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October 2015 Archives

Car wreck results in 2 fatalities

Two Tennessee families had to face the tragic deaths of family members after two people died in a recent fatal accident in the central part of the state. The car wreck happened when the driver of a pickup truck crossed over the middle of the road into oncoming traffic. The 65-year-old driver then hit an SUV. A 19-year-old female was driving the SUV.

How to Choose the Right Tennessee Attorney

Unfortunately, many at some point in their lives will need to hire an attorney for some issue. Whether you are buying a house, preparing your will, using a contractor that did you wrong, or, you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident, suffered medical malpractice, or are disabled and need help with a long term disability claim or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim. Just like in any profession, competency varies in the legal profession. But how do you go about finding a competent lawyer to handle your case?

Tennessee family involved in car wreck, 1 dead, 2 injured

Lives can be lost in the blink of an eye on Tennessee roads. When a loved one is killed in a car wreck, the emotional and financial impact on the surviving family members can last for a long time. Alcoa police recently reported on an accident that claimed the life of one person and sent two of his family members to the hospital.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - No COLA!

Recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits will not see a benefit increase in 2016!  Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI recipients saw a 1.7% increase in benefits in 2015. The COLA is based on the Consumer Price Index from the third quarter of the current year.  This is only the third time in the history of the program that a cost of living adjustment has not occurred.  The low price of gasoline seems to be the consensus culprit.  It ignores the fact though that food prices continue to soar and this directly impacts those on a fixed income.

Considering dog bites and injuries -- important facts to know

Across the United States, injuries because of dog bites have been rising steadily over the last decade. The costs involved with regard to dog bite injuries have risen even more during this time, while more than a third of homeowners' liability insurance claims relate to dog bites. Tennessee is no different.

Hearing Times Continue Increasing - Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

I often write about how long it takes for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims to wind through the bureaucracy to completion and how often claims are denied.  I do this partially to dispel common myths that exist such as it easy to get disability benefits and everyone gets approved.  In September, I looked at why such a backlog exists for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI claims, but this week I will yet again examine just how bad the actual backlog has become nationally and in local hearing offices.

Workers' compensation claims -- how dangerous is your job?

The results of a recently conducted census into fatal workplace injuries did not bear good news for many workers. An increase of two percent in workplace fatalities is reflected in the preliminary results of the annual Census of Fatal Occupation injuries. In some industries across the United States, including Tennessee, the increase in fatal injuries increased a lot more than two percent, which may lead to an increase in workers' compensation claims.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) - ABLE Act

Recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can only have a limited amount of income and resources before their benefits are reduced or eliminated.  While a cap on income and resources for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a worthwhile requirement in most circumstances, it is often a drastic and punitive measure for those that are severely disabled from a young age.  Those individuals often never had a chance to work and build earnings.  In 2014, Congress passed legislation to provide relief for those that suffer disabilities at a young age and allow them to accumulate funds.

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