Common Disabilities With OPERS Benefits

The Ohio Public Employees Retirement System does not maintain a list of “acceptable” or “recognized” disabilities that qualify OPERS participants for injury or illness benefits. Instead, the program uses standard eligibility criteria and a battery of physical function tests to determine whether someone can receive payments because their health makes them unable to work.   […]

What Is ERISA and How Does It Affect Me?

ERISA, or the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, lays out employees’ rights and employers’ obligations under retirement and disability plans. That is, when a company or agency offers a pension, 401(k), or similar plan, it must comply with ERISA. The Ohio long-term disability attorneys with Agee Clymer Mitchell & Portman most often encounter […]

Lawyers vs. Attorneys: What’s the Difference?

Remember that old comedy bit that starts, “You can call me Ray …”?   Set aside the quite high annoyance factor and understand that the gist of that tired gag applies to the job titles of “lawyer” and “attorney”. Both terms can be used interchangeably with no loss of meaning or significance, and with zero […]

Full Tort vs. Limited Tort Ohio

Explaining the difference between a full tort and a limited tort requires defining multiple legal terms. First, a tort is a harm. In a civil lawsuit, the plaintiff claims that a tort resulted from the defendant’s action or inaction. Torts can be physical injuries, financial loss, loss of or damage to property, loss of reputation, […]

Tips for Finding a Law Firm You Can Trust

Trust forms the bedrock of every lawyer-client relationship. Specifically, a client must trust that his or her attorney will Work hard to represent them, Use good judgment, Carry out their wishes, Keep information in confidence, Charge a reasonable fee, Protect funds placed under the lawyer’s control, Provide updates on the case, and Not discriminate. These […]

What Is a Guardian Ad Litem and How Does That Person Relate to Personal Injury Cases?

A guardian ad litem is an adult who represents the interests of a minor child or disabled child of any age in court. Generally, “minor” means younger than 18 years of age. The legal definition of a disability that makes someone unable to act on his or her own behalf in a legal case varies […]

Do I Qualify for SSDI Due to My Mental Illness?

Individuals who suffer from diagnosed mental illnesses can qualify to receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and Supplemental Security Income payments. In fact, nearly 40 percent of Ohio residents who draw SSDI and/or SSI have a mental condition that leaves them unable to work full time and for a salary that covers their living expenses. […]

Who Is Eligible for OPERS?

Participation in the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System is open to the following people: Ohio state government workers, but not elected state or federal officials Employees of county, city and town governments, with some municipal officials being eligible Ohio State Highway Patrol personnel, including troopers and office staff Local and state law enforcement agency personnel […]

Understanding the Deadlines for Filing a Workers’ Comp Claim

You must act quickly when you think you have suffered a job-related injury or illness that could qualify you to receive workers’ compensation benefits. All states, including Ohio, enforce a two-year statute of limitations on most first-time claims. Exceptions exist, but those are difficult to get. Contacting a workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible […]

5 Steps to Take After an Injury-Causing Auto Accident

What you do in the minutes and first few days after becoming the victim of a major auto accident will make a great deal of difference in your ability to receive compensation and damages for your injuries. Your exact experience will be unique, and your ability to do some of the things listed here will […]

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