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How to qualify for Social Security disability benefits

Disabled individuals may want to return to work after suffering their disability but may find that they are unable to do so. It may be overwhelming and alarming all at once to not know how they will support themselves or their family which is why disabled individuals should be familiar with resources available to help them such as Social Security disability (SSD) benefits.

There are two primary components to qualifying to be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. First, the disabled applicant must meet the Social Security Administration's definition of disability. This requires that the disabled individual suffers from a medical condition that is severe enough the it prevents them from working. Additionally, the disabled individual must suffer from a medical condition that is expected to last 12 months or longer or result in death so, in essence, the disability cannot be temporary.

What are wrongful death protections?

Wrongful death protections can be essential for family members who have had a loved one wrongfully killed in a traumatic accident. Wrongful death options provide important protections to help family members with some of the challenges they face during an unthinkably difficult time.

Personal injury legal protections include wrongful death claims available to families to help them recover compensation for the damages they have suffered because of the wrongful loss of their loved one. A wrongful death claim can be brought on behalf of, and for the benefit of, surviving family members and can help them recover compensation for their financial and emotional damages they have suffered as a result of the wrongful death.

Help for victims of dangerous or defective drugs

When people are harmed by a dangerous or defective drug, they may wonder where they can turn for help. One answer is that products liability law provides important protections for victims of a dangerous or defective drug. Victims of dangerous or defective drugs may be able to receive compensation for the harm they have suffered.

A personal injury claim for damages can help victims receive compensation for the physical, financial and emotional harm a dangerous or defective drug has caused. Drug manufacturers have a duty to test drugs using criteria developed by the U.S Food and Drug Administration before the drug is released into the market. Simply conducting the tests, which are considered an industry standard, does not necessarily mean, however, that a drug manufacturer may not still be liable to a victim injured by a dangerous or defective drug.

Adjusting to driving again after a horrific crash

Car crashes can serve as highly traumatic experiences for the driver if they survive. Even a simple rear-end dent can be scary to someone, so those who have their vehicles and their bones broken from the incident may be hesitant to drive again following the accident once they are physically able to.

Alabama has a reputation for having some of the worst drivers in the nation. If you have been lucky enough to avoid getting in a major accident so far, do not expect it to fully last on these roads. Once you the doctor determines you are OK to go behind the wheel again, you must transition to the vehicle slowly and steadily. If it feels too overwhelming to put your foot on the gas pedal again, you can take these following steps to help you adjust to the experience:

Social Security benefits increasing next year

Disabled individuals who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits, or those seeking to qualify and apply for SSD benefits, will likely be interested to learn that payments for Social Security Disability will increase next year by an amount that is not insignificant. Social Security Disability benefits will increase by 2.8 percent, the Social Security Administration recently released.

Payment for SSD benefits will rise 2.8 percent next year and the increase will go into effect at the end of the year. The increase is due to a cost of living adjustment that is mandated by law. The increase is a little more than last year's increase and is the largest year-over-year increase since 2012. There are a total of 62 million Americans receiving some type of Social Security benefit.

What is securities fraud?

Many of us have heard the term "securities fraud," but you may wonder what it refers to. Accusations of securities fraud can result in serious potential penalties and consequences, which is why it is important to understand what securities fraud is.

Securities fraud generally refers to circumstances when a false statement is made about a company or the value of stock and a financial decision is made based on that false information. One instance of securities fraud can occur when a director of a company does not correctly report financial information to shareholders. Another example of securities fraud is insider trading. Insider trading occurs when a party with confidential information about the financial status of a company discloses that information before it is made public and that information is used to make financial decisions.

Important protections for injured workers are available

When a worker has been injured on the job, the worker and their family members may not know what to do. Fortunately, there are different protections and resources available to help injured workers and their families following a workplace accident.

Workers' compensation is a no-fault system that allows injured workers to receive help with their medical expenses and lost wages while away from work recovering from a workplace injury or illness. This helps ensure they receive the medical care and treatment they need and that they and their family do not suffer more than they have to. Additional benefits, including benefits for family members, may also be available in some circumstances. In addition to workers' compensation protections, other important protections may be available to injured workers as well.

Why do I need a Social Security Disability attorney?

Some Social Security Disability claimants choose to continue on to an adjudication hearing without representation by an attorney. While this is an option for every claimant, it may not be the best decision.

Social Security Disability hearings before an Administrative Law Judge contain a great deal of legal jargon and procedure. It is not uncommon for a claimant to begin a hearing on his or her own, then decide that it would be best to have it continued in order to obtain representation. Parties who are not familiar with the legal process may quickly become overwhelmed and realize they do not understand what is taking place.

What to watch out for on logging trucks

The truck and timber industry are highly active during the autumn in Alabama. Many workers are trying to get as much trees transported as they can so they do not have to deal with the colder weather slowing down their progress.

The increase in productivity can also affect how logging truckers are on the road. These are some of the most dangerous vehicles to come across as both the logs and the truck could be large and long fatal hazards. It is important to maintain your distance from them, but you might want to be further away if you notice something off about the truck’s load or how it is going.

FDA finds second cancer causing ingredient in Valsartan

In our prior post in August 2018, we told you about a recall by the US Food and Drug Administration on the prescription blood pressure medicine, Valsartan. The drug has been under a voluntary recall since July 2018. It is manufactured by many different companies, and thus far has been determined to be safely consumed from others. However, the FDA has now released information claiming to have found a second known cancer causing ingredient in three lots manufactured by Torrent Pharmaceuticals.

The first ingredient found to taint the drug was N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). The new found impurity is N-Nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA). While not all lots have been found to be contaminated, NDEA was also found in some manufactured by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals, which was also the manufacturer of the products found to contain NDMA. These impurities can be caused by chemical reactions, and are also used in the manufacturing of rocket fuel, pesticides, and fish processing. They are both cancer causing agents in humans.

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