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Are there more drunk drivers during the holidays?

It is not just your imagination. Mississippi roads are more dangerous for you and your family during the holidays. This is partly due to the increased amount of alcohol-related crashes. 

If you have ever had a fender bender or a more serious accident, you know that it only takes a moment for your life to change forever. The decreased reflexes and impaired judgment of inebriated drivers make the already dangerous roadway even more perilous.

Is it becoming more dangerous to walk through a parking lot?

Did you know that it can be a hazard to your health simply to walk to and from your vehicle in a parking lot? As Mississippi readers know, distracted driving is exceptionally prevalent, not only on the roads and interstates, but in parking lots as well. A distracted driver is a dangerous driver, no matter where he or she is.

According to the National Safety Council, around 50,000 accidents happen in parking lots every year. This is a high number, but it is likely the real number is actually higher. Many accidents in parking lots go unreported, so it is difficult to estimate the number. Even at low rates of speeds, a car striking a person walking through a parking lot can cause significant damage.

Five school bus stop accidents push call for new legislation

A nine-year-old boy was struck and killed in Baldwyn, Mississippi recently. Dalen Thomas was crossing the street to board a bus for Baldwyn Elementary School, when a truck hit him. After being airlifted to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, he later died. The driver, Hunter Newman, was charged with aggravated assault.

Filing a third-party lawsuit after an on-the-job injury

Being injured on the job generally qualifies a Mississippi employee for workers' compensation, and as a rule, you cannot sue your employer for the damages you suffered in the accident. However, if a third party is involved, you may be able to file a lawsuit based on that person's (or company's) negligence. We at Wood, Carlton & Hudson, P.C., often provide advice to workers who have been injured by a negligent third party.

There are many situations where you may be able to sue a third party for your work injury. For example, perhaps you were driving a forklift, and the wiring malfunctioned, causing you to sustain a severe burn. If the issue is a design or manufacturing defect, you may be able to hold the manufacturer responsible. If the issue arose because of faulty maintenance, the company that services the forklift may be responsible. Another common example of a third-party work injury is a motor vehicle accident that occurs when you are driving the company car while on the clock. The driver who caused the wreck may be held liable.

3 ways to drive safely this holiday season

If you live in Mississippi and plan on making a trip this holiday season, you likely know the importance of safe holiday driving. Not only will you be faced with a higher volume of traffic, you’ll also be dealing with poor weather conditions, which can greatly increase the risk of an accident. The following tips will keep you and other motorists safe over the holidays.

Have your vehicle inspected

Can you get workers’ compensation for office injuries?

Many people only associate workers’ compensation claims with high-risk, physical jobs like construction workers. However, office workers can also suffer from work-place injuries. There are many common injuries in the work place and these employees are entitled to compensation from their employers, too.

If you work in a more traditional office space and suffered one of these, or another type of injury, you may be able to file a claim with your employer and receive compensation for your suffering.

How can I qualify for Social Security Disability?

Most people in Mississippi understand that the process of getting Social Security Disability is often lengthy and a denial is a common result. However, what many people fail to realize is the Social Security Disability process is pretty straightforward. As long as you meet all the requirements, getting benefits is not difficult. Yes, it may still take time because the system is overloaded with applications, but if you qualify, you get benefits in the end.

To begin with, according to the Social Security Administration, you must have worked a job covered by Social Security. You also must have worked enough to earn the required number of work credits. You earn credits based on your income. You can earn up to four each year. The number you must have is based on your age and you have to have earned the required amount within the last ten years. This is a very important requirement because if you do not have the work credits, you cannot get the benefits regardless of anything else.

When were speed limits first enacted?

In the beginning, hardly anyone could afford to own a car. If they were lucky enough to have one, there was not much traffic on Mississippi roads besides horses and carriages. In addition, nobody was moving that fast because they could not. Vehicles at that time were very limited. However, as time went on, technology improved and more people hit the roads in motorized vehicles, there was a need for speed limits.

According to the American Safety Council, the first speed limit for motorized vehicles was enacted in 1901 in Connecticut. At that time the fastest you could drive was 15 miles per hour. New York enacted laws in 1903, but the rest of the country did not really become too focused on speed until the 1970s.

When does workers’ comp run out?

Whether you have suffered a minor or severe injury at work, you’re probably wondering how long workers’ compensation benefits can last.

The answer to this question varies depending on your injury, but there are legal limitations and guidelines that can help you get an idea of what to expect from your claim.

Is my employer required to have workers' compensation?

Knowing that you have the security of workers' compensation if you are ever injured on the job in Mississippi gives you a peace of mind. However, it is important to make sure that your employer carries workers' compensation coverage. Be aware that not every employer is required to do so. Having this information will prevent you from getting a nasty surprise should you ever need this coverage.

According to the Workers' Compensation Commission, only employers with five or more employees are required by law to carry workers' compensation insurance. In addition, if you work on a farm or work for a non-profit, then your employer also is exempt. Domestic workers, such as housekeepers, are also not usually covered as their employers are not required to have coverage either.

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