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Mississippi: The most dangerous state?

People in Mississippi may face a particularly high number of safety dangers. That is what a recent report suggests.

This WalletHub report compared the 50 states on safety. In this analysis, 48 different safety factors were reviewed. Unfortunately, Mississippi ended up being ranked dead last for overall safety in the report.

What happens if my disability claim is denied?

If a medical condition or physical injury keeps you from working, you may know you have the right to seek benefits through one of the Social Security Administration's disability programs. Mississippi readers understand effectively navigating the application process and securing the benefits you need is a complex process, and many first-time claims come back denied.

Learning your claim came back denied is a disheartening and frustrating step back, but it is not the end of the road for you. You have the right to seek a reconsideration of your claim and continue your pursuit of the benefits you need. It can be beneficial for you to understand how the reconsideration process works and how you can prepare for it.

Fatal car accidents are extremely common in Mississippi

If you live in Mississippi, you may know that the state is one of highest-ranked in the United States for fatal car accidents. In fact, recent statistics have designated the state to be the deadliest in terms of fatal crashes. In the state, there was an average of 23.1 deaths for every 100,000 people in 2016.

There are various reasons why the state ranks so high for fatal car accidents, but as you may know, many car accidents are completely preventable. Most accidents are the result of negligence or reckless behavior behind the wheel, and poor driving decisions can leave families grieving the wrongful death of a loved one.

Wrong-site surgery and appropriate compensation for victims

When a Mississippi reader submits to the care of a doctor, it is with the expectation that he or she will provide quality care and support. This is particularly true when undergoing surgery. While most doctors and hospital staff take great care to eliminate mistakes, serious issues, such as wrong-site surgery, still happen.

It is incredibly frightening to learn that you underwent a surgical procedure meant for another person or on the wrong part of your body. Despite the precautions, safety measures and other procedures in place, wrong-site surgery still happens. As you can imagine, it is one of the most serious types of medical errors.

Increasing safety awareness during distracted driving month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which means authorities in Mississippi and beyond are looking for ways to make drivers more aware of this danger. Despite most people recognizing the serious risk of engaging in this type of behavior, many drivers still admit to operating a vehicle while cognitively, mentally or physically distracted.

You may be aware of the immense dangers of driving while distracted. In fact, this risky behavior is now one of the leading causes of car accidents across the country. If you suffered injuries in a recent accident, chances are that distraction played a role in what happened to you. 

What injuries will workers' compensation cover?

A work accident is more than just an inconvenience in your life. It can affect your physical health and your financial stability, especially if you required time away from work as you recovered. Work accidents can be devastating, but injured victims may have a rightful claim to financial support through workers' compensation benefits.

Most employers must carry this type of insurance. However, just because you were hurt at work and your employer has workers' compensation insurance does not mean you will get benefits. It is prudent to learn about how this process works, the eligibility requirements and what type of injuries this insurance covers. If you think you may have a rightful claim, it is smart to take quick action to protect your interests.

Even being sleepy can affect your ability to drive

You may be among the many Mississippi residents who just can't seem to get enough sleep. It seems to be a problem across the country. The fast pace of life these days leaves little time to catch enough "zzz's" to feel refreshed and alert.

This may be why it's not considered a big deal to get behind the wheel if you're drowsy. After all, it's not as if you are falling asleep while driving. Sadly, drowsy driving can be just as dangerous -- and deadly.

Lupus and your claim for disability benefits

Lupus is an illness that involves a person's immune system. While many people in Mississippi have this illness, some people may find that their case is severe to the point that it impacts their ability to work. When an autoimmune disease, such as lupus, leaves a person unable to hold gainful employment, it could make that person eligible for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. 

If you have lupus, you may find it beneficial to explore the possibility that you could be eligible for disability benefits. If you have a rightful claim, it could mean that you would be able to secure the financial support you need if you are unable to work. Lupus is a disease that is largely unseen, but it can have a very real effect on your life.

An injured worker's right to workers' compensation benefits

Workers in Mississippi who experience an injury in the workplace know that they could have a claim to certain types of benefits. However, if you are not injured, it could be beneficial to know about workers' compensation and how the claims process works. A better understanding of your rights can help you protect your right to recovery.

Workers' compensation benefits exist to assist people who suffer injuries in the workplace, as a result of their work environment or because of an occupational illness. Even if you have a rightful claim to these benefits, it can sometimes be frustratingly complicated to actually obtain the support you need. You have the right to protect your claim to this financial safety net after a work injury.

Who's in the car with your teen driver?

You probably recall the jokes the adults in your life made when you first got your license years ago. Instead of congratulating you, they may have laughingly vowed to give up driving or hinted that the roads would never be safe again. You may have taken it in stride, or perhaps you set out to prove them wrong by keeping your driving record clean.

You likely remember those early jittery days of uncertainty with your new license. You may even remember the first time you took your friends for a ride. The radio was up loud, and the windows were down as you and your friends pushed the boundaries with your newfound freedom. Unfortunately for many teens today, those rides often turn out deadly.

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