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Understanding the basics of workers' compensation

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for workers to get injured in the workplace. Whether it is due to dangerous working conditions, faulty equipment, worker neglect or simply just an accident, it is important for workers to know and understand workers' compensation laws are in place to help in the event of a workplace injury.

Workers' compensation follows a no-fault system, meaning that regardless of the cause of the workplace injury, a worker is entitled to financial compensation if the injury, disease or condition leads to a lengthy loss of work. For instances of equipment failure or product defect, a worker may focus on a third party to obtain compensation for the injury. In such instances, the employer may also seek reimbursement for previous workers' compensation payments made.

How Social Security Disability benefits help disabled Americans

Living with a serious disability can make things incredibly difficult. In addition to not being able to work to earn an income, disabled people are often burdened with additional costs such as doctor visits, prescriptions, tests, rehabilitation and many other costs associated with the disability.

Filling out the appropriate forms and filing a claim with Social Security is not easy, and it may be helpful to seek professional assistance that can help people along the way. People have enough to worry about taking care of themselves; it is important to not let the application process overwhelm or discourage them from filing for a claim.

Questions remain following crane accident on Tappan Zee Bridge

On Tuesday, July 19, a crane used during construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge collapsed across the existing bridge, crippling traffic on both sides for hours and injuring five people, including two workers. Miraculously, no one died in the accident, though it snarled traffic on the busy bridge, which handles as many as 130,000 vehicles daily. The accident is still under investigation.

To date, the crane's black box, an instrument that documents the operations of the equipment, has not been released to investigators, more than 10 days after the accident. This has led to frustration from officials, including the Regional Federal Labor Department in Tarrytown and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration who both claim they do not have any information from the black box.

Dangers of cancer from alcohol consumption

Throughout the United States and throughout the world, the consumption of alcohol is a common practice among adults. Some like to unwind after a long day's work with a few beers at happy hour, others like to enjoy a glass of wine with their dinner each night and others reserve their alcoholic consumption to special events like parties or barbeques. While it has been noted in the past that low quantities of alcohol does have some health benefits, new research findings may put a dark cloud of many people's happy hour.

According to an analysis by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, it was found that even low consumption of alcoholic beverages can increase the risk for up to seven types of cancer. The findings were announced by the University of Otago in New Zealand. Among the forms associated with alcoholic consumption include liver, colon, rectum, larynx, oropharynx and female breast cancer. The findings do debunk a previous theory that moderate consumption can be linked to cardiovascular cancer, as there was little correlation between the two.

Social Security reminds Americans applications can be appealed

As the Social Security Administration continues to keep up with new technology and address how Americans conduct business, they recently announced that the appeal process may be processed online. Earlier this year, the SSA revealed a new blog and has become more active with social media, including active accounts on Facebook and Twitter, and additional features and options to conduct interactions with the administration online.

Previously, the appeals process for Social Security Disability Benefit applications had to be conducted at a local office or over the phone. The administration states that the online process is secure, simple and convenient.

Using Supplemental Security Income for the self-employed

Those who are disabled or blind and fall under certain income criteria are eligible for the Social Security Administration's Supplemental Security Income program. The program is also available for those who have not paid into the Social Security Disability Insurance program, as well as children who are disabled. Social Security has a program called the "Plan for Achieving Self-Support," or PASS.

The PASS program will help those who currently collect Supplemental Security Income payments to allocate some of their earnings or payments to help cover costs associated with self-employment. This may include but is not limited to transportation back and forth from employment, books, supplies, tuition and fees associated with training or school, child care, employment services including coaching and resume writing, supplies to start your new business and equipment necessary for your new employment such as safety equipment, technology, tools and equipment and even uniforms.

Substance abuse may qualify for disability benefits?

Millions of Americans suffer from substance abuse problems. While many are able to live a productive life, for some, substance abuse can lead to the destruction of one's family, an inability to keep a job and in the case of overdoses, death.

Among the Social Security Administration's list of qualifying conditions to collect disability insurance is substance addiction disorders, though it is often very difficult to prove that a substance abuse problem itself is enough to qualify. Simply stating that one lost a job or cannot get a job due to insobriety is not enough. In fact, that situation alone may disqualify a person from unemployment benefits.

Social Security assistance may help disabled children

Many people who hear the words "Social Security" immediately think of the retirement benefits that Americans are entitled to after paying into the system after a lifetime of work to supplement their retirement. Millions of Americans, however, also rely on the administration's Social Security Disability Insurance program, or SSDI, and the Supplemental Security Income program, or SSI, for financial help if they are unable to work.

Americans who qualify and can prove that they have a disabling condition that prohibits them from working for at least a year or is expected to end in death can apply to the SSDI program. Whether it is a mental condition ranging from depression to dementia, an illness such as cancer or heart disease, or an injury such as a traumatic brain injury or spine injury, there are many conditions that may qualify. But getting your application accepted is not always easy.

New York Mets star's career is in jeopardy due to disease

Baseball fans are likely familiar with New York Mets star David Wright. Dubbed "Captain America" following his heroics for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic and seven-time Major League Baseball All Star, Wright has long been considered the face of the Mets franchise for nearly a decade. But, the days of glory may be over for Wright since being diagnosed with spinal stenosis last year, a narrowing of space in the spine which may lead to pain, muscle weakness, numbness and even issues with bladder and bowel functions.

Although some people show no symptoms of signs of spinal stenosis, it can be a debilitating disease for others, as the tightening of the spine may put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves that affect the arms and legs. The causes of the disease are varied, ranging from hereditary to issues caused by bone overgrowth, herniated disks, tumors that form from inside the spinal cord or between the spinal cord and vertebrae and spinal injuries that fracture or dislocate vertebrae.

Warmer weather leads to increase in child sports injuries

Summer is nearly upon us, and with it comes an increase in sports-related injuries. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, over 30 million children and teens participate in organized sports. Among these children, there are over 3.5 million injuries this year, some of which can be serious or even deadly.

Studies have found that each year, more than 700,000 are treated in hospital emergency rooms due to sports related injuries. A majority of these injuries are the results of falls, being struck by an object such as a stick, puck or ball, collisions and even overexertion.

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