Cincinnati Personal Injury Law Blog

What are some property hazards postal workers face?

The dangers posed to postal workers are far more than just an occasional aggressive dog. Properties in Ohio can offer many different hazards that sting, bite, cut or otherwise injure an unsuspecting mail carrier. If you want to make your yard or land safe for someone to deliver your mail, here are some property hazards to watch out for.

According to Mental Floss, your mailbox can pose a hidden hazard for a postal worker. Mail carriers have at times slipped their hand into a mailbox only to be met with a wasp sting. On occasion, wasps will find a mailbox an inviting place to build a nest, particularly if the box has an outgoing mail slot. So it is a good idea to check a mailbox for evidence of stinging critters.

May is National Electrical Safety Month

Construction has long been one of the most dangerous industries for people in Ohio and elsewhere to work in. Electricity is especially hazardous to work with, and electrical accidents make up a significant portion of serious and fatal workplace injuries each year.

According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, electrocution is one of the most common fatal accidents in U.S. construction worksites. In 2017, 71 construction workers were killed in accidents involving electricity, making up 7.3% of all construction fatalities that year.

Man falls off roof during routine inspection

Many people in Ohio have jobs that require them to work in environments or situations that may be risky. This makes it essential that the right safety procedures and protocols are in place and that those procedures and protocols are consistently and properly adhered to. It is also important for people and their family members to know what steps to take in the event that the right actions are not followed and a serious injury results.

Today, the family members of a man who worked as a property manager may well be in need of learning how to get help after the man was involved in a serious accident at work. The man was the property manager at the Ohio Valley Mall in Belmont County. As part of his duties, he was performing some regular maintenance inspection and needed to be on the roof of the building. The roof is about eight feet above ground.

3 ways an employer may violate your rights

Just because you value your job does not mean you have a perfect relationship with your employer. It's fairly common for employees to complain or disagree with certain work-related policies. However, in cases where you believe that an employer's policies or demands are unethical or illegal, it's important to speak up and take action.  

As an employee, it's normal to feel like your employer has all the power. When employees don't understand their rights, employers may exploit their power and engage in activities that violate employment laws

Common mistakes after a personal injury accident

Accidents occur on a daily basis, and the parties involved in the accidents may face serious issues in the aftermath. For those parties who receive injury due to the negligence of others, it may be possible to receive compensation through a personal injury claim. 

If you or a loved one are considering filing a claim, you should receive the most compensation possible. In order to accomplish this, there are a few mistakes you should try to avoid.

Construction industry tackles mental illness to keep workers safe

Over the years, there has been a stronger focus on mental health in Ohio and the rest of the United States. Many workers who battle with anxiety, depression, ADHD and other forms of mental illnesses have stepped forward to voice their experiences and raise awareness. Employers have also increasingly become involved to provide assistance to employers.

According to Forbes, when it comes to tackling mental health problems in the workplace, construction workers take the lead. The industry began to pay attention to statistics that highlighted the following trends:

  •          The second leading cause of death for men in America is suicide; construction workers are predominantly male.
  •          Men in occupations that require skilled labor are 1.5 times more likely to commit suicide.
  •          Suicide risk is higher for people who have jobs that do not require post-secondary education.

Can you sue your employer instead of filing for workers' comp?

Ohio workers' compensation law limits the amount and type of damages you may receive if you sustain an on-the-job injury. In a typical workers' comp case, you might receive compensation to cover your medical expenses, rehabilitation costs and a portion of your lost wages but not for much else. Because workers' comp law limits the benefits you may recover for a single injury, you may wonder if you can file a personal injury lawsuit against your employer instead. Unfortunately, the answer is, not likely.

According to FindLaw, workers' compensation is a no-fault system designed to benefit both the employer and employee. Injured workers benefit because they do not have to prove fault for an incident while employers benefit because they do not have to defend themselves in personal injury cases. However, there are a few exceptions to this no-fault system.  

How can a car crash affect your wages?

As a resident of Ohio who has gotten involved in a car crash, you know that there are both short and long-term impacts on your life. Mezibov Butler can help to guide you through the sometimes-complex aftermath of these painful incidents.

When people consider expenses related to a car crash, their thoughts usually go to the short-term effects. For example, in a less severe crash you may be worried about the costs of car damage. If you were injured, you might worry about hospital bills, ambulance rides, medications, or the possibility of surgery.

Is the road at fault for your crash?

As a resident of Ohio who has gotten into a single-car crash, you know that it isn't about the negligence of the driver. In many cases, it's about the maintenance or composition of a road. Mezibov Butler is here to help defend you.

Single-car crashes can happen due to many different defects in the roadway. Maintenance is another big issue. This includes maintenance of the road itself, as well as the signage on or around the road. For example, faded paint lines that would help guide cars, divide lanes, or alert vehicles to where they should be stopping or slowing down are all important. If they're hard to see, a crash can easily occur.

Life after a lower back injury

Lower back pain is difficult to deal with on a daily basis. There are many different types of lower back injuries, including:

  • Herniated disc
  • The strain of ligaments and muscles
  • Spinal cord injury

You may experience mild to severe back pain as a result of a car, slip-and-fall or construction accident and have trouble managing your pain. Thankfully, it is possible to alleviate symptoms and treat back injuries. The following are some helpful tips for managing a lower back injury.

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