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August 2016 Archives

Workplace injury in Tennessee leads to hospitalization

A worker employed by one of the contractors involved at a foundry in Tennessee was injured in a work-related accident on a recent Thursday evening in August. Very little information relating to the accident has been made available, and the company has been quiet regarding the matter.  It is known that the workplace injury resulted in the man being hospitalized at a medical center in the region and that he is considered to be in a stable condition.

Traumatic brain injuries and Social Security Disability

There are many types of injuries and illnesses that are considered to be permanent disabilities. Among these is a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. No matter how the injury occurred, a TBI can have an impact on all the different aspects of your life. It can leave you unable to work, and can also harm your ability to handle the tasks of daily living and enjoy your personal life. Understanding what kinds of symptoms a TBI has and the benefits you can get to help you becomes very important when living with this kind of disability.

Horror car wreck -- man pinned under car

A Tennessee man was pinned under his vehicle after an accident with another vehicle. Now, his fiance is searching for the people who rushed to help free him in order to express her gratitude. The car wreck happened at approximately 3.30 p.m. on a recent Monday afternoon in August.

Drowsy driver -- sure recipe for truck accident

One often reads about the dangers of distracted driving and driving under the influence, but seldom of another lesser known danger -- drowsy driving. A driver who has had too little sleep is a danger on the road. Many Tennessee readers likely recall the truck accident in which comedian Tracy Morgan was seriously injured. Lack of sleep on the part of the driver was ruled the root cause of the accident.

How is disability is defined for Social Security purposes?

"Disability" can mean different things to different people. However, the Social Security Administration (SSA) follows strict guidelines outlining what it means to be disabled with regard to the receipt of benefit payments. Additionally, the SSA assumes that disabled people have access to other financial resources if they are unable to work. These may include unemployment benefits, workers' compensation, family resources, and the like.

Coal ash cleanup leads to workers' compensation claims

Many of the dam workers involved in cleaning up coal ash after a huge spill in Tennessee in 2008 are now realizing that they have been exposed to many hazardous chemicals during the cleanup operation. Now, eight years later, workers' compensation claims are being filed as more and more of these workers recognize that their health has been adversely affected by the exposure to coal ash and what it contained. To date, at least 6 percent of the 900 workers involved in the cleanup operation have joined in a lawsuit filed against the company for which they worked.

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