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Don't let a nurse case manager derail your workers' compensation claim

What exactly is a nurse case manager (NCM)? In Ohio's workers' compensation system, case managers are registered nurses who are supposed to play a supportive role and help coordinate the care that an injured worker receives from the company's workers' compenstation insurer.

The risk of sharps injuries for health care workers

Those who work in the health care field serving patients should be commended and appreciated, whether they are a physician, a nurse or a nurse's assistant. At all levels, these jobs carry risks that most don't have to deal with. One risk that is especially worrisome for many is getting injured by sharps while on duty.

Ohio loosens gun laws, allows them on work properties

A March 21 report shows that a new law will be affecting the way guns are handled in workplaces. Ohio will not allow handguns to be banned from company property, meaning that employees can now bring their guns to work. Anyone who has a state permit to carry a concealed gun may bring it to work, according to the law, as long as it is locked up and kept in the person's vehicle.

Can independent contractors get workers' compensation?

Independent contractors are not employed by an employer. Instead, they are contracted in for a specific contract period. In most cases, they are not eligible for workers' compensation if they are hurt on the job. Don't automatically assume you won't qualify for any benefits, though, because there could be a case in which you're misclassified as an independent contractor when you are actually an employee. If that happens, then you can file a claim for workers' compensation.

Manufacturer cited for recurring safety violations in Ohio

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a manufacturer in Ohio after the workers there were exposed to hazards despite falls and machine hazards that had been previously identified by the OSHA. According to news from Jan. 17, 2017, the business, SanCasT Inc., has been issued three repeated and four serious safety violations. Together, these violations resulted in proposed penalties of $235,879.

Forklift accidents: A real risk in Ohio workplaces

It may not be surprising to you that worker and customers are involved in accidents with forklifts every year, but what may be surprising is that around 97,000 people are injured in these incidents each year. The accidents happen in warehouses and stores; all places where safety precautions should prevent injuries like these from occurring.

How to stay safe if you work in a warehouse

While it is fair to say that there are safety risks at every job some are more dangerous than others. If you work in a warehouse you should be aware of the injuries that are the most common and what you can do to try to avoid them.

Should workers' compensation cover my injury?

If you are hurt on the job, you are entitled to workers' compensation as long as you are an employee of the business and the business is not exempt under law. Not all injuries are life-threatening, but you still deserve to receive the medical treatment you need. For example, maybe you slipped and fell on ice outside of your workplace and now suffer from neck pain. You should be able to go to your doctor to have the injury looked at, and workers' compensation should cover it.

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