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March 2015 Archives

Warmer weather brings increased chances of a motorcycle accident

Tennessee surgeons at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are preparing themselves for what they call "trauma season."  With the first signs of warmer weather, five motorcycle accident victims were treated for injuries on one Sunday in mid March. One did not survive.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - New Rules on Submission of Evidence

Attention claimants and representatives regarding Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims!  The SSA published the final rules on the submission of adverse evidence in disability claims.  The final rules amend both the regulations on "Evidence of your impairment" (20 C.F.R. §§ 404.1512 and 416.912 and the "Rules of Conduct and standards of responsibility for representatives" (20 C.F.R. §§ 404.1740 and 416.1540).

How often can a truck accident be blamed on greediness?

In the United States, freight is mainly transported by trucks. It comes as no surprise that trucks make up 4.7 percent of all passenger vehicles. Shockingly, 12.4 percent of all fatal crashes involve trucks. In a truck accident, the people in the other vehicle stand very little chance. Statistics document that the majority of fatalities in truck accidents are the people in a car involved in the accident, not the truck.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) - Amputations and childhood benefits

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may be available for a child who has suffered from a serious injury requiring an amputation. As part of continuing series on childhood SSI or disability involving the musculoskeletal systems, I am going to focus on the listing for amputations this week.

Fatal car wreck also leaves Good Samaritan injured

A tragic accident left one person dead and a good Samaritan injured. The Tennessee car wreck happened on a recent Thursday night on March 12 at approximately 9:45 p.m. The circumstances surrounding the accident can only be described as tragic.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) - Fractures of Femur or Tibia

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may be available for children suffering from serious orthopedic conditions involving the femur, tibia, pelvis, or the tarsal bones. I recently discussed the requirements for spinal disorders.

Workers' compensation claim possibility after death of miner

The investigation conducted by federal authorities into the death of a miner in Oct. 2014 has been completed. The authorities found that the miner's death can be attributed to the fact that the foreman on-site allowed the miner to enter a part of the mine that was unsafe. In tragic cases like these, the family of the deceased has the choice to file a workers' compensation claim.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) - Childhood SSI and the Spine

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may be available for children suffering from serious spinal conditions.  Childhood SSI claims are evaluated differently than adult claims for Social Security Disability or SSI. The requirements are actually more stringent. 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. If so, the child is presumed to be disabled. There are no vocational steps as with an adult disability claim. Please click here for more information on Childhood SSI claims.

The reality of drunk driving's devastation and pain

Drunk driving is a reality on roads across the nation. Although a lot of progress has been made to reduce drunk driving fatalities, it is still estimated that in 2013 nearly 7000 deaths could have been prevented if drivers with illegal blood alcohol levels were kept off the roads. All states, including Tennessee, have passed laws that make driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or greater illegal in an attempt to eliminate the devastation and pain caused by DUI accidents.

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