Director Matt Cooper Turns Gun Culture Tension into Comedy in New Film “Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?”

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Good friend and a talented Hollywood producer Matt Cooper has brought comedy to a difficult subject in our country: gun culture in America.

There have been many recent events that have brought grief, anger, and emotion to our citizens and our country. By no means have these events been a laughing matter, but Cooper’s film shows a different perspective on gun culture and how various people perceive this.

Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?” is a film offering a comedic perspective on gun culture in America.

"Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?" Cleveland movie premiere.

“Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?” Cleveland movie premiere.

The film stars several well-known actors including Matt Passmore, Andrea Anders, Horatio Sanz, Cloris Leachman, John Michael Higgins, John Heard, and many more.

The story starts with a gun incident at a Rockford, Texas school that causes one stay-at-home mom to question their town’s gun

culture obsession. Moms, wives, girlfriends, and grandmothers turn the town upside down in a fight for gun safety- and they use whatever means necessary to get what they want.

The movie premieres in Cleveland this Friday, September 30, 2016 at Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

The show starts at 7 p.m. and there will be a Q & A session following the film with director Matt Cooper and Cleveland film critic and good friend John Urbancich.

Get your tickets for the Cedar Lee showing here or visit the Facebook event page for Is That a Gun in Your Pocket?

Watch the trailer and come on out Friday night, it will surely be a night of laughs!

Workplace Accidents: Construction’s “Fatal Four” Causes

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With each occupation come certain occupational risks. No matter what field you work in, there may always be a risk of injury in the workplace.  Specifically, the occupation carrying the highest injury risk in the U.S. is the construction industry.

Construction carries such high hazards that OSHA coined the phrase “Fatal Four” due to the 4 leading causes of death in this industry.

Here are the “Fatal Four” causes in construction fatality:

  1. Falls
  2. Electrocutions
  3. Struck by Object
  4. Caught In/Between

According to OSHA, falls on construction sites account for almost 40% of fatalities. In 2015 there were 234 construction fatalities in the U.S. due to falls. Additionally, there have been 84 deaths from January to June 2016 from falls!

When you work in high-hazard industries, it is essential that workers hold their employers responsible for keeping the workplace safe.

If you or other works notice unsafe work atmospheres, unsafe equipment, or lack of safety equipment provided, report these safety hazards to your supervisor.

The number one way to reduce workplace accidents is to stop them before they have a chance to happen! If your Ohio employer is violating health and safety precautions, file a confidential complaint with OSHA immediately at www.osha.gov.

Call me today if you or a family member suffered a workplace injury or fatality. As your Ohio workplace accident attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities.” You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 1 (877) 944-4373.

Top 10 Dangerous Intersections for Car Accidents in Ohio’s Capital

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Any time you drive through a state capital you probably expect there to be a great deal of traffic congestion. If you live there, you know which routes to take and which areas to avoid.

For those who are not fully familiar with our capital’s roadways, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) has compiled statistics that rank the highest car accident zones in the Columbus region.

MORPC, the Ohio Department of Transportation, and the Ohio Department of Public Safety revealed the top 10 high-crash areas in central Ohio:

  1. Broad St / SR 16 at James Rd
  2. E Livingston Ave at Hamilton Rd / SR 317
  3. Dublin Granville Rd / SR 161 at Maple Canyon Dr
  4. Cleveland Ave at Morse Rd – Columbus
  5. Broad St / SR 16 at Lancaster Ave /Reynoldsburg-New Albany Rd
  6. Oakland Park Ave at Westerville Rd /SR 3
  7. Morse Rd at Northtowne Blvd / Walford St
  8. Cleveland Ave at Innis Rd
  9. Cleveland Ave at Dublin Granville Rd / SR 161
  10. Hilliard Rome Rd at Roberts Rd

MORPC and ODOT researched car crash statistics from 2013 to 2015 and, out of those two years, the number one high-crash intersection—Broad St at James Rd—had 172 car crashes and 1 fatal crash.

One major issue the study discovered was that many of these crashes were due to drivers running red lights or not yielding to yellow lights.

Whether you are a new driver or a seasoned driver, you should always drive with care and caution—especially in high-traffic regions like the ones listed above. If you or a family member has been injured in a motor vehicle accident due to another driver’s negligence, please call me immediately.

As your Ohio car accident attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I will Make Them Pay!® 

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities.” You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 1 (877) 944-4373.

Ohio Workers Compensation—the Basics of Workplace Injuries

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Workers compensation, in simple terms, is a type of insurance that provides medical benefits and wage loss compensation to workers when incidental injuries or illnesses occur on the job.

Workers compensation insurance varies by state, but typically each state offers some form of workers’ coverage to ensure any injuries or illnesses can be covered.

In the state of Ohio, the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation was founded over 100 years ago. There have been changes, additions, and even errors in the system, but the Bureau is who provides the insurance coverage.

Who pays for workers compensation insurance?

Ohio employers are required to provide workers compensation insurance and ensure safety precaution measures have been taken for their employees in the workplace. But how and where does the funding for coverage come from?

Payment to cover an injured worker’s medical and loss of wages will depend on the employer:

  • If the employer is self-insured, WC benefits will be paid directly to the employees
  • If the employer is not self-insured, they will pay premiums or payments to the Bureau of Workers Compensation

If I’m injured on the job, does my employer need to file a claim or can I?

If hurt at work, the worker should immediately report the injury to your employer, supervisor, manager, etc. You must complete the “First Report of an Injury, Occupational Disease, or Death” form—also known as FROI—to file it with the Ohio BWC. You can find this form at www.bwc.ohio.gov.

You or your employer can complete and submit this form.

Is there a statute for filing Workers Compensation?

Yes, the state of Ohio does have a statute for filing WC claims.

According to the Ohio BWC, any work-related injury or occupational disease must be reported within two years after the following scenarios:

  1. The disability caused by disease began
  2. 6 months after the date of diagnosis by a physician
  3. 2 years after a death due to the disease

If you or a loved one has questions regarding a work comp claim, do not hesitate to call me. The process can be complex and an experience attorney and team can make all the difference.

As your Ohio workplace accident attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities.” You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 1 (877) 944-4373.

Workplace Accidents- 4 Steps to Take Following a Work Injury

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In the state of Ohio and most other states, workers have the right to work in a safe environment and be protected if an injury in the workplace occurs.

All Ohio employers, with the exception of sole proprietors and partnerships, must obtain workers compensation coverage to ensure their employees will be covered in the event of an injury.

If you are hurt on the job, there are several important guidelines to follow.

Follow these 4 steps after a workplace accident:

  1. Notify your employer of the injury. Your employer should file an injury report as soon as possible so the workers’ compensation claim process can begin.
  2. Seek medical attention immediately. Make sure to notify your treating doctor that the injury/injuries are from a work-related incident. Any doctor you use must be work comp certified.
  3. Confirm your claim has been filed with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. If it was not set up after seeing your doctor, you can file a claim by contacting the bureau or setting it up online at www.bwc.ohio.gov.
  4. Contact an attorney if your claim has been denied. Your employer’s work comp insurance provider will review your claim and decide if it will be approved or denied. If your claim is denied, you should contact an experienced workers compensation attorney immediately.

Your employer should inform you on what to do when an injury occurs and how to begin the workers compensation process.

However, if you feel that your employer is not following procedure and you aren’t getting answers, you need to call me immediately. I will fight for the compensation you deserve and help take the burden off your shoulders because once you hire me, your problems become my problems.

As your Ohio workplace accident attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities.” You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 1 (877) 944-4373.

What to Do if Your Employer is Not Covered Under Workers Compensation

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If you are employed in the state of Ohio, you have more than likely heard the term Workers Compensation. What is workers compensation and how do Ohio workers benefit from it?

Under Ohio law, employers must have workers compensation coverage in order to protect employees injured on the job.

If the organization employs one or more workers, it is mandated that the organization is enrolled in Ohio workers compensation coverage in the instance of an employee being injured on the job.

Those considered employees include:

  • Workers with an established employer-employee relationship
  • Corporate (president, vice president, treasurer, etc.)
  • “Domestic” household workers (babysitters, housekeepers, cooks, etc.)
  • Employees temporarily working out of state

If you fall under any of these categories, you should be covered by your employer’s workers compensation insurance in case of a work injury!

When you’re injured at work but your employer is not covered by workers compensation, are there other alternatives?

When an employee files for workers compensation, that individual is waiving their rights to sue the employer separately.

However, if the employer is not covered by Ohio workers compensation, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the employer directly for compensation.

An employer who does not establish or maintain workers compensation coverage is considered a noncomplying employer.

If your employer does not have workers compensation coverage when a work injury occurs, they are considered a “noncomplying employer” and may be penalized by having to pay a premium.

It is important that you report your work injury to the Ohio Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) immediately; if your employer does not have coverage for worker injuries, they will be penalized pending OSHA inquiries and you should consider filing a lawsuit against the employer.

Workers compensation claims can be confusing, frustrating and complex. An experienced attorney can make the process simpler and take a great burden of your and your family’s shoulders.

If you or a family member has been hurt on the job, you need to call me immediately. As your Ohio workplace accident attorney, I’ll be there for you, and I’ll Make Them Pay!®

Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injurymedical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “ClevelandAkron/CantonColumbusDayton and neighboring communities.” You can reach Tim by email at misnylaw.com/ask-tim-a-question/ or call at 1 (877) 944-4373.