths and misconceptions about workers’ compensation benefits and it can be hard to determine what’s real and what isn’t. If you’ve never filed a claim, the following three misconceptions may discourage you from filing a claim or speaking with an attorney. Here’s what you need to know—then call NRS if you need […]

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The Difference Between State-Funded and Self-Insured Employers

The vast majority of Ohio employers are required by the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) to carry workers’ compensation insurance. They can choose between State-funded or Self-insurance. Since workers’ compensation provides for lost wages, medical compensation and certain other benefits, you’ll want to make sure that your workplace is insured. Does it matter whether they’ve […]

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What Happens if My Work Injury Medical Bills Are Submitted to My Insurance Company?

Workers’ compensation is intended to cover medical bills and lost income from work-related injuries. When you suffer a workplace injury, you may need medical treatment before your workers’ compensation claim is approved. Since many people cannot afford to pay medical bills out of pocket, you may feel obligated to submit your own insurance information. What […]

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How Medical Restrictions Can Affect When or if You Return to Work

When you’re injured on the job, you’ll need time to heal. In most cases, you’ll eventually return to work in some capacity. Depending on the injury, however, your medical restrictions may make it inadvisable or impracticable to go back to your old duties. Your medical provider will evaluate you to determine whether you’re physically able […]

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How Long Does a Workers’ Compensation Claim Remain Open?

One common question workers’ compensation clients have is how long their claim will remain open. This is not to be confused with the statute of limitations, which dictates how long you have to submit a workers’ compensation claim. The length of time a case stays open is important. If your approved workers’ compensation injury or […]

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Can You Receive Workers' Compensation at a Part-Time Job?

Whether you work one part-time job or multiple jobs, you still run the risk of sustaining injuries at work. Part-time employees may even be more at risk for injury than full time employees. When injuries occur, can you claim workers’ compensation benefits? The State of Ohio requires employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance, with rare […]

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Are You in a Dangerous Workplace?

Workers’ compensation is designed to assist employees who have been injured on the job. Unfortunately, some employers may operate a dangerous workplace—one where you’re more likely to get injured while working. While many workplace injuries are relatively minor, some injuries can result in lifelong medical conditions or even loss of life. If you or a […]

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Does Your Injury Need to Be "Serious" to Receive Workers' Compensation?

There are many myths surrounding workers’ compensation. One damaging myth is the idea that your workplace injury needs to be “serious” to receive workers’ compensation benefits. You might feel awkward asking your employer to pay for costs associated with a minor sprain, for example, but that’s why the program exists. It’s better to report a […]

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Injured by an E-Scooter? You May Be Eligible for Compensation

Did you know that more than 40,000 people go to the emergency room every year due to an E-Scooter accident? The injuries can be quite severe, ranging from broken bones to facial lacerations. Most commonly, accidents are caused by poor designs and improper maintenance. Often, the braking mechanism of the E-Scooter malfunctions. Riders who are […]

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When Workers are Fatigued and Businesses Are Short Staffed, Disaster Ensues

2020 and 2021 have seen a considerable worker shortage. The effects of COVID-19 have affected every industry on the planet, from healthcare to long-haul truck driving. The worker shortage is disastrous on many levels—including the potential for accidents on the job. When businesses are short staffed, the remaining workers are often overworked. As a result, […]

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How You Can Use Workers' Compensation Payments

When you’re injured or contract an illness on the job, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. Injuries and illnesses in the course and scope of your employment are covered under the state’s workers’ compensation program, whether you sprained your ankle or sustained a spinal injury. Most people know that their workers’ compensation payments should […]

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Can I Get Workers' Compensation When Injured in a Work-Related Recreational Activity?

There are a lot of reasons a company might sponsor a recreational league or activity. Team building, employee camaraderie and building health and fitness are all great reasons to encourage off-the-clock recreation. What happens if you’re injured at a work-related recreational activity? Clients often hope they’re eligible for workers’ compensation to cover their medical bills […]

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If You Work in Retail, Watch Out for These Common Injuries

Now that a COVID-19 vaccine is here, more retail workers are able to return to their jobs. However, retail work is notorious for being physically demanding. Even if it doesn’t seem like working a cash register or stocking shelves should be taxing, retail employees are frequently injured on the job. Here are some of the […]

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How Long Does a Workers' Compensation Claim or Appeal Take?

When you have been injured on the job in Ohio, you may need to file a Workers’ Compensation claim. Most workers are eligible to receive benefits that cover their lost wages and medical care, so that they can focus on recovery. When filing a Workers’ Compensation claim, many people are worried about how long it […]

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Can You File for Workers' Compensation When Working from Home?

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are often asked, “If I am injured while I am working from home, can I file for Workers’ Compensation benefits?” The simple answer is “it depends.” Whether you will be able to get compensation from your employer, or whether you will need to rely on your own health insurance […]

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Ohio Workers’ Compensation Religious Exemption: What Should You Know?

Getting hurt at work is a devastating experience, and many Ohio employees do not have previous experience with the Ohio Workers’ Compensation System. Accordingly, when an employee sustains a serious injury and is informed that his or her employer does not have workers’ compensation coverage, that news can be confusing and demoralizing. Depending upon the […]

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What Should I Expect After I File an Ohio Workers’ Compensation Claim?

When you have been hurt at work, it can be difficult to understand precisely how the workers’ compensation claims process works, and what you should expect after you have filed a claim following a workplace injury. The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) provides information about the claims process, and we want to tell you […]

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Understanding Fault in a Medical Malpractice Case

When you suffer a serious injury while seeking medical care or treatment in Ohio, you should be thinking about your options for filing a medical malpractice claim. Depending upon the circumstances surrounding your injury or illness, it may be difficult to determine who precisely is at fault, and how you should file your claim. For […]

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Workers’ Compensation as an Exclusive Remedy: What You Need to Know

If you recently got hurt on the job or know someone injured at work, you might be learning more about the Ohio workers’ compensation system. Workers’ compensation claims go through the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC). You may have heard workers’ comp claims are an “exclusive remedy” in Ohio as well as in other […]

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Five Things to Know About Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim in Ohio

If you went to a healthcare provider in Ohio and suffered serious harm, you might be wondering whether you are eligible to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Each medical negligence case has its own set of facts, so it is essential to discuss your options for filing a claim with an Ohio medical malpractice attorney. […]

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COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Update By Jerald Schneiberg

The COVID-19 pandemic has been tragic for many families across Ohio and certainly life altering for all Ohioans. Workplaces have been shuttered in many industries. For those working in essential businesses, the work setting has been dramatically changed. For healthcare and first responders, working long hours facing the risk of exposure and illness has become […]

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Three Factors That Influence Ohio Workers’ Compensation Claims

Photo by Spencer Davis on Unsplash When it comes to pursuing an Ohio workers’ compensation claim, there are three things that, if not done properly, have the potential to greatly disrupt the outcome for the injured workers. Failing to satisfactory perform each of these factors greatly increases the likelihood that a claim will be contested. […]

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How Social Media Can Negatively Impact Your Workers’ Comp Claim

Photo by camilo jimenez on Unsplash If you are like most people in Ohio, you routinely use social media. You might even check your phone multiple times a day and receive notifications. You also likely use social media accounts to share details about what is going on in your life. It is understandable why so […]

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Can I Get Workers’ Compensation for Repetitive Motion Injuries?

Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash If you have engaged in similar work for a number of years and develop a repetitive motion injury or repetitive strain injury that prevents you from working, can you be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits? While some states do not permit employees to seek workers’ compensation benefits for […]

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Filing for Workers’ Compensation When Your Injury Happened in Another State

Photo by Anete Lūsiņa on Unsplash Can you file a workers’ compensation claim if you got hurt while traveling for work? Sometimes employees in Ohio are required by their jobs to do work in other nearby states. For example, a worker might drive a truck for a particular company, and occasionally that company might require […]

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How an Ohio Workers’ Comp Whistleblower Suit Could Affect New Claim

  Photo by Spencer Davis on Unsplash If you were recently injured on the job and are in the early stages of filing a workers’ compensation claim, it is important to learn more about a new whistleblower claim concerning the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC). According to a recent report from NBC 4 News, […]

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Can I File a Lawsuit Instead of a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

Photo by Vera Gorbunova on Unsplash When a worker is injured on the job, one of the first steps in seeking compensation for medical bills and lost wages is usually to file a workers’ compensation claim. Yet workers’ compensation cannot always compensate a worker for all of his or her losses, including non-economic damages like […]

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Foot Surgery Malpractice

Surgeons and Medical Facility Blamed for Woman’s Foot Injuries While it comes with risks, in some situations surgery is a necessity to improve a patient’s health. Surgical procedures do not always go as planned, however, and the resulting injuries suffered by patients can be devastating.  One Ohio woman who lost part of her leg as […]

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Injured on the Job in Ohio?

What Should I do if I am Injured on the Job in Ohio? Any injury has the potential to cause stress, fear, and uncertainty; an injury or illness that occurs while you are at work is no different. While you may feel out of control during this time, there are important steps you need to […]

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Benefits of Hiring a Car Accident Attorney

5 Benefits of Hiring a Car Accident Attorney If you’ve been injured in a car accident and were not at fault, your next step should be to speak to a car accident attorney. The driver who was cited for the accident and his/her insurance company will do whatever they can to settle this claim for […]

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Fentanyl Exposure on the Job

Exposure to fentanyl can be consequential for first responders, police officers, and others Fentanyl is a dangerous synthetic drug considered up to 50 times more potent than heroin. Exposure to fentanyl can happen by inhaling, ingesting, skin contact, or contact with a contaminated needle. This powerful drug was developed to help cancer patients, those in […]

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Keeping Kids Safe

All of us contribute to school bus safety At the end of the summer, most of us immediately notice the difference in traffic flow in the mornings when school goes back in session—pausing for busses at bus stops, seeing kids waiting for their bus, and sometimes getting stuck behind a bus on its route. The […]

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Signs of Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

Worried about the treatment a loved one is receiving in a nursing home? Learn to spot the signs of abuse or neglect If your loved one has entered long-term care in a nursing home or other live-in facility, you and your family are counting on the facility to help your loved one stay happy and […]

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Workers' Comp Multiple Work Injuries

Do you know your rights if you’ve been hurt at work? Getting the care and compensation you deserve for multiple work injuries According to the National Safety Council, someone gets hurt while on the job every seven seconds. While not every injury results in serious health problems or missed work, any injury can cause health […]

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Tougher Laws for Repeat Drunk Drivers

Drunk drivers primarily make the news for two reasons, and neither of them are good. These offenders either caused an accident that injured or killed someone, or are repeat offenders with too many OVI (operating a vehicle while impaired) arrests under their proverbial belts. In the case of Anthony Card, the situation is the latter. […]

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Types of Injuries Covered by Workers' Comp

Workers’ compensation is designed to help employees who have been injured on the job. No matter the injury or how it occurred, the law states that the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance is supposed to help. It can cover medical bills and even lost wages. However, many employees still wonder what types of injuries fall under […]

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Click it or ticket - Seat Belt Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (also known as the NHTSA for short) wants to remind you to wear your seat belt every time that you’re in a vehicle. Despite years of “click it or ticket” campaigns, over 27.5 million people in the United States still don’t wear their seat belts. Every single car on […]

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Employee Classification in Workers' Comp

Some companies tend to find ways to avoid paying for worker’s compensation insurance by hiring employees and classifying them as independent contractors. As such, these employees have no protections. If they are injured on the job, they are unable to file for workers’ compensation. They also lose out any potential earnings, as they are too […]

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Law Enforcement Targeting Distracted Drivers

Distracted driving is such a problem in Ohio that Governor Mike DeWine formed a task force to develop a solution. Under the current law, a distracted driver can only be cited for texting or talking on the phone while driving if they are pulled over for another, more egregious offense, such as speeding or running […]

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When to Call a Workers’ Comp Lawyer

Many workers’ compensation cases are cut and dry. A person gets injured at work, they go to the emergency room for a diagnosis and treatment plan, and their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance kicks in. Other cases aren’t so easy. In some cases, an injury, even a debilitating one, may not be clear cut and the […]

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Work Injuries from Repetitive Movements

How often do you make the same repetitive movements while at work? If you answered “quite often,” then you may end up with a repetitive motion injury. No matter what your job is, you could incur injured ligaments, torn or damaged muscles, or even permanent nerve damage just because you move repeatedly in the same […]

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Distracted Driving

How distracted are you while driving on the road? Do you change the stations on the radio frequently, or do you attempt to text and drive? While you aren’t alone in doing either of these things, it’s important to realize the consequences of distracted driving. Experts say all it takes is a single glance away […]

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Ohio BWC Limits Oxycontin

Ohio BWC Takes Steps to Protect Injured Workers from Addiction Anyone who has ever used Oxycontin while recovering from surgery or an injury can attest to its effectiveness as a pain reliever. Many people who use Oxycontin or other similar opioid fall victim to its addictive properties.  Furthermore, every year thousands of people die senselessly […]

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Ohio Winter Weather Worst Roads

Anyone who has spent time in Ohio during the winter knows that the roads can become slippery and treacherous at any moment. Many Ohio drivers can tell stories of setting out on a trip when the weather seemed fine (if a bit chilly) only to have a sudden winter storm blow in, turning the trip […]

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Questions to Ask a Workers’ Comp Attorney

After suffering an injury or illness due to something that happened while you were on the job, you might be considering talking with a workers’ comp attorney. It’s a great idea to seek out legal counsel, as the field of workers’ comp can be varied and complex. At the same time, you should have a […]

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Are There Different Types of Workers’ Comp Benefits?

Most people are aware that they can get compensation to help with any medical bills that arise out of an injury or accident while on the job. Many people, however, do not realize just how broad is the spectrum of workers’ comp benefits. Payment of Your Bills The most well-known aspect of workers’ comp involves […]

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Nursing Home Safety Planning

The choice to move to or place an elderly loved one in a nursing home or other long-term care facility can be a tough one to make. Fortunately, there are a few things you can to do make the process easier for everyone, and to help ensure that you or your senior loved one is […]

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Insurance Coverage Matters

Make Your New Year’s Resolution Insurance Making a New Year’s resolution is a time-honored way of setting out to better your life in the coming year. In addition to your physical health, this is a great time to consider your financial health overall, and in the event of an unforeseen incident. Obtaining and maintaining proper […]

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Workers Compensation 101

 Understanding your workers’ compensation process is an important first step. Here are a few things you need to know before you begin. Types of Injuries Workers’ Comp Covers Rather than going through a laundry list of everything that could be covered by workers’ comp, it may be simpler to remember one rule: if the injury […]

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Distracted Driving & Holiday Travel

The holidays are here once again, and for many people that means significant travel. Spending the holidays with friends and family can mean lengthy drives. If you plan to drive this year, please take a few moments to consider the dangers of distracted driving. What is Distracted Driving? Distracted driving is exactly what it sounds […]

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OH Adult Protective Services

Updates to OH Law Regarding Adult Protective Services Recent changes to Ohio laws now require a number of service providers and professionals to report elder abuse. These new Adult Protective Service laws aim to help identify elder abuse, and put a stop to it by requiring more services to report the abuse. Many cases of elder abuse […]

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School Bus Crossing Tragedy

On October 30, tragedy occurred in Indiana when a woman failed to stop for children crossing the road to the bus. The bus had all of its lights on, and the woman had time to stop. However, in her statement, she said that she did not see the children or the stopped bus. Witnesses, including […]

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Nursing Home Abuse and Nursing Home Neglect

If you are acting as the caregiver for an elderly loved one, you will quite likely come to the point where you decide it is time to put him or her in a long-term care facility. You will hardly be alone in this: roughly 2 million seniors in the U.S. live in these kinds of […]

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Limo and Passenger Vehicle Safety

With the recent tragedy in New York, now is as good a time as ever to discuss safety when it comes to riding in a passenger vehicle. While there are always safety concerns when you use a motor vehicle, there are some things that are unique to vehicles designed to transport large numbers of people. […]

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Senior Driving Safety

Is It Time to Stop Driving? Tips for Seniors and Their Families Part of aging is a slow decline in motor skills, response time, and hand-eye coordination. These factors can combine to make driving more challenging. Although some seniors are able to continue driving well into their later years, most of us will eventually reach […]

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Voter Registration Crash Course

Registering to Vote in Ohio In order to vote in the State of Ohio you must register to vote before the specified registration deadline for any given election. Registering to vote in Ohio is made simple with a variety of registration options: Register at the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles while applying for or renewing […]

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Reducing the Risks During Childbirth

Reducing the Risks for Baby and Mother During Childbirth When you think about pregnancy, what images come to mind? For many individuals, the excitement of welcoming a new family member tends to overwhelm all other thoughts. Very understandably so! It’s also potentially dangerous, however, because this perspective tends to completely gloss over the risks that […]

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Autonomous Vehicles and Personal Injury Claims

As autonomous technology continues to evolve in functionality and spread in use, the likelihood of it directly affecting our lives seems inevitable. For some individuals in Ohio, that day might be coming sooner than expected. Thanks to DriveOhio, an initiative developed by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Smart Columbus, autonomous shuttles might soon […]

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Boating Safety in Ohio

Arguably one of the best benefits of living in Northeast Ohio is our access to the great Lake Erie. While we may only get a few short months to enjoy the majestic beauty, we do have to be vigilant and take an abundance of safety precautions.. Ohio is ranked #11 for deadly boating accidents across […]

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Northeast Ohio Traffic Tragedy

In the wake of the recent tragedy that cost the life of veteran Mentor Police Officer Matthew Mazany , it's time we in Northeast Ohio and drivers across the country have a serious wake up call. In the short 72 hours surrounding this horrific event, Route 2 and route 90 were closed as a result […]

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Medical Malpractice Deaths

A recent study released by John Hopkins University lists deaths attributed to medical malpractice as the 3rd highest cause of death in the US. A recent Cleveland headline stated the number of malpractice victims in the US annually can fill EVERY SEAT of the Cleveland Browns’ stadium 6 times over! The sad reality is that […]

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100 Deadliest Days

In today’s day and age we are faced with an overwhelming number of dangers, many of which lead to unavoidable tragedy. For drivers, the most preventable dangers are those that relate to safe and attentive operation of a vehicle. We are in the midst of an annual time period coined “The 100 Deadliest Days” and […]

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Construction Season Safety

Ohio is said to have three seasons; Winter, Fall and Construction. All joking aside, the warmer temperatures mean construction is in full swing. From road construction to building construction and everything in between, construction safety should be of highest priority. Roadside Construction Safety It is imperative that drivers adhere to posted construction speed limits and […]

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May is Motorcycle Safety Month

Hitting the open road is certainly not without risk. Every year motorcycle riders are at an increased risk of danger due to driver negligence and even their own risky behavior. It is not uncommon in today’s crazy world to see a motorcycle rider texting while driving or popping wheelies down the highway! Motorcycle riders accounted […]

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Hernia Surgical Mesh Complications

Hernia Surgical Information Hernia surgery is a common procedure that can sometimes be completed laparoscopicalyy. The process of repairing a hernia is to ensure the abdominal tissue is put back into its proper place and then the abdominal wall is strengthened to prevent future complications. The most common type of a hernia is an inguinal […]

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Distracted Driving Awareness

APRIL is Distracted Driving Awareness Month From the time we are young and bestowed the power and privilege to drive, it is our individual responsibility to behave responsibly behind the wheel of the car. Today, with more distractions and dangers than ever before, could quite literally be our last. Impacting change and promoting a safer […]

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IVC Filter Failures

IVC Filter Failures An interior vena cava filter, commonly referred to as an IVC filter, is placed to filter blood clots in high risk patients. The IVC filter functions to catch clots before they make their way from the legs and pelvis of a patient, to the lungs and heart. IVC filter use is widely […]

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Six Anti Union Amendments Proposed in Ohio

Six Anti-worker Amendments Proposed to Ohio Constitution 2020 is poised to potentially be a terrifying year for workers in Ohio. Six recently proposed amendments to the Ohio constitution may very well put workers’ safety and livelihood in a dangerous situation. Republican State Representative John Becker has proposed to implement six anti-worker amendments to the constitution […]

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Distracted Driving in Wintertime

Distracted Driving is a Serious Issue in the Winter We’ve all passed a motorist on the road doing something alarming; Whether applying makeup, blindly eating a Big Mac or fussing with tiny passengers in the back seat – It’s hard not to show our dismay! However, somewhere along the line we have become a nation […]

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Over 9000 Workers' Compensation Hearings in 2017

Over 9,000 Workers’ Compensation Hearings in 2017 NRS Injury Law doesn’t just claim to be an experienced workers’ compensation law firm, the numbers prove it! In 2017, attorneys at Nager, Romaine and Schneiberg handled 9,100 Bureau of Workers’ Compensation hearings.  This equates to about 175 hearings per week. With the complex nature of the Ohio […]

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Winter Weather Driving Dangers

The running joke in Northeast Ohio every winter is the moment the snow flies, drivers forget how to drive.  The truth behind that adage is a scary reality! Unfortunately, improper roadway safety precautions place everyone in danger. Recent icing conditions and substantial snowfalls have understandably led to an increase in vehicle accidents. If you watch […]

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Safety Tips for Cold Weather

Safety Tips for Working in Frigid Temps The recent cold weather blast in Northeast Ohio is a stark reminder that frigid temperatures can be just as dangerous as stifling heat. If you are employed in an industry that requires outdoor work, it is critical to take precautions and preparedness is a top priority. OSHA does […]

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Medical Malpractice - Call a Lawyer

Medical Malpractice - Why You Should Call a Lawyer First Medical malpractice is defined as an error, act or omission that occurs during treatment, that results in injury or death of the patient.  Unfortunately, while the definition is concise, real instances of medical malpractice are anything but clear cut.  If you or someone you love […]

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Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse The holidays are usually a time for families to gather, relax and catch up with one another. Sadly, we also see a spike in the number of nursing home abuse and neglect reports since loved ones are traveling and cannot check on the welfare of their family members. Nursing home […]

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DUIs and Holiday Driving

‘Tis the Season for Dashing Décor and DUIs The holiday season is magical, yet this time of year can also be very dangerous.  As young children, we eagerly await the gift-giving, holiday traditions and as adults we still cherish the holiday season, but have much more to worry about. The winter holiday season is dangerous […]

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The 3 D’s of Driving Dangers this Holiday Season

Holiday Season 2017 is Right around the Corner The exciting holiday season is just around the corner and for many of us it means more time spent traveling the highways and byways!  The downside of this is that increased traffic delivers increased risk for all drivers, day and night. The brisk chill in the air […]

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Substitute House Bill 27 (HB27)

Lawmakers Attack Ohio’s Injured Workers Substitute House Bill 27 (HB27) was signed into law and went into effect last month in Ohio. House Bill 27 makes dozens of amendments to Ohio Law as it relates to workers’ compensation, and the claims process.  Arguably the most notable changes of HB 27 is the reduction in time […]

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Workers’ Compensation Fraud

Understanding Workers’ Compensation Fraud The harsh reality is when workers’ compensation fraud occurs it is typically on the side of the employer.  As a result, innocent workers have undue hardship. Types of Employer Workers’ Compensation Fraud If you suspect you are working for a company or organization that is wrongfully dodging the Ohio Bureau of […]

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The Dangers of Nighttime Driving

Fall time change is right around the corner and many of us will be spending more time behind the wheel driving in the dark. According to the National Safety Council, a fatal crash is 3 times more likely to occur in the dark. Since it is unlikely we will hibernate all winter, the key to […]

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Teen Driving Safety

Keeping Your Child and Others Safe on the Roadways Passing the driver’s exam is a significant milestone for any teenager, but the accident statistics for inexperienced drivers are frightening for any parent.  It is pertinent that teens understand the real consequences of their actions when they are behind the steering wheel.  It is also imperative […]

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High Risk Pregnancies and Birth Injury

Birth Injuries and High Risk Pregnancies The incredible, overwhelming joy of pregnancy and childbirth is truly one of the most amazing life experiences that we get. While largely portrayed as a life changing, magical time in media and in the medical field – There is also often a very heartbreaking and tragic side to pregnancies […]

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SSDI Benefits – How Long Does It Take?

SSDI Benefits – How Long Does It Take? For the average 20 year old worker, there is a 3 in 10 chance he or she will be seriously injured and permanently disabled over the course of their working lifetime. Assuming you or your loved one has paid into Social Security, you may be eligible for […]

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Types of Worker’s Comp Injuries

Understanding your rights as they pertain to an Ohio Workers’ Compensation claim is critical in the success of any case.  Ohio law states that a claim must be filed within one year (Updated per recent General Assembly Substitute House Bill 27) of the accident or disability, or within 6 months of a doctor’s diagnosis.  Understanding what […]

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Perilous Pools – Protecting Your Loved Ones

Pool/Open Water Injuries and Fatalities Occur Frequently Across the US Summer fun in the sun can turn to tragedy in the blink of an eye. Pools, lakes and other swimming attractions flourish with visitors during the summer months – but there are very serious dangers lurking beneath the surface.  Many people have a false sense […]

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Do I have a Personal Injury Case?

Do I Have a Personal Injury Case? When tragedy strikes, family members are overwhelmed with grief and understandably, cannot think beyond the present moment. Unfortunately for many, there is little to no foresight into what the future may hold.  In personal injury cases, actions taken during these initial stages can truly mean the difference in […]

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Medical Malpractice with Wrong Site Surgery

Medical Malpractice - Wrong Site Surgery While this may sound like an urban myth, wrong site surgery commonly occurs in hospitals throughout the US. Surgery performed on the wrong SIDE or SITE of a body can happen as a result of negligence.  Wrong site surgery is actually recognized as a ‘never event,’ which means that […]

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May is National Motorcycle Awareness Month

Riding a motorcycle is exhilarating for millions of people; nothing really compares to the open road experience of a motorcycle ride.  For many, speed and risk are no doubt part of the attraction! Unfortunately, motorcycle riders are at a much greater risk for accidents and severe injury.  Whether you prefer to drive two wheels or […]

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Ohio Workers Compensation Benefits Explained

A workplace injury can impact your life and the lives of your family members for many years to come, if not indefinitely.  Workers’ Compensation laws were enacted to protect worker’s rights in the event of a work injury. The laws enable you to obtain fair and proper compensation. Workers’ compensation benefits can cover ongoing medical […]

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Ohio Laws: Move Over Law - Move Over 3 Feet

New Ohio Law: Move Over 3 Feet for Bicyclists As of March, 2017, Ohio drivers are now required to provide 3 feet of distance while passing a bicyclist on the roadways.  Bicycle accidents and pedestrian injuries are especially dangerous, and springtime leads to an influx of occurrences with increased outdoor activity.  Protecting yourself or your […]

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Workers Compensation - New Opioid Rules to Prevent Addiction in Workers Comp Claims

New Opioid Rules in Ohio Aim to Prevent Addiction   Recent news about the opioid crisis and its impact on work injury victims highlights the importance of proper medical treatment and ongoing monitoring of workers’ comp claimants. For many, a workplace injury is a preventable, tragic occurrence that forever changes the course of one’s life, […]

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If Your Employer Says Youre an Independent Contractor When it Comes to Workers Compensation, You Should Check the Facts.

Determining employment status is crucial in resolving conflicts and issues around many important things, like workers' compensation (WC) coverage, wage and hour law, pension eligibility and more. Employers often utilize independent contractors during busy periods throughout the year, or to work on special assignments that may or may not be part of the employer's regular […]

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Nursing Home Abuse is an All-Too-Often Tragedy. Your Rights are at Stake.

Abuse of elderly persons is a tragedy—yet it happens all too often throughout Northeast Ohio and beyond. The number of cases involving nursing home abuse and neglect has reached epidemic proportions over the past several years. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), approximately one in 10 Americans aged 60 and over have experienced […]

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Mesothelioma is a Rare Cancer Caused by Asbestos Exposure. If You Have Been Diagnosed, Your Rights Are at Stake.

Each year, about 2,000 new cases of mesothelioma, a rare type of cancer, are diagnosed in the U.S. In cases of Mesothelioma, cells of the mesothelium (a membrane that covers and protects a majority of the body’s internal organs) become abnormal and malignant. ​At Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg Co., L.P.A., we are often asked by […]

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Workers Compensation Trends to Watch in 2017

The workers’ compensation (WC) environment continues to grow ever-more complex in 2017. Issues such as prescription drug usage, medical marijuana, aging workers, and current and proposed legal and regulatory changes are making WC rights and claims more difficult for workers to understand and process. Oftentimes, they also lead to higher costs. At Nager, Romaine & […]

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Snowmobile Accidents Happen All-Too-Frequently in the Winter.

With our cold winter temperatures and varied terrain, snowmobiling is a favorite pastime of many here in Northeast Ohio. While it offers fun and excitement, snowmobiles are dangerous motorized vehicles, and like any motorized vehicle, accidents can happen. With the case of snowmobiles, accidents can cause serious, tragic and life-altering injuries—even death. The snowmobile was […]

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New Law Gives Ohio Firefighters Access to the Workers Compensation and Medical Treatment They Deserve

In April 2016, we provided an update on Senate Bill 27, which would create a presumption that firefighters disabled as a result of cancer incurred the cancer while working—and therefore, those firefighters would qualify for workers’ compensation (WC) coverage. More than 30 states have enacted laws that recognize a presumption that when firefighters get cancer, […]

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Danger Abounds in and Around Gyms and Fitness Facilities. When Accidents Happen, Victims May Be Entitled to Compensation for Their Losses.

January is the prime busy season for gyms, fitness centers and yoga studios across Northeast Ohio. The December holidays offer boundless opportunities for us all to rejoice—and often, rejoicing involves consumption of alcohol, sweets and assorted high-cholesterol, high-carbohydrate foods that add smiles to our faces, and pounds to our waistlines and hips. And so we […]

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Tow Truck Drivers Work Overtime in the Winter. When Accidents Happen, Victims are Entitled to Compensation for Their Losses

Recently, we published a blog that alerted readers to the dangers of drowsy driving. This is a growing problem on roads and highways throughout Northeast Ohio—and across the U.S. as well. New research by the American Automobile Association (AAA) indicates that drivers who miss two to three hours of sleep a day more than quadruple […]

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New Lawsuits Filed Based on Link Between Risperdal and Gynecomastia

In 2015, we alerted you to the dangerous side effects of Risperdal, a bipolar drug. Now, it has been reported this month that 13,000 men are suing the drug’s manufacturer, Johnson & Johnson, saying it gave them breasts through a condition known as gynecomastia (breast growth). If you or a family member taken Risperdal as […]

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Party Pooper: Injuries at Social Gatherings Can Be Serious. Know When Social Hosts are Liable

The holidays provide bountiful opportunities to come together with family, friends, co-workers and colleagues, share good tidings and rejoice in the spirit of the season. While social gatherings are festive occasions, they also provide ample opportunity for injuries to occur—especially when you factor in varying levels of alcohol, medication, foul weather, carelessness, recklessness, or any […]

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Rude Awakening: Drowsy Driving Causes Serious Accidents. Victims are Entitled to Compensation

According to new research by the American Automobile Association (AAA), drivers who miss two to three hours of sleep a day more than quadruple their risk of getting involved in a crash, compared to drivers who sleep for seven hours. In the AAA study, sleep-deprived drivers were found to be nearly twice as likely to […]

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Got a Beef with the Beef? Food Poisoning Victims May Be Entitled to Substantial Compensation

That steak and mushroom quesadilla you ate at lunch today seemed a bit, well, strange. You weren’t sure exactly what was wrong with it, but something definitely wasn’t right. And yet, down the hatch it went. It’s a few hours later now, and things in your world are going south fast. You’re experiencing nausea like […]

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Buyer Beware - Shopping Can Cause Injuries and Lead to High Medical Bills

When Injuries Happen, Know Your Rights                          With the holiday season just around the corner, you may think that the biggest pain point caused by shopping occurs in the area around your wallet. Yet shopping (excluding online shopping) is like any other activity that takes place in the real world—it is fraught with risks. And so […]

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Whiplash Can Cause Debilitating Pain and Lead to High Medical Bills

When Injuries Happen, Know Your Rights It all happened so fast… There you were, driving home from work late one afternoon, minding your own business, thinking back on the day’s events and contemplating dinner just like you’ve done every other day of every other week. Except on this day, WHACK! Seemingly out of nowhere, your […]

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Big Truck Accidents Can Cause Injury or Death

When Injuries Happen, Know Your Rights  Big trucks cause big accidents for motorists—and even pedestrians. Official statistics show that one out of every eight automobile accident fatalities involve large trucks, and every 16 minutes, a crash or collision involving a big truck occurs. These trucks, which include tractor trailers, big rigs and other commercial vehicles, […]

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ATV/Three-Wheeled Vehicle Accidents Can Cause Injury or Death

When Injuries Happen through Negligence or on the Job, Know Your Rights             All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are popular recreational vehicles, used and enjoyed by thousands of Americans each year. They’re also used by farm workers and workers in certain manufacturing and industrial settings for a variety of motorized tasks. ATVs are […]

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Farming Accidents Put Agricultural Workers at Risk of Injury or Death

No doubt about it: Farm work is tough work. Anyone who has worked on a farm knows all-too-well the intense demands that this work places on them—physical labor, often in dim light or poor weather, repetitive movements for many tasks, and work with and around large and dangerous machinery. Every year, thousands of farm workers […]

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Road Construction Zone Accidents Put Workers at Risk of Injury or Death

When Injuries Happen on the Job, Know Your Rights This year’s “orange barrel season” here in Northeast Ohio was a busy one. From highways and main thoroughfares to side streets, it seemed like those dreaded barrels appeared at nearly every turn. Northeast Ohio isn’t alone in this regard. According to the National Work Zone Safety […]

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Repetitive Stress Injuries Can Put You on the Sidelines

When Injuries Happen on the Job, Know Your Rights Most often, people think of workplace injuries in terms of a single incident – i.e., a trench collapse, a fall from a scaffold or roof, an explosion or another excruciatingly painful, life-altering event. Yet most injuries on the job are the result of repetitive movements that […]

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Football Season is Concussion Season

All team sports carry some risk of injury. Yet American football is certainly among the most injury-prone sport played here in the U.S. Each year, countless football injuries – from knee and ankle injuries to shoulder separations, lacerations, contusions and more – occur on high school and college football fields. Yet head injuries, including concussions, […]

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Workers injured in trench or excavation-related work may be eligible for compensation

Construction workers face a bevy of safety concerns in nearly every aspect of their jobs. For construction workers engaged in trench and excavation work, safety is a paramount concern, given the large number of potential hazards that exist in these volatile and shifting environments. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, excavating is […]

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Pending Law Could Block Motorists from Pursuing Pain and Suffering Damages

A bill currently pending in the Ohio House of Representatives could have far-reaching implications for uninsured drivers. House Bill 279, the Responsible Driver Protection Act, proposes to prohibit certain individuals who do not maintain statutory minimum levels of automobile insurance from collecting noneconomic (i.e., pain and suffering) damages for harm sustained in a motor vehicle […]

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Pokémon NO! Latest Game Craze Spurs Widespread Injuries and Damage

By now, you’ve probably heard about Pokémon Go, the augmented reality game that has captured the country’s fascination – and attracted untold thousands of players – since its recent introduction in July 2016. In the event you yourself aren’t hunting Pokémon creatures, or you’re not yet tuned into its rules, here’s a quick rundown: The […]

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Road Rage Can Cause Vehicle Damage and Personal Injuries, and Affect Insurance Coverage—Know Your Ri

Roads throughout Cleveland and other Ohio cities are filled with thousands of vehicles all jockeying for position in the course of traveling their intended routes. If you’re part of that mix, it’s likely that you’ve encountered aggressive or even reckless drivers through the years—drivers tearing and weaving through traffic at unsafe speeds, tailgating, passing on […]

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Boating and Personal Watercraft Injuries Can Cause Serious Injury or Even Death

Summer here in Ohio is all about getting outside and enjoying the delightfully warm and sunny weather. Given our proximity to Lake Erie, inland lakes, rivers, reservoirs and other waterways, many Ohioans enjoy summertime in boats and on personal watercrafts (also commonly referred to as the trademarked name, Jet Skis). Boating and personal watercrafting can […]

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Fireworks Safety is Paramount - When Accidents Happen, Know Your Rights

KABOOM! We all know them well—the snaps, crackles, pops and thunderous explosions of annual Fourth of July fireworks. We marvel at the grand, professionally staged displays that tower over cities, towns and sporting venues throughout Ohio, while many of us indulge our pyrotechnic yearnings by setting off fireworks of all sizes, shapes and varieties during […]

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Concussion Victims May Be Eligible for Compensation

Traumatic head and brain injuries can occur as a result of many different types of accidents, such as car crashes, sports injuries, work injuries, and slip and fall accidents. Symptoms of a head injury, concussion or other type of brain trauma may include dizziness, clouded thinking, headaches—and in some cases, brief loss of consciousness. Still, the […]

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New Court Ruling Opens Door for Lump Sum Payments for Work-Related Loss of Arm or Leg

Losing a limb or appendage at work is a horrifying, excruciatingly painful, traumatic and life-changing event. Putting aside the many implications this has outside of work, a major accident like this can prevent an injured worker from continuing to perform all the functions of their job as they once did—and it may prevent them from […]

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Dog Bite Victims May Be Eligible for Compensation

Last month, an Elyria woman was arrested after her pit bull mix attacked another woman as she walked along the sidewalk in the 1200 block of Middle Avenue. According to a police report cited in a Cleveland.com story, the 50-pound pit bull mix bit the 59-year-old victim several times on her hands. The dog’s owner told […]

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Learn Which Medical Expenses are Covered Under Workers Compensation Rules

If you become injured or sick on the job, workers’ compensation (WC) benefits can be of great benefit to you by helping you cover certain crucial and often large costs. Under Ohio WC regulations, you as an employee will get paid and have medical costs covered if you elect to receive WC benefits. In return, […]

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Fluoroquinolone (FLQ) Medication Victims May Be Eligible for Compensation

Fluoroquinolone (FLQ) antibiotics are common antibiotics used to treat respiratory infections and urinary tract infections. FLQs are widely prescribed by doctors who are often unaware of their dangers and the serious — and sometimes permanent — damage they can inflict upon the human body. Many doctors also over-prescribe FLQs for other conditions that do not require […]

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Proton Pump Inhibitor (PPI) Medication Victims May Be Eligible for Compensation

A class of widely prescribed and over-the-counter drugs known as Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) is making news recently for all the wrong reasons; namely, the purported links of PPI drugs to kidney damage. Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are the most widely used drugs in the U.S., with more than $13 billion in sales in 2015. […]

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Second J&J Talcum Powder Lawsuit Verdict Affirms Dangers, Signals More Litigation

In a recent blog post, we alerted you to a civil suit that found corporate giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) liable for an Alabama woman’s ovarian cancer—a cancer which she claimed in the lawsuit resulted from using J&J’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower powder, both of which contain talcum powder. Now, on Monday, May […]

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Motorcycle Accident Victims May Be Eligible for Compensation

Ask any motorcyclist, and they’ll likely tell you there are few things they enjoy more than hitting the open road on their iron horse. Given the long winter season here in Ohio, it’s no stretch at all to understand the passion that motorcyclists have for this pastime. Despite the innumerable pleasures of motorcycling, serious injury […]

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Ohio Senate Passes Law to Give Firefighters Workers Compensation Coverage for Cancer

Last week, we wrote about pending legislation here in Ohio that would allow firefighters diagnosed with some forms of cancer to receive workers' compensation (WC) benefits. On Wednesday, April 13, the Ohio Senate voted 32-1 to pass that legislation—specifically, Senate Bill 27. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives, where it will be […]

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Pending Law Would Give Firefighters Workers Compensation Coverage for Cancer

About 68 percent of firefighters get cancer, which is three times the rate of the general population, according to a 2013 study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Results from the study, while not proving a direct link, found that about 68 percent of firefighters get cancer, compared to 22 percent […]

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Construction Company Faces Investigation After Recent Trench Collapse Death

Construction workers face a bevy of safety concerns in nearly every aspect of their jobs. On March 29, that reality was driven home when a 28-year-old construction worker was killed after a trench in which he was working collapsed at a Mentor, Ohio construction site. The incident occurred at Heisley Road in suburban Mentor, where […]

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New Workers Compensation Option Now Available to Ohio Employers Operating in Other States

No one wants to get injured on the job. When an injury occurs outside the state in which an employee permanently resides, the ensuing claims process can be fraught with pitfalls, potential delays, uncertainty and angst, adding more duress to an already stressful and unwelcome situation. For years, employees of Ohio businesses who worked out […]

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New Law Increases Threshold to File in Ohio Small Claims Court from $3,000 to $6,000

In November 2015, House Bill 387, jointly sponsored by Rep. Lou Terhar and Rep. Jonathan Dever, was introduced that proposed increasing the monetary jurisdiction of a small claims division of a county and municipal court from $3,000 to $6,000. Under continuing law, each county and municipal court is required to establish a small claims division. […]

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Talcum Powder Lawsuit Verdict Opens Door for Additional Wave of Litigation

Do you or a loved one use talcum powder as part of your personal hygiene routine? If so, then you may want to learn more about a recent civil suit that found corporate giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) liable for an Alabama woman’s ovarian cancer—a cancer which she claimed in the lawsuit resulted from using […]

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Differences Between Independent Contractors and Employees are Big: How to Make the Right Call

How do you decide whether to bring on a full-time employee versus hiring a contractor, and what implications can that decision have on your business? Let’s start by acknowledging that the differences between full-time employees and contractors are significant, so they impact employers here in Ohio in far-reaching ways. By understanding the distinctions, you can […]

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Two Workers Compensation Trends to Watch in 2016

As we work our way through the first quarter of 2016, we wanted to highlight two timely trends that may likely impact workers’ compensation this year—and possibly for years to come. Politics: How Might The 2016 Election Impact Workers’ Compensation Laws? Well, things certainly have gotten interesting in the 2016 presidential race… The primary season, […]

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Curves Ahead: Navigating an Uncertain Regulatory Path in the Coming Age of Self-Driving Vehicles

“Look, Ma – no hands!” Chances are, a much younger you exclaimed this at high volume as your two-wheeled chariot rolled (somewhat) unsteadily down a neighborhood sidewalk one fine day. Arms extended into the air, feet pedaling madly, you grinned from ear to ear as you unburdened yourself from the tether of hand-controlled cycling. In […]

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Marijuana and Driving: Navigating a Hazy Path

Today, legalized marijuana is a reality in 23 states. Four of these states, as well as the District of Columbia, allow personal and medical use, while the other states allow medical use. This year, at least another five states could follow suit with personal and medicinal use ballot measures. Despite Ohio’s resounding defeat of Issue […]

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Uber Insurance Legislation Awaits Governors Signature - What It Means for You

Summary A bill enacted in December 2015 by the Ohio General Assembly establishes uniform insurance requirements for transportation service companies, including Uber and Lyft. The law will become effective on March 23. Background Public adoption of Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft has steadily increased in recent years. As this has occurred, […]

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Holiday Fatigue Can Cause Serious Accidents

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” As the song goes, the holidays can be a wonderful time of the year for family gatherings and celebrations. At the same time, workers often feel stressed from the need to complete work related to the holidays. All too often, sleep is the first thing that is […]

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Keeping Your Family Safe this Holiday Season

The end of the year marks a time of great celebration and good cheer. As families and friends gather for festivities, there are also some potentially dangerous situations to keep in mind so that a trip to the emergency room doesn’t ruin your holiday season. Here are eight tips to help your family stay safe. […]

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Five Tips for a Safer Holiday Season

Over the course of the year, we have written blogs to remind our clients and friends about the ramifications of driving while engaging in dangerous behavior like texting and talking as well as other forms of distracted driving. We have provided tips about safer parking, cycling and even safe walking. The holiday season is a […]

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Have you developed complications resulting from a faulty IVC filter?

If you are at risk for blood clots, your physician has likely prescribed a blood thinner. However, if you are like some patients who can’t take blood thinners, your doctors might have recommended the implantation of a small metal device, called a retrievable inferior vena cava (IVC) filter. The inferior vena cava is the largest […]

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Ohio Bill Would Allow Workers Compensation for First Responder PTSD

Background An Ohio Senate committee passed S.B.5, legislation that would make police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians who are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) arising from employment eligible for workers’ compensation, even though there is no accompanying physical injury. Current law, Ohio Revised Code 4123.01(C)(1), does not cover compensation for psychiatric conditions unless the […]

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Low Testosterone (Low T) Treatment Poses Serious Health Risks

Testosterone products, which are prescribed to treat low testosterone (“Low T”) in men, have become popular among young men seeking physical enhancement and older men who want to counter signs of aging. Recent studies, though, have suggested that "Low T Syndrome" treatment offers no proven benefits for healthy men. Rather, it seems that "Low T Syndrome" […]

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Link Between Risperdal and Gynecomastia Leads to Lawsuits

Have you or a family member taken Risperdal as a child or adolescent and developed gynecomastia (breast growth) as a result? If so, you may want to learn more about dangerous side effects and the potential for filing a lawsuit. Background Risperdal (risperidone) is an antipsychotic medication sold by Johnson & Johnson and approved by […]

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Manufacturers Settling for Defective Hip Implants

More than one million Americans have a knee or hip replaced each year to relieve pain, improve movement and help the joint function better. However, many metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implants are failing in as little as five years or less. Defective MoM implants can lead to the loss of muscle mass, fluid build-up, pseudo tumors […]

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SSRI Anti-Depressant Dangerous Side Effects

Have you or a family member been affected by the adverse effects of SSRI anti-depressants? Then you may want to learn more about dangerous side effects and the potential for filing a lawsuit. Background Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressants may cause serious birth defects in infants whose mothers take the drugs while pregnant, especially […]

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Xarelto Dangerous Side Effects

Have you or a family member been affected by the adverse effects of Xarelto? Then you may want to learn more about dangerous side effects and the potential for filing a lawsuit. Background Approved by the FDA in 2011, Xarelto is an anticoagulant blood thinner manufactured by Bayer and marketed in the U.S. by Johnson & […]

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10 Tips to Follow After a Car Accident

Throughout our blog series on distracted driving, we have highlighted behavior that contributes to distracted driving as well as many of its repercussions. As we highlighted in our first blog, “The Rising Cost of Distracted Driving: Facts and Stats,” distracted driving is now the third cause of road fatalities—at any given daylight moment across the […]

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Distracted Driving and Teens

In the last blog in our distracted driving series, we addressed the distractions that can occur when driving with small children in the back seat. When those children become teens with driver’s licenses, distractions while driving can include cell phones, music, friends and a host of other dangers that come with multitasking while at the […]

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Distracted Driving: Keeping Kids Safe

In earlier blogs in this series, we’ve covered the rising cost of distracted driving and its cost on the workplace. And while most people associate distracted driving with texting and talking on the phone, there are other contributing factors, such as families driving with children in the back seat. A recent study suggests that children […]

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Distracted Driving: Pedestrian Safety

So far in our series of blogs on distracted driving, we’ve taken a look at the rising cost of distracted driving, the increased costs of cycling accidents, the cost of distracted driving on the workplace and how to prevent accidents in parking lots. In this week’s blog, we take a look at distracted driving and […]

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Distracted Driving: Parking Lot Accidents

A parking lot isn’t the first place that comes to mind when thinking about distracted driving and traffic accidents. Yet, it may surprise you to learn that according to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 20 percent of vehicle accidents and more than half of back-over injuries take place in parking lots. Further, the Bureau of […]

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Distracted Driving and the Increased Risks of Bicycle Accidents

Summertime is here and outdoor activities are in full swing, including cycling. As more and more people trade in their cars for bicycles, it’s a good time to take a look at cycling safety. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), while only 1% of all trips taken in the U.S. are […]

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The Rising Cost of Distracted Driving on the Workplace

When you think about workplace safety, driving isn’t typically one of the first things that come to mind. After all, unless it’s the trucking industry, or other businesses involving professionally trained drivers, driving occurs mostly outside of working hours. However, employers pay a substantial cost for car crashes that occur off the job: Off-the-job crashes […]

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The Rising Cost of Distracted Driving: Facts and Stats

Distracted driving has been around as long as there have been cars. From adjusting the radio and eating to texting and talking on the phone, it only takes one second of glancing away from the road to cause an accident. The results can be deadly. The use of cell phones and other electronics has caused […]

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How to Determine Fault in Trucking Crashes

The process for determining fault in crashes involving a commercial truck can be complex. Crashes involving commercial trucks often have a number of contributing factors such as driver error, weather, roadway conditions, and vehicle malfunctions which may complicate the liability determination. A thorough investigation that takes into account all these factors, as well as statements […]

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Recovery from a Traumatic Brain Injury caused by a Motor Vehicle Accident

Every year, 2.4 million people suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Of these injuries, over 17% are caused by automobile accidents according to the CDC. However, evidence of TBI is not always immediately apparent. Often seemingly mild symptoms including headaches, fatigue, or irritability can be clues that a TBI has occurred even if medical testing does […]

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Hit and Run Car Accidents

A hit and run accident can have devastating consequences not only to the victim, but to the members of the victim's family. Recently, a 5th grade teacher from Shaker Heights was killed by a hit and run driver while he was out jogging around 5:30 pm on January 24, 2015. The driver had been stopped […]

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Traumatic Brain Injuries in Teenagers

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 5.3 million Americans currently live with disabilities resulting from brain injuries. The CDC also reports that of the one million people who are treated in and released from hospital emergency rooms each year 230,000 will be hospitalized and survive, 80,000 will experience an […]

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Can I Afford a Workers Compensation Attorney?

Can I afford a Workers' Compensation attorney? At NRS Injury Law you can. Our workers’ compensation attorney fees are earned on a contingent basis. That means that we don't get paid unless we get you paid. There are no up front or out of pockets fees charged. If you are injured, not working and receiving medical bills you […]

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Is Your New Facebook Friend a Cop or An Insurance Investigator?

A United States Federal District Court judge has ruled that photos and other information obtained by police using an undercover Instagram account could be admitted into evidence in court despite the fact that this information was obtained without the authority of a search warrant. In that case, the judge ruled that the prosecution could admit into […]

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The Effects of Declining Ohio Workers Compensation Coverage on Small Businesses and Self-employed

In Ohio, Workers’ Compensation is provided by the state government through a state insurance fund. This insurance is funded by employers, who pay into the system as required by law. In Ohio, every employer who has one or more employees must pay into the state Worker’s Compensation insurance fund. In return for payment into the […]

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Workers Compensation Settlements and Social Security Disability Offsets

In some cases, the hard fought efforts at negotiating a favorable workers’ compensation settlement is only the beginning of the battle.  Having negotiated a good settlement, the last thing a workers’ compensation practitioner wants is an angry client, frustrated that his or her workers’ compensation settlement results in a substantial reduction in his or her […]

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Report Your Work Injury Immediately

I have a lot of people ask me, if I was injured on the job, should I report it? The short answer is yes. To protect yourself when you are injured on the job, it needs to be documented immediately. Whether or not immediate medical attention is required, tell your supervisor.  If your supervisor is […]

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Medical Device used in Hysterectomies and Fibroid Removal Shown to Cause Increased Cancer Risk

A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) confirms risks and fears previously published by the FDA that the use of laparoscopic power morcellator (LPM) medical devices during hysterectomies and fibroid removal can cause the spread of benign and malignant tissue throughout the body and result in the growth and […]

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Inadequate Machine Guards Can Result in Serious Work Injuries

Lack of or inadequate guards on machines have the potential to cause serious work injuries.  OSHA reports that missing or inadequate guards account for a majority of their citations. Machine guards can be quite sophisticated. Companies are now making automated barrier doors, retractable curtains and screens, safety fencing and automated curtains. In addition there are […]

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What are the time limits to file a Workers Compensation Claim?

Generally speaking there is a one year time limit (2017 HB 27)  in which to file a workers' compensation claim. The claim must be filed within one year from the date of the injury. For example, if someone is at work and lifts a box and injures his or her back on October 31, 2014, […]

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Social Media Impact on Workers Compensation Claims

Social media is everywhere these days. From Facebook to YouTube to Twitter to Instagram, there are more ways than ever to communicate with the world. What individuals who suffer work-related injuries often fail to realize until it’s too late is that what they post on these websites have extremely negative impacts on their workers’ compensation […]

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Property Damage: Diminution of Value

After a motor vehicle accident, dealing with property damage to your vehicle can be a frustrating task.  You may wonder how you will be compensated for the damage to your vehicle.  Are you entitled to recover the cost of repair?  The difference in market value of your vehicle immediately before and immediately after the accident?  […]

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Restaurant Liability for Foreign Objects Found in Food

American restaurant goers and consumers are frequently injured by foreign objects in their food. Examples of foreign objects recently found in food reportedly include glass, gravel, rocks, metal, jewelry, wood, plastic, cigarettes, gum, feces, hair, blood, human fingers, fingernails, insects, rodents, bones and other animal parts. In certain cases, a food manufacturer, restaurant or preparer […]

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Bicycle Rules of the Road

As bicycling becomes more popular in Cleveland, it makes sense to understand the rules of the road and your responsibilities as you bike around town. Ohio law defines a bicycle as a vehicle that is governed by all applicable traffic laws. A bicyclist can receive a ticket for violating traffic laws although no points are […]

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Long Term Work Related Injuries

A worker in Ohio who sustains a complicated long term work related injury or contracts a long term work related illness can be covered in a workers' compensation claim. These types of claims are more difficult for the BWC to administer as the BWC system seems to be better at handling minor injuries rather than […]

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Preventing Heat Related Illness in Outdoor Workers

The dog days of summer are over but the high temperatures can continue through September and October. With this in mind workers should know that heat and heat related illness can be compensable through the Bureau of Workers Compensation. These high temperature days can best be overcome with a little planning.  First dress accordingly.  Light […]

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When do Pedestrians have the Right of Way Crossing a Roadway?

When crossing at an intersection, crossing within a crosswalk, or crossing a roadway without a crosswalk, pedestrians should follow three simple guidelines: PROCEED WITH CAUTION. Pedestrians must realize that not all drivers know the rules of the road. They should be aware of their surroundings at all times. PAY ATTENTION TO TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES. §4511.12(A) […]

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7th Largest Punitive Verdict in U.S. History Awarded in Actos Lawsuit

The controversial drug Actos (pioglitazone) used to treat Type 2 Diabetes has been linked to an 83% increased risk of bladder cancer (www.bmj.com). As a result, thousands of lawsuits have been filed against the drug’s manufacturer, Takeda Pharmaceuticals and its partner Eli Lily. In April of this year, a Louisiana jury in the first of […]

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The Dangers of Metal-On-Metal Hip Replacements

Hip replacement surgery is expected to produce positive results for as long as 20 years or more, however, many metal-on-metal hip implants are failing within as little as 5 years or less. Your metal-on-metal hip implant may be defective if you experience pain in the groin, hip, or leg regions; swelling near the hip joint; […]

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The Growing Dangers of Low-T Replacement Therapy

The United States Food and Drug Administration has been expressing concern over treatment for male hypogonadism (low testosterone or “Low T”) for years. In June 2014, the FDA announced that manufactures of medications used for treating Low T were required to include a broader, more general warning of blood clots on their labels. These blood […]

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Vehicle Damage and Your Insurance Coverage

Oh no! You’ve been in a car accident. Thankfully, no one has been injured. Unfortunately, your car hasn’t been as lucky. It’s pretty banged up, and with each passing moment, you fill with dread as thoughts swirl through your head – how much will this cost to repair, will my car have to be replaced, […]

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The Definition of Injury

The legal definition of injury is complicated. The Ohio Revised Code defines what injuries are covered under Workers’ compensation. The statutory definition of injury includes any injury, whether caused by external accidental means or accidental in character and result, received in the course of and arising out of, the injured employee’s employment. It is a […]

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Injury vs. Occupational Disease

In the world of Workers' Compensation an injury is an incident or event that causes harm to an individual in the scope of someone's work activities. For instance, someone at work lifts a box and sustains an injury to his back. There is an incident, the lifting of the box, and there is an injury […]

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Concussion Lawsuits Against the National Hockey League

In 2012, retired football players filed a lawsuit against the National Football League (NFL) alleging that the organization concealed risks of brain injury. The players argue that the league did not do enough to protect them from concussions sustained during thousands of tackles. Plaintiffs have also placed fault on the football helmet manufacturer Riddell for […]

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Accidents Caused by Defective Auto Parts

National Public Radio (NPR) recently aired a story about a journalist’s harrowing experience test-driving a General Motors (GM) Cobalt.  While racing around the track, the car’s engine, and all its steering mechanisms, suddenly shut off. After the journalist managed to slow the car to halt, a GM engineer determined that just a light tug on […]

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$100 Million Settlement for Victims Injected with Contaminated Pharmaceuticals

In September 2012, dozens of patients began exhibiting symptoms of a life-threatening form of meningitis, inflammation of the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Most cases of meningitis are caused by a viral infection, but these patients had developed a rare form of the condition caused by a fungus. The Centers for Disease Control […]

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The Clock is Ticking: Sports and CTE

Evidence is growing that any hit to the head — from a car accident or a sports injury — can prove devastating in later life. In autumn of 2013, the National Football League (NFL) settled a class action suit brought by players who alleged the league knew far more than it shared about the neurological […]

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Spinal Cord Injury Among Seniors on the Rise

The rate of severe injury among older Americans who fall down is going up. Johns Hopkins Medicine recently published findings in the Journal of Neurotrauma following a multi-year study of spinal cord injury (SCI) patients in the United States. The research looked at the emergency room data of more than 43,000 adults, aged 18 and up. Any […]

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Electronic Health Records Provide Opportunity for Error

In Ohio and throughout the United States, the digitization of health records is underway. While electronic recordkeeping has advantages, recent reports highlight the need for more vigilance when it comes to the potential for errors. For many healthcare practitioners, migrating patient medical information to electronic health records (EHRs) is a costly but necessary measure. Some […]

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What To Expect At My Social Security Disability Hearing

A Social Security disability hearing is typically about 45 minutes long, but could be as short as 5 minutes or take over an hour. The hearing is adjudicated by an Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”). In addition to the claimant, the claimant’s attorney and the ALJ, a court reporter and possibly a medical and/or vocational expert […]

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Fatigued Driving: When Daydreams Become a Nightmare

Mention distracted driving and most people think about their cell phones. The broader definition is anything that causes driver inattention — and that might have more to do with how much sleep you got last night. The month of April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Driving or operating heavy machinery is a complicated task involving […]

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Auto Insurers Play Hard Ball And Injured Parties Get Caught Looking

While the automobile insurance companies flood the airwaves with clever commercials and catchy jingles about their low rates, accessibility, and commitment to “being there” for their customers, the reality is a much less personal, more anonymous, and an entirely bottom-line profit-maximizing business model, when it comes to claims adjusting, that far too often boils claim […]

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Steps You Can Take to Protect Your Elderly Relative from Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

Few things are more difficult than making the decision to put a parent, grandparent or other beloved elder into a nursing home. News reports about nursing home neglect or even outright abuse — including physical, psychological, emotional and financial abuse — add to the anxiety of making decisions about the right facility. Fortunately, there are […]

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Five Things You Should Know About Whiplash

It may be the title of the 2014 award winner at the Sundance Film Festival, but to the hundreds of thousands of Americans who suffer a whiplash injury each year, whiplash is no Hollywood story. Whiplash can cause years of chronic pain and may be associated with other long- and short-term medical problems, including everything […]

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Lump Sum Settlements for Workers Compensation Claims… a Good Idea?

If you suffered an injury in a job-related accident in Ohio, you are entitled to file a claim for benefits through the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (OhioBWC) or through your employer’s self-insurance program. In addition to medical expenses, you may be eligible for other benefits, including temporary total disability (TTD), permanent partial disability (PPD), […]

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The Psychological Aftermath of a Car Crash

The thought of a car accident often encompasses screeching tires, the sound of metal scraping on metal, the sight of steaming, crumpled cars and the smell of airbag sulfur, engine smoke or gasoline. It is extremely common for victims of serious collisions to have this image and more gruesome memories of the crash remain fresh […]

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Some Social Security Disability Applicants Can Be Approved Within Weeks

As we discussed in a previous blog post, the Social Security Disability (SSD) application process usually takes several months, even in the best of circumstances. If your application is denied ― and more than half of applications are denied on the first round of review ― it can take months, or even several years, to […]

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Ohio Woman Loses Arm Because of Misdiagnosis

Ohio University has settled a medical malpractice lawsuit filed by a former student who lost her arm due to flesh-eating bacteria. The victim accused the University of misdiagnosing her illness, leading to its progression and the eventual amputation of her right arm, shoulder and shoulder blade. She was awarded $250,000 in the August 2013 settlement. […]

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Who Pays Your Medical Bills After a Car Accident if You Were Not at Fault?

If you suffer a personal injury in a car accident caused by someone else, your first priority will be to seek medical treatment. But as you write a check for that emergency room visit, you will likely wonder, “Who should be paying for this?” Indeed, being hurt in an auto accident and then facing immediate […]

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EEOICPA (Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act) FAQs

If  you worked in the production and testing of nuclear weapons during the Cold War, you may be aware of or filed claims under The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000 (EEOICPA). This legislation provides a compensation program for civilians who contracted illnesses related to their work in nuclear weapons under the […]

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The Risks of Low T - Testosterone Replacement Therapy - Drugs. Cleveland, Ohio Attorneys

The prescription sale of testosterone is a big business - nationally reaching $1.6 billion in 2011.  The percentage of men 40 and over being treated for what has been termed "Low T Syndrome" has tripled from 2001 to 2011.  Recent studies, though, have suggested that "Low T Syndrome" treatment offers no proven benefits for healthy men.  Rather, it […]

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Social Security Disability — How to Make Your Case

If you have suffered a debilitating injury or medical diagnosis and cannot work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. But proving your disability will require you meet strict criteria, file a boatload of documentation and perhaps take two or three runs at attaining approval before claiming victory. What are the requirements […]

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Concussions - A Parents Perspective

My son Kyle started ice skating when he was about three years old and started playing hockey when he was four. At that age, there is no hitting or checking its just kids having fun skating around and harmlessly falling on the ice. As he got older, and his hockey skills got better he began […]

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Back Injuries - The Most Common Injuries Following An Auto Accident or Workplace Trauma

Back injuries are the most common injuries caused by automobile accidents and workplace trauma.  Unexpected impact from an collision, lifting, twisting, fatigue, falls and trauma are the most common causes of back injuries which account for 75% of all workers' compensation and auto accident claims. Back injuries can be minor (mild sprains or strains) to severe and disabling […]

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How Age Plays a Role in Social Security Disability Determinations

Age can be a significant factor when a Social Security Administration adjudicator determines if a claimant is disabled.  Generally speaking the younger the claimant, the more difficult it is for the claimant to receive Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration has created four age categories: Claimants under 50 are defined as Younger Individuals […]

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Some Facts to Consider Before Sending a Text While Driving

Cell phones keep you connected constantly with your work and loved ones. However, they also take your eyes off the road, your hands off the wheel and your mind off of driving. For this reason, Ohio’s statutes restrict the use of electronic devices while you’re operating a vehicle. Motorists who are age 18 or older […]

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Another Article that Highlights How Motorcycle Helmets Save Lives

A video of an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper in New Jasper running into a couple on a motorcycle has gone viral. In the incident that took place August 17, 2013, on U.S. Route 35, the officer appears not to have seen the couple until moments before impact. He doesn’t seem to swerve, brake or […]

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Is Your Job Making You Sick? — Workers Compensation Recovery for Workplace Diseases

Are you getting sick of work — literally? Your job site may be less than ideal, but it shouldn’t make you physically ill. Unfortunately, the reality is that your workplace may subject you to regular contact with hazardous conditions that can cause serious chronic illnesses. Employment-related medical problems are called occupational diseases and are often […]

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Dont Sign Away Your Rights: Games Insurance Agents Play

You have been involved in an accident. The insurance company makes you an offer. What do you do? First, recognize that insurance companies are businesses with the purpose of making money. They do not have your best interests at heart. Next, learn their tactics so you can beat them at their own game. The American […]

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Five Social Security Disability Myths

Chances are somebody you know has a personal story about recovering Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Unfortunately, you may be left with a patchwork of information that is more myth than reality. And uncovering the truth can require you to dig through layers of complex regulations and convoluted policies. The Ohio State Bar Association helps […]

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Ohios Child-Restraint System Statutes: Follow the Law and Protect Your Family

An automobile accident can have a far greater impact on a child’s small body than on the body of an adult. Even the safety features — such as air bags and seat belts — intended to protect adults can cause substantial harm to children during a car crash. For this reason, parents and caregivers are […]

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The Supreme Court of Ohio Rules on Workers Compensation Coverage for Mental Health Conditions

The Supreme Court of Ohio’s decision in Armstrong v. John R. Jurgensen Co. restricts workers’ rights to receive workers’ compensation for serious mental conditions resulting directly from their jobs. Under the ruling, a worker is entitled to compensation if the mental illness was caused by a physical workplace injury or occupational disease, such as a […]

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Whose Fault Is It? — Understanding Ohios Comparative Negligence Doctrine

Who is at fault? The answer to this question is vital when determining whether you are entitled to damages, and how much, after a motor vehicle accident. However, the answer is often debatable. Rarely is one driver 100 percent to blame for the crash. Instead, the negligent actions of each driver may have contributed to […]

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Office Ergonomics: Change Your Workspace to Improve Your Health

Sitting at your desk for hours on end can take its toll on your body. In the short term, improper desk posture can cause muscle soreness, joint pain and headaches. Over time, this discomfort can develop into serious, chronic medical conditions of your neck, back, shoulder, wrists or hands. But pain and disability are surprisingly […]

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Tis the Season …for Drunk Drivers on Ohios Roads

Trim the tree. Hang festive lights. Bake delicious treats. Pour the eggnog. The holiday season is upon us. Although celebrations with friends and family can make this a truly special time of year, drunk drivers can also make the holiday season the most hazardous time of year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports […]

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Ohio Auto Insurance Regulations — Are You Covered?

You are probably aware that you need auto insurance to drive in Ohio, but how do you choose how much and what kind? You must carry at least the minimum liability coverage under Ohio’s Financial Responsibility Law. However, this bare minimum may not be enough to cover the full amount of damages sustained in a […]

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Sciatica (aka Lumbar Radiculopathy) is a Common Injury in Auto Accidents and Workers Comp Claims

Low back pain, sciatica, sprain strain lumbar spine Sciatica, also known as lumbar radiculopathy, is a symptom of a problem with the sciatic nerve, the largest nerve in the body and the primary nerve of the leg. The sciatic nerve controls muscles in the back of the knee and lower leg and provides feeling to […]

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The Reasonable Value of Medical Services for Injuries Suffered in an Automobile Accident

When pursuing a claim for injures suffered in a car accident, the auto insurance companies will want to talk about the reasonable value of medical services.  Isn’t this just what the hospital or other medical provider charges for their services?  Not always. Medical providers will often accept less than the full amount of the medical […]

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Repetitive Use Injuries in the Workplace

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a progressively painful hand and arm condition caused by a pinched nerve in the wrist. The pressure may come from swelling or anything that makes the carpal tunnel smaller.  The carpal tunnel is a passage between the arm and hand through which the median nerve is allowed to pass freely in […]

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Pitfalls to Getting Your Hospital Bills Paid After an Automobile Accident

Following an automobile accident, you or a loved one are typically taken or go to an emergency room.  The hospital is willing to treat you but wants to get paid as much as it can for the bill.  Even though someone else caused your accident and should be responsible for your bills, rest assured that the […]

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The Danger of Daytime Drowsiness

In a recent blog, we discussed changes to the numbers of hours a truck driver is allowed to operate a vehicle. Those changes, finalized in July of this year by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA), are intended to reduce truck accidents caused by fatigue. Across the United States, the trucking industry is responsible […]

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Take a Tip: Winter Weather on the Way

Summer is long gone and winter is on the way. Too soon rain and snow will turn dry pavement dangerous and lead to the possibility of fender benders — or worse — on slippery roads. As temperatures cool, consider these tips for staying safe on Ohio roads this winter: Check the tires: Your tires are […]

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Aggressive Dogs and Their Owners

Another pit bull incident raises questions about the danger of pit bull dogs and the people who own them. In August, college student Ashley Debeljak walked her German Shepherd, Blair, along her neighborhood streets in Shaker Heights. While walking her dog, Ms. Debeljak noticed a red car drive up and drop off two dogs nearby. […]

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Workers Compensation Court Appeals

Most issues in a workers' compensation claim are decided at the Industrial Commission of Ohio in front of a single hearing officer.  These hearings are informal and brief.  However, many issues in a workers' compensation case can be appealed into the County Courts of Common Pleas and be set for trial in front of a […]

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Ohio Nursing Home Care: Improvement Needed

Skilled nursing care can be a lifesaver when seniors can no longer live alone. As the baby boomer generation ages, increased need for high quality healthcare is challenging the current system of elder care in the United States. Change is needed. According to the Administration on Aging, in 2010, 14 percent of the population was […]

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The Life and Death of a Cyclist: Bright Day, Bad Accident

As a popular science teacher and cross country coach, Robert Lennon was a fixture at St. Francis DeSales High School where he taught and coached for 40 years. The 64-year-old Columbus man volunteered at foot and other races throughout central Ohio and was well-appreciated throughout the community. An avid cyclist, Mr. Lennon was riding along […]

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Steps To Filing A Workers Compensation Claim

A work injury can affect every aspect of your life. Following these tips may give your claim a greater chance of being accepted, which means quicker treatment approval and quicker healing. When you are injured at work, your first action is to report the injury to someone. The best method is a written record but […]

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Game Changer: NFL Settles Class Action Suit

In an earlier blog we discussed changes in rules of play for student athletes in Ohio who suffer a head injury on the playing field. Former players of the National Football League (NFL) form the group that brought the problem of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) into the public eye. For these older athletes, their love […]

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The Danger of Residential Fires

In August, a 59-year-old Cleveland man became the first fire fatality of this year when a fire broke out on the first floor of his two-story home. While investigators are unsure how the blaze started, there were no working smoke detectors in the home at the time of the fire. According to the U.S. Fire […]

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Understanding The Workers Compensation Hearing Process

The Industrial Commission hearing process is fairly simple. Whenever there is an issue in dispute in a Workers' Compensation claim that issue will be addressed at a hearing before an Industrial Commission hearing officer. The disputed issue whether it be the allowance of the claim, or any other issue within the claim, will first be […]

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Understanding the Special Exposure Cohort (SEC)

Our firm represents clients who worked in jobs developing weapons, testing nuclear power and acting in other capacities under the Department of Energy (DOE) and related agencies. As we discussed in an earlier blog, employees, contractors, subcontractors and certain survivors of these workers may be eligible for benefits under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation […]

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Distracted Driving Update: More Data Shows Hands Free is Not Risk Free

Distracted driving is on the road and in the news. As agencies and law enforcement work to get the word out, researchers examine why and how distracted driving is so dangerous. In 2012, Ohio enacted a ban on the use of hand-held devices to text while driving. For drivers under 18, use of all electronic […]

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Be Careful on Ohio Roads in October Its Deer Season

October, November and December are the most likely months for Ohio Motorists to encounter a deer on the roadway. Unfortunately, many deer strikes leave the motorist injured, with property damage and no insurance coverage. The only coverage that may help when you strike a deer is comprehensive/collision (to repair your automobile - less your deductible) […]

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How Does the Social Security Administration Define “Disability?”

How does the Social Security Administration define disability? Social Security defines disability differently than other programs such as Veterans Affairs and Workers’ Compensation. Social Security defines disability as: 1. a person’s inability to work, 2. as a result of one or more medical condition, either physical or mental, 3. that has lasted or is expected […]

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Wear the Helmet, Protect the Brain

In May, 11-year-old Cleveland resident Jeffrey Hussey, Jr. went down the street to ride bikes with a friend. Minutes later he rode out into the street and into a sports utility vehicle, smashing the driver side window and door. The injury sent him to the hospital near death with a cracked skull and a badly […]

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Study on Dangerous Drugs Prescribed for the Elderly: ‘Geography is Destiny

With age comes physical decline. By age 65, many Americans have one or more prescriptions. A recent study poses serious questions about the safety of medications prescribed to elderly Americans. In April of this year, Brown University released a study of more than six million Medicare patients that made significant points about medication practices for […]

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Buy Safe, Drive Safe, Stay Safe: Brought to You by the NHTSA

In the past, safety was not one of the top criteria people considered when shopping for a new car, and hearing safety news about your car might have come by accident. In order to provide consumers with information they need, when they need it, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released an app […]

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Those Three Pounds Between Your Ears

The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative was announced in April of this year by President Obama as part of his strategy to create 21st Century Grand Challenges that stimulate the economy and our understanding of our world. Working through a wide coalition of research and funding partners, the BRAIN initiative proposes to: […]

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On the Clock: Truck Accidents and Hours of Service

The trucking industry provides valuable service in this country, moving goods from shore to shore. Along the way, accidents occur. Because of the size and speed of a tractor trailer, collisions between a truck and a car often result in catastrophic injury or death. In Ohio alone, there were 9,319 truck crashes in 2011. Of […]

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Reason for Alarm: When Healthcare Providers are Fatigued by Medical Alerts

A recent study by the Joint Commission raises an alarm about death and injury resulting from alarm fatigue experienced by those caring for critically ill patients. The Joint Commission is a non-profit healthcare accreditation agency with a mandate to improve public health care. A recent report calls for leadership and development of guidelines in the […]

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Will Reducing the BAC Reduce Injury?

Our law firm vigorously pursues compensation on behalf of clients injured by drunk drivers. While a driver operating a vehicle under the influence (OVI) is penalized by an administrative and criminal action, those consequences do not begin to address the pain, injury and death experienced by those hit by a drunk driver. One of the […]

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Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income: Understanding the Difference

Our firm assists clients receive entitled benefits through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). In addition to SSDI, the federal government provides Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for people in need. What is the difference between these two important programs? A primary difference between SSDI and SSI is the means by which the two programs are funded. […]

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Meningitis Outbreak: Ongoing Damage from Contaminated Steroids

Last year healthcare investigators became concerned about an apparent outbreak of spinal meningitis. The cause of the outbreak was tied to contaminated steroids produced by the New England Compounding Center, a now-defunct Massachusetts business (NECC). The damage and heartbreak of the toxic injections received by patients throughout the United State continues today. Across the country, […]

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The Next Word on Distracted Driving

Our firm vigorously represents clients injured by distracted drivers in Cleveland. In March of this year, the ban on texting in Ohio took effect and will hopefully go some way to reducing death by mobile electronic device. But what about distraction from devices that come with the car? In June, the Automobile Association of America […]

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Most Dangerous Roads in Ohio

Truthfully, auto accidents can happen on any stretch of road. Yet there are certain roads and highways that have developed a reputation for being especially hazardous. Following are some of the most dangerous roads in Ohio: Interstate 70: Interstate 70 is a road that is vital to the State’s commerce. The highway passes through Preble, […]

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What are the Benefits of Hiring a Car Accident Lawyer?

You’ve just been in a car accident. You don’t know what happened, you just know that you’ve suffered serious injuries and need help. One of the wisest decisions you can make is to speak with a knowledgeable attorney. While you can file a claim on your own, you can significantly increase your likelihood of receiving […]

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Top Four Myths About Auto Accidents in Ohio

If you’re like most people, then being in a car accident is one of the most traumatic experiences you’ve had in your life. Yet whether you have been in several accidents or none at all, you have probably heard many so-called facts about auto wrecks. Below are some of the top myths about car accidents […]

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What are the Steps to File for Workers Compensation Benefits?

Getting injured on the job can be stressful. You may be worried about missing work, getting paid and taking care of your family. Fortunately, there’s a good chance your work-related injury can be covered by Ohio’s workers compensation program. Yet if you have never been injured before, you may be unfamiliar with the process of […]

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Most Serious Car Wrecks

Some car accidents are caused by road defects, rain, fog and snow, while others are the result of negligence. Many variables ultimately determine the severity of a crash, including the speed of the vehicles about to collide, the direction the vehicles are traveling prior to making contact and whether vehicle occupants are wearing seatbelts. While […]

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Types of Workplace Injuries

If you suffer an injury at work, your workers compensation benefits should cover all or most of your medical expenses and lost wages. Yet not all injuries are covered by workers comp. Specifically, psychiatric conditions are not covered by worker’s compensation in Ohio — except when they are caused by an occupational hazard or disease. […]

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Ohio Auto Accident Statistics

You have probably seen your share of auto accidents, and chances are you’ve been in at least one. But how frequently do collisions occur? Provided by the Ohio Department of Transportation, below are statistics for auto accidents in the State of Ohio for the year 2011: An estimated 2.6 deadly auto accidents occurred each day […]

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Why You Should Hire a Lawyer to Help You with Your Workers Comp Case

You’ve just been injured at work. Now what? Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be able to obtain worker’s compensation. However, unless you are a lawyer or have a legal background, you may be unsure of what to do or where to turn. What are the steps to filing for workers comp? […]

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Common Causes of Car Accidents

One moment you on your way to work or home and the next you’re in the hospital. How did this happen? Car accidents occur for many reasons. But when negligence is to blame, you have a right to file a lawsuit to collect just compensation. Following is a list of some of the most common […]

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Mistakes that Can Jeopardize Your Car Accident Case

If you’ve recently been involved in a car accident, you want just compensation so you can move on with your life as quickly as possible. What you may not know is that there are certain things you can do that may damage your ability to obtain the reimbursement you need to recover. Listed below are […]

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Cap on Damages in Ohio Medical Malpractice Actions

In some states, a limit has been placed on the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice actions. These limits, or caps, on damages are part of tort reform. The hope is to keep medical malpractice insurance premiums lower. Ohio is one of those states. As of April 11, 2003, Ohio law […]

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Proving Your Beryllium Exposure Claim under the EEOICPA

Beryllium sensitivity and chronic beryllium disease are two of the diseases eligible for benefits under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act. When seeking compensation, employees, contractors or subcontractors working at Department of Energy facilities first must establish they were employed at the facility while beryllium particles or fumes may have been present. Next, […]

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First Jury Verdict Entered in DePuy Artificial Hip Cases

Much litigation has arisen out of the DePuy ASR™ Hip System, a cup-and-ball hip replacement system made of metal. The manufacturers had issued a voluntary recall of the parts in August 2010, and the litigation followed. In fact, thousands of individual cases against Johnson & Johnson, whose DePuy orthopedic unit manufactured the hip replacement system, […]

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How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Ohio?

If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, the law allows you to sue that person for your damages, including medical expenses and pain and suffering. But that right to sue does not last forever. Your right to sue is subject to the statute of limitations. Statute of limitations is one of those […]

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Medical Conditions Covered Under the EEOICPA

The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) provides benefits for workers illnesses related to their exposure to radiation or toxic substances while working at a Department of Energy facility as an employee, contractor or subcontractor. According to Benefits.gov, there are four diseases that qualify employees, contractors or subcontractors for benefits under the EEOICPA: […]

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Ohio Medical Malpractice - Apology Statute

In 2004, Ohio enacted a controversial Apology Statute with a stated purpose of improving the physician/patient relationship when medical errors take place.  The statute permits a health care professional to apologize to a patient when a medical error occurs in the care of a patient or a procedure leads to an undesirable result.  The apology (according to the statute) cannot later be used against […]

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Choosing the Right Nursing Home in Ohio

As our loved ones get older, we are faced with an important question — are we able to still care for them and, if not, who is the best person to do so? According to the Ohio Department of Aging, there are nearly 1,000 nursing homes that provide care to approximately 80,000 residents in Ohio. […]

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Who Can Receive Benefits Under the EEOICPA?

Under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA), eligible employees may receive compensation if they are suffering from beryllium disease. But who are the eligible employees and how much do they get paid? Benefits.gov points out that there are two benefits programs under the EEOICPA. Part B Part B provides compensation and medical […]

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Teen Driving Deaths Are Increasing

In the wake of the tragic accident in Warren, Ohio that killed six teenagers, the focus has turned to teen driver safety. Unfortunately, the news may not be good. A recent study showed that, despite a drop in recent years, auto accident deaths for 16- and 17-year-old drivers during the first six months of 2012 […]

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How to Adjudicate a Claim Under the EEOICPA

The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program (EEOICP) provides benefits to eligible employees who suffer from beryllium disease under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act of 2000. EEOICPA claims can be filed with the Department of Labor online or an applicant can contact an Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Resource Center to find […]

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Court Clarifies What Constitutes an Employers Intentional Tort

Workers compensation benefits are available to workers who were injured during the course of their work. In exchange for receiving those benefits, workers are unable to sue their employers for their injuries. However, there is one exception to that rule — workers can sue if their injuries were caused by their employers intentional act. The […]

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Steps to Filing for Workers Compensation

Have you been injured at work? If so, you might not realize that as an employee, you may be able to a file a claim to obtain compensation. However, some workers compensation claims can be especially complicated. And sometimes employers — who do not want to pay the increased insurance premiums that often result when […]

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Concussions: Return to Play Policy In Youth Sports Ohio House Bill 143

The State of Ohio has enacted a new law designed to educate the public and protect children who sustain head injuries while competing in youth sports.  The new law will go into effect April 26, 2013 and it specifies that coaches, officials, and referees must complete a 20 minute course every three years designed to assist in the […]

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Five Steps to Take After a Car Accident

Car accidents can be terrifying — in the flash of a moment you may find yourself in a collision and surrounded by broken glass and smoke. Needless to say, it might be hard to focus on what steps you should take next. But following the steps listed below is a start. Ensure your safety: If […]

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Why Hire a Workers Comp Lawyer

If you suffer an injury at work, you can file a workers compensation claim. By doing this, you may be able to obtain benefits that can help you pay for your medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages you while you are away from work. But do you really need an attorney in […]

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Common Automotive Defects

Almost everyone will get in at least one car accident in his or her lifetime. However, what you may not realize is that not all car accidents are caused by other drivers. Cars are complicated pieces of machinery, and if a single component fails to work properly, it can endanger the lives of everyone on […]

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Ohio Car Accident Statistics

Car accidents often happen suddenly and without warning. You may not even realize that driving is the most dangerous activity you engage in on a daily basis. While there are many traffic rules and regulations to protect drivers and passengers, auto collisions are fairly common, and many of them are caused by driver negligence, recklessness […]

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The Risks of Concussions In Youth Sports Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

Much has been written about the dangers of contact sports and the effects that physical injuries sustained in our youth can have on our bodies for a lifetime.  Most adults do not need to read the medical literature to know about these risks. They need only listen to their creaky knees, sore/stiff shoulders and elbows or chronic back pain. […]

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Identifying EEOICPA Radiation and Toxic Exposures

The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) benefits Department of Energy (DOE) workers, who experienced exposure to radiation and other toxic substances. At Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg Co., LPA, we have handled EEOICPA cases throughout Ohio, and strive to expedite your claim and quickly bring you the benefits you’re entitled to. The 22 […]

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Paying Medical Bills After Your Personal Injury

Being injured accident is serious business, especially if you receive a substantial injury. Plus, there’s always the added worry of who is going to pay the mounting medical bills that have accrued as a result of your accident. Your health insurer is the primary Your health insurance company is first in line to cover your […]

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Frequently Asked Questions: Receiving a Personal Injury Settlement

Q: Is my consent required before my lawyer can settle my case? A: Yes. However, if you entered into a retainer agreement authorizing your attorney to execute a settlement and release on your behalf, you effectively consented to settle the case by proxy. Q: Can I get a copy of the settlement check? A: Absolutely. […]

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Is a Personal Injury Lawsuit Right for You?

Getting hurt is never on anyone’s to-do list. It ruins your day, messes up your plans, takes time out of your life, and it just plain hurts. Our responses to these injuries vary — some people look immediately for the lawsuit and point blame to others, and some immediately blame themselves and do not consider […]

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Eastern United States Medical Malpractice Headline

Biomet M2a Magnum Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Alleges Defective Implant Caused Oregon Woman to Suffer Pain, Undergo Complex and Risky Revision Surgery July 7, 2012 New York, New York – A lawsuit against the M2a Magnum Hip Implant System manufacturer alleges that excessive shedding of Colbalt and Chromium Biomet causes rejection of the device following […]

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Ohios No-Fault Workers Compensation Laws

The intent of Ohio’s no-fault workers compensation laws is to eliminate negligence lawsuits filed by injured workers against employers, and limit employer countersuits faulting employees for sustaining injuries, pursuant to Chapters 4121 and 4123 of Ohio Revised Code. This limitation of lawsuits typically means there is less red tape, delay, and battle to get injured […]

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Building a Personal Injury Case in Ohio

Suffering bodily harm or property loss caused by another person’s failure to use reasonable care is, in legal terms, personal injury. In determining liability in a personal injury case, the courts look for evidence of negligent or reckless actions, and whether the injury was a foreseeable result of another party’s actions. The wrongful death and […]

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Ohio to Raise State Minimum Auto Insurance Coverage

The Ohio General Assembly passed legislation (HB 278) that will increase the statutory minimum financial responsibility limits for auto insurance. The Ohio Association for Justice was the lead advocate for the legislation.  Joining OAJ in support was the Ohio Insurance Institute (the property-casualty insurance trade group) and the Ohio State Bar Association. The current minimums […]

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Pursuing a Class Action Lawsuit

Class action lawsuits are legally defined as “a lawsuit that allows a large number of people with a common interest in a matter to sue or be sued as a group.” Basically, when a group of people have suffered the same or similar injuries from the same product, one big lawsuit can be filed against […]

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Navigating Social Security Disability

Most first-time applicants are turned down for Social Security Disability. The likelihood of your application’s approval increases significantly when you allow our experienced Ohio Social Security Disability attorneys to file your application on your behalf. Social Security Disability Insurance If you are covered under Social Security Disability Insurance — meaning you have worked a prescribed […]

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When a Car Accident Injury Occurs on the Job

An on-the-job injury due to a car accident often goes beyond the standard, but already complex workers comp process. You have to demonstrate that using the motor vehicle of your accident is squarely within the realm of conducting business for your employer before you can establish that your injury is work-related. Tough legal road to […]

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Which Insurance Coverage Pays the Medical Bills After an Injury

Personal injury is the frequent and unfortunate result of many accidents. Immediate medical treatment of your injuries is imperative. Yet, the ensuring feud between your insurer and the liable party’s insurer does not really aid your recovery – and it’s certainly not getting your medical bills paid. The skilled litigators at Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg […]

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US Supreme Court To Determine The Legality Of Consumers Reselling Their Goods

The US Supreme Court is considering a copyright case which may have a far reaching effect on a consumer's right to resell their own property. Today, many consumers resell their property (i.e., cell phones, video games, game systems, cars, text books, etc.) on various internet sites like Ebay & Craig's List. This is especially true of technology gadgets which change […]

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Learn Your Limits: Ohio Takes Workers Comp Fraud Seriously

If there's one state where you don't want to engage in workers compensation fraud, it's Ohio. The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, or BWC, aggressively pursues individuals who engage in this type of fraud. Through its special investigations unit, or SID, the BWC is tasked with deterring, detecting, investigating and prosecuting cases of workers compensation […]

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Consumer Rights & Binding Arbitration Agreements

Good article from Plain Dealer this past weekend discussing how many companies are forcing clauses into consumer contracts that bar consumers from taking their legitimate claims to court.  Instead, these issues are forced into binding arbitration forums where the consumer has no chance.  The right to trial by jury is the MOST UNDER APPRECIATED right […]

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Youre Not Alone: These Famous Celebs Have Found Themselves in Similar Situations

Motor vehicle accidents can happen to anyone. Drunk or distracted drivers are frequently responsible for mayhem on the streets. But when celebrities have collisions, it’s usually front-page news. Nothing succeeds like excess. Unfortunately for Charlie Sheen, two of his excessively expensive cars were “stolen” and driven over the cliffs of Hollywood Hills. Sheen claims he […]

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The Risks of Concussions In Youth Sports

The Problem Dave Duerson graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in economics. He then became a Pro Bowl safety in the National Football League. After retiring from the NFL, he took several McDonald's franchises and a food business from $24 million to $63 million in revenue in six short years. In […]

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Your Rights in an Ohio Nursing Home

The decision to place an older family member in a nursing home is a very emotional one. You may have had every intention to care for your parent or other older relative at home, but he or she has medical needs that are beyond your level of expertise or requires constant monitoring that you are […]

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Ohio Outlaws Distracted Driving

As of August 30, drivers in Ohio will be banned from texting or using other electronic devices while driving. It is already illegal in Ohio to use a cell phone while driving without a hands-free device, so the passing of this new legislation should come as no surprise to Ohio residents. Distracted driving is when […]

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Nuclear Plant Workers: Your Rights under EEOICPA

If you worked in one of the country's atomic weapons programs during the Cold War, you may have developed a serious illness because of it. Even if you didn't work with atomic weapons directly, you may have lost a family member to premature death due to his or her exposure to harmful substances. In June […]

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The Most Common Car Accident Injuries

The types of injuries that can be caused by a car accident are limited only by the number of ways a person can be injured. Every part of your body is subject to injury during a car crash. However, if you look at the statistics compiled from insurance claims, personal injury lawsuits and government agencies, […]

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Top Tips for Obtaining Social Security Disability Benefits

Applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can be a long and frustrating process. There are mountains of paperwork to be completed that can be both tedious and complicated. To make matters worse, approximately two-thirds of SSD benefit applications are turned down after the first submission. If you hope to beat the odds, SSD experts […]

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The Safest Cars of 2012

Owning a safe vehicle is a top priority for most parents and other individuals. In fact, more than 65 percent of consumers value safety over quality, price and performance. Each year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) completes independent crash tests and analyzes the safety of the year's most popular models. This year, auto […]

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Pharmacy Management? What Injured Workers Can Expect From Their Prescriptions

A report recently released by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) revealed that after pharmacy management initiatives were put into effect, the total number of narcotics prescribed in the state fell by 12 percent, which translates into 1.1 million doses. The pharmacy management regulations were enacted as a measure to reduce the incidence of […]

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Avoiding Accidents: Never Get in a Car Accident Again

It has commonly been said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and this adage should be remembered when engaging in any sort of driving. Engineers at Oregon State University have found that many accidents can be prevented at controlled intersections by adhering to a few simple rules. Yellow lights and […]

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Dangerous Hospitals in Your Neighborhood?

Several hospitals in Northeast Ohio recently scored very low on safety in a study conducted by Consumer Reports. On a one to 100 scale, the highest score reported was a 72, while the lowest was 39. To arrive at the score, researchers evaluated each hospital on the following six factors: How often patients had to […]

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Welcome to the Nager, Romaine & Schneiberg, Co. blog!  We look forward to sharing our knowledge with you in our upcoming posts. We are an state wide law practice with officesin Cleveland, OH, Ashtabula, Ohio and Columbus, Ohio.   We have a staff of more than 25 paralegals and legal assistants and 12 full time attorneys who focus on […]

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