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Veterans experience long waits for decisions on disability claims

Countless men and women from North Carolina and from every other state in the union have put their lives on the line to serve in the armed forces. Those courageous and selfless individuals have experienced threats to their security and safety so that others may live in freedom, and for their noble efforts many who serve suffer illnesses and injuries as a result of their times of service. Although the federal government provides service members with the means of applying for veterans' benefits and submitting disability claims, many who do so must wait years to find out if their requests for support will be fulfilled.

For example, a Vietnam veteran who suffers from tumors potentially caused by a substance he was exposed to during the conflict has waited nine years to have his matter resolved. He has submitted his claim to his regional Veterans' Benefits Administration office and that office passed it on to the next level up. His matter is on appeal and therefore moving between the levels of hierarchy in the veterans' benefits system; the average wait time for a service member whose claim has been appealed to find out if the matter has been approved is five years.

Fatalities from drunk driving accidents exceed national averages

Drunk driving accidents are a problem in every state in the country. Unfortunately, however, they are a greater problem in North Carolina than in other parts of the nation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths from drunk driving accidents in North Carolina exceed national averages for the rest of the United States.

Based on data analyzed by the CDC, more than 4,100 people died in drunk driving accidents in North Carolina between 2003 and 2012. Among victims between the ages of 21 and 34, North Carolina experienced a rate of death of 8.0 per 100,000 versus a rate of death of 6.7 per 100,000 for the national average. Among all ages, North Carolina victims experienced a rate of death of 4.2 per 100,000 compared to a national average of 3.3 per 100,000.

Three tractor-trailers involved in truck accident

North Carolina drivers may not always notice semis and other large vehicles on the roads. When their operators are trained to drive them safely and they abide by the rules of the road, semis, 18-wheelers and other large vehicles are simply other automobiles traveling down the roads and freeways. However, when problems occur with large vehicles, the dangerous situations they create can impact the safety of others.

Just recently several tractor-trailers were involved in a collision in Orange County. Three large vehicles collided with each other and ended up blocking lanes on Interstate 40 East and Interstate 85 North. The incident happened near an on-ramp where semis and other large vehicles can stop to be weighed, and as a result of the incident one of the tractor-trailer's drivers was taken by ambulance for medical treatment of injuries.

Why an attorney helps for Social Security Disability applications

Social Security Disability is a federal program created to protect American citizens against abject poverty in the face of a serious injury or illness. You have paid into Social Security your entire working life. If you've suffered a serious medical incident or an accident that has left you disabled, you may need outside help.

Navigating the process of filing for Social Security Disability can be incredibly difficult. Whether you're applying for Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability, retaining the services of a disability attorney who understands the Carolinas is important.

Truck accidents often have shattering consequences

Many of the goods that Charlotte residents buy at their favorite stores arrive by way of commercial trucks. Once loaded into the freight and cargo holds of large tractor-trailers, semi-trucks and other large vehicles, those goods cross miles of freeway on their routes to restaurants, stores and outlets all throughout the Mid-Atlantic. As they bump along their way the drivers of those trucks bring the goods and their massive vehicles into close contact with the many individuals who must drive their personal vehicles on the roads.

Large trucks may be commonplace to see around Charlotte, but they pose many dangers that individuals may not recognize. Their huge sizes can make them difficult for their drivers to stop, especially when they are weighed down with full loads. Their maneuverability can be more limited than that of smaller vehicles.

New Year's Eve And Drunk Driving

Lots of people in the Charlotte, North Carolina area like to go out and celebrate New Year's Eve. It's a night to get together with friends and family and celebrate the beginning of a new year. But it can also be a deadly night when people drink too much and decide to drive. Drinking and driving can result in serious car accidents.

New Year's Eve is one of the deadliest nights of the year on North Carolina roadways. Many times people attend parties, drink too much alcohol, and then make the terrible decision to drive. In 2015, 233 people died in alcohol related crashes in North Carolina. The number of deaths appear to be going down in 2016, but any death due to another person's negligence is tragic. This New Year's Eve, troopers will be out in full force to track down anyone who is suspected of driving drunk, but they can't catch everyone.

What happens when applying for SSD benefits?

The Social Security Administrations provides qualifying Charlotte residents with two different types of benefits to help them when injuries keep them from working. Those benefits include Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability benefits. Our readers may need to get more information about their potential to qualify for these benefits before beginning the application process for either.

An application or request for benefits will first be considered at a regional office. Individuals who work at those offices will review the data contained in the claimants' applications and will evaluate their medical evidence to determine if the claimants are disabled under the requirements of the Social Security laws.

What are the requirements for veterans disability compensation?

Charlotte, North Carolina residents who selflessly serve in the military deserve the very best benefits. Veterans disability compensation is a benefit for certain veterans. Veterans injuries should be treated seriously and thoroughly. Compensation is available for a wide variety of both mental and physical injuries that a service member may have suffered.

Veterans may be eligible for disability compensation if they meet certain requirements. These include having an injury or disease that was incurred during active military service, active duty training or inactive duty training. It can be for a chronic condition as well, such as a knee condition or post-traumatic stress disorder. Compensation can be from 10% to 100% depending on the injury. If the service member has dependents, the amount will be rated 30% or greater.

Whiplash is a common car accident injury

Not all car accidents result in life-threatening injuries. Many North Carolina residents are able to walk away from their crashes with seemingly minor or non-existent physical harm. However, injuries from a car accident can manifest in the days and weeks after a person experiences a crash, and one of the most common types of car accident injuries is whiplash.

Also known as a strain or sprain of the cervical spine, whiplash happens when a person's head is thrown forward and backward at a fast rate of speed. In rear-end collisions, whiplash can happen to the individuals in the front car when their vehicle jerks forward on impact.

What effects does drinking have on the body of a driver?

Alcohol is a substance that can change the physical and psychological responses of a Charlotte resident's body. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer a wealth of information on just how a driver's body is affected by alcohol and what possible outcomes can result when he chooses to drink and drive.

At low levels of alcohol consumption, such as when the driver's blood alcohol content is around .02 percent and well below the state's legal limit, a driver may have trouble tracking moving objects with his eyes. He may also feel more relaxed and less inclined to react when objects or distractions appear before him. Even with only a drink or two in his system his driving will be affected by the presence of the substance in him.

  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice Protecting People’s rights
  • NOSSCR National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives
  • American Association for Justice formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America ATLA
  • ABA American Bar Association
  • NOVA
  • North Carolina State Bar
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