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A denied disability claim is not the end of the road for you

If you are unable to work due to a disabling mental or physical condition, you may know that you could have a rightful claim to disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. It is never easy to secure benefits and get the support you need, and unfortunately, many initial claims come back denied.

Denied claims may be fairly normal, but it can be useful to understand why it happens and what you should do next. Indiana applicants who are not initially successful have the right to appeal and continue to pursue benefits. In fact, estimates suggest that only one-third of disability benefits claims are successful on the first try.

Holding drunk drivers accountable for accidents and injuries

Drunk driving can cause great harm to many innocent people. In fact, you may be dealing with injuries suffered in an accident caused by an alcohol-impaired driver. If you suffered because of a drunk driver, it is possible to hold these individuals accountable for their actions and seek financial compensation.

Drunk driving is a serious problem, both in Indiana and everywhere else. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 28 people die in an alcohol-related crash every day. That equals one fatality every 51 minutes, and the cost of the financial damages from these types of accidents amounts to approximately $44 billion.

Pit bulls are not the only vicious dog breed

Pets are often part of the family, and you may have friends who refer to their animals as their children. Some may even include their dogs or cats in family portraits or throw parties for their pets' birthdays. Perhaps you are one of those whose emotional attachment to your pet runs deep.

Nevertheless, animals can be unpredictable, and you may not have seen it coming when a neighbor's dog attacked you. Whether your neighbor invited you onto the property or you were just passing by, an unprovoked attack likely left you with physical and emotional scars, particularly if the dog was a pit bull.

Many truck driver errors are blamed on fatigue

Researchers are finding out more about how much our bodies need sleep and what happens to us when we don't get enough of it. Many sources now equate driving while you are drowsy with driving drunk. This is how dangerous researchers now know it is to get behind the wheel when fatigued.

Now imagine that you are driving a massive vehicle weighing several tons and needing a considerable distance to stop. If you are fatigued and your reaction times and judgments are affected, you would more than likely be an accident waiting to happen.

An unfocused mind makes for a distracted driver

While cell phones are often associated with the problem of distracted driving, they are not always to blame. There are many different types of distraction, and all of them pose a threat to Indiana drivers and passengers. In fact, one of the most dangerous types -- cognitive distraction -- can be quite deceptive, as it involves the driver's mind, not necessarily physical actions. 

Unlike texting or doing something else while behind the wheel, cognitive distraction can occur when a driver has both hands on the wheel. With an unfocused mind, a driver may be unable to notice, evaluate and avoid potential hazards -- ultimately resulting in accidents and injuries.

Do you consider yourself a defensive driver?

Traveling on the roadways can sometimes cause apprehension for many drivers. Because you cannot always predict what actions another traveler may take, you could easily find yourself involved in a serious accident that results in your injury. Of course, you may want to do your part to avoid such incidents if possible in hopes of avoiding such injury to yourself and your family.

Defensive driving could potentially help when it comes to working to avoid car accidents. Therefore, you may wish to determine whether you yourself fall into the category of defensive drivers. If you feel uncertain about what actions could help your defense on the road, you may wish to consider these suggestions.

You may be able to secure disability benefits for arthritis

When a medical condition keeps you from working and effectively providing for your family, it can cause you to feel both helpless and hopeless. You may find yourself in this situation if you have a serious case of arthritis, yet you may be able to secure disability benefits.

Arthritis is a relatively common medical condition, yet people often dismiss its potential to cause severe limitations and chronic pain. Every Indiana patient with this condition is different and unique, but it is possible that your case is serious enough to impact your ability to hold gainful employment and do everyday tasks.

Your legal rights after a truck accident

What might start out as a relatively ordinary commute to the job or to the grocery store one day may end up being one of the most expensive drives you will ever take if you end up in a trucking accident. Due to the heavy weight and large size of a semi-truck, an accident involving such a truck can easily be more serious than one involving another passenger car. The accident can be costly from a physical, financial and emotional standpoint.

Sometimes a heavy truck crash is the result of the truck driver's carelessness behind the wheel. For instance, he or she might not have been paying attention to the road closely. If you have suffered injuries in this type of accident, it is within your rights to seek justice through the civil court system in Indiana.

Take a bite out of negligence following an animal bite

Each year, thousands of animal bites take place in the United States, mostly involving dogs. When you have suffered a dog bite, your first priority naturally is to pursue medical attention right away. After all, failure to undergo treatment may lead to an infection or even death if the dog had a disease.

In some situations, dog bites happen in Indiana due to the negligence of the owners of the animals. For instance, perhaps the owner of a dog did not restrain the animal appropriately. If you find yourself in such a situation, you have the right to take legal action.

Protecting your interests after the wrongful death of a loved one

Losing a loved one in an accident is never easy, but it can be particularly painful to know that his or her death was preventable and unnecessary. When you are dealing with the wrongful death of a loved one, not only are you facing excruciating emotional pain, you are likely also dealing with the financial fallout that often accompanies an unexpected death.

If you believe that your loved one suffered unnecessarily, you could have grounds to take legal action against the liable parties. A wrongful death claim cannot undo what you suffered, but it can help you and your Indiana family recover financial losses and rebuild your lives. An experienced personal injury attorney can help. 

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