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Overview of Ohio's wage loss compensation benefit

One of the most important benefits offered under Ohio's workers' compensation program is called wage loss compensation. Basically, once an injured worker in the greater Cincinnati area can establish eligibility for the benefit, the Ohio Board of Workers' Compensation will calculate the worker's average weekly wage at the time of her injury. Assuming the worker has found some sort of substitute employment, the Board will also take in to account her current earnings.

The idea behind the wage loss benefit is to put an injured worker in the same financial position as what he had at the time he got hurt. Qualifying for wage loss compensation is not always an easy task. For instance, before getting wage loss compensation, the worker must show that she has lost earnings because of a work-related injury or illness. Moreover, she will also have to demonstrate that she either can no longer work at all due to the condition or, at a minimum, is forced in to a lower-paying job that is compatible with her disability.

Head-on crash leaves child and mother injured

Serious automobile collisions could happen at any time, impacting individuals of all ages. Whether it is during the daytime or nighttime hours, a negligent driver could come into the path of a driver carefully observing the rules of the road. This, unfortunately, could result in a serious collision with severe injuries,

A head-on collision in College Hill, a neighborhood in Cincinnati, left a 6-year-old in critical condition recently. Police said that the child's mother also suffered serious injuries. According to reports, a man operating a pickup truck was heading north on a city street. For some reason, he crossed over in to oncoming traffic and struck the family's passenger vehicle head-on. The man suffered injuries that police described as minor.

Multiple options are available after a debilitating work injury

As this blog has discussed on previous occasions, Ohio workers in West Chester Township and the greater Cincinnati area can receive benefits through Ohio's workers' compensation program if they get hurt on the job.

These benefits will pay for an injured employee's medical bills, and they will also cover a portion of her wages lost due to her injury. A permanent disability benefit may also be available if it turns out that the worker's injury is permanent.

Common workplace hazards for factory workers

Factory workers are responsible for creating the products we use in our daily lives. Many positions in manufacturing also offer good wages and benefits. None of these positives about working in a factory negate the health and safety risks.

Factories are full of hazards that can cause serious injuries and deaths to the people who work in them. Here are some common ways factory employees can get hurt while working.

Younger generation changing divorce in America

There are plenty of common statistics about divorce that many of our readers in Ohio have probably heard before, with the most prominent of them all being that half of all marriages end in divorce. Whether or not that statistic is accurate is up for debate, particularly when some experts are seeing a trend in American that younger people are waiting longer to get married in the first place. The result? The divorce rate in our country may actually be declining.

A recent article noted that one theory behind the decline is that many among the younger generation -- so-called "millennials" -- are children of divorce themselves. They saw their parents' marriage break up and they may be fearful of getting involved in a relationship that could end the same way. The result is that the younger generation may be proceeding more carefully when it comes to long-term relationships, and certainly marriage proposals.

The importance of property division in a divorce

Of all the issues in a divorce in Ohio that can cause tension between the soon-to-be ex-spouses, the division of assets may be at the top of the list for some. After all, no matter the length of the marriage, most people work hard for the income they earn and the assets they accumulate. Splitting those funds and assets with someone who may no longer hold the same place in your heart can be an emotional experience, and it can sometimes cause quite a bit of anger.

While dealing with the emotions involved in the property division part of a divorce, it is crucial to keep in mind how important the end result of the process will be for your post-divorce life. Some divorcing couples can work out an out-of-court agreement to reach an equitable division of their assets and debts, but others are forced by the situation of their relationship to fight out every detail in courtroom litigation.

What is the Social Security disability appeals process?

As disabled residents of Ohio may know, the most crucial step in attempting to get approved for Social Security disability benefits is the initial application. Although the common refrain is that more than half of initial applications for SSD benefits get denied, a strong initial application is probably the best chance any Ohio resident has of getting the benefits they deserve. Unfortunately, the reality is that many applications for SSD benefits do, in fact, get denied. So, what do our readers need to know about the Social Security disability appeals process?

Well, for starters, it is important to know that an appeals process exists. Any applicants for SSD benefits who have seen their initial application denied may avail themselves of the appeals process, if they so desire. There are multiple levels to the SSD benefits appeals process.

Everyone can benefit from having an estate plan in place

There are many Ohio residents who probably believe that they do not need to execute an estate plan. Unfortunately, that is rarely true. Almost anyone can benefit from having an estate plan in place because, contrary to popular belief, an estate plan can address much more than just how assets will be distributed upon a person's death, although that is a crucial part of the process.

Beyond determining how assets will be distributed, an estate plan can also be useful for parents. In an estate plan, parents make plans should they pass away before their children are grown. They can appoint a specific guardian for their minor children, as well as establishing a financial apparatus for the care of those children.

Is driving with your dog in the car dangerous?

Summer is fast approaching, and as Ohioans hit the road to enjoy the improving weather, the likelihood of getting into an accident increases. Distracted driving has become an epidemic across the country, but cellphone use is not the only culprit.

If you have ever driven with your dog in the car, you, too, could wind up accused of driving while distracted. In fact, driving with your pooch may prove more dangerous than you may think. Take a look at some of the reasons why you may want to change the way you travel with your best friend.

Two construction workers injured in hit-and-run in Ohio

Most drivers in Ohio probably get annoyed when they see construction on the roads during their daily commute or when they are traveling for vacation. However, it is important to remember that the individuals who are out there on the construction site are just doing their jobs. They want to make it home safe too, just like commuters.

Unfortunately, a recent motor vehicle accident highlights the danger that these construction workers face on a daily basis. According to recent reports, two construction workers were struck by a 64-year-old driver's vehicle on March 28. The collision occurred in University Heights, which is near Cleveland. The two construction workers suffered injuries in the collision, but after they were transported for medical care they were listed in stable condition.

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