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Did you suffer harm due to a defective product?

As a Tennessee consumer, you want to trust the companies and manufacturers that produce the products that you use on a regular basis. Of course, you also want to have this trust when you purchase a new toy for your child, a treat-yourself item for yourself or a gift for a loved one. Unfortunately, some products may not always work as intended, and harm could result.

It is not unusual for certain products to gain popularity and for numerous people to put them on their wish lists. However, it is possible for those once-coveted products to lose public interest if it turns out that problems with the products could cause injuries or already have.

What are compassionate allowances for Social Security disability?

It is important for disabled individuals who are facing the long disability application process to know that there are options that may make it possible to expedite the Social Security disability application process. For instance, certain medical conditions are considered so severe that they immediately qualify sufferers for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits.

These medical conditions are included on the Social Security Administration's compassionate allowances list of disabling medical conditions. The compassionate allowances list provides a resource to swiftly identify diseases and other medical conditions that meet the Social Security Administration's definition of disability. The list includes brain disorders impacting adults, certain cancers, and rare disorders affecting children.

How car accident victims can get help with soft tissue injuries

Soft tissue injuries are a challenging type of injury that car accident victims may face following an unexpected car accident. Soft tissue injuries can be challenging for victims and their families to manage and to treat, so it is helpful for car accident victims to be familiar with what soft tissue injuries are and the personal injury legal options protecting them.

Car accident victims may need help with soft tissue injuries, including whiplash and other injuries, which is why a personal injury claim for damages may be able to help them recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages. Whiplash injuries are one of the most common types of soft tissue injuries and can result from an injured victim's head being violently jerked back and forth in an unexpected car accident.

When to update an estate plan

Previously, this blog has discussed the importance of an estate plan and knowing what to include in an estate plan. Equally important is knowing when to update an existing estate plan.

There are certain times in the life of an estate planner that they should update their estate plan. Estate planning vehicles including wills, trusts and other estate planning tools, need to be revisited periodically to ensure that they are meeting an estate planner's needs. In general, an estate planner should update an estate plan every three years. In addition, whenever the estate planner has a major life change, including a relationship change such as marriage or divorce, they should ensure they review their estate plan to determine if changes are warranted.

Defending against drunk driving charges in Tennessee

Drunk driving charges can have a tremendous impact on the lives of accused individuals. A DUI charge can threaten the freedom and future of an accused individual, which is why they should be aware of their criminal defense rights and the protections available to them.

The penalties associated with a conviction on drunk driving charges can be significant in Tennessee. They can include both criminal and administrative penalties. Penalties for DUI can include mandatory jail time and expensive fines. Administrative penalties can include the loss of driving privileges in the form of a driver's license suspension. Additionally, an accused individual may be required to attend a drug or alcohol treatment program.

Applying for Social Security benefits? Here is what you need

Finding yourself unable to work due to a medical condition is overwhelming. When you cannot hold a job, you cannot earn the money necessary to support yourself and your Tennessee family. It can be especially overwhelming if your condition is one from which you will probably never recover. While your situation is frustrating, there are options available to you. 

Disabled individuals have the right to seek benefits and support through a Social Security disability claim. Even with a valid disabling medical condition, you may find that it is actually quite complicated to secure the benefits you need. Before you move forward with the application process, you may want to start by seeking a thorough understanding of what you need to do to apply.

The different types of damages available to car accident victims

Because of how extensive unexpected car accident damages can be, it is important for car accident victims and their families to be familiar with the legal resources available to help them when they have been harmed by a negligent or careless driver. Victims of motor vehicle accidents may be able to recover compensation for their physical, financial, and emotional damages suffered at the hands of a negligent driver.

There are generally three broad categories of personal injury damages that may be available to car accident victims. Specific damages depend on the situation and circumstances at hand, which are unique in every case and to every victim. However, these damages typically include expenses related to medical care and treatment, lost wages, and emotional trauma. As a result, car accident victims and their families should always be familiar with how personal injury legal protections can help them.

What should I include in my estate plan?

A reliable and complete estate plan protects estate planners and their families during what is anticipated to be a difficult period of time. When drafting an estate plan that is thorough and accounts for the wishes of the estate planner and cares for their loved ones, it is important for estate planners to be familiar with the several different types of documents that can be part of an estate plan.

Estate planning is too often avoided. Yet, this process helps protect the interests of estate planners and their families, including minor children through the appointment of a guardian. Estate planning typically begins with a will, which is usually the first type of document incorporated into an estate plan. Wills must be properly drafted and executed in order to be valid, so it is essential to know the rules and requirements that are applicable to these documents.

SSD benefits can help disabled individuals with their needs

This blog recently discussed some of the challenges disabled individuals face. As a result, it is important for disabled individuals to be familiar with how they can qualify for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits and what the requirements are to qualify. By doing so, they may be able to obtain the financial resources they need to eliminate many of the newfound challenges that have been imposed upon them by their medical condition.

To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, a disabled individual must meet both medical condition requirements and work history requirements. Work credits that are needed to meet work history requirements are earned during the course of a disabled individual's employment. As for one's medical condition, a disabled individual must generally suffer from a medical condition lasting 12 months or longer, or is expected to result in death, that is severe enough that it prevents them from engaging in any gainful activity.

Tennessee sees increase in employment rate for adults with disabilities

When people develop disabilities, among the things they may have significant worries about is their future in the workforce. Disabilities can sometimes make it difficult or impossible to hold certain types of jobs.

However, there are a range of work opportunities out there for disabled adults. It appears such opportunities have been growing lately here in Tennessee.

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