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December 2015 Archives

Disabilities Involving The Musculoskeletal System

The human spine consists of 33 vertebra: 7 cervical, 12 thoracic, 5 lumbar, 5 sacral which fuse to form the sacrum and 4 coccygeal which are also fused together to form the coccyx bone or tail bone. These bones surround and support the spinal cord which connects the brain with the body. Between the bones are disks which act as shock absorbers and configure to both the stability and flexibility of the spine. Each spinal disk is called a nucleus pulposus and a herniated nucleus pulposus is a disk that is out of place, otherwise known as a "slipped disk" and abbreviated as HNP. Many people with disabilities have as a component of their physical limitations problems associated with one or more HNPs.

Driving defensively in a sea of distracted drivers

It can be said that a good majority of people within North Carolina who are of the appropriate age, drive daily. Because they drive as part of a routine, the magnitude of what they are doing may dissipate. Regardless, even the most diligent person behind the wheel, resisting all distracting temptations can still suffer consequences at the hands of another's negligence.

Not hurt "On the Job?"

In North Carolina, an employee does not have to be hurt on the employer's premises to be entitled to workers compensation benefits. In some situations an injury will "arise out of the employment" even if you are away from the workplace. For instance, your injury may be compensable if you were doing something that benefitted your employer when you were hurt. If your employer tells you that your injury is not compensable because you were hurt away from the jobsite, make sure to contact a North Carolina Workers Compensation attorney. An experienced attorney will be able to tell you if your injury is compensable or not. If you have questions about this subject, please contact Christian Ayers or John Ayers at Ayers, Whitlow and Dressler, (704) 377-5050.  

3 killed in North Carolina reckless driving accident

A 23-year-old North Carolina woman and her six-month old son were among three who were killed in a two car motor vehicle accident that was caused by reckless driving. In a statement made by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, the incident was caused when a full sized pickup truck passed vehicles in a no-passing lane and struck the small sedan that the woman was driving.

Children and Social Security Disability Benefits

A child with a disability who is age 18 or older may qualify for social security benefits when a parent begins receiving retirement or disability benefits. In certain circumstances a disabled child can also get benefits at age 18 or older when a parent dies; however, the child's disability must have begun before age 22.

Three killed in North Carolina reckless driving accident

A 23-year-old North Carolina woman and her six-month old son were among three who were killed in a two car motor vehicle accident that was caused by reckless driving. In a statement made by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, the incident was caused when a full sized pickup truck passed vehicles in a no-passing lane and struck the small sedan that the woman was driving.

As States Decrease Workers Compensation Benefits, Federal Attention Grows

Federal lawmakers are beginning to pay attention to the recent trend of states cutting workers compensation benefits. When a state reduces the benefits available to an injured worker, often federal disability assistance will step in to aid the injured worker. Congressman Bobby Scott of Virginia (D) explains that "what happens is if the workers aren't getting benefits under workers' comp, a lot of them end up getting benefits under Social Security disability or Medicaid, food stamps, because they're not working. And so there is a strong federal interest in making sure that the workers' comp programs pay appropriate benefits." He points out that if the states continue to cut workers compensation benefits, there will be an increasing burden on the Federal Social Security Disability program. 

Length of Time to Receive a Decision About Your Disability Benefits

The time it takes for the Social Security Administration to issue a decision for an initial application of disability benefits varies greatly. Some factors that affect this include the nature of your disability, how quickly medical evidence is obtained from doctors and hospitals and whether you are sent for consultative examinations with a physician selected by the Social Security Administration. There is also a considerable backlog of applications at the Social Security Administration. It is not unusual for it to take 4-6 months for an initial decision to be issued. The sooner you file for benefits, the sooner you will know whether or not you're approved.

Long waits plague those seeking social security disability

Everyday, employees in North Carolina are forced to stop working due to medical conditions and accidents that they had no control over. People who undergo life-saving surgeries and are unable to return to work find themselves struggling just to get by financially--while waiting in a seemingly never ending line for the Social Security disability that would help them remain up on their feet.

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