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Workers Compensation For Work-Related Auto Accidents

Today’s employees are finding themselves spending more time in their cars for work-related reasons, whether it involves running errands or traveling to meet clients. However, this also puts employees at greater risk of being involved in an auto accident. Most employees understand how to initiate a workers compensation claim for on-premises injuries, but a work-related auto accident can be a different story. What are the Conditions? Many states have differing guidelines when it comes to handling workers compensation claims. One common requirement, however, is that any injury that’s the subject of a workers compensation claim must have occurred while you’re on the job. That’s easy to establish if your injuries happen at the office or the warehouse, but it gets a bit trickier when you’re behind the wheel. In most cases, there are only a few scenarios where you’ll be eligible for workers compensation after an auto accident: You’re a long-haul truck driver, delivery driver, or other employee for whom driving is an occupation. You remain mobile at all times because you don’t have a fixed office. You’re transporting other employees to or from the office or worksite. Your employer pays for your time as you travel to or from home. You stopped to pick up supplies for the office on your way to work. If you’re headed straight to work or straight home, however, you won’t be eligible for workers compensation benefits if you were involved in an auto accident. Instead, you’ll have to rely on your own insurer and initiate a personal injury claim for other expenses. Workers Compensation Claim or Personal Injury Claim? In addition to a workers compensation claim, you may be able to make a personal injury claim against the driver responsible for the accident. There’s nothing restricting you from making one type of claim if you’ve already made the other. In some cases, a personal injury claim may be the only way to get certain types of compensation. There are several differences to consider between a workers compensation claim and a personal injury claim: Workers compensation won’t cover any damages caused to your vehicle or other property, even if you were on an active job for your employer. Such damages will have to be handled through a civil claim against the other driver. Workers compensation won’t cover damages for physical or mental pain and suffering. These damages can only be recovered through a personal […]

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Social Security Disability & The Alleged Onset Date: 3 Ways To Help Prove Your Correct Disability Date

For many people applying for social security disability payments, there is a lot of work to be done with a calendar. Payment dates, application dates, and onset dates are just a few of the factors to consider. As you plan to file for social security disability, the initial payments that you will receive depend heavily on the alleged onset date. Also known as the AOD, this is the date from which your disability began and when you should have been eligible for payments. During the application process, the SSA can use details to determine their own date. A date change can end up costing hundreds or thousands of dollars. If this is the case, then there are multiple ways that you can help prove your original date. By using the assistance of a lawyer, this process can move forward faster and you can get the payments that you deserve. Medical Appointments Doctors and medical exams are usually one of the more ideal proof factors when it comes to determining your AOD. If the date has been set later than you expected, then you can use medical appointments and doctor statements as proof of your disability. For example, doctor reports may indicate the injuries and ailments that result in your disability. A lawyer can even conduct a new interview with medical professionals to detail more information about your disability and the actual onset date. By using this proof, you can try to change your onset date and get back pay for this time. The payment that you receive does not begin until five months after your onset date, so it’s important to have the earliest day possible for your AOD. In some cases, the SSA may determine the onset date as a medical appointment you had after initial treatment. Before a doctor’s visit, you may have had to go to an emergency room or a walk-in clinic to get treated for injuries and ailments. These visits may have been overlooked through your initial filing. If this is the case, then a lawyer can use evidence of those visits to help you change the AOD. Incident Reports Along with medical evidence, you can also use incident reports to show the AOD for your case. For example, if you were injured at work, the incident report used at work can represent your onset date. This evidence can be especially compelling if you did […]

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3 Helpful Tips To Stay Accident-Free On Your First Long-Distance Motorcycle Road Trip

Now that winter is over, a lot of new motorcycle enthusiasts start planning long road trips for the upcoming warmer months. Some of them may be planning multi-day excursions through several states. If this sounds like you, you’ll want to be sure to check the helmet laws of each state you will travel through. While this is definitely important to help reduce the seriousness of injuries from a motorcycle accident, there are a few other important things to consider that can help reduce your risks of being in an accident, especially since this will be your first long road trip. Here’s how staying hydrated, trip planning, and being aware of your surroundings can help reduce your risks of being involved in a motorcycle accident.  Delve Deep Into Planning the Trip With this being your first road trip on a motorcycle, you may not realize that trips can take a toll on your body, especially when you aren’t used to sitting on a motorcycle for long periods of time. When you book hotel rooms for the overnight stays, consider ones that have hot tubs and/or Jacuzzis in case you want to soak your muscles and bones before you head to bed. Plan the route based on your level of experience. That means you’ll want to avoid curvy and hilly roadways since you are a beginner. Sometimes, these types of roads have cinders and/or gravel on them that can easily make you lose control of your motorcycle when going around a turn or up a hill. If you aren’t sure, check the street view of Google maps in various areas of concern when you plan the route you’ll take. Buy a Wearable Hydration Pack Being hydrated is crucial to being safe on the road, especially when riding a motorcycle. Researchers have found that dehydrated drivers are similar in their capabilities to drivers with a 0.08% blood alcohol level. Dehydration can cause a reduction in cognitive ability and concentration, and impair your alertness. Being dehydrated can lead to an accident because your reaction time can be slowed due to these reasons. Of course, it’s difficult to drink from water bottles and other types of containers while riding motorcycles. Fortunately, there are wearable hydration packs that resemble thin backpacks and hold enough water to keep you hydrated throughout the day, which is typically 9 cups of water for women and 13 cups of water […]

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