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Elderly drivers may be at increased risk for car accidents

When people age, they experience certain physical and psychological changes that may influence their ability to operate a vehicle. As a way to provide protection for other motorists on the road, several states have enacted laws, such as license renewal policies, which address the limitations of elderly drivers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were over 40 million drivers over the age of 65 years on the road in 2015.  Research shows that when drivers reach the age of 70 years, the risk for becoming involved in a fatal accident increases and reaches a peak at 85 years old.

Understanding the SSDI review process

Once people are approved to receive Social Security Disability benefits, the SSA will periodically review their situation to ensure they are still eligible for benefits. The beneficiary’s condition could improve and people may be able to return to work, which may terminate their benefits. Other people with permanent disabilities will receive long-term benefits. It is crucial that people who are receiving SSDI benefits fully understand the review process so that they can give an accurate interpretation of their current health and disability. If the wrong information is portrayed, it could cause the SSA to make an erroneous decision and prematurely end a person’s benefits.

How can workers prevent heat related illnesses?

Whether you work outside and are exposed to the elements, or you work inside a hot and humid warehouse in Maryland, you may develop a heat-related illness as a result of your workplace environment. There are several types of illnesses, such as heat cramps, heat rash, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, that are often acquired after working in the heat for a prolonged period of time. In severe cases, a worker could experience a serious fever, dehydration, confusion, have convulsions or even lose consciousness altogether. Fortunately, there are some things that you and your employer can do to help prevent heat-related illnesses from occurring.

Speed involved in a tragic accident leaving one dead

When drivers travel at high rates of speed, they not only endanger the lives of everyone in their vehicle, they risk the lives of everyone on the road. Speeding is especially dangerous in inclement weather situations, as it can be difficult to stop and the vehicle may skid or slide into another vehicle. High-speed accidents can be catastrophic, as the force of impact can cause vehicle passengers to fly out of the vehicle.

Work history can affect SSDI eligibility

When people apply for Social Security Disability Insurance, they must meet the strict requirements set by the Social Security Administration. In addition to a duration of work test, which evaluates the amount of time the applicant has worked under Social Security, the administration performs a recent work test. This test determines the amount of work completed at the age the applicant became disabled. At McGowan & Cecil, LLC, we know that your work history can have a direct effect on your ability to receive SSDI benefits.

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