Man struck by car in Knoxville dies after 6-week battle

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 28 for a man who was struck while crossing Kingston Pike in Knoxville, Tennessee, in early December. The 53-year-old man lived for another six weeks after the car accident, before losing his battle and passing away on Jan. 18. Services for the Rule High School graduate took place

The Payroll Tax Cut and Social Security Disability Benefits

Social Security Disability beneficiaries should not be worried about continued benefits just because of the continued payroll tax cut. Before 2011, employees and employers each paid 6.2% of taxable payroll. However, the payroll tax cut passed in December 2010 provided that the employees would pay only 4.2% in 2011. The employers’ rate remained at 6.2%.

Workplace safety reform demanded in Tennessee

Several Tennessee-based advocates of workplace safety have rallied together in an effort to reform the standards involved in work-related safety. Within six months in Tennessee, three workers tragically died on bridge projects. Two of those deaths took place in Knoxville and one in Memphis. Now, advocates from East Tennessee are standing up to say that

Changes could be coming for workers’ compensation

In 2011, The House Republican Small Business Task Force met on workers’ compensation issues and prepared a study that state officials, business groups, labor leaders and legal experts are eager to review. The task force has some issues that they want addressed, but it may not be until 2013 before any legislative changes take place.

Childhood SSI Benefits for ADHD

Many parents often wonder if their child qualifies for Childhood SSI disability benefits due to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Childhood SSI claims are evaluated differently than adult claims for Social Security Disability or SSI. The requirements are actually more stringent. If the child is not working and has “severe” impairments, the Social Security Administration

Changes to Rules of Conduct for Reps of Social Security Disability and SSI Claimants

Social Security Disability and SSI claimants are usually represented by Appointed Representative.  The Social Security Administration recently issued final regulations revising the Rules of Conduct and Standards of Responsibility for Representatives that become effective on January 23, 2012. See 76 Fed. Reg. 80241 (Dec. 23, 2011) The final rules revise the “prohibited actions” in the Rules of

Fire at Young Zinc Mine injures 1, traps 3 underground

Being injured on the job can be a frightening experience. Employees in Knoxville and throughout the state of Tennessee expect that their employers will maintain a reasonably safe work environment. However, sometimes things go wrong. Last week, a diesel fire erupted in at the Young Zinc Mine in New Market, Tennessee, east of Knoxville. A




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