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Three behaviors that increase the risk of a child auto fatality

The Southern way of life is a comfortable one that can entail casual evening strolls and lounging on the front porch with a tall glass of sweet tea. Taking care of family is important, and children are cherished. While we take care to keep our children safe, data has shown an alarming fact: children in the South are far more likely to die from a car accident than those in the North.

Why is there a geographical difference in car accident fatalities for children?

What is a medical release?

Talking about you health might be no big deal to you. Most people have gone through a medical experience or doctor visit at some point that they talk about with their friends. Some like to swap stories, discuss what worked and didn't work for them, and who the best and worst doctors are in town. When it comes to your health, it's no secret as far as you're concerned. You really don't care who knows about your medical history - but the government does.

What can I expect from my Social Security disability hearing?

You have suffered from chronic pain for so long it's the rule, not the exception. It's hard to leave the house, much less drive or sit at a desk for eight hours a day. You like to work, but it's getting to the point where the only effective way to handle your pain is by staying home. But you have to be able to survive without the steady paycheck you enjoyed for years.

I was diagnosed with PTSD. Can I apply for Social Security disability?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition that has become widely recognized and accepted by both medical professionals and the general public in recent years, especially since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

What's the difference between SSDI and SSI -- and do I qualify for either?

Being permanently injured or ill and unable to work is overwhelming - and frightening. The illness or injury alone is often emotionally and physically traumatic. But then there are financial burdens that can stress a person, too.

How do you provide for yourself and your family if you can't work because you are sick or ill? There are government options that can help. The federal government offers Social Security disability insurance and Supplemental Security Income. The programs are referred to as SSDI and SSI, respectively. According to the Social Security Administration, the agency that oversees both programs, a person must meet the requirements of one of the programs when applying. There are unique differences between the two.

Why are so many Social Security disability claims denied?

Most attorneys agree: the process to receive Social Security disability insurance is usually lengthy and complicated. Social Security disability was established by the federal government as a way to provide financial assistance for people who can't work because of a permanent illness or injury. Congress approved the Social Security benefit program in 1935 for older Americans and added disability pay for the sick or injured in 1956.

What is the difference between workers' comp and disability benefits?

There are different types of benefits available to people who can't work due to an illness, injury or other condition. The key is understanding which one is appropriate for you.

When should I see legal counsel in filing my workers' comp claim?

A carpenter working in commercial construction slices open his hand while using a circular saw that has malfunctioned. He is rushed to the emergency room, where a physician stitches up his hand and recommends a visit with an orthopedic surgeon. The surgeon has bad news: The cut was deep, and caused massive nerve damage. The doctor will have to operate immediately to repair the damage and ensure the carpenter can regain full use of the hand. It could take months to heal. The carpenter supports his wife and children - and he's worried.

Government Considers Relaxing Drug And Alcohol Testing Requirements For Truck Drivers

Sharing the road with large trucks can be extremely dangerous, as I have written about in a number of previous blog posts. Fatigued truck drivers and those who drive under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol have been a leading cause of car accidents involving large semi-trucks and motorist fatalities. Luckily, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has in place numerous required safety regulations aimed at limiting unsafe truck driving practices. These rules include maximum driving hours that a truck driver may be on the road for without resting and strict drug/alcohol testing procedures.

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