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What is a medical release?

What is a medical release.jpgTalking about you health might be no big deal to you. Most people have gone through a medical experience or doctor visit at some point that they talk about with their friends. Some like to swap stories, discuss what worked and didn't work for them, and who the best and worst doctors are in town. When it comes to your health, it's no secret as far as you're concerned. You really don't care who knows about your medical history - but the government does.

What can I expect from my Social Security disability hearing?

You have suffered from chronic pain for so long it's the rule, not the exception. It's hard to leave the house, much less drive or sit at a desk for eight hours a day. You like to work, but it's getting to the point where the only effective way to handle your pain is by staying home. But you have to be able to survive without the steady paycheck you enjoyed for years.

I was diagnosed with PTSD. Can I apply for Social Security disability?

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition that has become widely recognized and accepted by both medical professionals and the general public in recent years, especially since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

What's the difference between SSDI and SSI -- and do I qualify for either?

What's the difference between SSDI and SSI -- and do I qualify for either.jpgBeing permanently injured or ill and unable to work is overwhelming - and frightening. The illness or injury alone is often emotionally and physically traumatic. But then there are financial burdens that can stress a person, too.

Why are so many Social Security disability claims denied?

Why are so many Social Security disability claims denied.jpgMost attorneys agree: the process to receive Social Security disability insurance is usually lengthy and complicated. Social Security disability was established by the federal government as a way to provide financial assistance for people who can't work because of a permanent illness or injury. Congress approved the Social Security benefit program in 1935 for older Americans and added disability pay for the sick or injured in 1956.

Government Considers Relaxing Drug And Alcohol Testing Requirements For Truck Drivers

relaxdrugtest.jpgSharing the road with large trucks can be extremely dangerous, as I have written about in a number of previous blog posts. Fatigued truck drivers and those who drive under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol have been a leading cause of car accidents involving large semi-trucks and motorist fatalities. Luckily, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has in place numerous required safety regulations aimed at limiting unsafe truck driving practices. These rules include maximum driving hours that a truck driver may be on the road for without resting and strict drug/alcohol testing procedures.

Can I Recover Damages If I Wasn't Wearing A Helmet During My Accident?

nohelmet.jpgThere is no question that wearing a helmet on a motorcycle is extremely important. In the event of an accident, helmets can help prevent or alleviate brain and spinal cord injuries, as well as other damage to your neck and back. For this reason, Georgia has a mandatory helmet law for motorcyclists. This means that any person, no matter how old they are, who operates or rides on a motorcycle must wear a helmet.

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