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December 2017 Archives

By the numbers: Drunk driving and New Year's Eve

The last day of 2017 is almost here. Many people might consider that reason enough to celebrate on New Year's Eve. Whether the celebration is to mark the end of the old year or the start of a new one, many here in Charlotte enjoy New Year's Eve with friends, co-workers, family and sometimes strangers. While it is usually all in good fun, unfortunately, some people don't recognize that they cannot drive safely after consuming alcohol.

Leaving SSDI applications and appeals to the experts

Financial advisers help people make important decisions about what to do with money. Which stocks to buy or sell, for instance, as well as how to match investments to personal financial goals. One aspect of advice and guidance that financial advisers often fall short on is helping clients navigate the Social Security Disability claims process.

Charlotte bicyclist struck, killed by speeding car on Christmas Eve

It was the afternoon of Christmas Eve in south Charlotte. A 57-year-old man was enjoying a bicycle ride until, without warning he was struck by a speeding car at the intersection of Johnston Road and Pineville-Matthews Road.

Social Security Disability: an overview

Like so many issues that make their way into the news, Social Security Disability is often misunderstood, mischaracterized, mislabeled and subject to partisanship and emotions. So let's take a few minutes to try to clear the misconceptions about a federal program that helps millions of disabled American workers pay for necessities.

By the numbers: Impaired drivers and holiday traffic crashes

The old song insists that this is "the most wonderful time of the year." When you consider the gatherings of friends and family, the exchanging of gifts, the friendliness and holiday greetings of strangers, it seems that the song might be right.

Poultry workers fear retaliation for reporting workplace injuries

Poultry production is North Carolina's leading agricultural industry, accounting for more than $34 billion and 100,000 jobs statewide. In fact, neighboring Union County is the second leading poultry-producing county in the state, surpassed only by Duplin.

Study: Sexual harassment leads to physical, psychological problems

Every day it seems as if another powerful politician or media figure is accused of sexual harassment or other sexual misconduct. It turns out that workplace harassers make the lives of their victims unpleasant in more than one way.

Numbers make it clear: SSDI approval is getting more difficult

When you comb through the Social Security Administration's annual report on disability claims, you will come across a wide variety of interesting statistics. A glance through last year's report (the most recent report available) reveals that there are still 4,100 outstanding claims for disability benefits filed in the year 2009.

Retaliation for filing a workers' comp claim is illegal

The federal government's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has good news and bad news for American workers. First, the good news: there was a decline in workplace injuries last year. The not-so-good news is that there were still nearly 3 million on-the-job injuries to American workers.

Troubling ethical questions surround self-driving cars

Proponents of self-driving vehicles insist that when the autonomous vehicles do start rolling down our roads, that traffic congestion will ease, gasoline consumption will drop and that people with physical limitations will be mobile. Proponents also believe that motor vehicle accidents, injuries and fatalities will drop significantly once computers and sensors are piloting our cars.

A look at older workers and injuries in the workplace

There is a wide variety of reasons for older citizens to work past retirement age. For some, their motivation is purely financial: they need to continue to earn money. Social Security retirement is simply not going to cover all of their bills.

Elation greets FDA's reassessment of MDMA (ecstasy)

Back in the 1980s, the rise of psychedelic and electronic dance music fueled the popularity of raves: music-fueled parties that sometimes lasted all night or longer. At the height of the rave phenomenon, MDMA (also known as ecstasy) was popular, giving users a sense of euphoria and heightened sensations as they danced the night away.

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