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August 2013 Archives

Wisconsin offers low-rate hunting, fishing licenses for disabled

The State of Wisconsin recently announced a new benefit for those receiving Social Security Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income, Railroad Retirement Disability benefits, some other permanent and total disability benefits or pensions, and many beneficiaries of Veterans Disability Compensation. Wisconsin beneficiaries of the programs now qualify for a reduced-rate fishing license. Free hunting permits with special privileges are also available for many residents with disabilities.

Fatal crash occurs in Wisconsin

A woman died as a result of a crash that occurred near Holmen on Friday, Aug. 23. The La Crosse County Sheriff's Department reported that a woman lost control of her SUV around 4:30 p.m. north of Highway 53 by County Highway HD. She was traveling south when she lost control of her SUV, drove across the median and hit a car that was traveling north. The accident caused Highway HD to be closed to traffic for three hours.

Worker dies after work injury on university campus

Construction accidents can happen when we least expect them and their consequences can be catastrophic. In the tragic even that a Wisconsin worker is killed or suffers a serious and debilitating work injury, accident victims and their families can seek worker's compensation. While no amount of compensation can ever replace our health or the loss of a loved one, it can help immeasurably to replace lost income and pay for much needed medical care.

Wisconsin citizens encouraged to stop drunk driving accidents

It may be the responsibility of all Wisconsin citizens to help law enforcement officials keep drunk drivers off the road and keep residents safe from the accidents and tragedies that occur when a person gets behind the wheel of a car after drinking. A car accident in which the driver has been drinking may be devastating and change the lives of many people negatively. Family members of those affected are often left with expensive medical bills or funeral costs because of another person’s bad choice. In an effort to keep residents safe, Wisconsin officials have implemented a yearly event to crack down on drunk drivers.

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy may develop in two ways

A study involving prospective and postmortem data has revealed that individuals who sustain traumatic brain injuries may develop disorders related to their mood and behavior, while others develop brain disease by cognitive impairment. By knowing how brain injuries may develop into serious disorders, Wisconsin doctors and patients may be able to predict the effects that these injuries may cause.

What if you want to return to work after receiving SSDI benefits?

If you have never applied for Social Security disability benefits, you probably don't know how benefit amounts are calculated. One might think that a person living with a severe disability would receive a higher monthly payment than a person whose disability isn't so severe, but that isn't necessarily the case.

Wisconsin woman is suspected of causing a fatal crash

A Plymouth woman, who recently moved from Texas, is being held in the Fond du Lac County Jail on suspicion of causing an early morning crash that resulted in the death of another female driver. The accident happened on Highway 23 east of Fond du Lac near Seven Hills Road.

Wisconsin work accident: Wal-Mart makes a deal with OSHA

One of the most important things any Wisconsin employer can do for its employees is to make sure they are safe while at work. When an employer fails to do that, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration gets involved. Sometimes, they become involved after a work accident, but sometimes, they get involved through a routine inspection.

Wisconsin boy injured in dog attack

Two Wisconsin men were in the middle of a conversation when a Shepherd-retriever mix canine suddenly attacked a three-year-old boy. The boy, who is the son of one of the two men, was severely injured by the dog attack. The dog is owned by the other man. Police were called to the 900 block of Marquette Street at about 7:00 pm after the dog bite incident occurred. At the scene it was determined that emergency medical treatment was needed after the dog had bitten the young boy in areas of his head.

Drugs or alcohol suspected in fatal Wisconsin crash

It is often the case that a person driving a vehicle doesn’t realize how quickly they can become impaired when they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A night of relaxing and drinking with friends in Wisconsin can quickly turn to tragedy when a fatal car accident occurs. Arrogance may also lead to a person deciding he or she is able to get behind the wheel of a car while impaired, and there are often times where the passengers of the car will pay the price, and a family is left to grieve the loss of a young life.

How does the DOMA decision affect Social Security disability?

When the U.S. Supreme Court announced in June that the federal Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, it quickly became apparent that policy changes would have to be made at a wide variety of federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration. Recently, the SSA’s acting commissioner announced that the agency has already begun processing Social Security retirement benefit changes for couples across America whose marriages have now been legally recognized for federal purposes.

Wisconsin lawmaker fights for tougher laws for accident victims

When a person sets out for a short walk or bike ride in Wisconsin, they are not likely to think the event could lead to serious injury or to the end of their lives, but the reality is often different. A pedestrian hit by a motor vehicle may sustain injuries that are life-threatening or permanently alter the quality of life. For those who suffer the most serious fate and are killed because of an auto-pedestrian accident, family members are left to cope with the grief, loss and financial struggle that may be a result of a bad decision made by a driver.

Researchers given $16.5 million to study traumatic brain injuries

Wisconsin patients may be interested to learn that the National Institute of Health has chosen two Pittsburg researchers to conduct a $16.5 million study to evaluate all pediatric traumatic brain injury treatments. Traumatic brain injuries are prevalent among children who are 14 years old or younger, with approximately half of a million children being brought to the emergency room for these types of injuries each year nationwide. Traumatic brain injuries are a leading cause of death among young children, and many who survive are disabled.

OSHA investigates work injury incidents at pizza factory

Palermo's, a large pizza factory in Wisconsin, has been engaged in a dispute with workers and with government officials from the National Labor Relations Board regarding unfair labor practices. As a part of the dispute over unions and wages, OSHA began investigating accusations regarding unsafe working conditions. A report outlining work injury or illness incidents was submitted to OSHA by the company, but pertinent information in the report had been redacted.

Wisconsin lawmaker seeks stiffer penalties for DWI deaths

A man was recently sentenced to a 90-day prison sentence due to his involvement in a fatal drunk driving accident. This sentence sparked a renewed debate on what types of sentences are appropriate for someone who commits a similar crime. If one Wisconsin state senator has her way, the minimum sentence for such a fatal car crash would be much longer.

Driver loses control of asphalt truck and causes accident

Semi truck drivers in Wisconsin are often required to undergo intense training and testing to ensure that they are qualified to handle driving such a large vehicle. These safety trainings may be important in saving the lives of thousands every year. In a semi accident, the smaller car may be the one that is more damaged, and the occupants of the smaller vehicles may be at a greater risk than that of the truck driver. If a driver can't maintain control of his vehicle, the consequences may be both inconvenient and deadly.

SSDI, SSI beneficiaries no longer considered 'mentally retarded'

At the beginning of August, the Social Security Administration will no longer refer to people with cognitive or developmental disabilities as “mentally retarded” in any of its disability listings or documentation. Instead, the agency will revise all of its manuals and other paperwork to use the phrase “intellectual disability.”

Wisconsin group home blamed for choking death

The mother of a 49-year-old brain-damaged woman filed suit after her daughter died in a Wisconsin group home after choking on a bagel. The wrongful death suit claims that the group home's operators knew the woman was a choking risk but did not follow protocols to keep her away from food that would be dangerous to her. The suit seeks an unspecified amount in damages.

New Wisconsin bill to protect collection workers from work injury

Some of this nation's most important jobs are not necessarily the most pretty. One of these jobs is wastewater collection. These men and women work hard to maintain our sanitary sewers and storm drains so that the nation may have cleaner water systems. Unfortunately, laws ensuring the safety of these workers have been lax. However, in order to reduce the work injury rate for these workers, Wisconsin Governor Walker has signed a bill to increase penalties for those who do not slow down for the safety of these workers.

Wisconsin driver charged with four homicide counts

In July, four Wisconsin friends were driving around after attending a dance, visiting a bar and sharing drinks together. The driver's truck flipped as it sped over a hill and crashed into trees on the side of the road. Two female passengers in the truck were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident; a male passenger was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries.

Appealing Social Security disability claims can be time-consuming

The two disability programs offered by the Social Security Administration, Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, are not welfare. They are safety net programs, but to qualify for SSDI, you have to have paid into the insurance program through the payroll tax called the Federal Insurance Contributions Act, or FICO. To qualify for SSI, you must have extremely limited resources. For either Social Security disability program, you have to prove you have a severe, qualifying disability that is considered a “total disability,” meaning:

Study finds greater risk of fatal accident in rural areas

Since much of the state consists of rural areas, Wisconsin residents may be interested to learn about a recent study that compares the dangers of urban and country life. In general, the study concludes that those who live in rural areas are 20 percent more likely to suffer a potentially fatal serious injury than those who live in urban areas. The reason: The risk of suffering a serious car accident is much higher in rural areas than in the city.

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