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March 2016 Archives

Possibility of workers' compensation after OHSA investigation

Tennessee foundry workers may benefit from taking note of a recent result in an OHSA investigation at a foundry. The out-of-state business was cited by OHSA for several violations, and the findings may benefit other workers in the industry. The possibility that the company in question will have to face claims for workers' compensation in the future is a good possibility.

Hope for fewer 18-wheeler crashes -- teens receive training

In an attempt to make roads safer and increase the awareness of teenaged drivers, a high school in Tennessee has forged a partnership with a group of professional truck drivers to assist in training the young drivers. Semi-trucks are a reality that has to be accepted on U.S. roads, but sharing a road with these big vehicles poses certain risks. The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security reported 119 fatalities linked to 18-wheeler crashes in 2015 alone.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - CARES Initiative

People seeking Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are having to endure longer and longer wait times for their hearings. I regularly update the average wait times for local hearing offices as well as issues affecting or causing the backlog. Recently, the Social Security Administration's Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR) announced a plan to speed up the hearings process for claimants awaiting a hearing in their Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or SSI claims.

Truck plus drowsy driver: Recipe for a truck accident

In a recent report released by an investigative news team, it came to light that the Tennessee Department of Transportation does not practice what it preaches. The slogan "Don't Drive Drowsy" is used by TDOT on overhead message boards to create awareness of the dangers of drowsy driving. During the severe snow storms experienced at the beginning of this year, however, some drivers worked for periods of between 60 and 80 hours clearing roads. Snow plows and salt trucks are responsible for making roads safe for other users, particularly those who have to respond to emergencies. If they are required to work for such long hours, the possibility of a truck accident becomes a significant threat.   

Alarming facts about fatal dog bite injuries

It is hard to believe that in 2015, the death of 34 people in the United States were related to dog bite injuries. In Tennessee, only one person died in 2015 after sustaining serious injuries in a dog attack. Sadly, the dog involved was an adopted dog from a county shelter.

Recent Tennessee car wreck places focus on distracted driving

While Tennessee authorities are investigating the exact cause of an accident that happened on a recent Thursday afternoon in February, it is speculated that driver distraction may have played a contributory role. The car wreck happened when a woman, 24, crossed the yellow line and hit a westbound traveler head-on. The impact of the crash killed the 39-year-old driver of the other car and seriously injured the 24-year-old driver.

Outcomes in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Claims

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims typically have one of two outcomes: Favorable (fully or partial) or Unfavorable - though various combination of benefits can occur. When a person applies for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA), he or she typically files a dual claim: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Both of these programs require that the person meet medical and certain non-medical requirements in order to qualify for benefits. SSDI requires that claimants pay in enough quarters of coverage over his/her lifetime and that a certain number of quarters have been paid in the years preceding the disability. SSI's non-medical requirement looks at the individual or family resources or income. Again, both programs require that the person meet the medical requirements for disability.

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