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New disability proposal would send some back to work

Citing the fact that the Social Security Disability program has grown exponentially over the last few decades, a few federal lawmakers are proposing a law that would use both incentives and time limits to get some Charlotte, North Carolina, residents who are disabled to look for a job and try to get off the program's payroll.

The lawmakers who made this proposal repeat the often-cited concern that the Social Security program is approaching insolvency. Indeed, the program has gone from costing $20 billion in 1970 to costing $137 billion today. Furthermore, recipients of disability benefits tend not to return to work once they start drawing benefits. In 1982, almost 6 percent of recipients eventually went back to work; that number is less than half of 1 percent today.

The federal rest rules and truck accident claims

A previous post on this blog discussed how the family of someone who got seriously injured in a Charlotte, North Carolina, truck accident should be aware of the signs of truck driver fatigue at the time of the collision, particularly if the incident happened at night.

For those truckers who are subject to them, the rest rules put out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration may also serve as valuable resource to Charlotte-area families who are trying to make out a case of negligence so they can get compensation that they both need and deserve. These rest rules impose certain requirements on truck drivers to take a break from behind the wheel. The purpose of these rules is to maximize the chances that truckers who are driving are doing so while awake and fully alert.

We help victims of distracted drivers recover compensation

A previous post on this blog discussed why it is so important for drivers in the Charlotte area to keep their complete focus on the road when driving. Anything that causes distracted driving, including texting and driving, eating and driving or even talking to a passenger and driving, can result in a serious or even deadly accident.

It is sad that in the Carolinas many do not always heed the many warning out there about the dangerous of distracted driving. When drivers choose to ignore these warnings and cause an accident, they can and should be held accountable for the resulting damages to other innocent victims.

St. Patrick's Day celebrations can lead to drunk driving accidents

For many, St. Patrick's Day is a time for celebration, regardless of whether an individual has Irish ancestry or is just Irish for the day. In fact, more than 33 million people celebrate the holiday with food, drink and merriment each year. As the fourth most popular drinking days, behind New Year's Eve, Christmas and Independence Day, St. Patrick's Day also creates more risk for drunk driving accidents.

Why is distracted driving such a dangerous practice?

The world is not a simple place and to navigate the many tasks that a North Carolina resident must accomplish on any given day generally requires them to multitask in order to have a chance at staying on top of their responsibilities. However, there is one time during the day that a person should put everything else to the side and focus on a single task: while driving an automobile.

Automobiles are complex machines and they are driven in places where other cars, trucks, and vehicles, as well as bicycles, pedestrians, construction crews, and other hazards may be regularly present. In addition to expected obstacles that may appear in a driver's way, changing weather conditions may turn an otherwise easy commute into a treacherously dangerous endeavor. Put simply, even without an additional in-car distraction a driver has many things to pay attention to in order to smoothly operate his vehicle.

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.

  • 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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