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May 2011 Archives

General Assembly Passes More Workers' Compensation Reforms

The General Assembly passed a workers compensation reform bill that will have vast implications for workers in Tennessee.  The bill, which applies to injuries on or after July 1, 2011, narrows the definition of "injury" by requiring it be caused by a specific incident or set of incidents arising out of and in the course of employment identifiable by time and place of occurrence.  Also, the opinion of the panel physician on causation is presumed correct, but may be rebutted by a preponderance of the evidence.

Social Security Disability Benefits Affecting Other Benefits

Social Security Disability benefits can affect amounts recovered under other federal, state, and/or private benefit policies. First, amounts received under Title II can affect a claimant's eligibility for SSI benefits under the federal statutes or can at least reduce those amounts to a smaller amount. Since SSI is a needs-based calculation, it does not matter where the assets come from so Title II benefits definitely can affect that calculation.

Car accident injures Knoxville police officer

Car accidents happen every day, but it's not every day that an officer of the law is on the receiving end of a collision. A Knoxville police officer was injured in a car accident on Northshore Road on Saturday. According to reports from the Knoxville Police Department, the officer, the driver and passenger of the other vehicle were injured in Saturday's car accident.

Social Security Disability or SSI for Degenerative or Hereditary Neurologic Disorders

     Individuals may be eligible for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for hereditary or degenerative neurological disorders. Affected people may qualify under the Listing 11.17 of Part 404, Subpart P, Appendix 1 or under Step Five of the sequential decision making process because of their reduced Residual Functional Capacity resulting from the neurological disorder.

Officer loses life to motorcycle accident in Tennessee

Motorcycles can be dangerous if not used carefully and may result in injury or loss of life. This can be the case even when things are carefully planned out and executed. A member of our community in Dickson, Tennessee, was unfortunate enough to have just that happen to him last Saturday night.

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