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October 2016 Archives

Personal injury claim after dog attacks delivery man

A recently filed civil case in another state following a dog attack places the focus on the responsibilities of dog owners, once again. In the personal injury claim, the plaintiff alleges that he was attacked while making a delivery to the home of the dog owner and that the owner acted negligently. If the incident occurred in Tennessee, a similar claim could be made under the state's dog bite injury laws. 

Uninsured drivers make the roads more dangerous for everyone

Drivers across the state of Tennessee have been facing increased penalties for driving without insurance in the last 18 months, with consequences for uninsured drivers escalating from a $300 fine to the possibility of losing their vehicle. The Volunteer state has suffered from one of the lowest rates of insured drivers in the country for some time, including having the sixth lowest rate of insured drivers of any state just last year.

Are teen drivers getting worse? New report says yes.

We've all been there - driving down the road only to look over at the driver next to you to see a young person looking at his or her phone, chatting with friends, jamming out to music or otherwise ignoring the road ahead. We may shake our heads and have a "when I was his/her age" moment. This thought could lead to a more concerning question: are teen drivers getting worse?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - 2017 Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)

It was recently announced that Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI recipients will see only a .3% increase in benefits for the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) starting in January of 2017. The government bases the COLA on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from the third quarter of the current year. The COLA affects many important aspects of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI programs besides the actual amount of benefits paid to claimants. The COLA was put into place in 1975.

Tractor-trailer accident claims life of serviceman

An automobile accident involving a tractor-trailer has claimed the life of a Chambersburg hometown hero who bravely served our country both domestically and abroad. The Army scout, who was a veteran of multiple tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan, was struck by a tractor-trailer while traveling through Tennessee.

Army veteran killed in Tennessee truck accident

An army sergeant who served many duty tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan died in an accident over a recent weekend in October. The fatal Tennessee truck accident ended the life of a person called a hero by his best friends. The accident happened shortly after midday on a Saturday.

Four ways to increase the odds of a successful SSD application

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is designed to provide benefits to those who are unable to work due to illness or injury. Although these benefits are supposed to be helpful, the process used to receive these benefits often causes frustrations to those who need them most.

Fatal accident may lead to workers' compensation claim

A fatal accident on a work site in a Tennessee city is currently under investigation. The accident happened just before 05:00 p.m. on a recent Wednesday in October. The incident is being investigated by both the police and the Occupational Health and Safety Authority (OHSA) and may result in a workers' compensation claim.

Risks of animal bites

While it may not be the kind of injury that one usually associates with a personal injury, animal bites are one of the most common kinds of personal injury suits throughout the country. Animal bites can range in seriousness from relatively inconsequential to fatal, and may leave a victim permanently disabled and disfigured in some terrible cases.

Drugged driving makes roads more deadly in Tennessee

Tennessee has seen an increase in traffic fatalities, putting the Volunteer State on a trajectory to break a three-year run in declining traffic fatalities. Some authorities are beginning to suspect the rise is due in part to an overall increase in drugged driving over drunk driving. While the exact statistics will take some more time to calculate, forensic laboratories report an overwhelming number of toxicology tests to complete.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - Hearing Office Update

A major concern for my clients applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits is the time it takes to get their case decided once they reach the hearing level. I periodically try to provide an update on the processing times and approval rates for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims for some hearing offices (ODAR) in Tennessee and Eastern Kentucky. Please remember that these statistics are only for claims pending at the hearing level or Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. The claims at a hearing office have already been through the Application and Reconsideration steps (typically 6-12 months of waiting already).

Do smartwatches increase chances of car accidents?

We live in the era of smart technology and it seems as if everything from regular household items, such as refrigerators, to personal items, such as watches, are now technologically driven. Techno junkies in Tennessee are joining everyone else in chasing after the newest fad, but are these always the safest and best option? Many people are questioning the safety of using a smartwatch while driving and the extent to which it can distract a driver, thus leading to car accidents.

Three common questions about Social Security Disability Insurance

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program that is designed to offer financial assistance to those with certain disabilities that are unable to work. In order to qualify, applicants must meet certain requirements.

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