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Does someone's personality affect the risk of a dog bite?

Can your body language and personality increase the chances of a dog bite? You know that you shouldn't tease a dog, act aggressively toward it or bother it while it is eating. However, there may be specific personality traits that could lead to you being a dog bite victim.

A recent article in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health attempted to explain the what characteristics of dog bite victims could make it more likely that they were attacked. The study was done in the United Kingdom -- in the city of Cheshire, England, to be specific.

Don't give up on a disability claim for migraines

It can be difficult to get approved for Social Security benefits for migraines -- despite that fact that you may have them so often and so severely that it's utterly impossible to hold a job.

Part of the problem is that migraines are just now being recognized as a real medical condition. For a long time, migraine patients were treated as semi-hysterics. Their pain was seen as largely fictional or neurotic in nature. (Doctors now know that isn't so.)

What can I do after being hit by an uninsured driver?

All drivers should have auto insurance for the vehicles they drive. Sadly, far too many neglect this very important purchase. When they do, it's their hapless victims who suffer the consequences — which can be quite expensive.

Do you have recourse if you are hit by an uninsured driver? Learn what steps you can take to protect yourself in such instances.

Tips for a successful Social Security disabiliity claim

Whether you are completing an application online or mailing in a paper form for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you should know that one in three applications are denied at first.

While this can be a rather daunting and disappointing statistic, here are some tips that can help you increase your chances of success.

9-year-old girl bitten on face, neck by friend's dog

It only takes a few seconds for an attacking dog to maul or kill someone. For those who survive a vicious dog attack, the physical injuries are often less disabling than the emotional trauma suffered. Certainly the emotional trauma can last much longer, especially when the victim is a young child.

On the evening of Saturday, April 23, a mother and her 9-year-old daughter from Newport, Tennessee, were visiting a home in Del Rio. While at the residence, the young girl was bitten on the face and neck by the occupant's dog.

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.

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