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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Did a nursing home violate the rights of your loved one?

When you make the decision to place your loved one in a nursing home, it is with the expectation that the facility and those employed there will provide quality care. While most West Virginia nursing home residents receive good care and medical treatment, that is not always the case.

Does your chronic pain condition qualify you for disability?

West Virginia readers know that chronic medical conditions can affect many aspects of a person's life, including a person's ability to work. Even conditions that many consider to be relatively minor can have a significant impact on a person's abilities. Some of these conditions, such as complex regional pain syndrome, are chronic conditions that actually develop as a result of a previous injury.

Don't fall asleep on your claim after a drowsy driving accident

Drivers get behind the wheels of their vehicles while tired all the time. You have probably done it, as well as every other driver in West Virginia. However, there is a major difference between driving while a little sleepy and driving while so exhausted that it's dangerous. In such circumstances, drowsy driving can have catastrophic, even fatal consequences.

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