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Does mental illness qualify one for Social Security disability?

The Social Security Administration provides disability benefits to individuals who suffer from disabilities that prevent them from securing gainful employment. These disabilities can be physical or mental. Georgia residents who wish to pursue disability benefits for mental illnesses and impairments may find the following post helpful, though those who plan to submit applications to the Social Security Administration are encouraged to seek assistance with their pending claims.

The Social Security Administration's 'blue book' of disabilities includes a list of mental impairments that may qualify a person for disability benefits. Those impairments include, but are not limited to, disabilities such as depression, autism disorders, anxiety and mental retardation. Any disability listed must be of a significant level so that it keeps the applicant out of work for at least a full year.

When distractions are present, dangerous car accidents occur

On any given day, Georgia residents may face any number of driving conditions that will test their ability to stay safe on the road. It may be weather that throws rain, sleet or wind into the path of the driver's automobile. It could be traffic or other vehicles that require a driver to slow down, maneuver and keep safe while operating the car, truck or sport utility vehicle. Accidents between other cars, broken-down vehicles and a number of other road hazards can put challenges and delays in the path of a Bremen driver.

However, despite all of these issues that a driver may encounter, there is a big threat that many drivers allow to impair their own operating skills and put themselves and others in harm's way. Distracted driving occurs when a driver allows a non-driving task to hold his or her attention while operating a motor vehicle.

Woman killed while changing tire on I-75

Drivers who travel on Georgia's roads and highways know just how unpredictable conditions can be. From day to day, the weather can change from sunny and clear to stormy and dark. Roads that were debris free may become speckled with hazards if accidents occur on them. Traffic can vary based on the time of day, day of the week, and a variety of other factors.

No matter what types of conditions drivers face, though, they must be prepared to respond to dangers that may present themselves. Being prepared requires drivers to use responsible driving practices and to operate their vehicles in distraction-free environments so that they may protect their lives and the lives of others on the roads. When they fail to note their surroundings and allow their attention to be taken off of driving, tragedies can occur.

Fighting for Social Security disability benefits

Georgia residents work for many reasons. Some hold down jobs because they enjoy the challenges of their employment tasks. Others have occupations because they find personal fulfillment from doing something to the best of their abilities. Most people, though, work because they need to earn incomes so that they may pay their bills and may support their dependents and themselves.

Having to leave a job due to an illness or injury can be of great detriment to a person who needs the wages to make ends meet. While illnesses like common colds, and injuries like sprained joints may resolve quickly and may only require workers to take a day or two off of work to address, other illnesses and injuries can be so serious that they may force workers to take periods of indefinite leave from their jobs.

Should mom and dad be behind the wheel?

It can be tough to watch your parents age. As you become an adult yourself, you can relate to their struggles. Your mom and dad were the ones who raised you. They nurtured you and cared for you. They taught you some of your first skills. When you became a teenager, they taught you how to drive. These may be fond memories. Perhaps you laugh about them now as a family. Your mom and dad are your mentors. It can be tough to witness them struggle.

As your mom and dad age, you may worry about their abilities to do tasks that once were simple. One major task that might be worrisome is driving. Your mom’s eye sight isn’t what it used to be. Dad’s hearing seems to be getting worse. These aspects make you worry about their abilities to drive safe. According to the Prevention, nearly 40 million people over the age of 65 were licensed to drive in 2015. People over the age of 85 are at the highest risk for being involved in fatal crashes.

What are considered unsafe working conditions?

There is risk in practically anything Bremen residents choose to do with their time. They may risk falling when they walk down their driveways to pick up their newspapers, or they may risk experiencing a car accident when they get behind the wheels of their cars and drive to the store. In most cases, the possible risks that may threaten a person's safety are far outweighed by the desire and need to accomplish certain tasks, and so individuals undertake them. The same holds true for individuals who work outside of their homes in order to earn wages.

All jobs can pose risks to the people who serve in them, from construction workers using heavy machinery to office workers who push paper throughout their days. However, no matter what a people do for employment, it is on the employers to provide them with safe conditions to perform their tasks. State and federal laws mandate that employers take steps to keep their workers safe from hazards that may threaten their safety and lives.

Reasons why Social Security disability claims are denied

Individuals who cannot work due to disabilities may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. However, in order for a person to qualify and receive benefits he or she must first fill out and submit an application. Mistakes, omissions and disqualifying information included on a Georgia resident's disability benefits paperwork may lead to the individual receiving a denial of benefits letter from the Social Security Administration.

While mistakes and omissions may be remedied with relative ease, overcoming disqualifying information may not. For example, the Social Security Administration has a specific definition for "disability." If a person's ailment does not meet that definition or does not last as long as is necessary to qualify the person for benefits then the application may be rejected.

What are my rights as a worker?

Employment is both a blessing and a curse for many Georgia residents. Although it provides them with the money they need to have fun, pay their bills and support their loved ones, it also takes time away from their other commitments and may inflict stresses upon them that stem from their work-related responsibilities. While most people experience times of satisfaction and times of frustration with their work situations, no workers should ever feel as though their safety is in danger when on the job. This post will examine some of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) workers' rights that, if disregarded by employers, could lead to workplace injuries and accidents. Victims of these often preventable incidents are encouraged to consider discussing their possible workers' compensation claims with attorneys who work in the relevant field.

Under OSHA rules, workers have rights that protect their safety and ensure that they cannot be retaliated against for wanting to better understand the potential threats that exist in their places of employment. For example, a worker has the right to see copies of workplace injury and illness logs as well as reports that may provide him or her with information on hazards in the workplaces. Employees have the right to be kept away from hazardous chemicals and to be trained to do their jobs in the languages they speak.

A hit-and-run car accident can pose challenges for victims

It is common practice after a vehicle accident to exchange information with the other drivers involved so that the parties may be in touch with each other and may contact their insurance companies to inquire into how their policies might reimburse them for their losses. However, in some car accidents, victims may find themselves alone after their crashes if the responsible drivers leave the scenes of the incidents. Hit-and-run accidents happen throughout Georgia, and this post will touch on some of the ways these types of accidents can pose difficulties for victims.

As with any type of vehicle crash, though, individuals involved in hit-and-run collisions should prioritize their physical well-being over other accident-related concerns. Any injuries that victims suffer should be addressed by medical professionals and victims should maintain documentation of their doctor visits, hospitalizations, and other accident-related medical paperwork so that it may be offered as evidence of their losses.

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