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Motorcycle safety: Tips for biker safety on the road

As the days get longer and the temperatures become warmer, motorcyclists often begin to ride their bikes more often. This convenient and inexpensive form of transportation can be beneficial to people who are traveling to and from school and work on a daily basis. However, the dangers of riding on a motorcycle are great, as a number of motorists are not familiar with navigating around these small vehicles. Some motorists may not see motorcyclists hiding within traffic or are going too fast to yield or stop for them. There are some steps that motorcyclists can take to minimize their risk of becoming injured or killed in a tragic accident.

SSDI statistics: Why does the process take so long?

Whether you have already applied for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits or you are simply considering filing for these services, there are some things that you should know. The process of filing for SSDI benefits can be lengthy, and it make take months, even years for some applicants to receive notice as to if they have been approved for benefits. According to the SSA, the department that handles SSDI applications is just over 990,000 cases behind in processing benefit requests.

The dangers of confined spaces

Construction workers are subjected to many hazardous situations. In fact, the construction industry is one of the most dangerous in the country. As in any industry, it is essential that workers understand how to protect themselves by wearing the proper protective equipment as well as navigate around a worksite in a safe way to avoid injury or even death. One of the dangers that construction workers face is confined spaces. Small work areas, such as manholes, tanks and crawl spaces, are not designed for human occupancy and have limited access to an exit. However, construction workers may be required to fit into these small spaces for a period of time in order to get the job done.

Patients dying while waiting for benefits

When patients apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, they are often in need of immediate medical assistance, and are unable to work. People who suffer from certain illnesses that will ultimately cause their death, such as cancer, qualify for SSDI benefits that will help cover their medical and living expenses while they live out the remaining time they have. Sadly, the application and approval process can take months, even years to go through and many people who suffer from these terminal conditions cannot wait that long.

How common is medical misdiagnosis in the U.S.?

While healthcare professionals are some of the most trusted professions in the country, they do make errors which can have a major impact on peoples’ lives. Researchers found that at least 12 million patients every year leave emergency rooms and outpatient clinics with the wrong medical diagnosis or without being diagnosed at all, according to BMJ Quality & Safety. At least six million people suffer potential harm from these wrong diagnoses. More instances may occur that go unreported or undiscovered by medical professionals.

Can your family receive SSDI benefits?

When you become injured or are diagnosed with a medical condition that is expected to last for at least one year or end in death, you may be eligible for disability benefits. Social Security Disability Insurance helps people with medical expenses and living expenses while they are unable to work because of their condition. Some people may be surprised to find out, however, that SSDI benefits may cover your family as well. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your case, certain family members may be eligible for benefits.

What are my employer’s responsibilities at the workplace?

Maryland workers and people across the country have certain rights when it comes to their jobs. You and all other workers have the right to work in a safe and protected environment where the risk of getting injured in a workplace accident is minimized. Employers are required to make the workplace safe for their employees and to take all of the necessary precautions to prevent unnecessary accidents from occurring.

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