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How to use Emergency SOS on iPhone

How to use Emergency SOS on iPhoneIn emergency situations, it is comforting to know that help is just a phone call away. Now, it’s easier than ever for many smartphone users to do this.

A new feature on iPhone, part of the iOS 11 update, allows users to easily and discreetly contact emergency services.

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Social Security Disability claims can take years. But why?

How long does an SSD claim take?After having Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) premiums automatically deducted from each paycheck, many Ohio residents are surprised to discover how difficult it is to get a decision on collecting disability benefits, despite a diagnosed qualifying medical condition.

According to an exposé printed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, thousands of Ohio workers who have applied for SSDI benefits are waiting months and years for a decision on their claim, in large part due to federal underfunding and the current bureaucratic process. The current claims system requires claimants to present their case in front of a judge, who then must weigh the evidence before making a decision. In many cases, the slightest flaw in the claim can result in a denial, pending further clarification.

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Elk & Elk’s Amy Papesh to Discuss Asset Management at Upcoming Probate Seminar

Elk & Elk attorney Amy Papesh will share her extensive experience in probate and asset management at an upcoming National Business Institute live seminar in Akron.

estate planningNBI’s “PROBATE: Everything You Need to Know.” takes place on Thursday, March 8, and Friday, March 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. at Doubletree Hotel Akron – Fairlawn. The program is approved for 13.25 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit hours, including one hour of attorney ethics instruction. Continue reading “Elk & Elk’s Amy Papesh to Discuss Asset Management at Upcoming Probate Seminar”

Apple making it easier to access medical records

The process of gathering medical records can be overwhelming, to say the least. It brings to mind piles of paperwork and significant time spent gathering information from clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, and medical providers.

Fortunately, advances in technology are making this process more streamlined – and much easier for consumers.

A recent technological advancement on Apple’s Health app allows consumers to keep their health records and data all in one place – on their phones.

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What you need to know about arbitration agreements at nursing homes

Placing a loved one in a nursing home is never an easy decision, but family members may feel relieved knowing that their loved one is safe and secure.

Unfortunately, bad things can happen to residents in nursing homes. Abuse, neglect or sexual assault of residents is, sadly, not uncommon.

Worse, in some nursing homes, the legal rights of victims may be limited because of something they signed in the admissions contract.

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Firefighters and cancer: What precautions should be taken?

Firefighters have dangerous jobs – in more ways than one.

Researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that firefighters have a higher-than-average risk for developing cancer.

A total of 30,000 firefighters were involved in the study. Researchers found that firefighters were more likely to be diagnosed with respiratory, digestive and urinary system cancers. Firefighters were also found to be twice as likely to develop mesothelioma than the general population. This is most likely due to exposure to asbestos in firefighting.

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6 Tips to keep your teen driver safe on the road

Getting a driver’s license is an important milestone in the life of a teenager. It’s also a time when many parents’ stress levels skyrocket.

Driving can be dangerous and young people sometimes make poor decisions.

As a parent, how can you allow you teen to enjoy this newfound freedom while at the same time keeping him or her safe? According to experts, teens whose parents discuss driving expectations with them in advance are less likely to take unnecessary risks.

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Being a designated driver doesn’t have to be a drag

The designated driver is an underappreciated role. But designated drivers serve an important purpose: To ensure that friends arrive home safely after a night of drinking.

Drinking and driving can have devastating consequences. The possibility of getting a DUI/OVI, getting into an accident or getting seriously injured should be enough to keep anyone from drunk driving.

But according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, 3,637 people in Ohio were killed in drunk driving-related crashes in Ohio between 2003 and 2012.

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How safe are infotainment systems in cars?

In today’s technology-driven world, many people can’t go an hour without checking their emails, text messages or otherwise using their phones.

Perhaps the most important time of the day to be free from these distractions is when operating a motor vehicle. Distracted driving caused 3,477 deaths and 391,000 injuries in 2015 alone.

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