D.C. Cyclists and Drivers Share Busy Washington Roads

24
Jul 2014
By: Slocumb Law

Bicycle riders and drivers are competing for road space on busy urban roads and the outcome has not been good. A lot of D.C. drivers have complaints that bicycle riders are not playing by the rules or sharing the roads in a safe way. In fact, just recently, the Washington Post published several articles criticizing a variety of different bicyclist behavior.

Bicycle riders, on the other hand, are understandably concerned that the roads don’t remain very safe for them. The death toll rose for pedalcyclists according to a recently released report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the majority of bike riders who lose their lives are killed in urban areas.

Bicycle riders and drivers need to respect each other’s rights on the road and avoid high-risk behaviors that could increase the chance of a crash and injuries occurring. If someone does get hurt, the victim or his family members should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney for help.

Drivers Have Complaints About Bike Riders as Bicyclist Death Toll Rises

The Washington Post has raised the many concerns drivers in the city have with bicycle riders. One issue is that bike riders have had miles of bike lanes added throughout D.C., which can result in the loss of other essential services motorists need in cities, like parking spaces where elderly church parishioners used to park. Bicycle riders in the district are now also asking for a bike elevator to help them get up a steep hill.

There are accusations that many bicycle riders ride the wrong way in these bike lanes, putting people at risk. Bicycle riders may also be riding on sidewalks, which creates a hazard for pedestrians who need to walk in these same areas.

Bike riders want to be treated the same as drivers and are expected to obey the same rules of the road, including stopping at traffic signals and stop signs. However, some bicyclists are not following these rules. In other cases, bikers may follow the letter of the law but may not be very considerate. Bike riders, for example, sometimes ride up to the front of a line of traffic that is stopped at the red light and then all of the drivers are forced to wait for the bicyclist to pass when the light turns green.

Another major concern is that bicycle riders sometimes ride at night and with no lights. This makes it hard for pedestrians and drivers to see them coming and increases the chances of a collision occurring.

These are legitimate concerns, but bike riders also have the right to complain that the roads are not meeting their needs. The NHTSA’s recent report indicates that the number of bicycle accident fatalities increased six percent between 2011 and 2012. A total of 69 percent of bicycle-rider deaths occur in urban areas compared with just 31 percent of fatalities in rural areas. In total, 726 bicycle riders were killed over the course of 2012, which meant bike riders made up two percent of all driving fatalities. There were also another 49,000 bike riders injured, which was also two percent of all injuries.

A personal injury lawyer in Washington, D.C. can help if you have been injured in an accident. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm at 1-800-HURTLINE or visit http://www.slocumblaw.com.

D.C. Traffic Watch: Can Collision Warning Systems Save Lives?

24
Jun 2014
By: Slocumb Law

Drivers continue to operate their vehicles when they are distracted, despite numerous warnings alerting them to the dangers of cell phones and other devices that steal focus from the road. Many carmakers are responding to this dangerous trend by including collision warning systems in their vehicles. While these warning systems could perhaps help prevent some accidents, not all systems are created equal. Further, drivers should not become comfortable with the idea that their car will stop for them.

No amount of technology can substitute for common sense and safe driving. When a driver makes a dangerous choice and endangers other motorists on the road, he must be held accountable for the harm caused. Accident lawyers in Washington, DC at the Mike Slocumb Law Firm should be consulted by victims of collisions for help pursuing a damage claim.

Collision Warning Systems And Accident Prevention

According to the New York Daily News, a forward collision warning system uses radar beams, cameras, and/or laser beams to scan the road ahead of the vehicle. If the system believes that the vehicle is coming too close to an object at an unsafe speed, it can alert the driver and it will either ready the braking system for full power or it will automatically cause the vehicle to brake.

Most systems will automatically apply the brake to slow a vehicle or to stop it from colliding with an object in front, while a minority of systems only warn the drivers. It is also more common for the car to first warn the driver and then apply the brakes, although some systems will stop the car without first alerting the driver that there is an obstacle.

Forward collision warning systems usually work when the car is traveling at a speed of 30 miles per hour or less, although some newer systems will even activate the braking system when the car is going as fast as 50 miles per hour. If the vehicle is going above this speed, generally only a warning will be issued as the car slamming on the brakes would be extremely dangerous.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is currently trying to respond to consumer confusion caused by so many different technologies in collision avoidance. The IISH rates systems as basic, advanced or superior and is establishing a classification system that will help consumers better understand how the different collision avoidance systems work.

An IISH spokesperson has said that it is clear the technology is helping to avoid crashes and is helping to reduce speed and thus lessen the severity of collisions where an accident cannot be avoided.

However, there is a danger that drivers may become too reliant on this technology and that it may make some motorists feel safer driving while distracted. Collision avoidance systems may malfunction if sun, rain, snow or fog prevents the devices from seeing in front of the vehicle. Further, not all systems can detect pedestrians and cyclists, of which there are many in the Washington D.C. area. Even with collision avoidance systems in place, drivers need to remain vigilant and ensure they act responsibly to say safe on the roads.

Accident lawyers in Washington, D.C. can help if you have been injured. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm at 1-800-HURTLINE or visit http://www.slocumblaw.com.

Washington D.C. Pedestrian Accident Victims Face Post-Collision Challenges

29
May 2014
By: Slocumb Law

Washington D.C. residents enjoy both walking and biking to work. According to the Washington Post, Washington ranks seventh in the nation for the popularity of commuting via bicycle and second in the nation when it comes to walking. Only Boston has more people who like walking to work.

Pedestrians, unfortunately, face serious risks if they are hit by a car.  The harm that a pedestrian experiences can go well beyond physical injuries endured. Being in a motor vehicle collision can change your life, and the New York Times recently published a report on the aftermath of the crash experience.  Victims of a pedestrian collision need to understand their legal rights, and pedestrian accident lawyers in Washington, DC can help those who have been harmed.

Pedestrian Accident Victims Face Lingering Challenges

The New York Times article on life after a pedestrian crash included stories from several staffers who had been hit by vehicles while walking in the city.  The author had been hit by a delivery truck, breaking his femur and pelvis. He was immobile and bedridden in the hospital after the collision. Treatment included surgery, blood transfusions and the insertion of an interior vena cava to stave off blood clots.

During his recovery period, he received a card from a friend who had been in a collision in the past. The card warned him that his life was unlikely to ever be the same.  The author agreed that this has been his experience, as he continues to have flashbacks to his accident when he sees a delivery truck in the city. He is also both more careful and more fearful when walking now, never stepping off the curb until the light has changed and always looking both ways multiple times before going across the road. He takes these steps even though he was crossing legally at the time his collision occurred.

Other New York Times staffers have had similar experiences. One described the pedestrian knockdown crash that she was in as one of the most frightening and most difficult things she had ever experienced.  Another said that although four years had passed since her pedestrian accident, she still became very fearful when crossing the road. She described continually looking over her shoulder as she crossed and feeling such an immense sense of panic if she thought a car was coming at her or didn’t see her.

The experiences that these pedestrian accident victims had are common reactions people have after being hurt in a motor vehicle collision. Often, too little attention is paid to the mental effects of the aftermath of a pedestrian crash, as headlines tend to focus on the terrible physical injuries or deaths that these accidents cause.

Victims of pedestrian accidents should be compensated not just for the medical treatment that their injuries necessitate, and not just for the time off of work. The physical, mental and emotional harm they endure is very real and drivers who cause pedestrian accidents should provide monetary damages for these losses.

Accident lawyers in Washington, D.C. can help if you have been injured. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm at 1-800-HURTLINE.

Distracted Driving in Alabama Target of April Enforcement Efforts

21
Apr 2014
By: Slocumb Law

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has scheduled an $8.5 million ad campaign and a week of stepped-up enforcement for texting and cell phone bans. The slogan the NHTSA is pushing is “U Text. U Drive. U Pay.”

The National Safety Council (NSC) is also conducting its own campaign during Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The NSC’s efforts focus on informing people that hands-free devices are dangerous, despite popular beliefs to the contrary. Victims injured by a driver using a hands-free device or otherwise distracted by a phone can get help making a motor vehicle accident claim from a Mobile texting accident attorney.

Drivers Misinformed About Hands-Free Devices

The campaign to inform drivers about the myth of hands-free devices is an important one because many drivers don’t know the truth. Cars.com reports that around 80 percent of drivers think that hands-free phones are safe. These drivers may use voice-to-text programs as well as talking on their phones using Bluetooth or other hands-free systems.

When drivers do use hands-free systems to complete electronic tasks in the car, around 70 percent say they do so for safety reasons. The NSC hopes to inform these drivers that they aren’t any safer and may actually be taking a bigger risk. Studies have shown that a voice-to-text program makes sending or receiving a text more distracting for drivers than just holding the phone to type or read the text.

Furthermore, the brain is not able to multitask effectively, and studies have shown you end up switching your focus from the phone to the road and back again when you are talking or listening on a call. You don’t do this very well, and you miss as much as 50 percent of the visual information outside your windshield. This makes sense, since the area of your brain devoted to visual activity is 1/3 less active when you’re on the phone (even using a hands-free kit), compared to when you are not multitasking.

Still, about nine percent of all drivers at any given time are using hands-free devices on the road. These drivers aren’t breaking any laws. Although USA Today reports that 12 states have complete bans on handheld phone use and 43 have bans on texting, no state has banned hands-free systems. Drivers thus may be unlikely to ever find out that what they are doing in their cars is risky until it is too late and they get into a collision. The NSC’s campaign hopes to increase awareness.

Drivers need to avoid any type of use of electronic devices, even if they have a hands-free kit. Most safety experts urge a complete federal ban of cell phone use in vehicles, but this is not likely to become law anytime soon. Until it does, it is up to drivers to voluntarily make the right choice and exercise appropriate care behind the wheel.

Accident lawyers in Mobile can help if you have been injured in an Alabama traffic accident. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm at 1-800-HURTLINE.

Traffic Accidents in Mobile a Higher Risk for Teens with Passengers

A Mobile traffic collision recently claimed the life of one teenager and forever changed the lives of five others, who authorities say were seriously injured.

Investigators say the six teens were all in the same car shortly after midnight on a Sunday when the young driver, for reasons yet unknown, left the roadway and slammed into a building. One of the youths was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say speed was likely a factor in the crash.

Our Mobile accident attorneys are aware of extensive research pointing to the fact that the more teen passengers are in a vehicle driven by a teen driver, the higher the likelihood of a crash.

Study finds teens with passengers more likely to crash

In fact, one study conducted by Texas A&M Transportation Institute and released last year revealed that 15-to-17-year-old drivers are nearly eight times more likely to be involved in a deadly crash when they are carrying two or more teen passengers. This was based on 10 years of national traffic data. This represents a 30 percent increase during that time frame.

In Alabama, the graduated driver’s license program limits the number of passengers that novice drivers can have in a car at any one time. For those with a Stage I learner’s permit, new drivers can only operate a vehicle when a parent, legal guardian or licensed driver older than 21 is in the front passenger seat. A driver with a Stage II restricted license may not have more than one passenger in the vehicle who is not a parent, legal guardian or family member.

The National Safety Council notes that the most dangerous time in a teen driver’s life is during the first year that he or she has a license. In fact, nothing kills more teenagers than car crashes. Some 4,700 people die every year in crashes involving teen drivers, with passengers accounting for 1,200 of those and occupants of other vehicles accounting for 1,120. Pedestrians, cyclists and other non-occupants account for 400.

These points are especially relevant in March, at the height of the spring break season, as teens and young college students will be flocking to the Gulf Coast. Mobile is an ideal spot, though we fully anticipate many of our youth will also be traveling nearby to the Florida panhandle.

Many spring break celebrations incorporate alcohol. When you factor in binge drinking with inexperience behind the wheel, the consequences are often fatal.

The Alabama Department of Public Safety has said that it expects heavier-than-usual traffic, particularly to southern Alabama, in the months of both March and April due to spring break. The agency urges parents to discuss with teens ways to make safe driving a top priority.

Other important rules of the road include:

  • Always wearing a seat belt;
  • Focusing on the road, and avoiding distractions, such as texting or calling someone on your cell phone.
  • Limit the number of teen passengers in your vehicle.
  • Obey speed limits and other traffic safety laws.
  • Limit your night time driving.
  • Never drink or use drugs prior to getting into a vehicle. Make sure your teen knows he or she can always call you if they find themselves in a bad situation.

Accident lawyers in Mobile can help if you have been injured in an Alabama traffic accident. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm at 1-800-HURTLINE.

Mobile Car Accident Prevention Goal of Federal V2V Proposal

In recent weeks, dozens of people have been injured and several others killed in Alabama car accidents, mostly attributed to icy roads or other inclement weather conditions.

The Montgomery car accident lawyers at The Mike Slocumb Law Firm know that while drivers may be unable to control the weather, they most certainly can control their reaction to it. In far too many of these cases, crashes occur because one or more drivers failed to reduce their speed and maintain an adequate distance from other vehicles.

Today, there is renewed hope that perhaps the toll won’t be nearly as high in years to come, following the recent announcement by officials with the National Highway Safety Association that it plans to press forward with vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology requirements for light vehicles.

The technology works by essentially allowing cars to “talk” to one another, exchanging basic information regarding their position, speed, direction of travel and braking activities. That information can then be translated automatically by other vehicles, which would then automatically react.

This information is traded so quickly – 10 times per second – that it could be extremely valuable in sudden, inclement weather conditions, when visibility is low and drivers don’t have much time to react.

Among the victims in recent crashes, according to Alabama State Troopers:

  • A 64-year-old Birmingham woman killed on an icy Alabama 5  when struck by another vehicle around 11 a.m.;
  • A 29-year-old man and a 2-year-old girl killed on Alabama 14 when icy conditions caused him to collide with another vehicle on the Lay Bridge;
  • A 22-year-old active Air Force airman killed in a Montgomery car accident.

Whether V2V technology would have prevented any of these crashes is unknowable, but collision prevention is the key goal of this emerging technology. The NHTSA’s  finalized report  on a year-long pilot program using the technology on 3,000 vehicles in Michigan is expected within the next several months. So far driver clinics conducted by the agency indicated high rates of customer acceptance and favor. Many of the participants have said they would like to extend their use of the V2V technology.

NHTSA’s Acting Administrator David Freeman was recently quoted as saying the devices have the potential to “significantly” reduce the number of motor vehicle crashes and injuries in decades to come.

The technology equips vehicles with the ability to gather data from 360-degrees. The information collected alerts the driver to a potentially hazardous situation. The current applications don’t  automatically operate steering or braking, but the NHTSA is exploring that as a future option.

For now, a good example of the way the system works is this: A driver is trying to determine whether it’s safe to pass another vehicle on a two-lane road. If he misjudges, he potentially risks a head-on collision if he can’t see around the vehicle in front of him. With V2V technology, the driver can detect a possible threat from hundreds of yards away, even if the other vehicle can’t yet be seen or heard by the motorist.

The agency hasn’t announced any plans to require V2V on commercial vehicles, but it has held discussions as recently as last summer on the issue.

If you have been involved in an Alabama crash, contact the Mobile car accident lawyers at Mike Slocumb Law Firm at 1-800-HURTLINE or visit www.slocumblaw.com.

Elder Abuse in Mobile a Growing Threat

23
Jan 2014
By: Slocumb Law

Elder abuse and neglect of senior citizens is becoming an international problem as people throughout the world age. Recently, the Daily News painted a chilling picture of serious problems of poverty and neglect. Seniors are facing a lack of proper care not just in nursing homes but even when under the care of family members in their own home. A ProPublica Investigation into assisted living homes also painted a chilling portrait of what life is like for seniors in assisted living facilities. 

When seniors cannot count on nursing homes, assisted-living facilities or even their own children to provide an adequate level of care, there are very few places for these individuals to turn.  An experienc0ed nursing home abuse lawyer in Mobile knows that many of the seniors who are victims of abuse or neglect end up losing their lives or giving up the will to live, and these outcomes are tragic. Seniors should not have to put up with substandard care, especially in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities which are paid to provide for residents and which the law says must meet the basic needs of the elderly charges under their care.

Elder Abuse is Becoming a Major Worldwide Problem

By 2050, senior citizens are expected to outnumber children for the first time in history. These aging seniors may live at home with children or family members as caregivers, or they may live in assisted living or nursing home environments. Many will be very poor, as only one in five older people worldwide has a pension to provide for them in old age.

Even those with money may experience significant financial hardships due to their medical costs, as seniors represent a large portion of the 100 million people each year who fall into poverty as a result of medical expenses. Medicaid in the United States should cover nursing home costs for eligible seniors in the United States, but even when in the care of a nursing home, seniors aren’t guaranteed a comfortable environment.

The problem is that nursing homes and assisted-living facilities are often understaffed and under-regulated, which has serious consequences. Assisted-living facilities may be especially dangerous because as ProPublica indicates, they are not subject to federal requirements that the facilities be inspected once every 15-months as nursing homes are. However, while nursing homes do need to be inspected by law, violations may not be identified immediately and seniors may be unable to speak up for themselves when there is a problem.

Getting a clear picture of the number of seniors who are abused or neglected is difficult precisely because so many seniors cannot stand up for themselves. However, the Daily News recently indicated that anywhere from four to 10 percent of seniors receiving their care are at home are abused, and that as many as four to six percent of seniors in developed countries like the U.S. suffer from abuse in nursing home or other assisted-living environments.

Despite the prevalence of elder abuse, however, the U.S. did not pass the Elder Justice Act until 2010, and no more than two cents out of every dollar spent on family violence by the U.S. government goes to elder abuse. Far too little is being done to help seniors, especially as the rapid aging of the population leaves many seniors looking for care.

Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm in Mobile, AL at 1-800-HURTLINE to schedule a free consultation.

Mobile Traffic Accidents – An Eye on Texting Drivers

23
Dec 2013
By: Slocumb Law

Texting while driving is one of the most dangerous things that a person can do as he drives, since sending or reading a text require a full 4.6 seconds of focusing on the phone and not the road. Texting drivers cause thousands of accidents, deaths and injuries each year, and almost every state in the U.S. has put some type of ban or limitation into place restricting motorists from texting as they drive.

In some states, the laws banning texting are targeted specifically towards younger drivers, who many believe are the most likely to text. While it is true that people under age 39 are overall more likely to send and read text messages on their phone as they drive, it turns out that young teens are actually not the group most likely to engage in this dangerous behavior.

Texting and Driving Risks By Age

An experienced texting accident lawyer in Mobile knows that distracted driving is a problem among all age groups, with more than two out of every three drivers saying that they use their cell phones in some capacity as they drive despite knowing that it is dangerous to do so.

However, a recent AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study sheds more light on who the highest risk groups are when it comes to texting. According to this study:

  • Among drivers aged 16-18, 31 percent said they had sent a text or an email when driving. Seven percent said that they did this regularly.
  • Among drivers aged 19-24, 42 percent said they had sent a text or an email when driving. A total of 11 percent said that they did this regularly. People in this age group were the ones most likely to be texting.
  • Among drivers aged 25-39, 45 percent said that they had sent a text or an email behind the wheel. Ten percent said that this occurred often.
  • The percentage of drivers who reported sending a text or email on their phones while driving fell to 24 percent for those age 40-59. Just four percent of people in this age group regularly texted behind the wheel.
  • Among drivers age 60 to 74, seven percent have sent a text or email while driving but only two percent do this regularly.
  • Finally, only one percent of drivers aged 75 and up said that they either had sent a text or an email or said that they had done so regularly.

This data may suggest that new drivers who are young teens are less experienced and feel that they need to focus on the road more, thus resulting in a lower texting rate. By the time they have had their licenses for a few years, however, they could become bolder or more confident in their ability to drive and thus they start to send and receive texts more while driving because they no longer view this behavior as quite so risky. The younger demographic of teens may also have been exposed to more anti-distracted driving lessons that have been introduced into high schools in recent years, and thus may be more likely to recognize just how dangerous this behavior really is.

Car accident lawyers in Mobile can help if you have been injured in an Alabama traffic accident. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm at 1-800-HURTLINE.

Mobile Traffic Accidents – New Technology to Reduce Future Risks

26
Nov 2013
By: Slocumb Law

In the past four decades, there has been a considerable decline in the number of people who die in auto accidents each year.  In 2012, however, there was the first annual increase in the number of traffic fatalities since an increase in auto accident deaths in 2005.  Although there are still far fewer accidents today than there were just a few short decades ago – in large part because of better safety gear and tougher safety laws – 33,561 people still died in collisions in 2012. Any drunk driving accident lawyer in Mobile knows that these thousands of people left behind devastated families and that far too many lives are still being lost.

Many of the crashes that occur today happen because people make unsafe choices. The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicated that many of the problems on the roads happen because, despite the best efforts of the government, there are still people who drive while distracted, who drive while drunk or who refuse to wear their seat belts when in a vehicle. The government hopes to reduce the number of people doing these dangerous things through the development of new technology, and the Huffington Post has recently reported that the government is speeding up research on car safety systems so that it can tackle the problems head on and hopefully save lives.

Technology Can Help To Curb Traffic Problems

There are several different kinds of auto safety technology that are in development and that are considered likely to be ready soon for use in vehicles. For example, seat belt interlock device are one technology that is close to being fully developed.

Seat belt interlock devices stop cars and trucks from being driven as long as the vehicle’s driver or any passenger remains unbuckled. The NHTSA is currently examining the feasibility of changing safety standards and letting these seat belt devices work to satisfy government requirements for protecting occupants in crash tests. Auto makers support the idea of requiring effective seat belt use in order to start the car, because it would be less costly to use an automated seat belt system than to design the interior of cars to ensure all occupants are safe even if unbelted.

Experts are still making some tweaks to the seat belt technology with the goal of making sure that the interlock devices are very reliable and that the interlocks are tamper-proof.  However, once this technology passes and if it finds its way into cars, it could save as many as 3,000 people every single year.

Other technology currently in development is some type of system for detecting a driver’s alcohol based on either his finger on a car start button or based on a driver normally breathing air while in the car. This technology is at least five years away, since it is important to make sure that the drunk-driving prevention tool does not overly burden sober drivers.

Drunk driving accident lawyers in Mobile can help if you have been injured in an Alabama traffic accident. Contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm at 1-800-HURTLINE.

Disability Benefits in Alabama Best Handled by Attorney Amid Ongoing Scrutiny

The Social Security Disability (SSD) system is the only source of income for many people who are severely disabled and who are not able to work because of an injury or grave medical condition. Both Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are an important part of the safety net since a 20-year-old worker has a 30 percent chance of becoming disabled before retirement age and since fewer than half of all young people have access to private disability insurance or are covered by policies.

Despite the important role that the SSD system plays in providing income for the disabled, lawmakers and the media have repeatedly been targeting the program in recent months with investigations and scathing accusations of fraud. These accusations are largely unfounded, as Social Security Disability lawyers in Mobile, AL understand that a person trying to obtain these important benefits not only must meet stringent requirements, but often have their initial claim denied.

Media and Lawmakers Raise Largely Unfounded Concerns About Fraud

The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations launched a comprehensive investigation into the Social Security Disability program and USA Today reported that the investigation identified disability fraud. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee also heard testimony in early October from doctors and judges as part of a two-year investigation to identify why there were an “unusually high” number of approved claims. These investigations are spurred by lawmakers who are extremely concerned about how many people are currently receiving SSD benefits.

Lawmakers aren’t the only ones questioning whether the SSA is being too generous with its disability programs. Both This American Life on PBS and the popular 60 Minutes television show have published pieces suggesting that many are turning to SSD as a welfare-substitute and/or because they don’t want to work even though they could.

The Center for Economic and Policy Research, however, points out a few problems with the conclusions of lawmakers and the media suggesting rampant fraud.  irst and foremost, the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) indicates that the denial rate is incredibly high for applicants for SSD benefits. Almost 75 percent of total applications for benefits are initially turned down. Even after appealing the initial denial, only around 60 percent of applicants are reportedly able to get benefits.

It is difficult to understand how a program with such a high denial rate could be described as having unusually high numbers of approved claims. The SSA’s strict and narrow definition of who is disabled enough to receive benefits also makes it really hard for someone to commit fraud because they’d need a doctor to falsify medical records showing they had required symptoms.

CEPR also points to a University of Michigan Study that revealed only seven percent of people who applied for and were denied disability benefits were working two years after the denial.  Among those who did work after a claim was denied, they usually earned just 25-50 percent of what they’d made before they got hurt.

The CEPR data provides strong reasons to believe that those who are attacking the SSD program may not have a lot of factual basis for their arguments. Unfortunately, attacks on the program may make it even more difficult for applicants to secure benefits in a system that already presents numerous obstacles for the disabled.

For help getting benefits through Social Security disability in Mobile, AL contact the Mike Slocumb Law Firm at 1-800-HURTLINE.