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Social Security Administration Tightens Rules for Disability

socialsecuritydisabilityoffice.JPGGetting social security disability has gotten more difficult thanks to recent rule changes by the Social Security Administration. These rule changes will only apply to persons applying for disability after March 27, 2017. Thus, if a person has applied for social security disability before that date, even if they do not have a hearing yet, these rule changes will not apply to their case.

Social Security Administration Tightens Rules for Disability

Getting social security disability might have gotten more difficult thanks to recent rule changes by the Social Security Administration. These rule changes will only apply to persons applying for disability after March 27, 2017. Thus, if a person has applied for social security disability before that date, even if they do not have a hearing yet, these rule changes will not apply to their case.

Recent Injury to Elderly Woman Places Focus on Elder Abuse

20170615_183835-(002).pngA recent case of alleged elder abuse coming out of Mitchell County, NC has again focused the public's attention on this often hidden crime. Earlier this week, Ms. Brandi Tipton (age 36) and her husband, Frank Viola, Jr. (age 36) were arrested and charged with abuse of Tipton's mother, a 66 year old disabled woman. Police allege that they found the victim malnourished, covered in feces, and with maggots living in her hair. For more on this story, visit: http://wlos.com/news/local/husband-wife-sought-in-mitchell-county-elder-abuse-case-now-both-in-custody

Libel Personal Injury is Largest Trial Verdict in NC in 2016

A different type of personal injury took the highest verdict at trial in North Carolina in 2016. A Wake County, NC jury returned the state's largest verdict in 2016, awarding $9 million to a forensic scientist with the North Carolina SBI crime lab for libel against The Raleigh News and Observer.

NC Workers Compensation Rights Reduced By Republican Controlled Legislature

Workers compensation rights have been reduced in North Carolina. After the November 2016 election, the NC Republican controlled legislature met to pass laws to reduce workers compensation rights. The purpose of calling this emergency session was to take advantage of the last two months of lame duck Republican governor Pat McCrory's term in office. The legislature was able to get these laws to take effect prior to risking a veto by the newly elected Democrat governor. 

Pain Medication: New CDC Guidelines

Pain Medication Addiction: CDC Issues New Guidelines

After a car wreck or other accident, people often suffer painful injuries. In an effort to relieve their pain, accident victims will often visit their local hospital or family doctor. These medical providers often prescribe the accident victim opioid pain medication. However, the availability of these pain medications for accident and other pain causes is necessarily changing.

Personal Injury Care: Caring For A CAM Boot

Personal Injury Care: Caring For A CAM Boot

A CAM boot is a removable orthopedic device commonly used to treat sprains and fractures. Persons who are injured in a car wreck, fall, or suffer other personal injuries are often provided CAM boots if they have a broken foot, ankle, or lower leg.

NC HB2 Law: Law Discriminates On More Than Gender Identification

NC HB2 Law Has Consequences Beyond Transgender Bathrooms

The N.C. General Assembly passed a new discrimination law, HB2, on March 23, 2016. The media has focused on the HB2 law's prohibition of transgendered persons from using bathrooms and other sex segregated facilities. The HB2 law requires that transgendered persons use facilities that correspond to their birth gender. The law, however, has wider reaching implications for all North Carolina workers. Namely, the law has now stripped all North Carolina workers from using state courts to protect their rights against any form of employment discrimination.

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