How to drive defensively in Tennessee

One of the most common reasons for motor vehicle accidents is driver error. Defensive driving can help reduce the chances of being in an accident. Driving defensively simply involves: Staying aware of your surroundings It’s important to be aware of your surroundings and anticipate what may happen next to avoid getting into an accident. For

Understanding the impact of burn injuries

If a person suffers a burn injury, it can be life-altering. Burns can be caused by fire, hot liquids and metal, electrical current, radiation and chemicals. Some are so serious that they require immediate medical attention, treatment at specialized burn centers and long-term follow up care. The deeper the skin damage is, the more burn

What car crash victims should know about femur fractures

Car crashes are the leading cause of femur fractures, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Drivers in Tennessee should know that the femur is the body’s strongest bone. If it should fracture, one will likely suffer many other injuries, including tearing muscles, damaged ligaments and rupturing blood vessels. Various types of femur fractures

Musculoskeletal conditions affect half of American adults

Of all the categories of disabilities affecting the American public, it appears that none are more common than musculoskeletal conditions like back pain, tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. The World Health Organization estimates that one out of two adults in the U.S. has at least one musculoskeletal disorder. Think about that: half of all adults,

Can a spinal cord injury lead to depression?

Spinal cord injuries are traumatic for the victims and their family members. There are a lot of changes that come with one of these injuries. It is imperative that anyone who has one understands what they are likely going to experience so they can address these issues as they come up. One area that’s often

Proposed SSDI rules might cause people to lose benefits

Tennesseans who receive Social Security Disability benefits should be aware of new rules that have been proposed by the federal government for disabled people who receive SSDI. The new rules, which are meant to save the government money, may force many people to lose their eligibility to receive benefits. According to a report in the

Applying for Social Security Disability over 50

Suffering from poor health can hugely affect a person’s ability to earn an income. Being involuntarily unemployed can lead to stress due to financial issues. In turn, this stress can contribute to further health complications, and may even cause mental issues such as anxiety and depression. If you are unable to earn an income because

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and SSD benefits

Tennessee residents who have been diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease could qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Though the SSA Blue Book does not specifically list Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, the disease is still considered a valid neurological impairment that could be a qualifying factor on a person’s disability application. People with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease have

How age and education affect disability benefits

Social Security disability can be an important safeguard for people in Tennessee who are no longer able to work due to physical or mental disabilities. However, the application process can be lengthy, especially as many applicants are denied in the first step of the process. There are a number of factors that the Social Security

If your Social Security Disability gets denied, you can appeal

Social Security Disability is an important safety net that protects individuals who get hurt or develop a medical condition from experiencing outright poverty as a result of their medical issues. When a condition is so severe that it prevents someone from working, Social Security Disability provides them with a moderate income stream to cover their

Ways you can increase your SSD benefits

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports that nearly one out of every four Americans has a disability. That amounts to 61 million citizens with a mental or physical impairment affecting their daily lives who could be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSD). The government designed SSD as financial assistance

Avoid these mistakes throughout the SSD application process

When you suffer a disabling injury or illness, your future may seem uncertain. You may be unable to continue working in your chosen profession, worry how you will financially support yourself and struggle with learning to cope with your impairment. Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits provide many who are unable to work after a disability

Common reasons for a denial of SSD benefits

When you sustain a disabling injury or develop a debilitating disease that prevents you from being able to work, you may have the option of turning to Social Security benefits for financial help. However, the process is complicated and often leads to a rejection the first time you file a claim. Certain factors increase the

What to expect during a Social Security disability video hearing

As a Tennessee resident who has trouble supporting yourself because of a serious, debilitating disability, you may decide you want to pursue Social Security disability benefits as a method of making ends meet. Available through the U.S. Social Security Administration and intended for those with severe disabilities unlikely to improve with time, disability benefits are

The link between road construction and car wrecks

Any time you travel across Tennessee by car, you run the risk of encountering road construction. For some drivers, navigating through these work zones can prove difficult and even dangerous. Construction zone crashes are steadily increasing across the nation, highlighting a need for increased awareness about their dangers. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s

3 common causes of holiday injuries

The winter holiday season is a wonderful time to spend time with your family, decorate the home and go on road trips. Some common activities you may partake in include hanging lights, decorating a Christmas tree and driving to visit loved ones. While these tasks may be somewhat stressful, you may not view them as dangerous. However,

Top mistakes to avoid after a car accident

Injuries from a car accident can have serious ramifications that can continue to affect you for a long time to come. As the costs of accidents continue to grow, filing a lawsuit can be an effective way to get compensation to cover medical bills, make up for the earnings you lose and help you afford the