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How long will it take to process a workers' comp claim?

Maybe you slipped and fell on a wet floor at work and ended up breaking your ankle. Or after many years working as a nurse, you threw out your back while moving a patient into his bed. Or you're a construction or logging worker who was hurt when a concrete beam or heavy log fell on you. In any of these cases, if you've filed a workers' compensation claim, you're likely thinking about how long it will take the State of Alabama will process your claim.

What accommodations can be available in an IEP?

If your child has physical or mental disabilities, he or she can benefit greatly from accommodations in school. These adjustments and services can allow a child to find success and continue to learn alongside peers, which can boost confidence and learning.

One tool your child may receive is an Individualized Education Program, or IEP. These plans lay out any modifications, services or other accommodations that an IEP team has decided is appropriate for your child. Some common accommodations include:

Study suggests cycling accident injuries worse for some riders

There are many simple things people can do to protect themselves in the event of a motor vehicle accident. When you get in the car, you can put on your seat belt. When you are crossing a busy street as a pedestrian, you look both ways. And when you are riding your bike, you can wear your helmet.

Unfortunately, many people do not take these simple precautions and they can suffer catastrophic injuries as a result. For instance, riders who don't wear helmets put themselves at risk of suffering a serious head injury. This is especially true for certain people, according to a recent study.

What can I do if the school is not following the IEP?

Parents want to know that when their children are in school, they are getting the support and guidance they need to get the education they deserve. Unfortunately, too many children across Alabama are not receiving as high of qualify of education as they should.

This can even be the case for children who have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Federal and state laws require schools to provide support and resources to children with disabilities who have an IEP. However, there are schools who fail to comply with these requirements. Under these circumstances, parents have a few options.

4 reasons the SSA may deny Social Security disability benefits

If you suffer from a severe impairment, it can be crucial to utilize the support resources available. This includes Social Security disability benefits, for which you may qualify if you cannot work because of a disabling condition.

Unfortunately, this system is notoriously frustrating to navigate, and the Social Security Administration is quick to deny claims. However, understanding the reasons why the SSA commonly denies claims can help you avoid mistakes that could trigger a wrongful denial.

Workers at risk during the hurricane season

The late summer and early fall months are some of the most terrifying times of the year for residents of southeastern states like Alabama. It’s time to keep a close eye on storm forecasts and the national news, because it’s hurricane season.

As families in the line of fire prepare to evacuate, many local industries are preparing for the potential fight of their lives. Several local workers are at risk of getting hurt by the storm regardless if they operate during or after the heavy winds pass through. It is important to know what employees face obstacles as the most dangerous storms of the year threatens the population.

Preparing for an IEP meeting

If school officials have determined that your child qualifies for an Individualized Education Program, or IEP, you may be quite relieved. Children with IEPs can receive valuable accommodations that make it easier for them to learn alongside their peers.

However, before putting the plan into action, you will have an IEP meeting. These meetings occur regularly to review proposed solutions, revisit (or establish) goals and discuss services and supports. To prepare for these meetings, parents can take the following steps:

Tips to tell your teen driving to school for the first time

As a parent, you might feel a sense of relief once your teen finally gets their driver’s license. You no longer have to take time out of your schedule to drive them to school or soccer practice. Their schedules can be wildly inconsistent once they are in high school, but now they can take themselves to wherever they need to go.

Unfortunately, even if they were good enough to get a driver’s license, they are still very inexperienced on the road. According to Alabama Public Health, driver inexperience is one of the leading causes of vehicular deaths, and drivers between ages 16 to 19 have the highest risk. Since you’ll no longer be in the car with them, now’s the best time to give them the following tips as they get used to their morning school commuters.

Study: Seniors especially vulnerable to in-dash distractions

Carmakers are constantly trying to outdo each other, offering new and improved technologies that make driving easier, safer and even more entertaining. For instance, the 2019 Hyundai Veloster offers a “head-up display that projects driving information in the driver’s line of sight.” The Tesla Model 3 offers the company’s “Enhanced Autopilot semi-autonomous driving system,” while the Mercedes A-Class includes a pair of 7-inch screens in its dash – one that includes the vehicle’s instrument read-outs, while the other acts as an infotainment center. There’s good news for those who want even more screen real estate in their dash, however: the screens can be upgraded to 10.25-inch displays.

While the merging of entertainment and information provides sellers with dazzling tech enhancements to prospective buyers, safety advocates worry that an abundance of eye-catching in-dash graphics and read-outs distract drivers from performing their most important duty: driving. A new AAA study shows that seniors in particular struggle with the technology built into the dash in new vehicles – putting themselves and other motorists at risk of being in a distracted driving crash.

By the numbers: Motor vehicle crashes versus war

Because we know that many of our regular Monroeville legal blog readers have military backgrounds, we are certain that know and understand military and U.S. history better than most. Even they might be surprised by a statistic we read of recently: since the turn of the century, more Americans have died in car wrecks than died in both World War I and World War II.

Since January of 2000, more than 624,000 people have been killed in motor vehicle crashes on U.S. streets, roads and highways, easily surpassing the 535,000 American service members who died in the World Wars.

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