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December 2012 Archives

Social Security Disability or SSI for Cerebral Palsy

     Individuals may qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits on the basis of cerebral palsy. The Social Security Administration recognizes the devastating and debilitating effects of cerebral palsy. If the cerebral palsy is severe enough and well documented, the Social Security Administration may approve a claim without even considering one's ability to perform past work or other work in the economy. The requirements are set out in section 11 of the Listings. To qualify for benefits under Listing 11.07, one must show:

Tennessee personal injury claim may follow recent child injury

Tennessee officials are still on the lookout for a car and driver that reportedly hit a go-kart injuring the two children riding in it. The Knox County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for help in locating and identifying the driver and car believed to be responsible for this personal injury accident. A boy and a girl were in the go-kart on Henry Haynes Road when a black sedan driving on Babs Road turned, striking the front portion of the go-kart.

Social Security Disability and the Trial Work Period

     Recipients of Social Security Disability benefits often wonder about returning to work while still receiving benefits. The trial work period (TWP) "is a period during which you may test your ability to work and still be considered disabled." A trial work period can last up to nine months, but the months do not have to be consecutive. In 2012, monthly work earning $720.00 or more per month or self-employment of 40 hours or more are considered "services" countable as trial work against the nine-month total. Work performed at a lower level should not be counted as TWP months. 

Tennessee animal bite victims are eligible for personal injury

Several residents in Tennessee neighborhoods are becoming aware of a growing number of stray and loose animals roaming rural areas. According to reports from the Knox County Animal Control, incidents involving animal bites have nearly tripled in number from this time last year. Many people are unsure what to do in the event of an animal bite, and may be interested to learn that a personal injury claim can be filed if another person's dog is left unrestrained or unattended and an attack occurs.

Reopening a Prior Social Security Disability or SSI Claim

     Often Social Security Disability or SSI applicants call about representation on a current claim and it is discovered there was a previously claim for benefits. If a denied claim is not appealed within the required time period, the decision or determination by the Social Security Administration (SSA) becomes final. However, under certain circumstances a previously denied claim can be reopened and revised.

Car accidents will continue to cost Tennessee residents loved ones

A Tennessee man will be facing charges following a fatal accident that claimed the life of a woman and may have injured several children. The accident occurred early one recent Saturday morning and the investigation was ongoing to determine the exact cause of the accident. Head-on car accidents like this one can often cause severe injuries.

Childhood SSI Benefits Due to Cerebral Palsy

     Children suffering from cerebral palsy may be eligible for Childhood SSI benefits. 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 determines whether the claimant has an impairment or combination of impairments that meets or medically equals the criteria of a listing, or that functionally equals the listings. If the claimant has an impairment or combination of impairments that meets, medically equals or functionally equals the listings, and it has lasted or is expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months, he is presumed to be disabled. If not, the claimant is not disabled.

Knoxville truck accident kills one after Civic strikes trailer

The Knoxville Police Department recently responded to an overturned tractor-trailer accident that turned fatal for one passenger and may have injured the driver. Whenever a truck accident happens, the damages and injuries can be extensive simply due to the size of the vehicles involved. It is unclear if the driver of the other vehicle involved was injured in the accident.

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