Connor, Kimmet & Hafenstein LLC
March 1, 2019
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Car accidents: How soon do you need to file a claim if you’ve been injured?

Every day, most of us get in the car to drop kids at school, go to work or run errands. But sometimes, that simple task ends in car accidents that leave us injured and unable to work. The recovery time, the pain, the time off work and worrying about bills can leave you confused about what steps to take next and how to move forward. It isn’t easy and it can impact your life in a big way. And, if you are like most people, you are also trying to navigate the insurance claims system – which isn’t something that is taught in school and can be tricky, frustrating and confusing. So, if you were hurt due to someone else’s negligence, you might be wondering if you need to file a claim. Ohio has personal injury laws that will help you get the financial compensation you need and deserve, but how soon do you need to file? 
March 1, 2019

Know the difference: Workers’ compensation claims vs. Personal injury claims

If you’ve been hurt at work, you are likely dealing with a lot: Pain, time off the job, stress about bills. And if you are like most people, you might be wondering if you need to file a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury claim. There is a difference and knowing – and understanding – how to proceed can make a big difference. So, what is the difference between workers’ compensation claims and personal injury claims? Our legal experts will explain. 
March 1, 2019
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Firefighters and cancer: Why you need an attorney

Firefighters and cancer. If you or someone you love is a firefighter, you are probably well aware of the risks and statistics of this valued profession. But did you know, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a study on firefighter cancer rates, found that firefighters are more likely to be diagnosed with cancers of the respiratory, urinary and digestive systems than non-firefighters? While the exact reasons aren’t clear, some say it’s because firefighters are exposed to chemicals, contaminants and substances that are believed to cause cancer while simply doing their jobs – putting out fires. Also, mesothelioma – a cancer that has ties to asbestos exposure – is more common in firefighters than non-firefighters. Several states, including Ohio, have laws that are aimed at protecting firefighters – and some mandate that employers cover the cost of care and treatment. However, that care isn’t guaranteed. If you are a firefighter who is facing cancer, here are three reasons you need an attorney.