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3 tips to prepare for your ALJ hearing with Social Security

The hearing in front of the administrative law judge (ALJ) regarding your Social Security Disability (SSD) claim is likely to be one of the most significant events of your life. An approval means more financial security for you and your family and medical coverage that you probably badly need in order to get treatment.

That's a lot of pressure on anybody. It's particularly stressful when you're already sick or injured and struggling just to get by. That's why it's so important to take the time to prepare for your hearing and know what to expect.

Car crash wraps SUV around tree

Everyone who drives their vehicle on the roads around Andover needs to do so with care. There can be a high volume of traffic on those roads, requiring that drivers pay attention to other vehicles, their surroundings and any challenges with their own car or truck in order to avoid motor vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, one such accident occurred recently.

That accident, according to police, happened on a recent Monday afternoon around 2:00 p.m. A man, reportedly in his late 20s , was driving a small SUV on Interstate 495 northbound, when all of a sudden, his SUV spun out of control, rolled onto one side and smashed into a tree. Observers say that the SUV was partially wrapped around the tree.

A Merrimack College student falls from a dorm window

A freshman at Merrimack College remains hospitalized after falling from his third story North Andover dorm window on the evening of April 27.

The Massachusetts school was having spring festivities throughout the weekend when the unidentified male student's fall occurred. Merrimack College administrators suspended all scheduled events for the remainder of the weekend once the incident occurred.

It helps to have a post-accident recovery plan in mind

There's no way to know who's behind the wheel of the vehicles that are sharing the road with you at any given time. You may find that traveling by car is sometimes quite uneventful. You're on the open road, and there's barely any traffic. You arrive at your destination without really thinking much about the potential hazards that often plague Massachusetts highways.

Other times, it's an entirely different story. You might be stuck in traffic for hours or you might wind up in a collision if another driver runs a red light or looks down at a cellphone instead of at the road ahead. Such incidents often have far-reaching and long-lasting consequences. While you might not like to think about the possibility of an accident, it can be helpful to at least have a plan in mind for what to do if someone hits you.

Does a Workplace Injury Jeopardize Your Job Security?

Although you do not need an attorney to file for workers’ compensation benefits, an attorney can help you maximize your recovery, ensure you comply with applicable procedures, and fight to protect you against discrimination or wrongful termination.

It is unlawful for an employer to fire an employee simply because the employee filed a workers’ compensation claim. In this state, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination is the state agency investigates allegations of retaliation.

How to avoid driving drowsy

Driving when you are sleepy is incredibly dangerous. It can impair your ability to drive as much as drinking and driving. Consumer Reports states if a driver has been awake for 24 hours, it is the same as driving with a BAC of .10, which is over the legal limit of .08.

Unfortunately, drowsy driving is much too common in the U.S. A recent by AAA survey found in the past month, nearly a third of American drivers got behind the wheel when they felt so tired they could hardly keep their eyes open.

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