The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NATSA) reports safety issues with airbags in several makes and model vehicles including GM, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, BMW & Mazda triggered another significant recall. If yours or a loved ones car has been recalled for faulty airbags during the last few years, you should get to a dealer immediately. Some of the recalls are national, while others are regional.
In discussions about estate planning, most of my clients are prepared to talk about their physical property. What happens to real estate, jewelry, household furnishings, and automobiles is an easy concept to grasp for most of my client. However, as an ever increasing number of Americans are using social media, email and online banking, the need to consider Digital Asset planning in our estate plan also continues to grow.
When first meeting with a client, one of the most frequent questions I get asked is, "How long will it take?"
A study was recently released by the New England Journal of Medicine finding that tort reform (or the fear of malpractice cases) has no effect on patient care. Read the study.
The Ohio workers' compensation act has, for many years, defined the term "injury" to mean "any injury received in the course of and arising out of employment." Despite this broad definition, and the statutory requirement that workers' compensation laws be construed by courts in the manner most favorable to injured workers and their families, Ohio lawmakers and courts have had a long history of resistance to recognizing work-related psychological or psychiatric injury as compensable under the workers' compensation act. Court decisions long ago took the position that "injury" under the workers' compensation act includes on physical injury, even though the statute at the time contained no provision which specifically required such a limitation. Beginning in the mid-1980's, the General Assembly amended the definition of "injury" in the workers' compensation act to specifically exclude psychiatric or psychological conditions, except in cases where such conditions were caused by a work-related physical injury.
As many people know, children can also receive disability benefits if they have an impairment or combination of impairments that severely limits their activities.
Often times after an individual is hurt on the job they end up off work for a period of time while their injuries heal. When this happens, the injured worker can be entitled to collect temporary total disability compensation to compensate them for the loss of earnings while recovering from the work related injuries sustained. Occasionally, injuries sustained end up being so severe that an injured worker is awarded permanently and totally disabled compensation for their impairment of earning capacity.
It is always a difficult conversation. A close family member has died. Members of the family gather at my office to discuss the will (or lack thereof) and possible estate administration. I inevitably hear of past conversations within the family as to what was supposed to happen. There is a discussion of the law and how it applies to the fact. Many times a potential client will be become upset that I am unable to tell them what they want to hear. Often the cause of problems is the lack of an updated Estate Plan.
Violating Ohio traffic laws can result in the accumulation of points on your driver's license. If a driver accumulates twelve points within a two-year period, his driving privileges will be suspended for a period of six months. In order to be restored to full driving privileges after six months the driver will have to complete a remedial driving course, pay a reinstatement fee to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, file proof of financial responsibility with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles for three years and retake the driving test.
The figures for 2013 fiscal year have been prepared by the Office of Disability Program Management, and the allowance rate for the various levels claimant's have to go through to receive their benefits are available.