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January 2015 Archives

Legal representation can open the door to disability benefits

According to the Social Security Agency, the Supplemental Security Income program is designed to provide a safety net for individuals who are disabled and low-income. SSI benefits should help recipients meet such basic needs as food, clothing and shelter. However, many SSI recipients may still be close to the poverty line. For that reason, an attorney that focuses on disability benefits may advise applying for a variety of state and federal programs.

What are the requirements for a CDL in North Carolina?

North Carolina motorists may be aware that they are often positioned near semi-trucks on the roadway. Though many of these truckers are safe drivers, sometimes they are not. Those negligent truckers can make a tragic error that leaves an innocent motorist seriously injured. In an attempt to prevent bad truckers from entering the field and thus protect other motorists, the state requires them to obtain a Commercial Drivers' License, commonly referred to as a CDL.

Number of worker deaths nearly doubled in 2014

Statistics released by the North Carolina Department of Labor on Jan. 22 showed that the number of fatal work accidents in the state almost doubled between 2013 and 2014. Last year, there were 44 work-related deaths, compared to 23 work-related deaths in 2013. Every worker who was killed in 2014 was classified as a laborer, and all but one of the deceased workers were men.

First Amendment and free speech: an oft-debated slippery slope

Is it acceptable to boo doing the national anthem because you harbor certain political reservations and want to publicize them? Is it OK in North Carolina or anywhere else in the country to call the president or other public official an idiot? Will law enforcement authorities come knocking on your door if burn an American flag? Lambast Middle East policy? Object to your neighbors because of the language they speak or their country of origin?

Strong advocacy needed to recover medical expenses compensation

Last week on the blog we talked about whiplash, including what it is and how it can affect you. Unfortunately, those who suffer accident injuries like whiplash are often left with not only physical pain and discomfort, but also extensive medical expenses. These bills can quickly become overwhelming, leaving you unable to meet your other financial obligations. This can lead to stress, fear, and uncertainty about your financial future. But this does not always have to be the case.

Do some disabilities get a bad rap from federal lawmakers?

Everyone agrees that Social Security disability insurance benefits should go to deserving recipients. Workers who have paid into the system but can no longer work due to a disability should not hesitate to apply for SSDI payments in their time of need. However, federal lawmakers seem to disagree about the process of identifying deserving SSDI beneficiaries. 

Why is asset forfeiture deemed a violation of due process rights?

Because it is logical that many of our readers in North Carolina and elsewhere who regularly visit our criminal law blog have an interest in criminal jurisprudence, it also stands to reason that many of them know something about fundamental criminal law principles.

Do not attempt this on your own: disability benefit applications

It’s the start of a new year. For many, that marker serves as a catalyst for making new resolutions or adding items to a to-do list. Ultimately, the completion of such resolutions may depend upon an individual’s self-sufficiency and resolve.

Preventing falls to protect workers in North Carolina

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 212,760 workers were injured in 2009 after falling on the job. In addition, 605 workers were killed due to falls in that same year. Although workers in the construction field may be at the highest risk for falling, those working in retail or building maintenance may also be at risk for falls. Typically, falls occur because workers are climbing on slippery or uneven surfaces.

What is whiplash?

A car accident can cause numerous injuries with various extends of harm. Some scrapes and bruises are relatively minor, while others, like head and neck injuries, can be life-altering. Though all injuries should be adequately cared for and a negligent driver should pay for all the harm he or she causes, it is important for North Carolinians to become familiar with some types of accident injuries so that they can properly identify them and acquire medical care in a timely fashion.

Findings on locking up minors: a clear downside, need for change

We noted in a recent blog post national poll results indicating that a strong majority of Americans across the country readily view juvenile criminal offenders as being markedly different from adult offenders in most instances. As our December 29, 2014, blog post states, that viewpoint leads many Americans to routinely support outcomes “focused on rehabilitation rather than punishment through incarceration.”

Can lower back injuries qualify for SSDI disability benefits?

The Social Security Administration uses medical evidence to make its determinations on disability benefits applications. Yet more than a diagnosis may be required to prove eligibility. Programs like Social Security disability insurance recognize certain conditions as warranting expedited application processing because of their severity. For conditions like back pain, however, more evidence may be required.

New OSHA guidelines promote workplace safety

North Carolina residents may not have heard about the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration reporting rules that came into effect Jan. 1. According to the federal agency, employers that fall under the OSHA jurisdiction will be mandated to report any fatalities that occur on the job within eight hours of the incident. Additionally, other work-related accidents, such as amputations, and all in-patient hospitalizations must be reported within 24 hours.

Drunk driver causes fatal moped accident

Even with winter in full swing, many North Carolinians are taking to the streets on their motorcycles, mopeds, and scooters. While these modes of transportation can certainly be cost-effective and even fun, their lack of safety features also makes them dangerous, particularly when other motorists do not pay attention or follow the rules of the road. Even worse, some of those inattentive drivers out there are intoxicated.