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Why Motorcyclists Need to be Aware of the Drivers Around Them

Memorial Day and the weekend preceding is a popular time for people to get on their motorcycles and enjoy the freedom to ride. It’s also a time where the roads become more congested due to more people enjoying the festivities, and are much less likely to pay attention to what they’re doing when driving. Motorcyclists need to exercise extra caution at this time of year or risk life and limb. The Alabama Department of Transportation counted 1,251 injuries and 64Continue reading

Driver crashes into Alabama dance school

Police in Mobile, Alabama, are still investigating what caused a 48-year-old man to drive his SUV off the road and into a dance school on May 13. However, it’s been reported that he suffered a medical emergency. Authorities haven’t disclosed the nature of his medical condition. A 71-year-old woman was killed in the crash, and several of the young children attending the dance school were injured. However, none of them were seriously hurt. Authorities are calling that a “miracle” sinceContinue reading

What Workers Should Know About Workers’ Comp

If you have been injured on the job, workers’ compensation pays your medical bills and part of your lost wages. It is important to understand how this type of insurance works, and if your employer is treating you fairly in event of an accident. Only injuries occurring on the job qualify for workers’ compensation. If you are injured while working, report the injury immediately to your supervisor. Under Alabama law, the employer requires notification within five days of the incident.Continue reading

What is a Social Security Disability reconsideration?

When some people learn that their Social Security Disability Insurance claim has been denied, they go back to square one and fill out a new application, hoping to avoid whatever the problem was with their initial claim. However, you generally have a better chance of getting your claim being approved if you file an appeal instead. The first appeal is called a “reconsideration.” Obviously, the information that you provide in your reconsideration will depend on your individual case and whyContinue reading

Health hazards women face in the workplace

During the 20th century, women became a valuable force in the American workplace. Like their male peers, they fill many important roles, providing services and duties that greatly bolster our economy. While it is important to acknowledge the contributions women make to the workforce, it is equally important to understand the health hazards and injury risks to which they are exposed. In Alabama, women have a wealth of career opportunities to choose from and part of making a good decisionContinue reading

How can you get your Social Security Disability claim approved?

While the number of Social Security Disability Insurance applications has more than doubled since 1999, the rate being approved has dropped from over 50 percent to about 33 percent. That’s why it’s more important than ever to know the rules and take care when submitting an SSDI application. By consulting with an experienced Alabama Social Security Disability attorney, you can determine whether you qualify for SSDI benefits and, if so, how to improve your chances of approval. By letting aContinue reading

Legal counsel needed after car accident related spinal cord injury

One of the most devastating injuries that can result after a motor vehicle accident is damage to the spinal cord. While back injuries are serious they can often be rehabilitated and reversed. However, spinal cord damage is irreversible. Even after years of physical rehabilitation and therapy, a full return to pre-accident functionality is almost always unattainable. This is a life-changing diagnosis and requires experienced legal counsel. Rollovers, head-on collisions and other high impact car crashes often lead to very seriousContinue reading

Catastrophic injuries affect the victim and their loved ones

Catastrophic injuries, including spinal cord injuries, severe burns, amputations and traumatic brain injuries, can be devastating for the person who is stricken with the injury. The effects of the injury can also have a profound impact on the family members that are close to the victim. For some victims, the sole reason for seeking compensation is to try to make life easier for their loved ones. We know how big of an impact compensation can have on a victim andContinue reading

Mental health SSDI claims present unique challenges

People with a mental health issue that prevents them from working may be able to claim Social Security Disability Insurance, just as those with physical disabilities can. However, they often face some additional challenges when filing an SSDI claim for a mental disorder. Mental disorders can be more difficult to conclusively diagnose than physical ones. Sometimes the very nature of the condition makes it difficult for a person to describe his or her symptoms. Further, you must be able toContinue reading

Should air ambulance involved in fatal crash have been flying?

The National Transportation Safety Board is continuing its investigation of a fatal crash last month of a medical helicopter headed for an Alabama hospital. However, in its preliminary report, the NTSB noted that the chopper was not certified to fly in the foggy, low-visibility weather conditions it encountered on the flight because it didn’t have the proper instruments. The helicopter crashed near Enterprise. All four people on board — the patient, a flight nurse, flight medic and the pilot —Continue reading