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December 2016 Archives

Uninsured motorists can now be identified at crash site

Tennessee has launched a new system designed to bring more motorists into compliance with liability insurance laws. About one in five drivers in the state is considered an uninsured motorist, with an estimated 1.1 million vehicles on the road that are not insured at all. Authorities say that a new verification system could improve compliance with state insurance law and provide additional recourse for those who are injured in an uninsured motorist accident.

3 factors that can lead to semi truck accidents

Semi truck drivers have to be safe as they transport their loads from one location to another. The safety of themselves and others on the roads depend on this. Unfortunately, semi truck accidents with passenger vehicles do occur. When these occur, injuries or death are likely.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - SSA Publishes Final Rule on "Program Uniformity"

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is making final several regulations affecting all claimants at the hearing level seeking Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. In July, I blogged about the proposed rules including closing the record five days prior to the hearing. The proposed rules are pretty much becoming final as proposed. The final rule contains the following changes:

Take animal bites received on another's property seriously

Most of our Knoxville, Tennessee, neighbors understand premises liability, meaning they know they can pursue legal remedies if injured on another party's property. Most of these injuries occur due to slipping or falling, but an animal bite injury may also be a good reason to pursue a premises liability claim.

Tennessee protections for workers hurt on the job

If you've suffered a serious injury while at work, you are entitled to receive a number of medical benefits in Tennessee. Your treating physician, a physician who must be authorized to provide the care you're receiving, must sign off on those treatments for them to be covered by your workers' compensation or other benefit coverage. If your doctor agrees, then the benefits could cover items such as eye wear, hospitalization, psychological services and medicine, to name just a few.

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY INSURANCE (SSDI) - SSA Releases New Mental Impairment Listings

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has issued final rules revising medical criteria for evaluating mental disorders in adults and children in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims. These rules go into effect on January 17, 2017 and includes some major changes.

Are older commercial truck drivers a danger on the roads?

Many people have heard about the common dangers associated with commercial trucks. These include drivers who are working with little sleep and trucks that haven't properly been maintained. However, there's another potential danger -- the increase in senior and even elderly drivers.

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