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Separating fact from fiction with SSDI

The chances of someone being unable to work due to an illness or severe injuries are disturbingly high. Social Security Administration statistics reveal that a 20-year-old worker has a 30% chance of having a disability before retirement age.

Once a catastrophic event occurs, the person not only has to deal with the physical issues related to the illness or injury, but they will likely face serious financial concerns.

Young workers face a higher risk of on-the-job injuries

Most people know that different jobs involve different amounts of risk. For example, construction workers often face a higher risk of sustaining a severe work injury than office workers. 

However, the same also applies to different age groups. And it might be surprising to some that young workers actually face a higher risk of suffering an injury on the job than any other age group. 

What benefits are available for injured workers?

Workplace injuries are a major issue with more than 30,000 Alabama employees suffering workplace injuries each year. National Safety Council statistics show, on average, 2.5 out of every 100 full-time employees sustain injuries. Across the country, a worker is injured every seven seconds, amounting to 4.6 million workplace injuries each year.

Depending upon how and where the injury took place, Alabama workers may qualify for benefits to replace lost income and medical costs.

Typical workers’ comp mistakes that can cost injured employees

People injured on the job sometimes need to act to get the compensation they deserve, including coverage for medical costs and lost earnings while they recover. It’s a mistake for an injured worker to believe they are automatically covered just because their employer provides access to workers’ compensation insurance.

Alabama law requires employers with five or more full-time or part-time employees to have workers’ comp coverage. Injured workers have two years from the date of the injury to file a claim. However, not reporting an injury to a manager or an employer within five days can cause workers to lose certain rights and benefits.

What is a 504 plan?

Each child learns differently. Great teachers understand this and find avenues to connect with their students to get results. Nevertheless, children with learning disabilities will need special education or individualized instruction through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 Plan.

An IEP was developed to ensure that elementary- and secondary-aged children with an identified disability receive specialized instruction and services. A 504 Plan, on the other hand, is for children in primary or secondary education to receive accommodations to help ensure their academic success. It does not provide individualized instruction and is not a type of special education. Nevertheless, the goal is to give children with learning disabilities access to the same education as their classmates.

A closer look at IDEA

Families who have children with disabilities might have high anxiety regarding their child's education. They might naturally worry about their child's experience in school. But they might also worry about whether their child's education will meet their child's specific needs or not. 

Several laws aim to protect a child's rights to education. One of those laws that specifically protects children with disabilities is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Developmental milestones for middle schoolers

Every parent knows that children develop at a different rate. This is especially apparent with middle schoolers as some boys will start to look like teenagers while others haven't gotten their growth spurt yet. Some girls will take more of an interest in boys or embrace various fashion trends.

But looks are often deceiving. These children may be taller, or even become a little clumsy as they figure out how to operate their swiftly changing body, but their mental development is much more difficult to gage.

Safety advocates object to plan easing truck driver regulations

Safety advocates warn that U.S. drivers may be placed at a higher risk over a Department of Transportation plan to loosen rules over the hours a truck driver can work. The trucking industry has wanted the regulations eased for some time, according to The Associated Press.

The plan was rolled out despite new government statistics showing a 10% increase in fatal accidents involving 18-wheelers. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) data from 2017 shows 4,657 fatal truck-related crashes, along with 344,000 non-fatal injury crashes. Safety advocates fear weakening trucking regulations will make highways more dangerous.

Why speeding is a big problem during the summer

Summer has one of the highest crash rates out of any season no matter what part of the country you live in. Drivers need to be on high alert around this time of year so they can stay away from any driver that demonstrates dangerous road behavior.

While speeding is a common hazard during any part of the year, it especially picks up once it starts getting hotter outside in Alabama. Drivers should know why they have a high chance of encountering faster motorists during this season.

What's the process for creating an IEP for my child?

Nothing should stop your child from receiving an education. An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is a great tool that sets up children with disabilities for success in a classroom. An IEP provides measurable goals for your child as well as describes which special education and other services the school will provide to meet those goals.

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