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May 2013 Archives

Childhood SSI and Health and Physical Well-Being

     Parents applying for childhood SSI benefits are often confused by how the Social Security Administration evaluates the claim. The SSA looks at the child's functioning in terms of six domains. This entry dealing with Health and Physical Well-Being is the sixth in a series discussing domains of function.  In this domain, SSA considers the cumulative physical effects of physical or mental impairments and their associated treatments or therapies on a child's functioning that were not considered in other domains.  When the physical impairment(s), mental impairment(s), or combination of physical and mental impairments has physical effects that cause "extreme" limitation in functioning, the child will generally have an impairment(s) that "meets" or "medically equals" a listing.

Data shows Tennessee dog bites down, but is personal injury?

Tennessee readers often do not have to look far to find stories of horrific and devastating dog attacks. Unfortunately, these attacks often result in personal injury to children or the elderly who may be unable to defend themselves against a dog. Recently, State Farm Insurance has released data regarding dog bite cases reported across all 50 states, and found that Tennessee ranks number 19 in the nation.

Childhood SSI and the Domain of Caring for Yourself

     Parents applying for childhood SSI benefits are often confused by how the Social Security Administration evaluates the claim. The SSA looks at the child's functioning in terms of six domains. This entry deals with Caring for Yourself and is the fifth in a series discussing domains of function. In this domain, SSA considers how well someone maintains a healthy emotional and physical state, including how well she gets her physical and emotional wants and needs to be met in appropriate ways; coping with stress and changes in the environment; and whether she takes care of her own health, possessions, and living area.

Tennessee accident kills 2, causes personal injury to 2 others

Tennessee drivers know that there are many reasons why car accidents occur. Unfortunately, many of these reasons are negligent or reckless, and completely preventable. One recent accident has authorities investigating whether any such factors contributed to the deaths of two people, and personal injury to two others involved

Childhood SSI and Moving About and Manipulating Objects

     Parents applying for childhood SSI benefits are often confused by how the Social Security Administration evaluates the claim. The SSA looks at the child's functioning in terms of six domains. This entry dealing with Moving About and Manipulating Objects is the fourth in a series discussing domains of function.  In this domain, SSA considers how the child moves her body from one place to another and how she moves and manipulates things, i.e. gross and fine motor skills.

Driver negligence may be factor in fatal Tennessee crash

Authorities are still investigating a fatal accident last year in Tennessee's Great Smoky Mountains National Park that ended the life of a teenager. Reports indicate that the teenager was driving northbound on the Spur, a roadway between two popular tourist towns, when he struck another vehicle that was pulling onto the Spur from an adjoining roadway. The question for authorities now is whether driver negligence on the part of either driver was a factor in the accident.

Workers' Compensation in Tennessee Fundamentally Changed!

     Workers' Compensation in Tennessee will change dramatically for employers, workers, and state government alike as of July 1, 2014. The public policy underlying this system has been turned upside down by the "Workers' Compensation Reform Act of 2013." The legislation developed almost entirely from a consultant's report prepared by four out-of-state consultants selected by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is the most significant change to the Tennessee workers' compensation system since its creation.

Workers' compensation: Tennessee dangerous for workers?

In a humbling reminder of how quickly, and how devastating work accidents can be, Knoxville has come together to remember those who have lost their lives in the course of their employment. According to data compiled by the Workers' Compensation Division of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, along with OSHA, more than 160 Tennessee workers died from work accident injuries in 2011 and 2012. Now the people are calling for action.

Childhood SSI and Interacting and Relating to Others

     Parents applying for childhood SSI benefits are often confused by how the Social Security Administration evaluates the claim. The SSA looks at the child's functioning in terms of six domains.  This entry dealing with Interacting and Relating with Others is the third in a series discussing domains of function.  

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