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July 2013 Archives

Childhood SSI Benefits for Asthma

     Children suffering from asthma growth impairment may be eligible for Childhood SSI benefits. Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. The coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning. Asthma affects people of all ages, but it most often starts during childhood.

Tennessee car accidents: Man on fire from gas pump explosion

A gas station is one of the last places a person would think they would encounter any type of car accident. Of course, car accidents can occur almost anywhere. A Tennessee man was recently involved in a pedestrian car crash at a gas station that occurred on the Fourth of July.

What is an EEOICPA Special Exposure Cohort?

     In 2000 the U.S. Congress passed the EEOICPA, and provided for a Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) workers in certain plants (at the time it was only gaseous diffusion plants in Oak Ridge Tennessee, Portsmouth Ohio, and Paducah Kentucky, but X-10 or ORNL has now been added). The significance of the SEC designation is that an employee, or survivor of an employee, who worked at one of the designated SEC sites, for at least 250 working days, and has been diagnosed with at least one of the 22 specified cancers, is assumed to have contracted that cancer from radiation exposure during the performance of work at the SEC site. Employees, and their survivors, who are not members of an SEC, must have their radiation dose reconstructed to determine if radiation exposure was responsible for their cancer.

Tennessee trooper speaks out about truck accident

As common as accidents are in most areas, any accident involving a police car is less frequent. Most police officers are in the line of danger every day they go on the job. A Tennessee Highway Patrol officer was involved in a tractor-trailer truck accident while sitting in his patrol car on Interstate 75.

Expediting Social Security Disability Claims

     Moving through the Social Security Disability process can be frustratingly slow. People applying for benefits usually have limited resources and are desperate for relief. When I first meet with someone about SSD/SSI, I try to be honest about the length of time involved. Invariably, I am asked about "moving my case up" or expediting the case. The Social Security Administration will expedite a case only if there is a "critical situation."

Tennessee car accidents, 6-year-old dead, 2 others injured

There's no mistaking that driving on Tennessee roadways can be dangerous. Sadly, car accidents are a common occurrence. When someone dies as a result, emotions can take over. Emotions are even higher when a child has lost their life due to a car accident.

Can I Get Social Security Disability for Myasthenia Gravis?

     A person suffering Myasthenia gravis may qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits. Myasthenia gravis is nervous disorder characterized by weakness and rapid fatigue of any of the muscles under your voluntary control. Myasthenia gravis is caused by a breakdown in the normal communication between nerves and muscles. There is no cure for myasthenia gravis, but treatment can help relieve signs and symptoms, such as weakness of arm or leg muscles, double vision, drooping eyelids, and difficulties with speech, chewing, swallowing and breathing.  Though myasthenia gravis can affect people of any age, it's more common in women younger than 40 and in men older than 60.

Tennessee personal injury, 6-year-old and mother pit bull attack

Dog bites are relatively rare in Tennessee and across the country. When they do occur, though, a dog attack can be terrifying and can often result in personal injury. This was the case as a walk in a Tennessee park turned into an attack by a pit bull on a woman and her 6-year-old daughter.

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