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Securing disability benefits for mental conditions

Mental conditions and disorders are common, but for some Mississippi residents, these issues may prevent them from working. If you or a loved one is unable to work due a medically diagnosed mental condition, it is possible that you will be eligible for disability benefits.

Common Reasons Worker's Compensation Claims are Denied

It is not unusual for people to wind up missing work for an extended amount of time. One of the reasons people could miss a significant amount of work is due to an injury. This injury could be acquired in the workplace or elsewhere. People who miss work often use up all of their vacation days and sick days first. After this, they may stop receiving their paycheck.

Just because someone misses work doesn't mean the bills stop rolling in. People often look to worker's compensation to help pay these expenses while they are recovering. Unfortunately, many people have their worker's compensation claims initially denied. In order to maximize the chance of either having an initial claim approved or winning a claims appeal, it is important to understand common challenges to the approval process. Once you have a basic understanding of the process, you can speak with your attorney about the specifics of your situation and how to move forward so that your claim has the best possible chances of success. 

Mississippi texting and driving laws could be changing soon

At this point, it is common knowledge that attempting to use a phone or an electronic device while operating a vehicle is dangerous. As technology has developed and smart phones have become more accessible, a greater amount of people than ever before are taking advantage of them. However, more accidents than ever before are being caused by distracted drivers.

In an effort to reduce the amount of distracted driving accidents, particularly those caused by phone usage, almost every state in the nation has established some form of ban on using phones while driving. The only states that do not currently have some form of phone-use-while-driving ban are Montana and Arizona. Many states, including Mississippi, are considering stricter texting and driving laws.

Changes may be made to Mississippi workers' comp laws

Under current workers' compensation laws, employees who are injured while performing work-related activities are fully or partially compensated by their employer for the injuries they sustained and the expenses of their recovery. In return, employees are not allowed to sue their employer. But what if the employee that was injured was a contracted employee?

That is currently the situation in which American Plant Services employee Quindon Thomas finds himself. While working for American Plant Services, he was contracted to work at the oil industry giant Chevron's plant in Pascagoula. While working at the plant, he sustained serious injuries. Because he was operating as a contractor on Chevron's property, his legal case may change how contracted employees can legally interact with their employers.

Reflective road lines not shining so bright anymore

With winter upon us, we have fewer daylight hours to savor. The growing darkness during the morning and evening hours means lower visibility on the roads and highways during commute times. Since death due to a traffic accident is more likely to occur in non-daylight hours, it is important to be safe on the road in the winter.

One feature we rely on while driving in the dark is the reflective lane-striping that mark the center and sides of the road. These features are especially important in rural areas where fewer streetlights are used. A recent article in the Washington Post examines whether or not these markings are less effective than preventing accidents than in the past.

When workers are injured at self-insured or uninsured companies

During the last 13 years, there has been a national watering down of workers' compensation rights. Thirty states have altered workers' compensation legislation to make it more favorable to employers. In addition, a Department of Labor report points to a dangerous race to the bottom that places injured workers in tremendous financial jeopardy.

Tennessee and Mississippi have yet to close loopholes that place certain workers at risk. Both states allow companies with fewer than five employees to dodge purchasing insurance. And both states also allow some companies to self-insure themselves against injury claims. The result places a segment of the workforce at the mercy of their employers if they are hurt on the job.

A judge chooses who is at fault for your car accident in 'shared fault' states

If you're in a car accident in either Tennessee and Mississippi, it's important to understand that you have to prove that other driver was in the wrong. In fact, you may have to show that person was 100 percent at fault in order to be compensated for all of your losses.

Knowing how truck accidents happen may help with your recovery

Large trucks, such as 18-wheelers, semi-trucks and other large commercial trucks, are a common sight on Mississippi highways. Drivers and passengers in smaller vehicles often don't stand a chance when truckers make driving mistakes.

If you were severely injured in an accident with a truck, you don't want to spend your time worrying about how to recover money for your medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. You need to concentrate on your recovery.

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Don't be discouraged if your Social Security Disability application is denied

Applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can be a daunting task. The application process is complicated, and numerous requirements must be met before you are awarded benefits. Even worse, nearly 75 percent of all initial applications are denied.

Because there can be many reasons for a denial, it's very important that your application is prepared properly and, even more importantly, that you immediately fight the initial denial.

Here are some tips to help you with the SSD approval process:

5 causes of car accidents in Mississippi

A car accident can happen within seconds, and leave you injured, frustrated and dealing with car repairs. There are several common causes of car accidents in Mississippi. Whether you are dealing with a small accident or one that left you with serious injuries, an attorney can help make sure your legal rights are upheld throughout the process.

While each car crash has its own unique circumstances, many times it is caused by someone else's negligence while driving. Here are five causes of car accidents in Mississippi:

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