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Seeking compensation after a car crash

When motorists in Georgia and elsewhere get in their vehicles, they do not often think about the potential dangers and hazards associated with driving. For the most part, drivers are focused on the road and getting to where they are going. Unfortunately, the minds of some drivers are on other things. Distractions can occur in the vehicle, causing drivers to take their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel and mind of the task of driving.

Distracted driving is a major concern on roadways across the nation, and when drivers and occupants in Bremen are injured by a distracted driver they need somewhere to turn for help and answers. At our law firm, we are dedicated to helping car accident victims through this difficult time.

Qualifying for SSD benefit for a mental health condition

A sudden injury or illness can set individuals back. This may not be for the short term either, as some medical issues could leave individuals disabled. Because it can be a sudden and shocking event, some are unsure what can be done to address these matters. This is what Social Security disability benefits are designed to do, and could be the very reason individuals living with a disability due to an injury or medical condition are able to meet his or her basic living needs.

Disabilities look different from person to person. Additionally, not all disabilities can be seen visually. Some individuals suffer silently, as he or she is dealing with a mental health disability. A person suffering from a mental illness could obtain SSD benefits if he or she is suffering from a qualifying illness. This can includes disorders such as Schizophrenia, autism, mental retardation, depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder.

Second fatal pedestrian accident in Columbus in 2 months

In Georgia and other states across the nation, motorists and pedestrians can co-exist. Whether it is by vehicle or by foot, individuals find their way to get around. In places where pedestrians frequent, drivers are expected to use caution and uphold his or her duty to drive safely. Unfortunately, when this duty is breached due to distractions, negligence, recklessness or intoxication, this could result in a serious or fatal pedestrian collision.

According to recent reports, a pedestrian was struck and killed on Veteran's Parkway in Columbus. This is the second fatal pedestrian accident in this location in a two-month period, giving rise of safety concerns for pedestrians. The recent victim was a 58-year-old male, who was struck just north of 23rd Street.

How can workers' compensation help injured or ill workers?

No matter what profession one works in, when a worker is injured on the job or suffers a work-related illness, it can be extremely detrimental for the worker. They are no longer able to work because of their injury or illness. In addition to not earning any wages, the worker is also dealing with medical bills, ongoing treatment and even rehabilitation. This can become an overwhelming situation, causing some workers to seek out assistance to understand their options.

How can workers' compensation help injured or ill workers? To determine if these benefits are available to you, eligibility must be established. There are two main factors used to determine eligibility. First, you must be an employee, and second, you must have suffered an injury or illness as a result of your employment. While these factors help establish eligibility, this does not guarantee it, as an employee must have been in compliance with workplace rules and regulations at the time of the incident.

Movement may help car accident brain injuries heal

Among the most devastating injuries you can sustain in a car accident is a brain injury. It can leave you with lost memories, physical impairments and mental impairments. You may see your entire personality change. You may lose basic skills -- walking or talking, for instance -- or senses like smell and sight.

Worst of all, these injuries may not heal. Some do, yes, but many brain injuries never do, at least not completely. The impact is permanent. You may have to deal with this for the rest of your life.

Having a game plan for applying for SSD benefits

Permanent and temporary disabilities impact many Americans on a daily basis. While they may be able to make the changes necessary to overcome the challenges presented, this does not mean that they are able to live with a disability without seeking assistance. In fact, many of those living with a disability seek Social Security disability benefits to help offset the financial hardships caused by the situation.

When it comes to applying for SSD benefits, many are concerned that their application will be denied. These concerns are well founded in most cases, as roughly two-thirds of all applicants for Social Security disability benefits are initially denied.

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.

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