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Qualifying for SSD benefits if you have cancer

Hearing the word "cancer" from your doctor may have been one of the scariest moments of your life. After learning what you need to know about treatment, you may wonder what you will do if you are unable to return to your Mississippi workplace. At Wood, Carlton & Hudson, P.C., we often counsel people in what type of benefits they may qualify for and assist them with applications.

The American Cancer Society explains that the federal government understands the pressing financial needs of people with serious illnesses. Therefore, Social Security Disability benefits may be available to you more quickly if you have received a diagnosis that is included on the Social Security Administration's "Compassionate Allowances" list. If you qualify for SSD benefits but your condition is not this list, it will take at least six months for your benefits to begin. 

What impact does speeding have on driver safety?

Being a good driver entails being courteous to others and always following traffic laws. One law that is often ignored is the speed limit, which many drivers disregard as they travel the roads and highways of Mississippi. While breaking the speed limit might not seem like a big deal, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains why it's so dangerous. 

People speed for many different reasons. Lateness is commonly cited, whether a person is on their way to school, work, or some other obligation. Many people also complain about traffic congestion, which causes delays. Keep in mind that even if you don't personally speed, others make it a habit. Speeding is among a group of aggressive driving behaviors that greatly increase the risk of an accident, while also making any injuries sustained that much worse.

Common ER mistakes could come at the expense of your health

When you go to a Mississippi emergency room, it is with the expectation that you will receive prompt care and an accurate diagnosis of your problem. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Emergency room errors are unfortunately common, and they often come at the expense of the patient's health. When a health care professional makes a mistake, the patient may suffer additional problems and complications. 

If your health suffered as a result of a mistake made by a doctor, nurse or another type of medical professional when you visited the ER, you are not alone. You had the right to expect a certain standard of care, and if you did not receive it, you have options. You may be the victim of medical malpractice, and you have the right to seek appropriate compensation.

Workers’ compensation deadlines

When workers in Mississippi become injured on the job or develop illnesses that are traced back to their workplace, they may be entitled to workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation helps to provide a steady income for workers as they recover from their injuries or illness. However, while filing a claim, securing the necessary benefits may depend on meeting important deadlines.

According to FindLaw, the employee has 30 days to notify their employer of a work-related injury. The employee also has two years to file a claim. This is useful in instances where an employee did not initially realize the seriousness of an injury at the time it occurred, or even the hazards of a particular chemical when they at first came in contact with it. Additionally, once an employee has missed five days of work as a result of the injury or illness, an employer has just 10 days to file a report with the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission.

Is your mental condition eligible for SSD?

If you live with a mental condition in Mississippi, you may wonder if said condition makes you eligible for social security disability benefits. As with any condition, the answer depends on a number of factors, one of the most significant of which is your ability to function with the disorder. You can find the information you need regarding mental conditions and SSD on the Social Security Administration's website.

According to the website, the SSA arranges mental disorders into 11 categories: schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders; neurocognitive disorders; intellectual disorders; bipolar, depressive and other related disorders; obsessive-compulsive and anxiety disorders; eating disorders; impulse-control and personality conditions; somatic symptom disorders; neurodevelopment conditions; autism spectrum disorder; and stressor- and trauma-related conditions.

Do you support tougher laws to make Mississippi roads safer?

You are probably well aware of the many dangerous behaviors that some Mississippi drivers display while on the road. From speeding to texting to driving while intoxicated, some people make poor choices that place themselves and others at an elevated risk of an accident. You may wonder what lawmakers and others in positions of authority can do to make the roads safer.

Recently, the National Safety Council conducted a study that looked at common dangerous behaviors and what can be done to reduce accidents. It's clear that in many cases, tougher laws and tighter restrictions on driver behavior can prevent accidents. This particular study found that a majority of those polled is in favor of these measures.

How can a brain injury change your life?

Mississippi residents who get involved in car crashes can find themselves facing a number of potential injuries. Brain injuries are often among the most common, and they can also be some of the most disruptive to your quality of living.

The most severe of these injuries are traumatic brain injuries (TBI). As the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center (MSKTC) explains, TBIs are brain injuries caused by an outside force resulting in moderate to severe damage. Traumatic injuries to the head often result in skull fractures, brain bleeding, and can lead to seizures or issues with mental clarity. Your nervous system may also be impacted, leading to potential paralysis or trouble with sensation, light, and other senses.

The many risks of working road construction

Your work experience is very different from the jobs of other people you know. You may have friends who can sit in their offices and watch the traffic go zipping by from the comfort of their desk chairs. Perhaps you know someone whose job requires him or her to be out in the traffic each day, driving a route or traveling between worksites.

You are not so fortunate. Doing your job means standing for hours in the middle of the rush, sometimes at night, sometimes in the pouring rain, but always in harm's way. If you work road construction in Mississippi, you have likely had your share of near misses and even injuries. In fact, those in your profession suffer twice as many injuries as those in every other industry.

How can I be a safer driver this summer?

If you’re like most other motorists in Mississippi, you’re probably thinking about taking a road trip this summer. If so, you want to ensure that you’re responsible when on the road, which preserves the safety of yourself and others. Nationwide explains what you can do to be a safer driver.

Plan ahead

How can I learn to live with a disability?

While getting approved for Social Security disability can be difficult on its own, you’ll also need to cope with limitations put on your life by your medical condition. This can be one of the most challenging aspects of being disabled, especially when it comes to maintaining a positive mood and point-of-view. While every person will have a different experience, HelpGuide.org offers a few tips to help you cope.

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