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Denied disability claim? Don't give up the fight for benefits

Financial stress is one of the most significant impacts a person may experience when dealing with a mental or physical disability. Whether it is because a medical condition you have or injury you suffered, when you can't work, it's a big deal. For this reason, you may decide to move forward with a disability claim with the Social Security Administration.

The SSA maintains a strict definition of disability. Even when a person has a legitimate disabling medical condition, he or she may still have a hard time getting financial support. You may find it quite difficult to get the benefits you need, and your initial claim may come back denied. If this happens to you, this is not the end of the road for you. 

Some workplace hazards may be present in nearly all professions

It is no secret that certain occupations are inherently more hazardous than others are. However, regardless of the type of work you perform, job-related accidents can take place at any moment and under a multitude of scenarios, and you might encounter a variety of safety risks nearly every day.

As you likely consider your safety to be a high priority, you might be wondering about the steps you can take to reduce the odds such an incident will occur. It's nearly impossible to foresee or prevent all work injuries, but knowing some of the most common types of workplace hazards may prove helpful in keeping you safe and productive.

Fatal motor vehicle accident at a Florida intersection

Licensed drivers in Florida and beyond typically understand that being cautious and alert at the wheel helps improve travel safety. There are certain stretches of roadway that might be more dangerous than others. In fact, intersections, in particular, are known for being areas that are high-risk for collision. Sadly, a fatal motor vehicle accident recently occurred that involved several vehicles, two of which were stopped at traffic lights.

Police say a van had likely been traveling at a high rate of speed moments before the collision occurred. The driver attempted a left turn at a crossroad. Taking a turn too fast can have disastrous results. In this case, the driver lost control of steering and crashed into two vehicles that were stopped at a red light.

When drivers don't pay attention, motorcyclists can be at risk

Living in south Florida, you enjoy riding your motorcycle all year round. But as you share the highways with heavier vehicles, you are always aware of your risk on the road. Inattentive drivers of cars and trucks can put you in danger if they don't see you next to them.

A recent accident in Florida threatened the life of a motorcyclist. When a driver changed lanes without paying attention, the accident left the biker severely injured.

Is distracted driving more prevalent among Apple users?

Car accidents are a daily occurrence in Florida and across the country. Unfortunately, more and more of these accidents are caused by distracted driving. Too many individuals feel the urge to check their phones, send a text, make a call or check social media when they should be focused on driving. Could the type of device a driver has affect the level of distraction?

In a recent survey regarding distracted driving, a certain portion of the report looked at the breakdown between Apple iOS users and Google Android users. When it came to replying to text messages while driving, nearly 60% of Apple iOS users indicated that they felt very high pressure to reply to those messages even though they should be focused on driving. On the other hand, approximately 18% of Android users felt that same high pressure.

Fatal auto accident at a Florida intersection

There is typically a lot of traffic on Florida roadways in early morning hours. Many people travel to work at this time, and students are often on their way to school. The more vehicles on the road, the likelier it is that there might be a collision. Sadly, at approximately 6:30 a.m. on a recent Tuesday, there was a fatal auto accident at an intersection.

Investigations immediately following the collision revealed evidence that a 42-year-old man was attempting a left turn, moments before the crash occurred. Before he had completed the maneuver, a pick-up truck that was traveling in a southbound direction collided with his vehicle. The sudden and forceful impact of the crash caused the man in the turning vehicle to be ejected from his seat.

Fatal auto accident near Florida overpass, several others injured

As of 8:15 p.m. on a recent Friday, a northbound traffic lane near an overpass crossing Highway 123 was closed because of a collision. There were two vehicles involved in what was later reported as a fatal auto accident. Numerous vehicle occupants were transported to the hospital with injuries. At the time of this writing, one death was confirmed.

minivan and pickup truck collided in a head-on crash. Preliminary investigations show that the pickup truck driver was heading south in a northbound lane when the collision occurred. A man who was traveling in the pickup truck died in the crash.

Florida fatal auto accident involved two vehicles

When Florida motorists get behind the wheel, they may encounter certain roadway situations that place them at risk for injury. In fact, some types of road locations are known to be more dangerous than others. Intersections, for instance, rank high on most lists of potentially dangerous travel areas. Sadly, the new year had only just begun when a fatal auto accident occurred at a crossroads in Sarasota.

It was nearly 1 a.m. when police were dispatched to the accident scene. Preliminary investigations show that two vehicles collided when one of the drivers attempted a left turn at an intersection. His vehicle apparently turned in front of another car that was heading south.

A denied workers' comp claim is not the end of the road for you

When you suffer an injury at work, you know how important it is to secure benefits through a workers' compensation claim. This financial support is necessary for your recovery and coverage of your post-accident needs, and it can be devastating when your claim comes back denied. Unfortunately, insurance companies are most concerned with protecting their bottom lines above all else.

If a claim does not get approval, it can feel like a setback. It can be confusing and overwhelming when you realize that you won't get the help you need right away, but there are still options available to you. You can appeal a denied claim and continue your pursuit of the benefits you need to get better and move forward after a workplace accident.

Charges pending following Florida car accident

All Florida drivers must comply with all traffic laws and safety regulations. Doing so, however, does not guarantee that every motorist will comply. A horrific head-on collision occurred on Christmas Eve that has resulted in charges pending against the driver of one of the vehicles. When a car accident results in fatalities, as this one did, property damage is merely the tip of the iceberg when determining the financial consequences of the collision.

Sadly, three women died at the scene of the recent head-on crash. They were traveling together in a southbound lane when another vehicle veered into their lane. A man, age 52, was behind the wheel of the other car. Police say it appears he was trying to pass traffic in a no-passing zone.

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