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Speeding up your disability claim

If you have a medical condition that prevents you from working, you may have serious concerns about how you will pay your bills. On top of those normal expenses, you likely have mountains of medical bills. If your condition is chronic or progressive, you may expect your need for medical care to continue or even increase as time passes.

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits is an option if you have a work history that includes paying into the Social Security system and if your medical condition is expected to prevent you from working for at least one year. While obtaining SSDI can be a very long process, you may have an especially desperate situation. Fortunately, some conditions qualify for fast-track approval.

Pursuing compensation after a car crash as a passenger

Many Florida residents choose to ride in a vehicle as a passenger rather than drive. Sometimes, it is more convenient to catch a ride with a friend or Uber than to drive yourself to an intended destination. Of course, that means that you do not have control over the vehicle, and if your driver or another driver acts negligently or recklessly, you could end up injured in a crash.

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for passengers to suffer injuries in car accidents, and severe crashes can cause harm to multiple individuals. Even though you were not driving, you still have options for seeking compensation for the harm you suffered in the event.

Fatal auto accident in Panama City

When two vehicles collide, the force of impact often results in serious injuries to drivers and passengers alike. In a head-on crash, the injuries are often fatal. In the early morning hours of a recent Wednesday, a fatal auto accident occurred on a Florida highway in Panama City.

Both of the vehicles involved in the head-on crash were Ford Fusions. One of the drivers had been traveling in an eastbound direction moments before the collision. Investigators are still working to determine what may have caused the vehicle to veer out of its lane into the westbound side of the roadway.

Fatal auto accident at Florida intersection

Florida intersections can be dangerous, especially in heavy traffic. If a driver is distracted or otherwise negligent at the wheel, disaster may occur. A recent fatal auto accident involved two motorists, one in a sedan and the other who was riding a motorcycle at the time.

Police say both vehicles had just approached an intersection moments before the crash occurred. The man in the sedan was heading north. The biker was traveling the opposite way.

Workers' compensation: Less stressful with strong support

If you suffer injury on the job in a Florida workplace, you might have to take time off work during recovery. Depending on the severity of your condition, you might not even be able to return to the workplace at all. Whether you have moderate to minor or more serious injuries, the workers' compensation program is in place to provide you means to obtain financial assistance to help cover injury-related expenses and to replace lost wages. You also may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits in certain circumstances.

Upon initiating a workers' comp claim, you may be one of many injured workers who encounters challenges in the system. Your employer or an insurance agency might seek to deny the claim. This does not necessarily mean you don't qualify for benefits.

Florida collision results in 2 fatalities

When Florida investigators are called to the scene of a motor vehicle accident, they are often met with a lot of unanswered questions. It can take weeks, even months, to determine what or who may have caused a particular crash to occur. Finding the answers is often a top priority for grieving families who have lost loved ones in a collision.

On a recent Friday at approximately 10:30 p.m., a Florida highway became the scene of a tragedy. There were numerous vehicles traveling on the roadway at the time. One of them was driven by a 25-year-old woman. She lost control of her steering and careened into an oncoming lane of traffic.

Workers' compensation: Tragic accident results in fatality

Florida workers who deal with heavy equipment or large, commercial vehicles are constantly at risk of suffering workplace injuries. While an office can also suffer injury, those who work in construction, use machinery or drive trucks during the workday typically have a greater chance of being involved in a workplace accident. Workers' compensation benefits provide financial relief to injured workers during recovery, as well as to spouses or immediate family members in cases where an on-the-job accident resulted in a worker's death.

A work accident occurred in another state when a man was working on the hopper at the rear of a garbage truck. The hopper, or compactor, is the rear part of a garbage truck where trash is compressed by a machine to make room for more garbage inside the compartment. On a recent Monday, a man who had been employed by a particular trash company for a long time was killed when something went wrong as he was carrying out his duties at the rear of a garbage truck.

Fatal auto accident: Police searching for hit-and-run driver

In Florida and beyond, pedestrians are often at risk when nearby motorists are negligent or reckless behind the wheel. Earlier this year, a tragedy occurred that resulted in the death of a woman and her dog. The incident sparked a police investigation that remains active at this time. A man who is grieving the loss of a loved one in the fatal auto accident says he trusts that justice will be served.

The man's 63-year-old girlfriend was walking her dog when she was struck by a vehicle. Sadly, she did not survive her injuries, and the person driving the vehicle that hit her did not remain at the scene. However, the vehicle was found in a garage later.

Several Florida cities have highest rates of pedestrian accidents

As we get deeper into summer, more people will head outside as a way to have some fun. Walking can be both a form of transportation, as well as done for leisure and exercise. 

However, walking does not come without its risks. One of the biggest associated risks occurs when pedestrians are in close proximity to vehicle traffic. Far too many people lose their lives in a pedestrian accident involving a motor vehicle every year. However, some areas of the nation pose a higher threat than others. A study done last year found the 20 deadliest cities for pedestrians, and almost half of them are located in Florida.

Embarrassment may be the least of your worries after a fall

Falling, especially in public, is often considered an embarrassing event. Unfortunately, many public places have serious hazards that could put you and other visitors at risk of tripping, slipping or otherwise falling. In many cases, embarrassment may be the least of the resulting troubles as a fall could lead to serious injuries.

If you fall due to a hazard on another person's property, whether it belongs to a homeowner or business owner, you could suffer serious and lasting effects from the ordeal. Even if the harm does not present itself immediately, you could end up having to contend with the effects for a considerable amount of time.

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