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August 2018 Archives

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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