How to drive defensively in Tennessee

One of the most common reasons for motor vehicle accidents is driver error. Defensive driving can help reduce the chances of being in an accident. Driving defensively simply involves: Staying aware of your surroundings It’s important to be aware of your surroundings and anticipate what may happen next to avoid getting into an accident. For

Social Security disability appeals process

Social Security disability benefits are available to people who are unable to work for a year or more due to a disability. If they are awarded, they are usually paid until the recipient is able to work again. Unfortunately, Social Security disability benefits may be denied for a number of reasons. They may be denied

Move-over laws in Tennessee often ignored, causing auto accidents

In Tennessee, auto accidents with injuries and fatalities can happen in many circumstances. Frequently, they result from a driver being distracted, behaving recklessly, being under the influence or driving drowsy. Other factors can play a role in these collisions including drivers ignoring “move over” laws. If there is a crash with injuries and loss of

SSD and multiple sclerosis

Social Security Disability Insurance is one of the most valuable programs that the Social Security Administration offers for Tennessee residents who cannot maintain substantive gainful employment due to a medical issue or combination of conditions. Many medical problems are not necessarily listed on the registry of known debilitating conditions. However, multiple sclerosis is listed in

Knox County accident leaves pedestrian dead

A recent pedestrian accident in the western part of Knox County left one person dead. Authorities say that the driver of a semi struck and killed a pedestrian while the pedestrian was on a city street. The accident happened early in the morning. Authorities are continuing to investigate the accident. They have not announced any

What is a trial work period with Social Security disability?

Not every Tennessee resident who is approved for and is receiving Social Security disability benefits is completely unable to work. Many can perform certain tasks and want to try and get back in the workforce or run their own business despite the illness, condition or injury that warranted their application for SSD benefits being approved.

What to do if your application for SSD benefits is denied

No one is guaranteed good health throughout their lifetime. Sometimes a person in Tennessee suffers an illness of injury so serious that it permanently stops them from working. When this happens, it may be time to apply for Social Security disability benefits. However, the application process can be complex and many initial applications for SSD

Fast-tracking an SSD decision

All disability rulings from the SSA regarding Social Security Disability Insurance are permanent approvals, so the Social Security Administration is well-known for due diligence when handling disability claims. Most claims for residents of Tennessee and other states are won in the appeals process after the agency has requested myriad evidence that the claim is valid,

Understanding the impact of burn injuries

If a person suffers a burn injury, it can be life-altering. Burns can be caused by fire, hot liquids and metal, electrical current, radiation and chemicals. Some are so serious that they require immediate medical attention, treatment at specialized burn centers and long-term follow up care. The deeper the skin damage is, the more burn

Budget increase for Social Security Administration proposed

While COVID transmissions accelerated, applications processed for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) froze in place. Not unlike most federal agencies, the Social Security Administration (SSA) had to close offices throughout Tennessee and the country during COVID. A proposal from the Biden Administration to increase funding for SSA in the 2022 budget could reduce the backlog. 

Options for appealing a Social Security disability denial

Many applications for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits are initially denied. Because they are benefits disabled individuals may rely on, it is helpful for them to be familiar with the Social Security disability appeals process. There are several levels of appeals for disabled applicants who have been denied Social Security disability benefits. Request for reconsideration

How is disability defined for SSDI?

Any Knoxville resident who has suffered an injury or gotten sick understands how hard it can be to work while managing the symptoms of their ailment. Many of the injuries and illnesses that affect Tennessee workers are short-term and may keep a worker off the job for a day or two. Unfortunately, serious accidents and

Should I worry about a Social Security disability review?

For people who have been approved Social Security disability benefits in Knoxville and throughout Tennessee, there will likely be a sense of relief. With SSD benefits, they receive payments because they are unable to work. During that time, they can get the care they need without worry about making ends meet. Still, it is important

Approval rates for first-time SSDI filers

Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, can be a long and frustrating experience for many individuals. Some applicants have multiple conditions that impact each other while others will have one specific issue that might justify an immediate approval. However, the Social Security Administration is meticulous in approving claims of total overall health issues

Head-on collision on I-26 near Johnson City kills three

Head-on collisions are often difficult to explain, but no doubt exists about their potential for causing significant injuries and death. A recent head-on collision near Johnson City killed three people, leaving police to scratch their heads about why the crash occurred. The collision According to the Johnson City Police Department, a silver sedan was traveling

New Tennessee law focuses on texting while driving

Although fewer vehicles were on the road last year due to an increase in telecommuting, the rate of traffic fatalities went up across the nation. Experts suggest that this was due a dramatic increase in risky behaviors, such as distracted or impaired driving, speeding and driving without a seatbelt. In fact, fatalities surged when factoring




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