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SSD program costs may be declining

No one expects to get so seriously injured that they are deemed disabled; however, it is comforting to know that he or she has options if such a horrible and tragic situation occurs. It is well known that Social Security disability programs area available to Americans living with disabilities. It is also well known that the funds for these programs are being depleted, with a potential end date only a few decades away. Thus, it is important to stay on top of eligibility requirements to get these often necessary funds.

Although the Social Security Trustees indicated that there is little change in the financial outlook from the previous year in their recently released 2018 report, they believe that disability rates have been declining. If this rate persists, the program costs will likely be lowered. This is a much different trend when compared to the past 35 years. During that time, the disability rolls were soaring.

Unsafe working conditions and workers' comp

There are a wide variety of work environments. Depending on the industry an individual works in, he or she might work at a desk, in a factory, on the road, in a lab, at a hospital or at a construction site. No matter what type of work environment an employee works in, however, the work environment is expected to be safe. In fact, unsafe working conditions could be the cause of a serious work injury or illness, causing a worker to require medical care and treatment.

With regards to an unsafe work condition, this is when an employee is unable to perform his or her required work because of the physical conditions of the work environment being too dangerous. Examples of this include asbestos, hazardous material, exposed wiring and broken equipment. An unsafe condition could impact only part of the workplace or could affect the entire property.

What happens after suffering a traumatic brain injury?

Depending on their severity, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can affect every aspect of the injured victims' lives. Not only the victims, but also their families and friends, can be adversely affected by TBIs, as these injuries can permanently alter the relationships the victims have with others.

If you or a loved one is struggling to overcome the effects of a TBI from a car wreck, on-the-job accident or a misadventure, the following information may be helpful.

Helping car accident victims seek compensation

We read about them in the news, we drive by them in our vehicles and we may even know some one that has been in one. An automobile collision may seem like an every day thing that happens to other people, but the reality is that any driver is at risk of being involved in a car accident. Thus, when a person's world is turned upside down when a sudden car accident occurs, it is important that the victim wraps his or her head around the situation.

The injuries that befall a car accident victim in Georgia and elsewhere can be serious and extensive. This means going through much medical treatment to heal and recover from these injuries; however, some injuries could leave a victim permanently or temporarily disabled, scarred or disfigured. Thus, the losses and damages experienced can be extensive.

OSHA violations and workplace accidents

Even when all precautions are taken and all safety rules are followed, workplace accidents can still occur. However, some workplace incidents happen because safety regulations are not complied with. When an employer fails to uphold these regulations, this not only means that they will face penalties for their violations, but it also means workers could be harmed by this negligence.

Workplace safety in the U.S. is enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Additionally, OSHA inspects work sites periodically, ensuring that safety rules and regulations are followed. Whether it is through an inspection, complaint or investigation following a workplace accident, an OSHA code violation could range from relatively minor to extremely hazardous.

Victim in critical condition following head-on crash in Georgia

Driving a motor vehicle might seem like a routine activity. For some, it could feel almost monotonous, as it occurs on a daily basis. Despite these feelings, driving is a privilege that comes with major responsibilities. Due to a vehicles size, weight and ability to travel at high speeds, it can be a deadly device. Thus, motorists are required to follow the rules of the road and drive safely. Whether it is traveling hundreds of miles on a long stretch of road, in a major city, residential area or on the highway, drivers are required to remain attentive no matter their speed or maneuver. Failing to do so could result in a serious automobile collision.

Based on recent reports, a serious head-on collision occurred in Macon. Reports from Georgia law enforcement indicate that the collision occurred around 10 p.m. near the intersection of Houston Avenue and Giles Street. The accident happened when a 69-year-old female driver was attempting to make a left turn on Houston Avenue from Stratton Street. This is when her vehicle was hit head-on by an 18-year-old male driver.

How can workers address lost wages because of a disability?

It is not uncommon to suffer minor injuries and illnesses. We all get a cold from time to time, and we all suffer a stubbed toe or hurt limb from bumping into things. These minor injuries are almost expected in the home and work environment. However, they require little to no recovery time and likely do not impact a person's ability to work on a larger scale. On the other hand, a major illness or injury could significantly impact a person's ability to work, as this situation likely makes it difficult to care for him or herself in general. Thus, it is important to explore what options are available in matters where individuals are unable to work because of a serious illness or injury.

Because no one is immune from injuries or illnesses, it is likely that several unexpected injuries and illnesses occur in our lives. However, what one does not expect is to have a sudden illness or injury result in a disabling condition. Unfortunately, one in four 20-year-olds today will suffer a disability by the time he or she hits retirement age. Situation such as a back injury, having a heart attack or needing a knee replacement can cause a person to miss work for six weeks, eight weeks and sixteen weeks respectively.

Understanding repetitive motion injuries in the workplace

Georgians take on various types of employment. In some work environments, employees are tasked with doing the same or similar activities repetitively. Over time, carrying out these tasks over and over again could cause damage to the body, resulting in a workplace injury.

Repetitive motion injuries occur from repetitive stress. These injuries can be both temporary and permanent, impacting muscles, nerves, ligaments and tendons because a person has done the same motion over and over again.

Helping protect one's rights to workers' comp benefits

There are many expectations for the work environment in Georgia and elsewhere. One imagines that he or she, as well as their colleagues, will carry out the work tasks assigned to them. One thing an employee is not prepared for at the workplace is a work injury or illness to occur. Even when an employee is working within an industry that causes employees to be exposed to various risks, hazards and dangers, it can still be shocking for an employee to suffer great harms because of a workplace accident.

The damages and losses suffered following a workplace accident can be tremendous. A worker could be deemed temporarily or permanently disabled as a result of the injury-causing incident. Thus, the injured employee might want to explore their options to offset these financial hardships. At Murphy & Garner, LLC, our law firm is focused on helping injured workers obtain the benefits owed to them following a workplace accidents. We have helped countless clients in the Bremen area explore their situation and assert their rights.

What is an employer responsible for following a workplace injury?

When we go to work, we have certain expectations about our day and time in the work environment. For starters, we expect our day to be filled with work tasks. We also expect that we are safe in the workplace. Whether it is an office building, factory or construction site, employees are a certain expectation when it comes to their health and safety. When this falls short, an unexpected accident could occur, injuring an employee.

What is an employer responsible for following a workplace injury? For the most part, most employees are covered by workers' compensation when a workplace injury occurs. These laws do not cover workers such as railroad workers and independent contractors, however. In order to determine if these laws cover an injury, one needs to establish that the injury was work-related.

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