March 10, 2023
Small Businesses and Workers’ Compensation
Under many state and federal statutes, employees of small businesses are exempt from certain protections. The idea is that small businesses cannot afford to uphold the same burden of upholding the law that big businesses can afford to uphold. That is NOT the case in workers’ compensation claims. No matter how small your employer is, […]
January 30, 2023
Can I Work While Getting Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
Yes, injured workers can absolutely work while receiving workers’ compensation benefits. That said, you need to report that income to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation and a portion of it will be deduced from your benefits. There are different kinds of jobs an injured worker can get while receiving benefits and each are a little […]
December 31, 2022
How Do I Maximize My Lost Wage Benefit?
1. Hire an Attorney There are many types of lost wages benefits, and an attorney will know which benefits are right for you. Most injured workers are owed temporary total benefits which are measured by calculating your average weekly wage. An attorney can help you provide the information the state needs to calculate your benefit […]
December 31, 2022
How Do I Pick The Right Doctor?
Picking the right doctor can make the difference between a rejected claim and a very successful claim. The first thing you should do is not use the doctor your employer suggests. Often, they suggest you use some employer-biased medical service provider. There is a cottage industry of occupational medical professionals that rush workers back to […]
February 20, 2020
Ohio House Passes PTSD Coverage for First Responders
In a 74-22 vote, the Ohio House passed a bill last week which provides first responders with post traumatic stress disorder coverage through the state’s workers’ compensation system. This same bill passed the Ohio House last year by the substantially smaller margin of 56-33. The bill now moves to the Ohio Senate. Unfortunately for first responders, last year […]
April 20, 2019
Presumption of Causation of Firefighter Cancer Presentation.
According to a study published in The American Journal of Medicine, two years after a cancer diagnosis, 42.4 percent of patients depleted their entire life’s savings. To help Ohio firefighters avoid such a tragedy, Ohio passed the Palumbo Act in 2017. Unfortunately, according to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, only 26 of the 124 claims […]
February 20, 2019
Eight Union Trainings in Two Weeks
One of the biggest reasons employers in Northeast Ohio have been successfully avoiding their workers’ compensation obligations for years is that they never inform their employee of their rights under the law. To counteract this disturbing trend, the Hurm Law Firm offers free minute workers’ compensation trainings to unions and their membership. The Hurm Law […]
October 20, 2018
Wage Continuation: A Disappearing Act
If you have kids, you know that you should not leave money on the table – it tends to disappear. If you are an Injured Worker and accept wage continuation without filing a Workers’ Compensation claim, you are potentially leaving money on the table. Wage Continuation offered by an Employer to an Injured Worker can […]
September 20, 2018
A Win For Workers: Corporate Wage Fixing On the Run
Workers across the country are winning major victories by defeating “no-poach” clauses. While corporations frequently broadcast their love of the free market economy when fighting against minimum wage laws, many of those same corporations undercut the free market by entering into what are called “no-poach” agreements with their competitors. A “no-poach” clause is an agreement […]