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Have you noticed these signs of nursing home neglect?

When a loved one falls ill, suffers severe mental decline or otherwise becomes in need of extended care, you certainly want to make sure he or she receives the proper care. While you may wish that you could help provide that care, your own life and obligations may not allow you the time and energy to do so. As a result, a nursing home facility often becomes the next best option.

Many people go into nursing homes every year to receive the care and attention their conditions require. Of course, it can feel difficult to place the care of someone you love into the hands of other people. However, remembering that these staff members are professionals may have helped you feel more at ease. Unfortunately, over time, you may have noticed some concerning aspects that led to you suspect neglect.

Were you injured in a single-vehicle accident?

Single-car accidents take place relatively often. You may have seen your fair share of vehicles that have gone off the roadway, hit utility poles, crashed into guardrails or ended up in other forms of a crash without another vehicle involved. When these incidents occur, people commonly wonder what could have caused them.

A number of factors could contribute to a single-car crash, just as they could a multi-vehicle collision. Drivers could often avoid many of the most common contributors, but because individuals do not always practice the safest measures when behind the wheel, crashes occur regularly.

The paperwork you need when filing for disability benefits

It can be scary to find yourself dealing with a condition that prevents you from holding gainful employment. Whether you have a mental condition, physical injury or medical diagnosis that keeps you from working, you have certain options. It is possible you have a rightful claim to disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.

West Virginia readers know disability benefits are available to certain qualifying individuals who cannot work because of a medical condition. There are strict qualification guidelines for applying for these benefits, but if you qualify, you may need to know how to move forward with your application. The application process can be complex, and it involves gathering certain documentation and including evidence of your qualifying medical condition.

What does the data say about accidents involving big rigs?

Across the country, thousands of accidents occur each year, and a certain number of those crashes take place here in West Virginia. Narrowing the numbers even more, a certain number of them involve 18-wheelers. In order to narrow the numbers further, you have to consider that only a certain number of crashes involving big rigs also results in fatalities.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute gather facts each year regarding fatalities on the country's roadways, including those involving big rigs. It probably won't surprise you that driving or riding in a passenger vehicle increases your vulnerability in an accident involving a truck. So understanding how these accidents happen could help you avoid becoming a statistic.

Misconceptions about the dangers of distracted driving

Distracted driving is a serious issue that threatens the safety and well-being of every driver on West Virginia roads. While most drivers are fully aware of the dangers of distracted driving, many of them believe that they can still do certain things and drive safely. Misconceptions about the dangers of distracted driving can have serious or fatal consequences.

You may associate distracted driving with texting, and while that is one of the most common forms of distracted driving, it is not the only one. There are many other factors that can take a driver's attention and lead to an increased chance of an accident. If you suffered physically, emotionally and financially because of a distracted driver, you may have grounds to pursue legal recourse, regardless of the reason for the distraction.

Should I apply for SSDI or SSI benefits if I am unable to work?

West Virginia readers know that there are certain types of benefits available to individuals who are unable to work because of physical or mental conditions. If you are currently unable to work because you suffered a disabling injury or your condition is such that you can no longer carry out the obligations of your job, you have rights.

You could have a rightful claim to disability benefits, but there are things you may need to know before you apply. There are two types of programs available to you, Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, and each of these have specific eligibility requirements. Before you move forward with your application for benefits, it is helpful to seek a full understanding of your rights and options.

Why does the SSA deny some disability claims?

If you applied for disability benefits, it is because you have a physical or mental condition that prevents you from holding gainful employment. This can be disheartening, but disability benefits could give you the ability to financially support yourself and your West Virginia family. Unfortunately, many first-time claims are denied.

It is rather common for disability claims to come back denied. This may seem like a setback, but it is possible to continue your fight for the benefits you deserve. If you have a rightful claim to any type of disability benefits through the Social Security Administration, a denial is not the end of the road for you.

4 precautions that may help protect you from drunk drivers

Driving on the roadways can present a number of hazards. Animals could run into the street. Weather conditions could make roads more treacherous. Other drivers could get distracted behind the wheel or, worse, drive while impaired. Unfortunately, drunk drivers pose one of the most significant risks to travelers, and numerous individuals die every year as a result of someone drinking and driving.

You may worry when you head out onto the roads yourself or when your child or other loved one gets behind the wheel. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a person suffers fatal injuries due to drunk drivers every 48 minutes. With a statistic like this one, it is understandable that you should feel apprehensive sharing the roadways. Because you likely cannot avoid driving, you may wonder what you could to do better protect yourself.

The unseen impact of a serious car accident

West Virginia readers know that an accident can change their lives in an instant. In a moment, you could find yourself hurt, confused and dealing with both physical and financial damages. However, a car accident can hurt you in more ways than just physically and monetarily. In many instances, a traumatic crash can cause emotional and mental duress.

The unseen damages from a car accident are just as significant as those you can see and count. As an accident victim, the scars from your accident can run deep, but you may be able to seek certain damages, for not only your financial and physical losses, but your emotional and mental ones as well. It could be reasonable for you to seek compensation for your pain and suffering.

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