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November 2013 Archives

What Kinds of Social Security Disability Benefits Are There?

     Including Social Security Disability, there are several kinds of benefits for which a person can be eligible. The medical rules are the same for all categories, you must be just as disabled to qualify for one as for another. The non-medical requirements are different for each category.

Alleged speeding driver cause 6-vehicle accident

At about 2:50 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, Metro Police in Tennessee were summoned to a six-vehicle crash on Interstate 24. They believe the multi-car accident may have been caused by one speeding vehicle. All westbound lanes were closed until Friday evening.

Alleged drunk driving accident causes 2 fatalities

Just before midday on Saturday, Nov. 8, officers of the highway patrol of Tennessee were called to the scene of an accident in South Nashville. A woman had allegedly been drunk driving and, as a result, caused multiple accidents. The incident claimed her own life as well as that of a 4-year-old girl. State troopers reported that the person at fault was a 28-year-old woman traveling in a southerly direction when she veered across the lanes into oncoming traffic. She hit two vehicles before smashing head-on into another.

Childhood SSI Benefits for Developmental and Emotional Disorders

     Many parents often wonder if their newborn or infant child qualifies for Childhood SSI disability benefits based on Developmental or Emotional Disorders. Childhood SSI claims are evaluated differently than adult claims for Social Security Disability or SSI. The SSA determines whether the child has an impairment or combination of impairments that meets or medically equals the criteria of a listing, or that functionally equals the listings.

Massive Tennessee accident results in personal injury

When individuals are injured in a Tennessee vehicle accident, their families are usually shocked at the unexpected event and filled with worry and despair. It is also natural for the injured victims and their family members to be upset if the accident happened due to another driver's carelessness or failure to obey rules of the road. The injured party has the right to pursue monetary damages in civil court, which can help to relieve pain and suffering as well as handle medical costs associated with the personal injury accident.

Social Security Disability: Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)

     Social Security Disability and SSI recipients will see a 1.5% increase in benefits for the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) starting in January of 2014. The COLA is based on the Consumer Price Index from the third quarter of the current year. The COLA affects many important aspects of the Social Security Disability and SSI program besides the actual amount of benefits paid to claimants. For instance, the amount of earnings necessary to earn a quarter of coverage (QC) increases from $1,160.00 to $1,200.00 and the tax exempt amount of retirement earnings also adjust. Other important issues/numbers are:

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