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December 2017 Archives

3 symptoms of toxic exposure

Many people work in industries where they face potential exposure to toxic chemicals. It may not always be obvious if and when such exposure might have taken place, though. If such exposure goes undetected, it can cumulatively wreak havoc on your health and lead to serious injuries that require medical treatment. It is vital that you proactively monitor symptoms. 

How those who are depressed may get disability benefits

If an individual in Missouri or any other state is experiencing depression, it may be possible to apply for disability benefits. In many cases, a person may make a concurrent claim for Social Security disability (SSD) and SSI benefits. To have a claim for benefits based on depression approved, an individual will need to provide objective evidence of this claim. Evidence may be provided by the applicant or by the applicant's doctor.

How the SSA handles benefit applications

Missouri residents may need to meet strict criteria to obtain social security disability benefits. First, that person must have a condition that will keep him or her out of work for at least a year. Additionally, that person must have a physical or mental condition that prevents him or her from making a gainful living. Although those criteria may not appear strict, many initial applications are denied.

December 2017 now dedicated to impaired driving prevention

Impaired driving affects the lives of drivers, passengers, and bystanders; it is a problem spreading across Missouri and the rest of the United States. On average, alcohol-related accidents lead to one fatality every 50 minutes in this country. As a result, the White House released a proclamation designating December 2017 as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.

Truckers protest in response to new ELD mandate

On Dec. 18, a federal mandate designed to more accurately log and monitor truck drivers is scheduled to go into effect nationwide. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, new Electronic Logging Devices will help keep fatigued truckers off the roadway, potentially preventing hundreds of crashes each year. However, at least one trade organization official claims that the ELDs are a violation of privacy that could compromise driver safety in Missouri and across the country.

Conditions that increase risk of tractor-trailers jackknifing

Truck drivers in Missouri have to deal with changing road conditions all the time. They use their knowledge of their vehicle and proper driving strategies to mitigate situations that could send their big rigs out of control. Jackknife accidents are a common occurrence on highways, and they often result from wet and slick roads or empty trailer loads.

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