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It's fall y'all, which means festivals and, possibly, injuries

Are you one of many West Virginia residents who jump on the 'sweater weather' bandwagon as soon as it arrives? Throughout the state, there are myriad opportunities to take in the splendor of fall foliage as it bursts into color over the Blue Ridge Mountains and other hills of Appalachia. Perhaps, you start planning your fall festival before summer has ended.

Oktoberfest, apple butter festivals and blue grass concerts galore make West Virginia a prime location for autumn fun. There can be downsides to fall festivals as well. You might wind up spending a lot more money than you'd planned. You might also be at great risk for a motor vehicle collision or personal injuries because many festivals make alcoholic beverages available, which typically increases the number of drunk driving accidents in the surrounding areas.

Car accident injuries can have a major impact on your life

If you suffered injuries in a car accident, you know how even a low-speed or seemingly minor collision can affect your life. You may be wondering what happens next and how you can ever pick up the pieces and move forward with your life. Various types of car accident injuries can leave you with physical pain and serious limitations.

You may be a cautious and safe driver, and you may do everything possible to follow the rules of the road. However, you cannot always control the actions of other West Virginia drivers. If your injuries were the result of the negligent and reckless actions of another person, you could have a valid claim to financial compensation. The amount you may be able to claim depends on the nature of your injuries and other factors.

Is elder neglect a crime?

Placing your loved one in a nursing may be one of the most difficult decisions you have ever made. Not only does it remove your family member from every familiar place, but it forces you to relinquish much of the control you may have had over your loved one's care. However, you are not alone. For the families of over three million Americans, this choice may have been necessary for the wellbeing of their loved ones.

This is one reason why is can be quite upsetting to suspect your loved one is not receiving the quality of care you expect and pay for. If you discover that the staff of your family member's nursing facility is neglecting your loved one, you may have many questions about how to respond and what your options are.

What does your insurance company owe you?

Purchasing insurance is not something you do hastily. Often, buying a new insurance policy is the result of an important change in your life. You have bought a new home, your child has passed the West Virginia driving test or your employer's health care coverage is not adequate for your needs. You likely researched several companies to learn which provided the most coverage for a reasonable price.

Insurance can bring peace of mind, especially at a time when an accident, illness or other disaster may leave you feeling on edge. You pay your premiums, and the insurer provides the amount of coverage you agreed upon when you purchased your policy. Unfortunately, insurance companies may put their own profits over your peace of mind. While it is possible that a denied claim results from a mistake or misunderstanding on your part, it may also be an act of bad faith on your insurer's part.

Who is really eligible for disability benefits?

If you are unable to work, you understand how much this can impact your financial health. Whether you have been unable to work due to illness or you can no longer meet the demands of your job because of a physical limitation you have, this is much more than just an inconvenience for your West Virginia family. You may feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. 

Fortunately, you could be eligible for benefits through Social Security. This could be a lifeline for your family, providing you with benefits and financial support since a disability prevents you from earning a gainful income. However, the application process is complicated, and you may want to first start by learning more about the eligibility requirements and what they may mean for your situation.

If another driver hits you on a foggy West Virginia roadway

You might be one of many West Virginia residents who have lived in this state your entire life. Then again, you might be among those who have relocated here for work or because you wanted to get married and raise a family amidst the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains or other scenic regions in the state. While it's true that there are many beautiful sites and amenities for visitors and permanent residents, there are also several risks involved with traveling in mountainous areas.

Fog can be dense in West Virginia. This can be a recipe for disaster, especially if you're sharing the roadway with a distracted, drunk or otherwise negligent driver. Fog safety includes making common sense decisions while you're driving. The problem is that not all motorists maintain caution and alertness at the wheel. If a negligent driver causes a collision and you suffer injury because of it, it's critical to know what your options are regarding insurance, medical bills and other expenses associated with the incident.

Blind spots are important to check when driving

Driving may be an activity that you do almost daily. Most West Virginia residents do commute to work, take their kids to school or run out to make sure they get the grocery shopping done while they have the time. In fact, you may consider driving a relatively mundane activity.

Unfortunately, many people on the roadways have this attitude toward driving and feel as if their actions behind the wheel are second nature. However, driving and even riding in a vehicle are dangerous activities, no matter how many years of experience you have behind the wheel. If you forget to carry out a simple action like checking your blind spots, you could wind up in a serious accident.

Is your loved one under chemical restraint?

Finding an appropriate nursing facility in West Virginia for your parent was not easy, but if you were finding it more difficult to manage your loved one's Alzheimer's or dementia symptoms, it may have been for his or her own good. Aggression, agitation, wandering and sudden changes in emotions are symptoms many dementia patients exhibit. Without the training to deal with such behaviors, you lack the skills to keep your loved one safe.

When you went to the nursing home to visit your parent, you may have been surprised to see your loved one calm and sedate. Perhaps your parent slept through most of your visit or seemed lethargic. This may not have alarmed you at first since dementia symptoms can be unpredictable. However, if you noticed the same lethargy and sleepiness time after time, you may be concerned that the nursing home staff is using chemical restraint on your loved one.

Types of accidents and how to stay safe

Car accidents happen all the time, and even minor collisions have the ability to irrevocably change the life of a West Virginia victim. Whether you are the victim of a low-speed fender-bender or a catastrophic collision, you may need assistance walking through the aftermath of your accident. Every accident is different, and no two recoveries are the same, but you have the right to fight for what you need to get better and move forward.

It may help to understand common types of car accidents and how to stay safe. Understanding the different types of collisions may prove helpful if you are the victim of an accident and are looking to understand your legal options. Each person is responsible for the choices he or she makes behind the wheel, and it is possible to hold the liable party accountable if you are the victim of another person's negligence or reckless behaviors.

Did you experience setbacks with your disability claim?

When you are dealing with an injury or a sickness that makes it difficult or impossible for you to work, you may struggle with earning a living. Individuals who are unable to hold gainful employment because of a physical or mental condition could be eligible for benefits through the Social Security Administration. If you cannot work, you could have a rightful claim to this type of support.

Upon completing your claim, it can be surprising to learn that the SSA did not approve your claim. In reality, many initial disability claims come back denied, even when a person has a valid medical condition. This is not the end, however; you can appeal and continue your pursuit of rightful benefits.


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