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February 2018 Archives

Waiting and waiting for Social Security Disability benefits

From every paycheck you have earned, the federal government dipped in and took a percentage of it to help pay for Social Security Disability Insurance and other societal safety nets. The idea is to provide a limited income to those who are prevented from working by injury or illness.

Experts: good health reduces risks of on-the-job injury

When business owners get together, one of the things they talk about most frequently is ways in which they can cut costs. Health experts recently told attendees of Business Insurance’s World Captive Forum that owners can cut costs by helping employees to improve their emotional and physical health.

Behavioral health issues raise risk of workplace injury for women

Over the past several decades, the percentage of women in the paid workforce has steadily increased. With increased participation comes the risk of sustaining workplace injuries that require medical care, time off from the job to recuperate and workers' compensation benefits. A recent study points out that women who suffer depression, anxiety and fatigue are significantly more likely to sustain injuries while on the job.

North Carolina mom and daughter killed in crash enroute to school

A North Carolina mother and daughter were doing what parents and kids do on weekdays: they were heading to school. The 33-year-old mother and her 13-year-old daughter were on their way to middle school in Pembroke, a small town about a two-and-a-half hour drive southeast of Charlotte.

SSDI claimants with representatives: 3 times as likely to be approved

The Social Security Administration acknowledges that it has a backlog problem. In a recent report, it stated that thousands of SSDI applicants die each year while waiting to hear if their disability benefits claim has been approved.

Defending SSDI and the "disability belt"

The term "disability belt" is often used disparagingly to refer to an area of the United States that includes the western portion of North Carolina, West Virginia, much of Tennessee and Kentucky, as well as a large swath of Arkansas and most of Mississippi and Alabama. Also included in the area in which a higher than average percentage of adults are disabled: the eastern half of Missouri and parts of Louisiana.

North Carolina workplace injury rate: lower than national average

It is not exactly breaking news to note that the federal government often moves slowly. A few days ago, the U.S. Department of Labor released a report on North Carolina workplace injuries in 2016. While some might dismiss the data as dated, the numbers help us to understand where our state stands in relation to other states on some important safety matters.

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