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Discuss Safe Driving With Your Teen to Help Avoid Injury

Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015
Auto Accident Injuries, Blog, Lawyer Advice

According to a recent article published in U.S. News and World Report, car accidents are the number one cause of death among teens, and this problem gets worse during the summer. Luckily, if you are a parent of a teen, there are a variety of things you can do to help your teen drive safer and reduce the chances of your child being involved in a car accident, which could result in personal injury or even death.

First, model the behaviors you expect. This means turning off your cellphone, silencing it, or putting it out of reach while you are driving. If your teen sees you using a phone while driving, even if you have told your teen not to use his or her phone while driving, you have shown that driving while using a cellphone is acceptable behavior.

Another behavior you should model is seatbelt use. Teens are the least likely to use their seatbelt even though seatbelt are known to reduce the risk of crash-related injuries and deaths by roughly half. You may not be in the vehicle every time your teen drives, but you can demonstrate the importance of a seatbelt when you are in the vehicle.

Second, establish rules for your teen’s driving. Many parents establish rules about radio usage or the number of passengers the teen can have while driving. Not only is it important to establish these rules, but also it is important to tell your teen why these rules are important. Let your teen know that as he or she becomes a more experienced driver and as responsible driving skills have been demonstrated, the rules will become less strict.

Finally, consider signing The New Driver Deal with your teen. This contract or agreement puts forth expectations for your teen’s driving and helps the teen to see when greater driving responsibility will be awarded. It also makes parents responsible for helping their teen become better drivers. If teens and parents know the rules and respect the rules, the likelihood of a car accident can be reduced.

What to do if You Suffer Car Accident Injuries

Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2015
Auto Accident Injuries, Blog, Lawyer Advice

If you’re injured in a car accident, it’s a chaotic and frightening time. It can be very difficult to know exactly what you should do. With all the interaction you have with police officers and doctors, it can be easy to overlook the importance of documenting everything that happened in the accident and during its aftermath. Documenting your accident injuries is essential if you’re going to get fair compensation. Below are some tips that will help:

Make Accident Notes

Make notes on the time and location of the accident, as well as how it actually happened. It’s important to do this as quickly as possible, since your memory will be more accurate close to the event. Hold on to these notes. They can be essential when you’re interacting with the insurance company or lawyers. You should also make notes about how your injuries impact your life, including your work.

Take Some Accident Photos

Remember to take photos of the accident and particularly of any vehicles involved. Photos of the street or intersection, skid marks, street signs, lights and anything else that might be relevant to the accident would also be a good idea. If possible, try to use a good camera for this. But if you have to do it quickly, because the cars are being removed, you can use your phone camera. If you’re injured and unable to take the pictures, have someone else do it for you.

Get Your Injuries on the Record

In the emergency room or when you go to see your private doctor, make clear just what your symptoms are. An insurance company can question your injuries later if you don’t mention them to the doctor at the time. Another way to document your injuries is to take photos of any cuts, bruises, fracture casts, stitches or scars. You want to take photos of these injuries immediately after the accident, after treatment and as you continue to heal.

8 Tips to Help You Avoid a Denied SSDI Claim

Posted on Friday, March 13, 2015
Blog, Lawyer Advice, Social Security Disability

When you have a physical or mental problem that is bad enough to prevent you from working, you might consider applying for SSDI. Unfortunately, a lot of people experience a denied SSDI claim the first time that they apply for it. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to reduce your chances of having your claim denied. Here are eight tips to avoid being denied for SSDI.

Have a Supportive Physician

Make sure that you have a supportive physician for your case. When you have found a doctor who will support your application for SSDI, have them complete a very detailed statement of why you’re disabled and are therefore unable to work.

Residual Functional Capacity Forms

A common reason that an otherwise qualified person would be denied a SSDI claim is the failure to obtain a detailed residual functional capacity (RFC) form. You must have both the RFC form and appropriate records from your doctor.

Keep Your Medical Records up to Date

Submit medical record copies, with any recent updates, with your application and with any appeal.

Cooperate

Fully cooperate with your claims examiner that is assigned to your case. This will include promptly responding to notices and letters, along with going to DDS-scheduled medical exams.

Get Updates

Keep requesting updates on your case’s status. If you don’t have representation, it’s possible to get updates from DDS by phone.

Watch Your Deadlines

Don’t allow any essential deadlines lapse regarding your claim.

Be Friendly

Keep a great relationship with the individuals who are involved in your case. These individuals include your local office’s claims representative, the DDS claims examiner and your representative or attorney if you’ve retained one for assistance. Having a courteous, friendly relationship with people is going to give you a better chance of winning your case than if you are demanding and brash.

Keep Your Doctor Appointments

One of the biggest things to remember is that you have to attend any and all doctor appointments that you have. Going to your doctor appointments is going to show, more than anything, that you do have medical problems and that you are staying on top of them.

When you are trying to get SSDI, you want to show that you really have the problems for which you are applying. The tips above won’t guarantee a win in SSDI court, but they will help. If you are denied the first time around, and most people are, it will help to contact an attorney to help you with the process.

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