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January 2013 Archives

76-year-old Tennessee woman killed in truck accident

When truck drivers are negligent behind the wheel, their trucks may become lethal to the drivers around them. Recently, a truck accident in Sparta has demonstrated just how lethal the combination of weight and size can be. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a 76-year-old woman was traveling south on Highway 111 and stopped at a red light at the intersection of Taft Church Road.

Speeding a factor in crash injuring Tennessee college students

Five individuals were involved in a single car accident that injured three Tennessee college students and killed the driver. The accident happened on I-40 when the car rolled down an embankment. According to police, speeding is believed to be a factor in the accident.

Appealing a Social Security Disability or SSI Hearing Decision

     If a claimant's Social Security Disability or SSI claim is denied by an Administrative Law Judge, then the claimant has sixty days to appeal to the Appeals Council.  The request for review must be in writing in the form of a letter or on a Form HA-520-U5.  Though the Appeals Council is generally a review on the record, it is always a recommended to support the appeal with a brief.  The claimant may submit new evidence that relates to the period of disability prior to the ALJ's decision.   

Social Security Disability and Evaluation of Mental Impairments

     In a Social Security Disability case, mental conditions are often involved.  The existence of mental impairments alone will not suffice unless they meet or equals a listing or the resulting functional limitations eliminate available jobs.  

Tennessee accident victims protected by personal injury laws

A young man has lost his life following a tragic head-on collision on a Tennessee roadway. The accident occurred near the intersection of Highways 25 and 231 in Trousdale County. In addition to the fatality, three other individuals sustained personal injury in this accident.

Social Security Disability and Quarters of Coverage

     The funding support for the Social Security system is the collection of taxes from employees and employers under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) and the Self-Employment Contributions Act (SECA). These taxes are based on wages paid for employment or on self-employment income derived from carrying on a trade of business and are collected by the Internal Revenue Service. Most work performed is covered employment for Social Security purposes, but there are exclusions and one should turn to both the Social Security Regulations and the Internal Revenue Code for guidance when cases arise.

Tennessee personal injury laws protect victims after accidents

McCaney Mill Road near Lexington was the site of a car accident which ended in injuries to one driver, and death to another two days after the incident. According to Tennessee Highway Patrol officials, the personal injury accident occurred when the 30-year-old driver of a car lost control of his vehicle. It is believed that he over-corrected after running off the road, causing his vehicle to end up in the oncoming traffic lanes.

Childhood SSI for Cystic Fibrosis

     Children suffering from cystic fibrosis 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. 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. To qualify for childhood SSI benefits due to cystic fibrosis, the following must be shown:

Possible driver negligence in recent Tennessee accident

A Tennessee state official was recently involved in a car accident that claimed the life of a young child. According to reports, the 44-year-old assistant commissioner in the state's Department of Commerce and Insurance was headed west on Interstate 40 when his vehicle rear ended another one that had stopped due to an accident on the roadway. The investigation is still ongoing as officials work to determine if driver negligence played a part in the accident.

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