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The basics of workers' compensation in Ohio

When workers in Ohio are injured on the job, they will likely run into complications immediately. For starters, they will probably need to seek medical attention quickly. In addition, they may have to deal with a recovery process to regain their health. While they are healing, they may miss time at work, thereby causing financial problems due to being unable to earn an income. Fortunately, workers in Ohio who are facing this type of scenario will likely be able to pursue workers' compensation benefits.

The first step in seeking workers' compensation benefits is to submit an appropriate claim. While this first step may seem straightforward, it is important that the claim form is filled out properly. Any mistakes could delay the process of getting approved for benefits. While the claim is being processed, the type and amount of workers' compensation benefits that the claimant is eligible for will be determined. Throughout the time in which the claim is being processed the worker will be able to monitor the status of the claim.

Pursuing legal options after a car accident in Ohio

We are in the middle of a time of the year when millions of Americans will be hitting the roads to visit family members and friends for the holidays. Many Ohio residents will be doing the same, with some driving across the country while others keep their travels rather local. Either way, increased traffic on the roadways will almost inevitably lead to an increase in the number of traffic accidents that occur.

Many car accidents are simple collisions with only limited scuffs, but there are some that lead to serious property damage and injuries for drivers and passengers involved in the collisions. In these serious incidents, it is more likely than not that one party over another was responsible for causing the collision. When this is the case, the injured victims will likely need to take immediate steps to protect their legal rights.

Moving patients a common cause of injury in health care

When you make your living working in a hospital, nursing home, doctor’s office or similar health care setting, you face certain career-related dangers that can lead you to fall ill or injure yourself. While the hazards you face working in health care are considerable and might include everything from violent patients to needlestick injuries, one of the most substantial causes of injury among health care workers is moving patients.

The nature of your job suggests that you typically work with patients who may be immobile or even unconscious. At times, you will likely need to move these patients from one setting to another to receive treatment, prevent bedsores or what have you, but doing so places a serious strain on your body, regardless of the techniques you use. According to Healthcare Business & Technology, injuries developed due to lifting patients is the single-biggest threat faced by today’s nurses, with more than 35,000 lifting-related back and musculoskeletal reported annually among nurses alone.

Changes in tax laws could lead to rush for divorce agreements

The end of the year is rapidly approaching and, for many people, that means getting ready to celebrate the winter holidays. However, there are some people who, even at this time of year, are in the midst of a divorce. As a recent article noted, those individuals may feel even more stress than they would have, due to the fact that, come January 1, there will be changes to the tax laws that will impact divorce decrees that are signed after the end of this year.

As the article detailed, once 2019 rolls around any divorce decrees that include alimony payments will be different from divorce decrees that are executed and ordered before the end of this year. Why? Well, quite plainly, an ex-spouse who, next year going forward, is ordered to pay alimony payments will not be able to deduct those payments from his or her tax obligations. And, the ex-spouse who receives payments will not need to count alimony payments among taxable income. These are huge changes to tax laws that have been in existence for decades.

Crucial steps to take in the immediate aftermath of a car crash

It is an unfortunate reality that, each year, thousands of Ohio residents will be involved in motor vehicle accidents involving passenger vehicles, large trucks and motorcycles. These accidents can oftentimes be life-changing for all of the parties involved, but none more so than injured victims. When residents are injured in a car crash, there are some immediate steps to take in the aftermath of the crash that can help with any ensuing personal injury lawsuit.

First and foremost, our readers likely already know that they are required by law to stay at the scene of an accident and allow a law enforcement investigation to take place. In so-called "fender benders," the investigation is usually just a simple information gathering process, with a quick determination of fault. However, in car accidents that involve injuries, the investigation can make a huge difference in where liability is ultimately assessed. Victims should make sure that they give the most accurate and detailed information possible in the law enforcement investigation.

What mistakes do you need to avoid when estate planning?

Ohio residents are taking an important step when they start putting together an estate plan. No matter how much in assets they have, almost anyone can benefit from having an estate plan in place. However, there are certain missteps that need to be avoided in the estate planning process. What mistakes are important to avoid?

Well, for starters, it is important to avoid the biggest mistake of all -- not having an estate plan. If one does not delineate how they want their assets distributed, or appoint who they want to be responsible for their minor children, those decisions will be left to the state probate law process. But, even when one does have an estate plan in place, it is equally important to make sure that it is update as needed. It would be a mistake to believe that an estate plan, once completed, will never need changes.

Does living together before marriage factor into divorces?

For as long as divorce has played a prominent role in modern life, there have been those who have performed research to attempt to determine if there are any key indicators that might predict whether or not a couple will get a divorce. A wide variety of factors are likely to effect a marriage, from finances to children to evolving feelings for each other. One recent article took a look at a specific factor: "Does living together before marriage factor into divorces?"

Unfortunately, the recent article noted that there are conflicting opinions on this specific factor. For example, the article noted that one study determined that living together before marriage may reduce the number of divorces that occur in the first few years of a marriage, but may eventual lead to a higher likelihood of divorce in later years. That study purportedly affirmed some earlier research that seemed to point toward a higher likelihood of divorce for couples who lived together prior to marriage.

3 common myths about bicycle accidents

Warm childhood memories often involve bicycling with friends. As an adult, you may still enjoy the simple pleasure of cycling. Many people combine riding pleasure with inexpensive bicycle transportation to work.

You may not realize it, but today's biking realities have changed significantly from your carefree childhood days. For example, consider three urban myths about bicycle riding.

Protecting one's interests during a divorce

It is nearly impossible to overstate the significance of the effect of a divorce on an Ohio resident's life. After all, no one enters into a marriage thinking that it might end in divorce. But, we all know that many marriages end in just such a way. Although going through the divorce process can be emotional and stressful, it is important for residents to do their best to protect their interests in the legal process.

For most people, the most important issue in a divorce -- besides any issues dealing with child support or custody -- is property division. For example, in a marriage that has lasted for several years, the couple is likely to have accumulated quite a bit of jointly owned assets. There may be retirement accounts or pensions to consider, in addition to the family home, vehicles, bank accounts and even business interests. Yes, there is emotion involved in attempting to split up these assets between two divorcing spouses. And, there is nothing wrong with fighting for one's fair share.

Can disabled military veterans qualify for SSD benefits?

Millions of Americans, including Ohioans, receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. And, after years of war oversees and the fight against terrorism, there are millions of military veterans in America, many of whom suffered injuries during their time in the service. If these military veterans are classified as "disabled" due to their wartime injures, are they eligible for SSD benefits?

A recent report considered this topic and pointed out that, yes, military veterans who are receiving benefits from the Veterans' Administration (VA) can, at the same time, be eligible to receive SSD benefits. In fact, the two different types of benefits should not impact each other.

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