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Who handles workers' compensation for federal employees?

If you are a federal employee in Tennessee, you may not know that your workplace protections may be different from people who work for a private company. In fact, workers' compensation for federal employees are handled differently through the federal system, so you need specialized knowledge to make sure your claims are handled properly. The good news is that the feds have been working to streamline the workers' compensation system in an effort to protect those who have suffered workplace injury.

What is the Compassionate Allowance program for SSD?

The Compassionate Allowance program is designed to provide applicants with benefits in a prompt fashion. In order to qualify for this program, applicants must suffer from conditions that are so severe they clearly qualify for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits.

A car wreck can affect non-motorized traffic, too

When we think about motor vehicle accidents, we most often think of single- or multiple-car crashes - we may not think about the other vehicles that occupy the road. In many Tennessee counties, though, car accidents can affect agricultural equipment, bicyclists and even horse buggies. Sharing the road in a rural area can mean being aware of a variety of vehicles.

Woman undergoes rabies treatments for dog attack injuries

A woman on the East Coast is just one of many dog bite victims that are going through painful rabies treatments after being harmed by a domestic animal attack. The woman, who was attacked by a dog that burst out of a store while she and her dogs were outside, said that she was having difficulty paying for the costly treatments for her injuries, which are also exceptionally painful. She is undergoing the thorough rabies treatment, like many Tennessee residents, because of uncertainty about the dog's immunization status.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) - Childhood SSI Benefits for Muscular Dystrophy

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may be available for a child who has suffered from muscular dystrophy. If the family income falls below certain levels and the child meets the medical requirements, he or she may be entitled to monthly monetary benefits and Medicaid (or state variant) health insurance.

Proposed law could limit distracted driving car accidents

Lawmakers in Tennessee are planning to combat vehicle fatalities through new legislation that would severely limit cellphone use in cars in the state. A proposed bill from a state senator is designed to decrease the number of car accidents in the state by requiring hands-free cellphone operations behind the wheel. Tennessee residents could see a rate decrease of as many as 20,000 vehicle accidents annually if the new law is implemented.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - Muscular Dystrophy

A person may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits based on muscular dystrophy. If a person is not working and has been diagnosed with this severe condition, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will determine whether the person is disabled under a listing or whether jobs exist considering the person's residual functional abilities for purposes of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The Listings are just that - listings of conditions that qualify for someone disability benefits based on the diagnosis and severity of a medical impairment. A person must show that she meets or equals the listed condition and required severity.

What happens after getting in a wreck with an uninsured motorist?

What does Tennessee have in common with other states when it comes to car insurance? For starters, our state shares a high rate of uninsured drivers, which can lead to major problems in the event of a car accident. Victims who are involved in a car wreck with an uninsured motorist can suffer major physical and financial harm - you could be "on the hook" for your own medical costs and vehicle replacement if you get in a crash with this type of driver.

St. Patrick's Day celebrations lead to surge in drunk driving accidents

March 17th marks the annual St. Patrick's Day celebration. This holiday, rich with Irish tradition, has morphed into one of the year's biggest days for alcohol consumption. Although many partake in their St. Patrick's Day celebrations responsibly, there are some that choose to imbibe and drive - a potentially deadly combination.

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