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December 2015 Archives

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - Hearing Time Update

It has been since early October that I checked in on the processing times and approval rates for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims for some hearing offices in Tennessee and Eastern Kentucky. Please remember that these statistics are only for claims pending at the hearing level or Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. The claims at a hearing office have already been through the Application and Reconsideration steps (typically 6-12 months of waiting already).

Consideration of possible workplace injury while welding

Welding can be described as an art and a science which fascinates many. However, it is very important for welders and their employers to ensure that great care is taken when welding is done in order to avoid a workplace injury. Tennessee employers must ensure that the equipment used by their welders complies with the required safety standards and that safe work practices are instilled in their welders as appropriate work habits.

Christmas day, 6 month anniversary of horrific truck accident

Four Tennessee families will have to spend Christmas this year without their loved ones. December 25 marks the half year anniversary of what is described by traffic officials as one of the worst truck accidents ever seen by them. On that day in June, six people lost their lives and six more were injured in a single truck accident.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - 2016 Numbers

Recently it was discussed that there will be no cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in 2016 for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI beneficiaries. The COLA is important because it also sets other Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI-related amounts for 2016. For 2016 the following are amounts to remember:

Personal Injury - Important Dates to Remember

When someone is an involved in accident causing personal injury in Tennessee, there are certain important dates to remember or keep in mind, both from a legal standpoint and a practical standpoint. The first important date is the actual date of the accident. In car wrecks, slip and fall claims, or other personal injury claims this is fairly straightforward in that the date of the accident is well-known. However, in some circumstances there can be an injury suffered that is not discovered until a later period of time such as in a medical malpractice claim. In those cases, the date of the discovery of the negligence is the critical date.

Car accidents due to dangerous roads -- where lies the fault?

Motor vehicle accidents may leave the drivers of the vehicles second guessing themselves, wondering if perhaps they were careless. While driver negligence or recklessness are often the cause of car accidents, dangerous roadways are also responsible for a significant number of collisions. Tennessee government road agencies are obliged to ensure that road designs are safe and the roadways maintained properly. This is, however, not always the case.

Workplace injury within the construction industry

Tennessee construction workers are faced with job perils on a daily basis.  The construction industry is considered as one of the more dangerous industries to work in. Seeing a colleague suffer a serious workplace injury is not an unfamiliar sight for many construction workers.

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