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April 2014 Archives

The long road back from a car crash down a hill

Most people, faced with the prospect of spending 36 hours hanging out of a crashed car's window may not think of themselves as lucky. A woman from Delaware, however, understands how lucky she is; she lost control of her car, and it rolled down a hill, finally coming to rest against a tree. She was left hanging for 36 hours, until she was found by a family friend. Cold November air saved her brain from swelling, after suffering a traumatic brain injury in the crash.

Speed still kills

At one time, there was a highway safety awareness campaign that used the simple, two-word slogan, "Speed Kills," as its centerpiece. From a marketing perspective, it was to the point, and clear, with no equivocation. It was not "Speed kills if you're not paying attention." It was not "Speed kills if you're not wearing your seat belts." It was just "Speed Kills."

Compassionate Allowances speed award of SSDI benefits

Obtaining benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) for a disability that leaves a worker unable to continue their employment is not easy. With all of the news regarding fraud by some people in connection with alleged disabilities, there is good reason why the application process for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) is so rigorous.

Misdiagnosis affects millions of Americans, sometimes critically

Doctors are human and make mistakes; unfortunately, that often means adverse outcomes for patients. The issue of medical malpractice involving misdiagnosis is serious. With emergency care, the question of a proper diagnosis can be a matter of life and death. If doctors send a patient home with an improper diagnosis, their condition can worsen considerably, and in some cases, they may die before return to the hospital.

Medical condition may have caused Philadelphia car and bus crash

A car accident that occurred this month in Philadelphia involving a passenger car and a SEPTA bus may have been due to a medical emergency that was suffered by driver of the car. The car ran a red light at the intersection of 11th Street and Vine Street, where it hit a Route 23 bus, which was northbound on 11th.

Does SSDI need a disability program?

Just as many of our clients face difficult challenges with their health, which prompts their need for assistance programs like Social Security disability insurance (SSDI), so too, does the Social Security Administration (SSA) face  challenges in the operation of programs like SSDI and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Brain injuries could prompt some to seek SSD

According to the executive director of the Acquired Brain Injury Network, each year, more than 54,000 individuals suffer brain injuries in the state of Pennsylvania. While sometimes the injured individual recovers with little to no ill effects, other individuals are not as lucky. Two residents of Pennsylvania, who have managed to do great things for the brain injury community despite having to deal with the aftereffects of their own serious brain injuries, were recently honored. They were recognized by the Acquired Brain Injury Network of Pennsylvania Inc.

How a distracted driving discussion can help parents and teens

The day their child gets their driver's license is something of a bittersweet occasion for most parents. While they are undoubtedly proud of their son or daughter for their achievement, they may also have real anxiety about letting them get behind the wheel all by themselves.