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4 Common Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury.

Let’s say you were in a car crash and you bumped your head on the steering wheel. You don’t think your injuries are that bad, but pretty soon you start to notice that you are having a lot of headaches and somehow, you just can’t think straight. You could have a traumatic brain injury (“TBI”). Common Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injuries. It goes without saying that whenever you experience an injury, or if you are in a car accident of any description—whether a fender-bender or something more serious—the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. TBIs are injuries to the brain...

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Some General Information About Traumatic Brain Injuries.

Any number of accidents— whether car accidents, falls, sporting accidents, crashes with a big rig, or oil rig explosions, or more— can leave an individual with a traumatic brain injury (“TBI”). TBIs can have long-lasting and devastating effects on a person’s life and on those around him. Because TBIs are so serious, it is important to know a little bit about them. Severity of Traumatic Brain Injuries. Like any injury, the severity of a TBI can range from everything from a bump on the head to serious brain damage. Not surprisingly, then, the symptoms of a TBIs have a wide variance as well. However,...

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Factors That Affect the Value of Your Spinal Cord Injury Lawsuit.

Money can never make up for the pain and trauma of a spinal cord injury. But it can help defray some of the burdensome expenses victims and their families must bear when an accident results in catastrophic injuries to a loved one. The purpose of a civil lawsuit is to hold the negligent person responsible and to compensate (to the extent possible) the injured person for his or her injuries. As a result, a large part of any personal injury lawsuit involving spinal cord injuries will be about the damages you can receive to compensate you for your injuries. Damages. Money damages are...

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Spinal Cord Injuries: What Are They?

Some reports say that every year about 17,500 people in the United States sustain a spinal cord injury. That means there are 48 new spinal cord injuries every day! Most of the injuries are the result of car crashes, truck accidents, violence, falls, and sports-related accidents. But what, exactly, is a spinal cord injury? How is it that a person can “break their neck” but not have a spinal cord injury? Let’s take a look. Your Spinal Cord. Your spinal cord plays an essential and central role in everything you do. The spinal cord is the major bundle of nerves that carries nerve impulses to...

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Can You Get Benefits for Your Disabled Child?

If you have a disabled child, it is very likely that you will need some kind of financial support to pay for your child’s medical expenses and care. Depending on your particular circumstances, you may want to consider applying to the Social Security Agency (“SSA”) for disability benefits for your child. Here is some basic information about the types of disability benefits that are available to disabled children. Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”). Most disabled children under the age of 18 qualify for disability benefits under the SSA’s Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) disability benefits program. The SSI program is a needs-based program. That means that there...

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What “Disabled” Means to the Social Security Administration.

To qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) there are only 2 basic requirements: You must have worked in jobs that paid into the Social Security system long enough and recently enough (10 out of the past 15 years) to qualify for SSDI benefits, and, You must be disabled within the meaning of the Security Administration’s (“SSA”) definition of “disabled.” Sounds simple, right? Wrong. The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) has lots of rules and regulations that must be strictly followed in order to qualify for disability benefits. In addition, they have a very strict definition of “disabled.” What Does Social Security...

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Evidence and Trucking Accidents. Why It’s So Important.

Just a few years ago (in 2015), Louisiana reportedly had 5,460 trucking companies in the state. It is said that over 78% of the local communities in Louisiana rely on trucks to transport their goods. Given that many trucks on the roads and the difficult conditions truckers face (long hours, lack of sleep) it shouldn’t come as a surprise that statistics show that commercial trucks are involved in 8% of all fatal crashes each year in Louisiana. Since commercial trucking companies face enormous costs if held liable for personal injuries or deaths caused by a trucking accident, after an accident, the...

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Supplemental Security Income in a Nutshell.

The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) runs two disability programs: Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) and Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”). Although they may sound the same, they are not. Social Security Disability Insurance provides disability benefits for people who have worked up to 15 years and who have paid into the federal social security tax system (the Federal Insurance Contributions Act or “FICA”) before becoming disabled. On the other hand, SSI is a needs-based program that does not require any work experience at all. Here is some basic information about SSI: Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”). SSI provides financial support for people —including those who are disabled—who...

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Why it is a Good Idea To Be Represented By Counsel When You Apply for Disability Benefits.

One of the first things people who are applying for or have been denied Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) want to know, is whether or not they need a lawyer. The answer is (unless you are appealing a denial to federal court) no, you don’t need a lawyer to apply for disability benefits. But you stand a much better chance of being awarded benefits if you have one. Don’t believe us? Consider this… The Application. Applying for SSDI is not simple process. You cannot just fill out the forms to the best of your memory, sit back, and hope to be awarded benefits....

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What Do You Need to Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

For some, a catastrophic injury, disease or illness can result in total disability—interfering with everyday tasks and making it impossible to work full-time or consistently enough to earn a living. Very often, a person’s only option is to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). How to Qualify for Disability Benefits. It takes more than filling out an application online to be awarded disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) requires anyone applying for disability benefits meet their “eligibility criteria.” Generally speaking, there are 2 main eligibility criteria: You must meet the SSA’s definition of “disabled,” and You must have worked...

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