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November 2016 Archives

Social Security and VA team up to speed disability claims

With the drama and chaos of a presidential election dominating the news for months, a number of significant stories got little notice or were ignored entirely by the Charlotte media. With the votes counted and results announced, it is time to examine stories that were buried, including the good news that the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration kicked off a new initiative to speed the sharing of medical records.

Texting while driving: a big factor in teen accidents

In a recent post, we discussed a report, published by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) on October 12, 2016, which shows that teen drivers are 1.6 times as likely to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident.

Don't give up hope if your disability claim is denied

Was your claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) denied? This isn't the time to give up, although many people do. Instead, you have the right to appeal this decision and ask for a second look at your case.

Workplace injuries and illness continued to decline in 2015

A report by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics shows a decline in occupational injuries and illnesses reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 2015, a trend that has continued for the past 13 years. This doesn't mean, however, that employers should ease up on safety initiatives. The approximately 2.9 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses is still significantly high.

Paralyzed in a car crash, now using robotics to move - and feel - his limbs

In the winter of 2004, a teenager named Nathan Copeland was in a car wreck that rendered him tetraplegic - that is, unable to move his four limbs. His physicians assumed he would never be able to reverse the effects of paralysis and regain sensation. However, thanks to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh, he is achieving exactly that.

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