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Workplace injury data soon readily available

As of August 10, many employers involved in industries considered high risk will have to change their ways when it comes to reporting on their workplace safety in order to comply with a new rule issued by the Occupation Safety and Health Administration. According to the federal agency, statistics indicate that in excess of three million workers in the United States suffer workplace injury or even illness yearly. The new OSHA rule focuses on modernizing data collection related to injuries and/or illnesses suffered by workers across the country, including Tennessee.

Employers, specifically those in certain high risk industries, will be required to electronically submit information pertaining to work-related illnesses and injuries. It will then be made available on the website of the agency. So far, this kind of data has not been available. Before, employers were required to keep the data for their own use, but they were not required to provide it to OSHA or make it public. Rather, it was purely to assist industries to improve their own safety.

Charges follow after fatal car wreck in Tennessee

Instead of celebrating Mother's Day with their mom at the beginning of May, a Tennessee family had to set up a memorial for her near the accident scene where she was killed just two days before. Reports of the fatal car wreck was received around 9:47 p.m. on the Friday before Mother's Day. At the time of the accident, the 37-year-old mother was traveling with her 4-year-old daughter when the accident happened.  

It is stated that the alleged DUI driver was speeding towards an intersection when she struck the deceased's vehicle from behind and then skidded into the car next to it. The vehicles that were struck were stopped at the intersection, waiting for the light to change, when the accident happened. Both mother and daughter were injured and taken to a medical center in the area. The mother passed away in hospital due to the severity of her injuries.

Search for driver after 4 die in Tennessee truck accident

An air and land search was launched by Tennessee authorities on a recent Friday evening during the first week of May for the driver of a dump truck. The search resulted from an earlier truck accident in which four people were killed. It is believed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs when the accident occurred.

According to the accident report, a dump truck with a trailer was traveling south when the trailer became unhinged and detached from the truck.  The trailer moved into the northbound traffic and struck two cars, a sedan and an SUV, which flipped over. The deceased include three people in their 30s -- a 36 and a 38-year-old male and a female aged 37 -- as well as a 62-year-old female.  

Dog Bites: Holding Pet Owners Accountable

Perhaps you thought you could trust your neighbor's dog until it attacked your child. Or maybe you were enjoying a day at the park as a family when an unleashed dog bit you or your child.

While your first priority is the well-being of your child, you also may be confused, angry, and unsure of what to do. Can you take legal action against a neighbor or other pet owner if their dog attacked? In most cases, the answer is, yes.

Workplace injury: Who pays the medical bills?

Many Tennessee workers are exposed to a variety of dangers in their workplaces. While employers can do everything required by law to provide a safe workplace and workers can take every possible precaution, the fact is that accidents happen. Often in the case of a workplace injury, costs are incurred and you, as an injured employee, worry about these unexpected expenses.

Your employer may be covered by the Tennessee Workers' Compensation Act meaning you will be eligible for medical treatment at no personal cost, as long as the injury is considered a compensable workplace injury. Payment of medical benefits range from surgery and hospitalization to dental work and eye care and just about everything in between. It is, however, important that the doctor treating you must be authorized to do so and that he or she relates all treatment to the injury suffered at work.

Tennessee teenagers shown the horrors of car accidents

Across the United States, senior students are about to graduate and planning what to wear and do for their proms. Unfortunately, prom night is known as an evening of possible bad decisions. This is why a Tennessee high school used its Students Against Destructive Decisions gathering to illustrate the consequences of irresponsible decisions to the students of the school by showing them what being in car accidents is really like.

On a recent Friday in April, the students of the high school witnessed an enactment of exactly what happens in a fatal accident. The enactment simulated a fatal accident in which a number of people died, and it focused on illustrating the consequences of both distracted driving and drunk driving. Students were asked to act as victims, who, in some cases, had to be cut from cars, while others acted as parents looking for their children at an accident scene.

SSI benefits for disabled children in Tennessee

If you are a parent and your child suffers from either a physical or emotional disability, you may be able to pursue Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) to help provide for your child's basic needs.

At the Law Offices of Tony Farmer & John Dreiser, we bring together years of experience helping families in Knoxville and throughout Tennessee understand their options for pursuing compensation and benefits through SSD and SSI benefits.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - Hearing Office Wait and Approval Statistics

A major concern for people seeking Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is the time it takes to get their case decided once they reach the hearing level. It has been since December of 2015 that I updated the processing times and approval rates for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims for some hearing offices in Tennessee and Eastern Kentucky. Please remember that these statistics are only for claims pending at the hearing level or Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. The claims at a hearing office have already been through the Application and Reconsideration steps (typically 6-12 months of waiting already).

Nationally:

· Average processing time: 502 days (up from 444 in May of 2015)

· 44% cases approved

Knoxville, Tennessee:

· Average processing time: 550 (up from 537 days in December of 2015)

· 45% cases approved

Chattanooga, Tennessee:

· Average processing time: 572 (up from 521 days in May of 2015)

· 50% approved

Kingsport, Tennessee:

· Average processing time: 416 days (up from 339 in April of 2015)

· 60% cases approved

Nashville, Tennessee

· Average processing time: 475 days (up from 465 in December of 2015)

· 46% cases approved

Franklin, Tennessee

· Average processing time: 509 (up from 475 in December of 2015)

· 50% cases approved

Middlesboro, Kentucky

· Average processing time: 515 (up from 410 in April of 2015)

· 40% cases approved

The hearing office staff work hard and understand the frustrations of the claimants and representatives, but they are hamstrung by the workload and budgetary restraints.

Accounts mounting after dog bite injuries

Being attacked by a dog can be devastating and can leave victims wondering where to turn. The laws governing dog owner liability differ between U.S. states, which means Tennessee laws will differ from the laws of Ohio. However, in every state, a dog owner will be held liable for the injuries someone else suffers, especially if the attack was unprovoked, as in the case mentioned below.

A South African woman working as house cleaner in the United States was attacked by a dog while on the job about a half a year ago. She suffered severe injuries from the attack, and her medical bills are astronomical. According to her, she was busy washing dishes in the apartment she was hired to clean. She states that the dog, a black Labrador mix, attacked her out of the blue as she turned from the sink.

18-year-old killed in weekend car wreck

A recent weekend in April turned into a nightmare for a young driver of a pickup truck. His weekend evening excursion turned into a tragedy when one of his passengers was killed in a car wreck. This tragedy highlights the vulnerability of the youth on roadways across the country.

The car wreck happened shortly before midnight on a recent Saturday evening. According to Tennessee authorities, the 16-year-old driver crossed the center line of the road on which he was traveling. The vehicle continued traveling and left the road on the left-hand side and then hit a utility pole. The impact caused the vehicle to roll.

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