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The appeal process for Social Security Disability

Because many Social Security disability applications are initially denied, it is important for disabled individuals seeking benefits to know that they can appeal a denial of benefits. There is a process provided to appeal a denial of Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) claim that has several phases to it that disabled individuals should be familiar with.

SSDI claims are based on disability and work history. The disability requirement that must be met provides that the disabled individual suffers from a medical condition that is severe enough that it prevents them from working and is expected to last for 12 months or longer or result in death. In addition, disabled individuals must also meet work history requirements to be eligible for SSDI benefits so it is important for them to be familiar with what those are.

New device could make diagnosing concussions easier

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved a new medical device for diagnosing concussions. According to The Star Tribune, the device is called the EyeBox, and it tracks patients’ eye movements to reveal whether they have suffered a concussion.

The EyeBox was created by Minnesota neurosurgeon, Dr. Uzma Samadani. Dr. Samadani noticed discrepancies in the way the human eye moves reveal information about brain dysfunction.

How legal options can help victims of distracted drivers

Unfortunately, car accidents that result in serious damages and harm to victims can be caused by distracted driving. Distracted driving is a danger on the roadways and victims of distracted drivers should understand how they are legally protected.

Distracted driving includes any activity that removes the driver's attention and focus from the roadway. Distracted driving behaviors can include texting while driving, using a cell phone while driving, grooming while driving, eating while driving, operating and navigation device or radio while driving or engaging in other dangerous driving behaviors as well. Distracted driving behaviors generally fall into three main categories which are defined by cognitive distraction, visual distraction and manual distraction.

Types of securities fraud

Securities fraud can lead to serious potential penalties and consequences for accused individuals facing securities fraud charges. As a result, it is worthwhile for those impacted by securities fraud to be familiar with the different types of securities fraud and how the legal system handles securities fraud. As a type of white collar crime, securities fraud is not treated lightly.

Securities fraud can include a variety of different alleged schemes such as high yield investment fraud; late day trading; hedge fund-related fraud; advanced fee schemes; foreign currency fraud; broker embezzlement; Ponzi schemes; and pyramid schemes. Securities fraud may involve investment opportunities that seem to pose little risk with the potential for high returns and can come in many forms.

What is required for the work history component of SSD benefits?

Qualifying for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits can be a vital lifeline for many disabled individuals. There are two primary components to qualifying for benefits, and disabled individuals seeking benefits should ensure that they have all their questions regarding these important components answered.

Eligibility for Social Security disability benefits is based on a disabled individual's medical condition and work history. The medical condition component can sometimes be more easily understand than the work history component. To be considered disabled, an applicant must suffer from a medical condition that is severe enough that it prevents them from working and is expected to last for 12 months or longer, or result in death. This requirement can be met generally by providing medical records to establish the disability, or by meeting medical conditions contained on certain lists provided by the Social Security Administration.

Help for victims of nursing home abuse and neglect

Unfortunately, injuries and death can occur in nursing homes. Recent studies indicate that 90 percent of nursing homes are understaffed. Because nearly two million Americans live in nursing homes, this is serious concern that can lead to significant harm for residents.

Fortunately, personal injury legal protections are available to help residents, families and victims of nursing home abuse and neglect. Personal injury legal protections can help victims recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional damages suffered because of nursing home negligence which might include medical or funeral expenses, pain and suffering damages and other types of damages as well. Nursing homes and nursing home staff may be liable for the harm suffered by victims.

Truck accident victims should know their legal options

Truck accidents can cause extensive harm in the lives of victims and their families. As a result, truck accidents victims should be familiar with the legal remedies available to them when they have been harmed in an unexpected truck accident.

A personal injury claim for damages can be brought against a negligent truck driver or trucking company to help victims with the physical, financial and emotional damages they have suffered in a truck accident. Victims may need help with medical expenses, future medical care costs, lost wages, lost-earning capacity and pain and suffering emotional damages that result from a truck accident. Truck accident victims may be able to recover compensation for all of the damages they suffered through a personal injury claim for damages.

Damages are available to protect victims of personal injuries

A personal injury claim for damages is an important tool for victims of car accidents and other traumatic accidents to recover compensation for the harm they have suffered from the party at fault for the accident. A variety of important personal injury damages may be available based on the situation and circumstances and the harm suffered by the victim and their family.

Damages for medical expenses may be available to victim of car accidents to help with the medical costs they have incurred as a result of the harm they have suffered. If they are certain, future medical care expenses may also be available to victims to help with the ongoing medical care and treatment their injuries may require. Additionally, damages for disfigurement and permanent disability may also be available when appropriate to the circumstances.

How to appeal a denial of Social Security disability benefits

This blog recently discussed how disabled individuals can qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Because Social Security disability (SSD) benefits can be difficult to obtain, and many applicants for disability benefits are initially denied, it is helpful for disabled individuals seeking benefits to also understand the appeals process if their application for benefits has been denied.

The Social Security disability appeals process mainly includes four phases and disabled individuals seeking benefits should be familiar with each. The first step when an application for SSD benefits has been denied is a Request for Reconsideration which may not be available everywhere. This involves a new reviewer taking a look at the entire application. If the application for disability benefits remains denied following the Request for Reconsideration, the disabled applicant can further appeal and will be scheduled for an administrative law judge hearing.

Alabama car accident statistics reveal grim details

The state of Alabama has routinely been one of the highest states for vehicle crashes in the country. In 2017, there was nearly 157,000 vehicle crashes around the state. To break that down, there was a traffic crash reported every 200 seconds. Furthermore, a person was injured in a car accident every 11 minutes somewhere in Alabama that year. If these numbers do not concern you yet, then just know that in your lifetime as an Alabama resident, you have a greater than one-in-three chance of being involved in a car accident that results in an injury or death. When it comes to a national perspective, as a resident of Alabama, you are twice as likely to be killed in a car accident than the average American.

The fatality rate due to car accidents in Alabama has been increasing the last few years. Back in 2012, there were 870 car accident fatalities, that number jumped to 1,089 in 2016. That is an increase of over 25 percent.

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