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SSI and SSDI: What's the difference?

For many people, disability seems like an abstract concept, something that won't ever affect them. But the odds of becoming disabled are greater than you think. One in four people who are 20 years old right now will become disabled before they turn 67, so it's important to know there are resources available if the unthinkable happens.

The federally-run Social Security Administration (SSA) offers two main types of benefits for people with disabilities: Social Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). While you may have heard these terms used interchangeably - or under the blanket term "Social Security" - they're actually two individual programs designed to meet specific goals.

Consumer Reports warns of exploding sunroofs in cars

While defective products of any type can be a significant threat to public safety, automotive defects often prove to especially serious. A problem with your vehicle can be dangerous in its own right, and it can also make a crash more likely, more injurious or both.

Recalls can take months or years to be issued (and completed). And because most of us cannot afford to stop driving our cars on a daily basis, many people continue to drive dangerous vehicles while waiting to get the problem fixed in a recall.

How to spot nursing home negligence

It is tough watching parents get older. They forget more things, and tasks that used to be easy are no longer so simple. You want to make sure your parents are taken care of, but you may not have the ability to care for them yourself. Nursing homes can provide the care your parents need, as well as opportunities to socialize with peers.

However, not all nursing homes are created equal. Some facilities promise to treat residents well, but the reality is much different. Here are five signs your loved one may be suffering from nursing home negligence.

Are Part-Time Employees Covered By Workers' Compensation?

Many businesses throughout North Carolina are hiring part-time employees these days. But often these workers are slotted directly into their positions with little or no training. And that's a big problem. While anyone can suffer on on-the-job injury, new employees and those with little training are far more likely to get injured than experienced workers.

Can injured workers protect their right to workers' comp?

Health care is an important industry that protects the well being of all North Carolina residents. Unfortunately, some of our health care workers, including nurses, doctors and staff, suffer injuries while they are helping others.

If you are injured while working at the hospital, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. These benefits can help you pay for medical bills and cover lost wages as you recover. However, filing a claim does not guarantee recovery. Do you know what steps to take to increase your claim's chances of success?

4 types of damages you may be able to claim after an accident

You've driven from the store to your house more times than you can count. It's only a few miles and you've never had a problem. You feel like you could do it on autopilot.

Then, when you're turning left with the light, another driver runs the red. It happens so fast. There's no way you can avoid the crash. You have a split second to realize what's happening and then it's nothing but chaos as the cars collide and spin. Everything goes dark and when you wake up, you're in the hospital.

When can you collect after a slip-and-fall accident?

As an older American, slip and fall accidents pose a significant risk to your health and well-being. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that falls are the leading cause of injury and death for older Americans. Ore than 27,000 older Americans die from falls each year.

Unfortunately, a number of restaurants, stores and residences fail to keep their premises safe, creating hazardous conditions that lead to accidents. This begs the question: What are your rights under North Carolina law if you are injured in a slip-and-fall accident?

What are my rights if I was exposed to disease at work?

Workers in industries such as health care, medical research and construction are often exposed to disease at work. These diseases can lead to debilitating medical conditions that cause pain and financial strain. Sufferers of diseases spend an extensive amount of money on hospital bills and lost wages. If you were exposed to disease at work, then you may be entitled to compensation under the law.

Your injury may be covered under workers' compensation. Examples of diseases covered by workers' compensation include, but are certainly not limited to:

Can you apply for both workers' compensation and SSDI?

If you suffer an injury or illness because of your job, you may qualify for a few different benefits. You can seek workers' compensation, which is a temporary payment as you recover. You might also qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, which involves long-term payments to make up for your inability to work. But can you receive both types of compensation?

When can you collect after a slip-and-fall accident?

As an older American, slip and fall accidents pose a significant risk to your health and well-being. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that falls are the leading cause of injury and death for older Americans. More than 27,000 older Americans die from falls each year.

Unfortunately, a number of restaurants, stores and residences fail to keep their premises safe, creating hazardous conditions that lead to accidents. This begs the question: What are your rights under North Carolina law if you are injured in a slip-and-fall accident?

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