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April 2014 Archives

1 of Tennessee's terrible car accidents claims 4-year-old

Recently, rescue workers in Tennessee had to respond to a massive accident involving ten vehicles, which tragically resulted in the death of a young boy. A bystander, whose nephew and sister were injured in the accident, later described a chaotic scene with damaged cars all over the street. According to her, the rear end of one of the cars was completely caved in. This accident demonstrates just how devastating severe car accidents in Tennessee can be.

What is Ineffective Ambulation for Social Security Disability?

     In claims for Social Security Disability or SSI, the ability or lack thereof to carry out certain activities of daily living (ADLs) has a great impact on the success of the claim. For instance, I received discussed the requirements for qualifying for SSD or SSI due to amputation(s). In some of the SSA's listings, the medical condition(s) must cause the person to have the inability to ambulate effectively. Though mentioned in the early blog entry, the SSD has a very strict definition of what it means by inability to ambulate effectively.  The SSA defines ineffective ambulation as:

OHSA citations protects workers against workplace injury

During the middle of April this year, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration cited a company after an inspection. The safety inspection was done after two incidents in which two workers each suffered a workplace injury. OSHA fined the company, alleging that it has repeatedly violated safety requirements. The role of OSHA is to act as a watchdog against employers in the United States, including Tennessee, who do not ensure safe working conditions.

Tony Farmer Works on Workers' Compensation Bill

     The administration bill dealing with workers' compensation was amended and passed last night to add an escape clause back into the bill. This is due to the negotiations and hard work of Tony Farmer and others.  

Tennessee street racing car wreck tragically kills 19-year-old

Street racing or drag racing is something that happens in the streets across Tennessee and the rest of the United States. During April 2013, a 20-year-old male was killed on the streets of Tennessee, after two street racers crashed into his car. One year later, another young male, aged 19, died in a car wreck during a drag race.

Tennessee campaign attempts to decrease fatal car accidents

Road safety officials in Tennessee have made it their goal to try to contain the number of fatal car accidents caused by distracted drivers by creating an awareness of the dangers of distractions while driving. In Tennessee, hundreds of car accidents are caused yearly by drivers, who are distracted, particularly by mobile phones. It is estimated that approximately 50 percent of fatal accidents can be ascribed to drivers who are distracted.

New Process for Veteran Social Security Disability Claims

     There is some good news for disabled veterans going through the Social Security Disability or SSI process! Effective March 17, 2014, the Social Security Administration (SSA) began expediting disability claims for veterans receiving VA service-connected disability and who have a rating of 100% "Permanent and Total" disability form the Department of Veterans Affairs. The SSA announced:

Appeals Council Statistics for Social Security Disability

     If a Social Security Disability or SSI claimant loses at a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ), the next step of the process often is an appeal before the Appeals Council (AC). At the AC, the SSA looks to determine if the ALJ's decision is not supported by substantial evidence or errors of law were committed requiring reversal or remand. The SSA recently released statistics about the AC for 2013.

High speed and DUI car wreck -- jury says guilty of homocide

A 21-year-old male will have to wait until May 5 to know what his sentence is, after a jury found him guilty in a vehicular homicide case on Thursday, March 27. The Tennessee trial lasted for two days. The young man stayed calm during the verdict, although earlier, he testified that the deceased of the car wreck had been his best childhood friend. As they heard the verdict, several of his supporting family members were crying.

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