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August 2018 Archives

Denied SSD applicants often cannot return to labor market

When people in Kentucky apply for Social Security Disability benefits, many face denials, at least in the initial stages of the process. However, applicants' need for benefits is underlined by the situations that they face when they attempt to get a job after a denial. Under the law, Social Security Disability Insurance mandates that beneficiaries must have a documented, serious medical condition that prevents them from doing any feasible job. People can be denied even if there is no indication that they will ever be able to obtain the type of job that evaluators believe they could theoretically perform.

How does insurance handle hit-and-run accidents?

If you are the victim of a hit-and-run accident, you may be unsure how to get compensation for your damages and injuries. You must carefully document the accident for your insurance company and the police. However, that can be more difficult than just any collision since the other driver left the scene.

Kentucky man facing charges after police pursuit

A Kentucky man has been charged with a raft of weapons, drugs and theft offenses after allegedly attempting to elude Madison County police on the morning of Aug. 15. The 34-year-old Richmond resident faces multiple counts of theft, gun possession by a convicted felon and fleeing police. He has also been charged with possessing a controlled subtance and drug paraphernalia and was cited for reckless driving.

Patients can suffer from hindered doctor-nurse communication

While technology plays a more important role in the health care system than ever, humans are still involved in nearly every aspect of care. As a result, health care mistakes occur all of the time in Kentucky. Some of the most costly errors happen due to communication barriers between doctors and nurses at hospitals and other types of clinics. Around 14 percent of Medicare recipients say they've experienced medical errors while in the hospital.

Childbearing women could be at risk in the hospital

Women in Kentucky may have good reason to be concerned when they go to the hospital to give birth. While the rates of maternal injury and mortality have declined dramatically in most developed countries, the same is not true of the United States. In fact, the U.S. is the developed country with the highest rate of maternal deaths and injuries, and every year, 50,000 mothers are severely injured during childbirth while 700 lose their lives.

Road risks during back-to-school time

Sending your kids back to school after a summer at home is another adventure. You probably have a lot to do and a lot to think about as the new school year approaches. But have you considered the increased road risks that might come along with back-to-school time?

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