According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were over 5,000 work-related fatalities in the United States in 2018, with over 150 deaths in Ohio alone. If your family member has been seriously injured or killed in a workplace accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Learn more about the difference between workers’ compensation and employers’ liability and how it relates to workplace fatalities.
Workers’ compensation is an employer insurance program designed to compensate workers who are injured while performing their duties. This compensation is intended to cover the cost of medical bills associated with illness or injury and compensate for lost wages if the employee is unable to continue working. In the state of Ohio, all employers must provide workers’ compensation benefits to their employees.
On the other hand, employers’ liability covers incidents—such as illness, injury, or death—due to negligence. Workers may also file an employers’ liability claim if they feel that workers’ compensation does not adequately cover their expenses.
Surviving family members should file a wrongful death claim following a workplace fatality if they believe that the employer is at fault. To file a wrongful death claim, plaintiffs need to prove:
The purpose of a wrongful death claim is to seek compensation for damages above and beyond what workers’ compensation may provide. This includes, but is not limited to, loss of the decedent’s potential future earnings, loss of possible inheritance to the decedent’s current heirs, emotional anguish over the decedent’s loss, and more.
In Ohio, only the personal representative of the deceased may file a wrongful death claim. The statute of limitations for wrongful death claims in Ohio is two years.
At Regas & Haag, Ltd, our attorneys handle a wide variety of workers’ compensation and wrongful death claims. If you believe your loved one was wrongfully killed while working, we can help. Visit our website or call (330) 649-9102 to get started.
Applying for disability benefits can be a complicated process, and often includes a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) to determine whether your application is approved or denied. Here are three reasons why it is important to have an attorney represent you at a hearing.
Lawyers know the ins and outs of the legal system and how to best represent their client to get optimal results—they are your advocate and have your best interests at heart.
Lawyers are trained professionals who understand the intricate rules of the court system, including the procedures to properly handle all aspects of your Social Security Disability case. They’ve overseen hundreds of such cases and can help advise you on the directives that you should take.
At Regas & Haag Ltd., we handle all aspects of your Social Security Disability case—including contacting your doctors to obtain medical records and reports, filing all appeals on your behalf, preparing you for an eventual hearing in front of an ALJ, and appealing through the federal courts.
The vast majority of applications for disability benefits end up going to a hearing in front of an ALJ. This hearing is the most important step in determining whether someone is eventually approved for benefits. The assistance of a seasoned attorney who is well-versed in disability law can be the difference between your case being approved or denied.
We have over 40 combined years of representing clients at hearings that determine whether or not they are approved for disability benefits. To learn more about having an attorney represent you at your hearing, visit our website or talk to our professionals by calling 800-520-2200.
Applying for social security disability benefits requires time, patience, and understanding in order to fill out the lengthy and monstrous forms. Doing so can be tedious in itself, but you’ll need to fill them in correctly if you are hoping to get them approved the first time. Unfortunately, many forms are rejected if they are not completely filled out or if any medical records are missing in the submission.
What Is Social Security Disability Insurance?
The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program is meant to help support you and your family members if you are struggling with a disability. These benefits are only available to individuals that have paid taxes on their earnings for a sufficient period of time in a recent time frame.
Do You Quality for Social Security Disability Benefits?
In order to make a claim for social security disability benefits, you must:
In order to receive social security disability benefits, you will need to meet every criteria above.
How Can You Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits?
Once you’ve reviewed the criteria above and the Checklist for Online Adult Disability Application, it’s time to start the application process. Thankfully, there are multiple ways to apply for these benefits.
If you find these forms difficult and confusing, ensure you get the right assistance that will help you on your journey. At Regas and Haag Ltd, we don’t wait for the application to be denied. We handle applications from the earliest stages, including making sure the lengthy and difficult forms are completed correctly, to increase your chances of getting approved.
To know more about how to file for social security benefits successfully, talk to our professionals by calling us at 800-520-2200.
When a worker suffers from a serious injury while on the job, the lasting damage can greatly impact the individual’s life. Whether the incident has made it difficult or impossible to work for a short time, or for the rest of their lives, the employer must be held responsible for the incident and its impact on the employee’s future.
When you are injured because of your job or if you have developed a work-related illness, there are laws that can help you to get the compensation you deserve for the loss you have suffered. However, it’s important to understand the Ohio workers’ compensation laws to ensure you are compensated fairly.
The workers’ compensation system in Ohio will provide funds for individuals who have suffered injuries or for any health issues caused due to the work required. These funds are specifically meant to cover medical expenses and lost wages as a result of the harmful work incident in an effort to provide peace of mind and fair compensation for the injured employee. However, it’s important to note that claimants only have one year to put forth their claim for review.
As an injured worker in Ohio, you have rights. You deserve to be treated fairly and to receive the appropriate care and compensation which you are entitled to. You have the right to access high-quality BWC-certified healthcare of your choosing, have your approved medical expenses paid for, and to receive timely payments for these services.
Now that you understand the laws, it’s also important to understand how they can benefit you if you need them. If your claim is approved by the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, you may be entitled to any one of the following:
Submitting a claim can be difficult, depending on the circumstances of your injury or illness. After all, in order to receive compensation, you must verifiably establish that
Hiring a professional attorney can help you ensure you are able to prove the requirements above and can receive the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your Social Security Disability or Workers’ Compensation benefits, call the office of Regas & Haag, Ltd. immediately at 330-649-9102 or toll-free at 1-800-520-2200.
As our state re-opens, many are faced with a difficult decision—whether or not to return to work. Unfortunately, general fear or concern over coronavirus does not hold legal merit to refuse to return to work. However, those who are high-risk individuals (as determined by the CDC), or who have other health disorders, are protected by specific laws and regulations.
Whether you’re looking for additional accommodations in returning to work, or keeping unemployment benefits after refusing to return, you’ll want to consider these things:
The CDC is continually updating its list of high-risk medical conditions concerning COVID-19. For individuals with these conditions, it’s suggested they take precautions to limit social interactions. When returning to work, CDC recommends additional accommodations such as telecommuting, increased PPE, or changes in schedule to limit interactions with staff/customers.
If you are considered high-risk and want to work, it’s important to remember your employer cannot force you to stay home. They must work with you to provide reasonable safety accommodations.
Discuss with your employer what procedures have been put in place to ensure proper protection and social distancing. Ask:
If you require additional accommodations to feel safe, you must engage in the interactive process with your employer to determine what adjustments are needed.
If your request does not cause undue hardship to your employer, they must comply. Reasonable accommodations may include; additional or modified protective gear; plexiglass, or other barriers between yourself and others; telecommuting; and more.
Not all medical conditions are visible or are on the CDC high-risk list. We recognize mental health conditions such as anxiety, PTSD, OCD, can impact someone’s ability to feel safe returning to work. While general concern or fear over the virus is not enough to allow an individual to refuse to return to work, there are steps you can take. Talk to your doctor and obtain a medical note regarding the risks you face returning to work due to your mental or physical illness.
If you choose not to return to work, and you cannot provide legal justification, you could lose any unemployment benefits you’re collecting. At Regas & Haag, we defend vulnerable individuals in Social Security & Disability Law and Worker’s Compensation cases. If you believe you have a legal claim in regards to returning to work post-COVID-19. Please reach out to schedule a consultation with us to discuss your rights.
Due to the spread of COVID-19, Regas & Haag, Ltd. will operate with modified availability effective immediately. While our office WILL remain OPEN, we are going to temporarily be closed for in-person appointments. Our office will remained staffed and all of our attorneys will continue to be available by telephone. We look forward to continuing with business-as-usual to the best extent possible.
Social Security and Workers’ Compensation offices are remaining open in such a way that we are able to continue handling claims at all levels. This includes filing appeals, updating medical records, requesting hearings, etc. Therefore, please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone with any questions, concerns, or updates.
We are hopeful that this will be a short-term change for a very serious problem. We at Regas & Haag, Ltd. want to do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19 and we thank you for your understanding during these times.
Regas & Haag is excited to announce that we have moved! Our new office location, effective February 3, 2020 is now:
4184 Holiday Street NW
Canton, Ohio 44718
We look forward to providing the same excellent level of care and attention to your case at our new location!
Have you been hesitant to hire an attorney to represent you in your Social Security Disability claim? If so, you are encouraged to contact us (LINK) to schedule a free consultation to discuss your claim with one of our attorneys. At Regas & Haag, we are committed to providing dedicated and personal legal representation. When you schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, you will meet with the attorney who will handle your case from start to finish. We believe that a face-to-face meeting between an attorney and a client is essential in providing personal legal representation. When you hire Regas & Haag to represent you, you can be sure that you will always be able to speak directly with the attorney who is handling your claim throughout the process of fighting to get the benefits you deserve. If you would like to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, please contact us (LINK) immediately.
From October 28-30, attorneys John Regas, Brad Davis, and Matthew Carona attended the fall conference of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) in Denver, Colorado. NOSSCR is a specialized bar association for attorneys and other advocates who represent people with disabilities and has been a pioneer in legal continuing education and public policy advocacy since 1979. Our attorneys attended multiple workshops in an effort to expand our knowledge, keep up-to-date on the latest developments in Social Security Disability law, and become even more effective in successfully representing disabled claimants. The attorneys at Regas and Haag are committed to staying at the forefront of Social Security Disability law in order to provide exceptional legal representation to our clients. If you would like to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, please contact us (LINK) immediately.