Common Causes of Fatal Work Accidents in Ohio
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If you’ve been injured in the workplace, our Youngstown work injury attorneys at KNR have the knowledge and understanding you need to navigate the legal process of filing for worker’s compensation or pursuing other legal remuneration from your employer while also helping you recover from painful personal injury.
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More than 1,000,000 private sector employees in the US sustain a job-related injury each year according to data compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In 2018, private sector employers reported 2,800,000 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses. While data has trended downward in the past few years, a third of the reported work injuries and illnesses resulted in missed days of work. In Ohio, private industry employers reported 101,500 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2017, and 174 workplace injuries were reported as fatal.
Under the state of Ohio’s Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) health care system, managed care organizations (MCOs) manage services in your claim for medical treatment, payment of bills, and rehabilitation if you miss more than eight days of work from a work-related injury or illness.
Depending on where you work and what you do, occupational hazards can vary. A substantial number of reported workplace injuries are caused by accidents related to malfunctioning or neglected equipment or other repetitive or unnatural movement that can inhibit your body long term. Common causes of work injuries in Ohio include:
If you or a loved one have experienced a work injury, call our Youngstown workers’ comp attorneys at (419) 324-8205. Or contact us via our online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Youngstown work injury lawyer.
Workplace injuries not only can cause serious physical damage but also can cause psychological side effects and may be severe enough to cause permanent or long-lasting damage. These damages can include:
Work injuries may be keeping you in varying degrees of pain, out of work, on disability, in debt, or simply unable to participate in your day-to-day life at full capacity. Work injuries can require both nonsurgical care as well as invasive surgery and you may also need weeks of physical therapy to correct the problem and eliminate the pain.
No matter what type of workplace injury you’ve sustained, our Youngstown work injury attorneys have the experience to help you with your work injury case by seeking treatment, recovering your health and mobility, and gaining compensation for your loss. With our help, you will be able to navigate the legal process and medical system toward seeking compensation, returning to work, getting health coverage, and recovering your mobility.
Fight for Everything You’re Owed
According to the Ohio BWC, workers’ compensation coverage must be provided to all Ohio employees, with few exceptions. There are four types of workers’ compensation benefits that a victim may receive if they are injured in the workplace.
These benefits include all medical expenses, such as those associated with doctor’s visits, medication, and surgeries. In Ohio, workers’ compensation will even pay for other services, such as prosthetics, acupuncture, and counseling.
This category of benefits covers services that are necessary for physical recoveries, such as physical therapy. They can also be used to help you re-enter the workforce. Job training, tuition, and evaluation are all covered under workers’ compensation.
In some cases, a workplace injury may lead to a significant amount of time away from work. Severe disabilities can even lead to a permanent absence from the workforce. These benefits are used to cover your costs of living when you are unable to work due to your injury.
When a person is killed on the job, their family is entitled to receive compensation. For any family member who was financially dependent on the deceased, it is possible to receive funds for loss of financial support and funeral and burial costs.
Third-party liability describes an accident that is caused by someone other than you or your employer. In most cases of this type, a person sustains an injury in an accident caused by the negligence or recklessness of another person or company.
Not only does the victim receive their workers’ compensation benefits, but they also can file a lawsuit. Third-party liability lawsuits are often pursued to obtain funds for specific losses, such as pain and suffering.
While workers’ compensation may cover medical bills and a portion of your lost wages, a third-party liability claim can provide you with a settlement or jury award to pay for other losses such as your pain and suffering, emotional distress, and a decrease of enjoyment of life.
Unlike workers’ compensation claims, where the law dictates the amount of compensation you receive, settlements in third-party claims are determined by the value of your claim.
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