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July 2014 Archives

Car wreck leaves 2 injured in Tennessee

Two Harley-Davidson riders suffered injuries in an accident on a recent Saturday afternoon in the end of July. Tennessee Highway Patrol officials report that the accident happened just before 1:30 p.m. The car wreck involving a Lincoln Town Car and the two motorcycles happened along U.S. Highway 231.

Opinions of Treating Sources in Social Security Disability

     In Social Security Disability or SSI claims, the residual functional capacity ("RFC") (to learn more about exertional levels click here) of the Claimant is very often the determining factor in whether the person is found disabled. The SSA looks to what physicians, psychologists, or other medical sources have to say about the individual's limitations or abilities. Opinions from treating sources are particularly valuable.

Teens involved in bus and car wreck in Tennessee

A bus carrying a group of teenagers was involved in a multiple vehicle accident on a recent Thursday in July. The teenagers were on a visit to Tennessee to do missionary work. The mission trip was organized by Johnson University in Knoxville. Several people, including some of the visiting teenagers, were injured in the car wreck. Tragically, one person died.

Social Security Disability and Somatoform or Conversion Disorder

     Persons can qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits based on conversion disorder or somatoform disorder. If a person is not working and has been diagnosed with this severe condition, the Social Security Administration will determine whether the person is disabled under a listing or whether jobs exists considering the person's residual abilities. In terms of the listing in the SSA's Bluebook or Code of Federal Regulations, it states:

Chicken feed delivery led to fatal workplace injury

The electrocution of a man delivering chicken feed on a recent Wednesday morning at the beginning of July has left a lasting impression on an eyewitness. The 63-year-old victim died when part of his delivery truck touched an overhead power line. This accident is an example of some of the dangers to which agricultural workers across the United States, including Tennessee, are exposed. A workplace injury within the agricultural sector may arise from such a dangerous situation

Social Security Disability and the Meaning of Exertional Levels

     Social Security Disability and SSI claims often deal with physical ailments and their effects on a person's ability to do work. The Social Security Administration determines whether the person seeking benefits can perform his/her past work and whether other work exists considering his/her residual functional capacity, i.e. what the claimant can still do despite her physical or mental impairments. What is an exertional level?

Tennessee jury awards $3 million after a 2011 car wreck

A fatal 2011 car wreck happened when the driver of a Toyota Camry lost control of her vehicle. She hit a road sign, crossed into the eastbound lanes and crash into the Mercedes driven by one of the victims. The elderly passenger of the Mercedes passed away nearly two weeks later, while the driver suffered severe injuries to his legs. The 57-year-old Tennessee driver will always suffer as a result of the injuries from the car wreck. Recently, a jury ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, awarding damages of $3 million.

Social Security Disability Wait Times Up with Lower Approvals

Unfortunately, the news for Social Security Disability and SSI claimants waiting for a hearing continues to worsen in terms of wait times for hearings and percentage of people awarded disability. Just a few months ago, in May of 2014, I posted the latest information on wait times and approval rates. Things have worsened since then!

Tennessee car wreck kills 1 in Murfreesboro

A 31-year-old Tennessee woman may be facing charges after police said that she caused an accident in which another person died. The car wreck happened during the early morning on a recent Wednesday in late June. Tennessee authorities suspect the driver of driving while under the influence of drugs.

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