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July 2011 Archives

Potential fatal crashes fortunately end in only personal injury

The stage was set for fatal crashes on Knoxville, Tennessee, Highway 92. A Freightliner tractor trailer was moving east on the highway. Directly behind it was one more semi, plus two sedans; equaling a total of four vehicles, all in close proximity to the other.

Social Security Administration Changes Policy On Subsequent Applications

Social Security Disability claimants beware!  As noted in a recent e-mail flash from NOSSCR (a great organization!!), the Social Security Administration recently published SSR 11-1p revising the SSA's policy for handling subsequent applications when a prior claim is pending with the Appeals Council. Effective July 28, 2011, the Social Security Administration will no longer process a subsequent disability claim if a claim under the same title and of the same type is pending before the Appeals Council (though a subsequent claim can still be processed where an appeal is pending in Federal court). Certain key points to be considered:

Social Security Disability and SSI ALJ Disposition Data

The Social Security Administration has released disposition data for the Administrative Law Judges on their website for September 2010 through June of 2011.

Tennessee workers' compensation law on drug testing passed

Workers' compensation exists to cover the burden of medical expenses and lost wages after an employee is injured. It also provides long-term disability benefits for those who have been hurt while at work. A new workers' compensation law concerning drug testing became effective on July 1 in Tennessee. The new measure, backed by the state's business community, now requires employees to provide "clear and convincing" evidence that drugs were not to blame for an accident in the workplace.

Tony Farmer and John Dreiser Named Top Workers' Compensation and Social Security Disability Attorneys

Tony Farmer and John Dreiser were both recently recognized by their peers in the July/August 2011 issue of Cityview Magazine as top attorneys in the areas of workers' compensation and Social Security Disability. CityView Magazine invites members of the Knoxville Bar Association to participate and this year more than 20,000 votes were cast in 57 categories. This honor has been bestowed upon the members of the Law Offices of Tony Farmer and John Dreiser in the practice areas of workers' compensation and Social Security Disability/SSI for several years in a row now.

Car accident results in both injury and fatality in Tennessee

A car accident that took place in Springfield, Tennessee, last month, left one man injured and one man dead. Police have confirmed that around 3:45 pm on Sunday, June 20, members of the Logan County Sheriff's Department were dispatched to the scene of an auto accident. It was then they found that a 53-year-old Adairville man had been injured and a 58-year-old Springfield man traveling in the other vehicle was dead.

Approximating Social Security Disability Benefits

Often I am asked, "How much will I get if I am approved for Social Security Disability?" My first response is that I cannot tell you off hand because every person's benefit is different depending on their earnings. The next thing I advise a client is that an easy way is to look at the pamphlet that the Social Security Administration sends out yearly. Often, however, the claimant does not have that pamphlet and I am left doing it the hard way.

Tennessee agencies confront on-the-job injuries in high-risk occupations

Every occupation has its own set of hazards. However, some jobs are far more dangerous than others. For men and women engaged in a hazardous occupation knowing the ins and outs of workplace safety, as well as workers' compensation, is simply a part of the job.

New Wrinkle Added to Workers Compensation Subrogation Interest in Third-Party Personal Injury Claims in Tennessee

The Tennessee Court of Appeals added a layer of complexity to workers' compensation subrogation in third-party personal injury matters. In Cooper v. Logistics Insight, Corp., et al. the injured employee, Mr. Cooper, filed suit to recover for personal injuries suffered while working as a tow motor operator for MasterStaff, Inc. Mr. Cooper had received benefits through his employer, MasterStaff, under the workers' compensation laws of Tennessee. MasterStaff intervened in Mr. Cooper's lawsuit against Logistics to protect its subrogation right pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated section 50-6-114.

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