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4 ways serious car crashes affect children

When you strap your child into a car seat, you believe that he or she will be safe under any circumstances. Unfortunately, the crash you were in was so severe that your child still suffered injuries. They weren't as bad as they could have been, but your child still has a long recovery ahead of them.

There are several ways that a car crash can affect your child. Your child may suffer serious injuries, require therapy and have changes to his routine. He may need to stay at the hospital or live with chronic pain now and in the future. Here are four ways a crash could impact your family and child in the days to come.

Disability disasters: Dealing with a denial

There is no secret about the fact that most people experience a denial the first time they apply for disability coverage. The Social Security Administration has many rules and regulations in place to prevent the misuse of the benefits system, but that does mean that many people who deserve benefits do not receive them in a timely manner.

If the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies you benefits, you are not the only person to whom this has happened. A denial does not necessarily mean that you should not receive benefits, either. Sometimes, it is a matter of changing paperwork or providing more evidence of your condition and inability to work.

How do I appeal a Social Security Disability decision?

You applied for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, but your claim was denied. What is your recourse?

Being rejected for SSD isn’t automatically the end of the road for you. In fact, around 70 percent of SSD claims are denied the first time around. After an initial rejection, you have further opportunities to prove your eligibility. Today we provide a brief overview of how the SSD appeals process works:

The impact of football concussions

We do love our football here in Tennessee. There are plays that children remember as adults, and adults carry with them the rest of their lives. Who can forget the Music City Miracle? It was the stuff of legend. 16 seconds left, down by a single point. A last-ditch kickoff return, Lorenzo Neal hands the ball to Frank Wycheck, who threw a lateral pass across the field to Kevin Dyson. Dyson sprinted down the sideline for the improbable touchdown to win the game.

With moments like that, it’s no wonder that kids want to play football. But is that going to change? A recent New York Times article shed light on the impact of a decade of medical research into football concussions, congressional hearings and the class-action lawsuit against the NFL. We are beginning to see cases involving players of every age and every level of play.

Tennessee trucker convicted in impaired driving crash that killed two

If you drive northeast of Cleveland on Interstate 75 for about an hour and a half, you will arrive in Knox County. That is where a jury recently found a Tennessee trucker guilty of manslaughter in a violent truck accident that killed two people in 2016.

The 55-year-old truck driver was convicted of manslaughter, aggravated operating under the influence, as well as driving to endanger, among other charges.

The tragic story of the Mansfield Bar

Have you ever noticed the horizontal bar underneath the rear of semi-trucks on I-75? The steel bar hanging underneath a semi-truck trailer is designed to stop a vehicle from wedging underneath in a crash. There’s a story about this underride bar and why it’s often referred to as the Mansfield Bar.

Jayne Mansfield was a 1950’s blonde bombshell that took Hollywood by storm. But before she had a chance to make it big, she was killed in a car accident. It was June of 1967, and Mansfield was traveling with a male friend, her driver and three of her children near Biloxi when a dense fog from a mosquito spray drifted over the highway. Nobody in her 1966 Buick Electra ever saw the slow-moving semi in front of them. Her car rammed into the tractor-trailer and went completely under the trailer, instantly killing all the adults in the front seat, including Mansfield. Miraculously, the children all survived.

What is Social Security Disability?

Social Security was started in 1935, shortly after the Great Depression. Aging Americans were one of the hardest hit groups during the Depression. America needed a plan to provide for an aging workforce.

Designed to address the long range problem of economic security for an aging population, a contributory system was established. Workers paid taxes into the system so they could receive benefits at a later date. When Social Security started, the program was only designed to provide coverage for those facing old age and unemployment. Social Security Disability (SSD) coverage was added in 1954.

Is it wrong to pursue a personal injury claim?

As surely as God loves Tennessee football, people will talk about personal injury attorneys. You may hear things like, “Ambulance chasers” or “I bet the lawyers were waiting at the emergency room for the ambulance to unload.” Maybe even, “The hardest thing that lawyer did was getting the fella in the full body cast to sign the contract.” You get the idea.

But is pursuing a personal injury claim wrong? Many will point to the McDonald’s coffee lawsuit as the classic example of a frivolous lawsuit—and why they don’t like personal injury claims. However, a little digging shows another side to the story. Stella Liebeck was a grandmother from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was upfront about it being her fault for spilling the coffee. There are a few things most people don’t know:

Catastrophic injuries are common outcome of truck accidents

Tractor-trailers and other large trucks are such a staple on Tennessee roadways that many drivers forget just how dangerous these vehicles can be. Truck accidents tend to cause more severe damage and injuries when compared with smaller motor vehicles, and the outcomes can be devastating. In such instances, it is important to have the right compensation to handle damages.

Commercial vehicle drivers might be specially trained to handle large vehicles, but that does not mean they always act responsibly. It is not uncommon for truck drivers to become distracted by their cell phones, either by texting, browsing the internet or making a phone call. Some truck drivers engage in other types of irresponsible behavior behind the wheel, such as drinking or purposely going above the posted speed limit.

Withholding important information can lead to injured workers

Safe working environments are paramount for employee safety across Tennessee, but there are some industries that are inherently dangerous. Whether working in construction, manufacturing or an industry dealing with hazardous chemicals, employees should still be protected by reasonable safety measures. When employers shirk their responsibility to enact adequate safety precautions, it often results in injured workers.

Many workers are unaware of their rights in the workplace, including that their employer is legally required to provide workers with information regarding dangerous toxins. A worker does not necessarily have to deal with dangerous chemicals during his or her work duties, as the mere presence of toxic chemicals at a facility can still be dangerous. Employees are often made aware of what chemicals are present through Material Safety Data Sheets, or MSDSs. These sheets not only tell workers what dangerous chemicals are present, but also the health effects, toxicity and procedures for daily handling and leaks.

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