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How can you appeal after a denied Social Security claim?

As a Rhode Island resident who is struggling to make ends meet because of a serious, long-term disability, you may be looking to the U.S. Social Security Administration for possible assistance. You may have already applied for Social Security benefits with the hope that they would help you support yourself and get back on your feet, and you may, like many others, have received a denial in response to your claim. If this describes your current situation, you may be considering filing an appeal in response to your benefit denial.

Per the U.S. Social Security Administration, you have exactly 60 days from the date when you receive word of your claim denial to file an appeal in response. Additionally, there are four possible levels to the appeals process: reconsideration, a hearing before an administrative judge, a review by the appeals council and a federal court review.

How often is construction a factor in road deaths?

These days, it seems it is all but impossible to travel across Rhode Island without encountering road construction, with new highway development and road improvements seemingly underway around every corner. Any time typical traffic patterns undergo disruption, it can cause confusion for motorists, which is why construction zones are often a factor in roadway traffic accidents and related fatalities.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, work zone fatalities now make up for 2 percent of all highway fatalities nationally. In 2014 alone, work zones were a factor in 669 highway deaths, with about 1.8 people losing their lives on American thoroughfares every day.

Fight for what you need to get back to work after an accident

Rhode Island workers understand how difficult it can be to navigate the aftermath of an accident in the workplace. Even a minor incident can result in serious injuries and expensive medical bills. If you were hurt, you may need specific types of support and guidance to eventually return to work.

You have the right to pursue benefits through your employer's workers' compensation insurance. Through a claim, you can secure support that may include coverage of your medical bills, recovery of a portion of your lost wages and even certain types of help you may need after your recovery is complete. Through a workers' compensation claim, you could be entitled to certain types of rehabilitation benefits. 

How might a mild traumatic brain injury impact your life?

Rhode Island residents who suffer from brain injuries can experience an exceedingly broad range of symptoms, and some are far more debilitating than others. While medical professionals divide traumatic brain injuries into three categories based on severity (mild, moderate and severe), even mild traumatic brain injury sufferers can experience symptoms and side effects that affect numerous areas of their lives.

According to Brainline, about 15 percent of those who suffer “mild” traumatic brain injuries experience symptoms considered to be severely debilitating. This is particularly troubling given that many people who suffer mild blows to the head decide not to seek medical treatment, so they may not realize that they have symptoms severe enough to make a measurable impact on their lives moving forward.

How the U.S. Social Security Administration defines “disability”

If you reside in Rhode Island and have a disability that is severe enough to prevent you from working, you may be weighing your options and wondering whether you may be able to obtain Social Security benefits. While, ultimately, this depends on several different factors, one of the main things that will determine whether you are eligible for such benefits is if you meet the U.S. Social Security Administration’s definition of “disabled.” At Karns Law Group, we understand the process of applying for Social Security disability benefits, and we have helped many people facing similar circumstances apply for benefits and appeal benefit denials.

According to the U.S. Social Security Administration, Social Security disability benefits are only available to Americans who have the most serious, long-term disabilities. If your doctors anticipate that your condition will improve or only last a few months, for example, you may have other options at your disposal, but you would not be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. So, what does it take to qualify?

Alcohol a factor in 31 percent of boating deaths

Boating opportunities are numerous in Rhode Island, and for most boaters, spending the day on the water can be the perfect way to relax, kick back and spend some leisure time. When others drink alcohol before getting behind a boat’s controls, however, a fun day on the boat can quickly turn deadly. At Karns Law Group, we have seen the devastating repercussions of drinking and boating, and we have helped many clients who suffered injury or lost a loved one because of another boater’s negligence seek recourse.

According to the American Boating Association, alcohol is a factor in more than 30 percent of today’s boating-related fatalities. Additionally, boat operators who consume large amounts of alcohol are substantially more likely to die in a boating-related accident than boat operators who are sober. Just what is it about drinking and boating that makes it so dangerous?

Drugged driving rising across Rhode Island, nation

Anytime you take to the Rhode Island roadway, you assume a certain amount of risk, but the dangers of sharing the road increase substantially if others choose to drive under the influence. While the media and law enforcement agencies have long documented the dangers associated with driving while under the influence of alcohol, the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs have historically received less attention. At Karns Law Group, we understand that drivers who abuse drugs endanger everyone else on state roads, and we have helped many clients who suffered injury because of the actions of other drivers pursue appropriate recourse.

Per Rhode Island Public Radio, as more states choose to legalize marijuana, many are seeing an uptick in the number of drivers operating under the influence of the substance. Even states that have not legalized marijuana are seeing large amounts of under-the-influence drivers, with drugged-driving accidents rising steadily across Rhode Island and the entire nation.

What goes into a complete medical history?

In terms of applying for social security disability benefits in Rhode Island, compiling your medical history could require a few additional steps than it might for other purposes, such as changing insurance companies. However, following the rules precisely typically prevents the extensive processing delays commonly associated with disability applications.

If you were in urgent need of back pay or benefits, it would be even more essential to submit a complete application. Many people submit incomplete or faulty data only to find, to their chagrin, that the oversight multiplied the amount of waiting time considerably.

What type of support can you get after a work accident?

Rhode Island workers can experience various difficulties and hardships after an accident in the workplace. From physical needs to financial losses, the impact of a work injury is significant. If you are hurt because of an incident that occurred at work or because of an occupational illness, you may have the right to seek certain types of financial benefits. 

Workers' compensation benefits are available to men and women who get hurt while on the job. These benefits can cover everything from minor injuries to major traumatic damage, and workers can obtain them by filing a claim with an employer's workers' compensation insurance carrier. The claims process can be complex and difficult, even with a valid claim and supporting documentation.

Many Rhode Island residents ignoring new hands-free laws

As a Rhode Island resident and motorist, you may be well aware that a new law took effect in June that requires hands-free cellphone use for all drivers within state lines. While the new law seeks to improve safety for everyone on the roadway by reducing distracted driving-related accidents, it can only do so if drivers follow it – which many of them are failing to do. At Karns Law Group, we recognize that serious repercussions can result when motorists use handheld phones while behind the wheel, and we have helped many people involved in accidents with such drivers pursue appropriate recourse.

Per NBC 10, Rhode Island’s law enforcement officials handed down more than 650 citations against drivers for using handheld cellphones within the first month or so the new law took effect. Authorities issued about 20 percent of those citations during the first five days following the law change, suggesting that a lack of knowledge about the change may have played a role in at least some of the citations.

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