Many people who are disabled and unable to work rely on Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Those individuals had to go through the SSD application process, which can be discouraging, to say the least. The vast majority of initial claims are denied. In fact, only 34 percent of initial claims are approved.
If the applicant chooses to pursue an appeal, that process can take a long time to complete – months or even years. And there are no guarantees that the claim will be approved at the reconsideration stage.
So what can applicants do to increase their chances of success?
Continue reading “Social Security Disability Application Tips”
There are two types of drivers in the world: Those who engage in distracted driving, and those who don’t.
For those who don’t, it can be frustrating – even infuriating – to see other drivers texting while driving, talking on their phones while driving, and engaging in other dangerous behavior behind the wheel.
But there is little for the drivers and passengers to do when they see a distracted driver.
That is, up until now.
Continue reading “App pays passengers and bystanders to report distracted driving”
By William J. Price
Every plaintiff has the same complaint: “The insurance adjuster will not call me back.”
It’s not unusual, and the adjuster is not making the matter personal.
Your case is classified as a claim, and adjusters do not call people back due to the volume of claims. An efficient and diligent adjuster handles hundreds of claims and typically receives dozens of phone calls each day. All companies have a policy of returning phone calls within 24-48 hours, but most adjusters will never meet this deadline. Continue reading “Why won’t the insurance adjuster call me back?”
As an adult with aging parents, you might be concerned about their continued safety behind the wheel. You know that being able to drive is a huge source of independence. The choice to give up their driving license should not be taken lightly.
How do you know if it is the right time?
Continue reading “Aging parents and driving: Keeping your loved one safe”
Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas. When present in the atmosphere, carbon monoxide can cause flu-like symptoms and lead to death. Every year in the United States, approximately 430 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Carbon monoxide poisoning is especially a concern in winter months. Dangerous gases can build up when generators, furnaces, and wood burning stoves are used – and even when a car is warming in the garage. Continue reading “Prevention and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning”
Most of us are used to seeing static speed limit signs on the side of a road or freeway.
However, as driving conditions change, the posted speed limit is not necessarily the safest speed to drive.
Winter weather can make for dangerous driving conditions in Ohio. Multiple car crashes and injury accidents are not uncommon as winter storms change traction on a road with ice, snow, wind or rain. Continue reading “Lake County using variable speeds to create safer road travel”
By William J. Price
A gap in treatment is a period of time when there is no documented medical treatment.
For example, if you are in an accident and do not go to the emergency room for over 30 days, there is a 30-day gap in treatment.
A second type of gap can occur when there’s an extended break between treatments. For example, if you’ve been receiving consistent treatment and then stop for four months before making another appointment, this is considered another gap in treatment. Continue reading “How to Avoid Gaps in Your Treatment After an Injury”
Elk & Elk is proud to be an active member of our Ohio community. Read on to learn more about a few of the causes our firm supported in 2017 and how you can join us in making a difference in the coming year. Continue reading “A Year of Giving: Learn more about the causes we supported in 2017”
Advances in medical technology are sometimes a double-edged sword. A prime example? Medical scans that use radiation to peer into human bodies.
X-rays aren’t the only culprit. In fact, far greater doses of radiation are involved in CT scans, PET scans, fluoroscopy and nuclear medicine studies (though these doses are still considered low when compared to high levels of exposure from events such as Hiroshima/Nagasaki and Chernobyl.) This ionizing radiation damages human DNA and disrupts normal cell functioning.
It has long been thought that even extremely low levels of radiation increase your lifetime risk of cancer. However, a growing body of research casts doubt on this assumption – with far-reaching implications for medical imaging. Continue reading “Radiation from medical imaging: Just how dangerous is it? “
Buying a Christmas tree is a quintessential part of the holiday season for many families. Unfortunately, when a Christmas tree is not securely fastened to the car, it can fly off the vehicle and cause tremendous damage.
Here are some tips to help you safely transport a Christmas tree on your vehicle:
- Pack the right gear: Bring rope, cord or bungee straps to secure the tree to your car.
- Get the Christmas tree netted: Ask the seller to net the tree. This will make it more compact and easier to transport and move around.
- Protect your car’s roof: Place a tarp or blanket on the roof of the car to protect it from scratches.
- Trunk-side forward: Position the tree so the tree trunk is toward the front of your vehicle.
- Secure the tree: Wrap rope, cord or bungee straps around the tree to secure it to the car’s roof or rack. You may need to wrap it several times to make sure it is secured.
- Check the tree before driving: Do one last check before hitting the road. Tug on the tree to make sure it’s secure.
- Take the back roads home: It may be a good idea to avoid highways and avoid high speeds. Take it easy and watch your speed on the way home – take the back roads, if necessary.
By implementing these tips, you can safely get your Christmas tree home and get on to more important things – like decorating it!