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Car accidents may result in delayed-pain back injuries

A back injury can make it difficult or even impossible to continue many kinds of work, as well as everyday tasks around the home. Often, a back injury is obvious, because of the pain it produces and the limitations it places on the injured person, but not all back injurious are obvious at first.

Car accidents produce many kinds of injuries, some of which do not produce pain until hours or days afterward. Delayed-pain back injuries are some of the most common, and without a post-accident medical examination, a victim may not realize they suffered an injury for some time.

How can personal injury damages help you after a car accident?

Compensation gained from a personal injury lawsuit can help address some common concerns victims and their families may have following an unexpected car accident. Car accident victims may have concerns about their health, finances and the emotional challenges associated with an unexpected car accident.

These concerns reflect the categories of personal injury damages that injured victims may be able to recover through a personal injury claim for damages. One major category of personal injury damages includes medical expenses. Victims injured by a negligent driver may be able to recover compensation for their medical expenses and future medical care costs. Additionally, damages may also be available for disfigurement if the victim suffered disfiguring injuries in the car accident.

What can you do to prepare for a disability hearing?

Preparing for a Social Security Disability hearing can be important because it may be a significant step in the application process for SSD benefits that helps to determine if the disabled applicant receives benefits. Eligibility for Social Security Disability benefits is based on a qualifying medical condition causing disability and work history, which informs some of the questions the applicant may be asked during the hearing.

During a Social Security Disability hearing, the applicant should be prepared for the questions they may be asked, but there is no need to be nervous. An administrative law judge will conduct the hearing to learn more about the applicant's disability and eligibility for SSD benefits. The applicant should be prepared to share information related to their medical condition, medical history and physical and mental abilities. They may be asked questions related to their symptoms, medications and side effects, severity of pain and range of motion.

Get to know more about the Social Security Disability program

If you've been hurt and can no longer work, you may be in the position to file for Social Security Disability benefits. SSD is designed to help people who are unable to work because of a terminal illness or serious disability that is expected to last 12 months or longer.

Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are federally funded. The program is run by the Social Security Administration and will cover you with benefit payments if you qualify based on your injury or illness and past work record.

Workers' compensation and the independent medical examination

If you've been injured in a workplace accident, then you're probably concerned not only about your physical recovery, but also about your financial stability. An unexpected on-the-job injury or illness can knock you out of work for a significant period of time, thereby forcing you to forego much needed wages and incur significant medical and rehabilitative costs. Fortunately, workers' compensation is available to injured workers, but these individuals need to be aware of how the law applies to these situations so that they can pursue benefits as aggressively as possible.

One important matter is the independent medical examination. Under North Carolina law, an employer may request that an injured worker submit to an independent medical examination and that worker must comply, so long as the doctor in question is licensed and qualified. This evaluation can play a huge role in a workers' compensation claim determination.

Longer stopping distances often contribute to truck accidents

Although a rear-end accident involving another passenger vehicle can cause a significant amount of damage and result in serious injuries, the likelihood of severe harm is significantly increased when the rear-ending vehicle is a semi-truck.

Yet, far too often these big rigs fail to safely slow down or stop before causing a rear-end accident, and innocent motorists are left to suffer from physical and emotional pain as well as financial losses.

Most surgical errors are attributable to human error

Most North Carolinians put a lot of trust in their doctors. This trust isn't unfounded. After all, medical professionals must acquire extensive education and training before they are able to administer care to patients. Yet, despite their qualifications, doctors and nurses often make mistakes that put innocent patients in harm's way, sometimes leaving those patients with serious injuries.

Surgical errors are one way that these mistakes can occur. Such errors may be in the form of a wrong-site surgery, an entirely wrong operation, nicked organs and retained surgical instruments in the patient's body.

What qualifies you for SSD benefits?

Suffering a sudden injury or illness can be an emotional and overwhelming experience for individuals in North Carolina and elsewhere. This is especially true if an individual finds it difficult to work because of it. This can create a serious financial situation, causing one to consider their options when it comes to resources such as Social Security disability benefits.

What qualifies you for SSD benefits? The Social Security Administration only pays for total disability. This means that those suffering from a partial disability or a short-term disability will not qualify for these benefits. The SSA also has a strict definition of disability and considers an applicant disabled if they cannot do the work they previously did, are unable to adjust to other work because of the medical condition and the disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year or result in death.

Working on raised scaffolding is more dangerous than it may seem

When you show up on a construction site for the day, you'll immediately turn your attention to the task at hand. Depending on the job, you may find that you'll spend a good portion of time working on raised scaffolding.

Even if you have many years of experience working at height, a simple mistake by you or a co-worker can cause serious injury or even death. And that's why you should obtain as much knowledge as possible regarding the steps you can take to maintain your safety.

Filing a loss of consortium claim after a car accident

Losing your loved one in a car accident is an event that can take a lifetime to recover from. Knowing that your spouse passed away due to such a preventable incident, and potentially due to the negligent or reckless actions of another, can be extremely difficult to deal with.

In addition to mourning the loss of your spouse, you will also have to deal with the loss of companionship, as well as the loss of an income. Many people who suddenly lose their spouses start to suffer financially very quickly after the event. This can make keeping up with mortgage repayments and paying for the funeral costs very difficult and stressful.

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