For the month ending April 28, 2011, the three East Tennessee Office of Disability, Adjudication and Review (ODAR) offices responsible for handling Social Security Disability hearings were ranked in the top 30 for processing times. The Chattanooga ODAR came in ranked at 7th with an average processing time of 259 days. The Kingsport ODAR slipped some to number 18 with an average processing time of 284 days and the Knoxville ODAR came in at 27th with an average processing time of 295 days. There are 157 ODAR offices in the United States. Claimants should be aware though that these processing times are only the time for waiting for a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. These times do not include the length of time for the Application and Reconsideration stages.
Not all drivers obey traffic laws as strenuously as they should. The failure to obey traffic signs and signals can result in serious accidents. A car accident that took place in Tennessee last week came as a direct result of a driver's failure to obey the rules of the road and left two people injured.
John Dreiser was one of three presenters at the "Workers' Compensation Update" sponsored by Lorman Education Services on Friday, June 17, 2011 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The seminar provided attorneys, adjuster, case managers, and human resource personnel with valuable updates and information regarding workers' compensation claims in Tennessee.
Men and women injured on the job are entitled to a certain amount of compensation. Workers' compensation programs are designed to provide this compensation for injured employees. However, this process does not always run smoothly. Over the last several years, a Tennessee man has faced difficulty over workers compensation claims with his former employer.
On Friday, June 10, 2011, firm attorney, John Dreiser, lectured at National Business Institute's Social Security Disability Bootcamp in Knoxville, Tennessee. The 6.67 hour CLE was aimed at teaching attorneys, paralegals, and other appointed representatives the ins and outs of representing claimants before the Social Security Administration. The seminar was well attended and received.
Construction jobs can be hazardous, and accidents in the workplace can be the cause of serious injury or even the loss of life. But some work sites seem to be more prone to serious accidents than others. A bridge in Tennessee that has been under construction for some time has been the site of multiple serious and fatal construction accidents.
Dangerous roads can lead to serious injuries. The State of Tennessee, as well as the 96 counties that make up the State and scores of municipalities, assume the responsibility of designing, constructing and maintaining tens of thousands of miles of roadways throughout the State of Tennessee. Unfortunately, from time to time, citizens using these roadways are involved in serious and tragic accidents due, in large part, to the failure of the State, or a city or county, to properly design, construct, or maintain a safe roadway. This article addresses the legal responsibility of the State of Tennessee to those persons using roadways that are designed, constructed or maintained by the State of Tennessee. The principles of liability that apply to counties and municipalities are similar.
Negligent driving is a common cause of car accidents in Tennessee and the rest of the country. Drivers who are intoxicated or texting on a cell phone put other motorists in immediate danger. These irresponsible drivers can cause great pain to families if they injure or kill someone in an accident. This was the unfortunate case for one Tennessee family on May 22 when a car accident forever changed their lives.