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Helping you obtain Social Security disability benefits

For most individual in Georgia and elsewhere, information regarding what one can do if he or she is suffering from a disability is known. However, this information is often limited, and many do not understand that obtaining Social Security Disability can be lengthy and complex. Therefore, the initiation and continuation of this process should be understood.

When one believes that they are living with a disability caused by an illness, injury or medical condition, the first step is to establish if he or she is suffering from a qualifying disability. Not all injuries and illnesses are covered, and the attorneys at Murphy & Garner, LLC, are available to help clients in the Bremen area assess his or her eligibility.

What is whiplash?

Feeling a sudden jolt to your vehicle can be surprising. A slow moving crash where another vehicle collides with the rear of another vehicle can cause harm to not only the vehicle but also to the occupants. Increase the speed of the collision, and it is likely that the occupants will suffer serious injuries, one of them being whiplash.

What is whiplash? This is a fairly common injury suffered in a car accident. It occurs when the soft tissue in the neck and back are injured. This results when there is a rapid back-and-forth motion of the neck in a car accident. This soft tissue injury does not always appear immediately following a car crash. Unlike a head trauma, broken bone or an open wound, whiplash is not a visible injury.

Georgia's hand-free law not impacting distracted driving

It's hard to watch TV without encountering a cellphone commercial, as these devices are very appealing and used widely by residents in Georgia and other states across the nation. While these are very popular and reliable forms of technology, they do not hold a place in all environments. Using a cellphone while driving is not only dangerous but is deemed distracting. When it comes to distracted driving, the state of Georgia has taken active steps to help reduce the number of car accidents cased by drivers using their phone while driving.

Over six months ago, the state of Georgia passed a" hands free" law. This law states that drivers cannot drive while using a cellphone in their hands; however, they are allowed to use a hands free option to talk on the phone. During its short lifespan, some believe that this law has done little to impact the behavior of drivers with regards to their cell phone use.

How long do Georgia residents wait for disability hearings?

Social Security disability exists to protect those who can no longer earn a living wage. There are a variety of reasons why someone may find themselves in need of Social Security disability benefits. Many people require benefits after developing a debilitating illness, such as cancer or a degenerative disease like multiple sclerosis.

Others may suffer a sudden traumatic injury, perhaps in a workplace accident or motor vehicle collision. Even those with serious mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, could find themselves unable to work and in need of Social Security disability.

City worker killed in workplace accident

Going to work is common for Georgia residents, but going to work fearful that he or she will suffer serious and even fatal injuries is not as common. While there are some industries that are known to be dangerous, workers are still under the impression that proper safety steps have been taken to reduce the chances of a serious workplace accident.

According to recent reports, the death of a worker for the City of Savannah died. It was determined that the 62-year-old man died in a work-related accident. The man worked for the Publics Works & Water Resources Department.

How do you know if you are eligible for SSD benefits?

For most individuals in Georgia, they do not plan for tragedy to happen to them. However, many are aware that the unexpected does occur. Because of that, it is very common for individuals to purchase various insurance policies. Whether it is damage to a home, an automobile accident or a major health problem, these policies help address the financial pitfalls caused by the matter. However, what can one do if they are seriously injured and no longer able to work.

Social Security disability was designed to help those unable to work because of disabling injury or illness. However, in order for eon to qualify for these benefits, he or she must meet the definition of disability as outline by the Social Security Administration. The SSA defines disability as a medical condition that is expected to last for at least one year or end in their death. And, as a result, he or she is unable to work because of the disabling condition.

Helping you get the workers' comp that you deserve

When individuals in Georgia and elsewhere leave their home and head to work, they expect to return home in the same condition. In other words, employers do not expect to experience harms in the workplace, resulting in injuries, illness or even a disability. Unfortunately, any workplace could pose risks to workers, making it important for workers in all industries to explore their rights and options after suffering harm on-the-job.

Workplace accidents vary from worker to worker and from industry to industry. They could be the result of a fall from a great height, due to heavy machinery malfunctions, negligence of an employer, employee or third-party, because of lifting heavy items, repetitive motions or even a car accident while on-the-job.

The SSD programs available to you

There are certain life events that cause individuals to consider many what-if situations. Take getting a new job for example. New employees are faced with decisions regarding life insurance and other accounts regarding disability and dismemberment. No one likes to think about the possibility of being so severely injured that they are disabled and unable to work. However, this is a critical matter to consider.

While it is challenging to think about the possibility of disability, it is very difficult to deal with the challenges that living with a disability presents. Thus, many disabled individuals consider the possibility of easing or bettering their situation. Seeking Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits is one of those ways.

SSD benefits will increase 2.8 percent

Living with a disability can present some challenges to individuals and families in Georgia and elsewhere. While accommodations can make it easier to live with a disability, is one is unable to work because of a disability, financial problems can really set in. Because of this, Social Security disability programs are often sought out for assistance. However, many still find it challenging to make ends meet, as it can be rather costly to meet one's basic living needs.

The amount a recipient receives when they are approved of SSD benefits is related to the average cost of living. The Social Security Administration considers the cost of living adjustment when determining how much a recipient gets paid each month, and according to recent reports, this amount for 2019 will go up by 2.8 percent.

Preventing workplace accidents: Ladder safety tips

No matter how often you climb a ladder at work or how comfortable you feel, you always know that a single fall could be devastating. It can lead to broken bones, back injuries, traumatic brain injuries and much more. One simple mistake is all it takes.

After all, falls are the biggest reason for workplace fatalities in the construction industry, which is one of the most hazardous industries in America. Even if you're not doing construction, you have to be aware of the risks. You must know how to work safely at any height, and that means knowing how to use a ladder properly and responsibly. Below are some key safety tips that can help:

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