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August 2014 Archives

Childhood SSI Benefits for Sickle Cell Disease

     A child may qualify for Childhood SSI disability benefits due to Sickle Cell Anemia or Sickle Cell Disease. 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 child has an impairment or combination of impairments that meets or equals the criteria of a listing, or that functionally equals the listings. If the child 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. 

Lawsuit follows truck accident that allegedly killed young mother

Following up on our blog post about a tragic truck accident on Aug. 14 (Truck accident kills 18-year-old, injures infant), a federal lawsuit was recently filed by the mother of the 18-year-old woman who lost her life in the Tennessee accident. The driver of the tractor-trailer, along with the owner of the vehicle were named as defendants in the lawsuit. The plaintiff accuses the defendants of negligence in performing a left-hand turn that was illegal, and thereby causing the truck accident that led to the death of the young mother of an infant.

Tragic Tennessee car wreck leaves many students mourning

An accident on a recent Saturday afternoon in August has resulted in the death of an army veteran and a sophomore. The driver of the car, a 29-year-old army veteran, passed away on the way to the hospital, not long after the car wreck. The Tennessee sophomore, a 14-year-old boy, was a passenger in the vehicle. He suffered serious injuries and passed away on the Monday after the accident at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Tennessee Workers' Compensation - Voluntary Retirement Related to Injury not 1.5 Cap

The full Tennessee Supreme Court recently reversed a Panel decision thus reinstating the trial court's award of 90% permanent partial disability finding that the voluntary retirement was related to the work injuries and the employee acted reasonably.

Social Security Disability and Dictionary of Occupational Titles

     As discussed previously, Social Security Disability and SSI claims involve consideration of vocational factors. One of the main resources for vocational information for the Social Security Administration is the Dictionary of Occupational Titles or the DOT. The Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) was developed in response to the demand of an expanding public employment service for standardized occupational information to support job placement activities. The U.S. Employment Service recognized this need in the mid-1930's, utilizing analysts located in numerous field offices throughout the country, to collect the information required.

Truck accident kills 18-year-old, injures infant

A tragic accident in which an 18-year-old girl died and her two passengers were injured happened on a recent Tuesday afternoon in August. The accident led to the closure of a Tennessee highway and the redirection of traffic through a nearby town. The truck accident, which was allegedly caused by reckless driving, happened just before 1:30 p.m.

Social Security Disability and Past Relevant Work

     As discussed recently, in deciding Social Security Disability or SSI claim, the Social Security Administration follows a sequential evaluation process. At step 4 of that process, the SSA looks to see if the person applying for disability can do her past relevant work. But what is past relevant work?

Fatal car wreck kills 23-year-old male biker in Tennessee

An accident between a car and a motorcycle on a recent Saturday evening at the end of July ended in tragedy. The Tennessee car wreck happened in the early evening on Chapman Highway in Knoxville. Police reports indicate that the motorcycle was travelling in the left lane when the driver of an SUV made a U-turn in front of the motorcycle.

Social Security Disability 5-Step Sequential Evaluation

     When someone applies for Social Security Disability or SSI, the Social Security Administration follows a five-step sequential evaluation for determining eligibility.  This process is followed regardless of the level of decision (application, reconsideration, or a hearing).  This is the process used for adult claims. For information on the process for childhood SSI click here.

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