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Understanding damages in a Tennessee car accident case

One of the first things people want to know about their car accident case is how much it will be worth. The likely amount of a potential recovery can affect many parts of a case, such as settlement negotiations and the amount of time and effort a plaintiff would want to put in.

Calculating damages can present several challenges. An experienced attorney can identify likely types of recovery and figure out an effective approach to substantiating each damages demand.

The dangerous downside of truckers being paid by the mile

The trucking industry is different in the way it pays than most other industries. While most people are used to a yearly salary or an hourly wage, many truckers are paid based on how many miles they drive. This rate tends to fall between $0.28 per mile and $0.40 per mile, though some companies exceed that.

In some ways, this is a good way to pay people. Truck drivers earn based on productivity. They have an incentive to get work done. A truck driver with an hourly wage may be tempted to take longer for meals or breaks, whereas a driver on a per mile wage wants to get back on the road.

Tennessee sees distracted driving penalty increase by 20 percent

The push to limit the number of drivers who are operating their vehicles while distracted has made headlines around the country recently. A new study done by The Zebra had some interesting findings when it comes to the penalties associated with distracted driving.

Motor vehicle insurance premiums have gone up since 2011 due to a conviction for distracted driving. That was when using your cellphone or texting only resulted in an increase of .2 percent. Today, that same ticket will raise your insurance premium 16 percent on average.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - Social Security Administration Funding Increased under Latest Spending Bill

On March 23, 2018, the Senate passed its version of the previously passed House bill for the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. After years of almost equal spending, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will see a $480,000,000 increase in administrative funding over the fiscal year of 2017 appropriation. The bill directs the SSA to spend $100,000,000 of increased funding on reducing the disability hearing backlog for people waiting for claims on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims. Additionally, $280,000,000 of the increase will go to information technology and modernization improvement that would also help increase efficiency of the SSA. Part of the agreement also supports efforts to modernize case processing systems used by State Disability Determination Sections, which are the arms of the Social Security Administration that evaluate and determine eligibility for claimants at the initial or reconsideration levels.

Semi strikes tractor, sends driver flying

In many rural communities, it is not uncommon to see a variety of tractors and oversized farming implements on the roadways. While most farmers will try to get off the road as much as possible, sometimes there simply isn't enough room.

That's the way it was last Monday afternoon at about 12:30 p.m., in Jefferson County on Highway 11E. According to state troopers, the 2014 truck tractor was in the right lane headed south when the driver, a 55-year-old man from Clinton, topped a hill. He saw a 50-year-old on a 1966 Ford farm tractor immediately in front of his semi. The driver of the semi tried to move quickly out of the way, but the semi struck the left rear of the tractor.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) -Claimants Awaiting Hearings Drops Below One Million

A recurring theme for my blog entries is the average processing time and number of claims waiting for hearings. Recently released statistics by the Social Security Administration (SSA) reveal that the number of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims awaiting ALJ hearings continues to drop. As of February of 2018 there were 1,001,231 claims pending and as of mid-March the backlog dropped below 1,000,000. The decrease in the backlog is largely due to declining numbers of hearing requests, though ALJ productivity has increased slightly from 1.92 dispositions per ALJ per workday in fiscal year 2017 to 1.97 so far in fiscal year 2018. Additionally, there were 42 more active ALJs in the end of February than there were on average last fiscal year. However, as recently noted the average processing times for most hearing offices remain high.

What should I do if I'm bitten by a dog in Tennessee?

When you are bitten by a dog on another person's property, you need to make a plan of action. The first thing on the list is likely going to be getting medical care. This helps you to learn the scope of the injuries that you suffered. It also gives you a treatment plan to help you recover from the injuries.

Next on the list of things that you might need to do is to decide whether you are going to seek compensation from the dog's owner or not. This is a decision that can hinge on several factors. Here are two important questions for you to answer as you get your case started:

Are cat bites or dog bites more dangerous?

People often worry far more about dog bites than cat bites. It makes sense considering many dogs' size and strength and the fact that the American Humane Society reports that there are roughly 4.7 million dog bite incidents annually within the United States.

However, experts point out that cat bites can actually be more dangerous on the whole. For instance, a study carried out at the Mayo Clinic found that 33 percent of people who suffered cat bites wound up in the hospital. Of that group, a full 66 percent had to have surgery.

Can you get disability for a mental disorder?

When people bring up the subject of disabilities, most think of the kind of disability you can see – whether you need a wheelchair or are confined to your bed much of the time. Invisible disabilities, especially mental or emotional ones, are more difficult for people to understand and can be hard to prove when you are trying to receive benefits. However, for many Tennessee residents, mental disorders can be just as incapacitating as physical ones.

You may suffer from one of the following emotional disorders, which may qualify you for Social Security disability:

  • Congenital (since birth) conditions, such as autism or obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Disorders stemming from traumatic experiences, including anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Invisible disorders that the medical community does not fully understand; these may be physical in nature but cause a great deal of emotional pain, such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome or Lyme disease

Uninsured motorist: Will an accident affect your insurance?

Getting into an accident is stressful. It can be even more stressful when the other person involved does not have car insurance or does not have enough insurance. This is known as an uninsured/underinsured driver. These drivers are the reason why so many insurance-carrying drivers also have this type of coverage written into their auto insurance policies.

The fact of the matter here is that if your policy does not include a section for underinsured/uninsured motorist and you get into an accident with such a driver, your policy will not cover the claim. You can file the claim with your carrier, but it will almost always be denied if you don't have the coverage in place.

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