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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.

I can't work, but how do I know if I qualify for disability?

Mississippi individuals who struggle with a disabling medical condition may not look like they are affected by a serious illness or issue, but in reality, they may be physically or mentally unable to hold gainful employment. People who are not able to meet the requirements of steady employment often find that they are also facing serious financial concerns. These individuals may be eligible for certain types of financial support.

Disabled individuals could have a rightful claim to financial benefits through the Social Security Administration, but the requirements are strict, and the process is complex. If you are unable to work because you are sick or injured, you may find it useful to learn if you qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

Your job may be the cause of your carpal tunnel discomfort

You may know that Mississippi workers have the right to certain financial benefits when they suffer injuries from a work-related accident. However, you may not know that these benefits also extend to individuals who suffer work-related injuries or medical conditions that develop over time. You may be suffering from a condition that is the result of your job duties, and you could have a valid reason to seek workers' compensation benefits.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is an example of how your job can cause a painful and debilitating injury over time. A type of repetitive stress injury, this medical condition is the result of doing the same motions over and over again. Injured employees always have the right to know how to seek the compensation they need and deserve.

How hospitals can prevent the spread of deadly C. diff

One of the first elements of personal hygiene you learned as a child was probably washing your hands. Your parents likely reminded you to wash up before meals, after using the bathroom and when getting ready for bed. You may not have understood the purpose of all that washing, but as you grew, you learned how this simple act could help prevent the spread of germs that make you sick.

Your hands pick up and carry germs everywhere you go, but, ironically, there may be no place where you are more vulnerable to the illnesses germs spread than in a hospital. In fact, one particular bacterial infection is the number one cause of hospital deaths.

How hospitals can prevent the spread of deadly C. diff

One of the first elements of personal hygiene you learned as a child was probably washing your hands. Your parents likely reminded you to wash up before meals, after using the bathroom and when getting ready for bed. You may not have understood the purpose of all that washing, but as you grew, you learned how this simple act could help prevent the spread of germs that make you sick.

Your hands pick up and carry germs everywhere you go, but, ironically, there may be no place where you are more vulnerable to the illnesses germs spread than in a hospital. In fact, one particular bacterial infection is the number one cause of hospital deaths.

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