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Common reasons for denial of a social security disability claim

People in Tennessee injure themselves every day. Such injuries may be minor, such as a bruise or a small cut that requires minimum medical attention, or it can be much more serious and require professional medical attention. This is also true for illnesses and diseases. Some people can get over certain illnesses relatively quickly, but others require medical treatment.

Sometimes medical treatment can only do so much, though, and a person could be dealing with the injury or illness for a very long time. In these situations, it can be very difficult on the person as well as their family, especially if they are unable to work while dealing with the injury or illness. Trying to figure out how to pay the bills while not earning an income can be very difficult.

Factors used to determine alimony in Tennessee

People in Tennessee work many different types of jobs. The exact job one may have can have significant consequences when it comes to divorce. Spouses may work very different types of jobs and earn varying levels of income, or only one spouse may work because the other stays home with young children. Others still may not work because of a chronic injury or illness. However, in some situations both spouses make approximately the same amount of money.

While a couple is married, it does not really matter who earns the income, but it can be a major factor if a couple ever divorces. The amount of income that a spouse earns factors into how much child support they may be required to pay. It also factors into alimony determinations, including payment amounts and duration.

Seeking SSD benefits for your bipolar disorder

Mental illness accounts in part for 45 percent of successful Social Security Disability claims. This statistic may encourage you if you are considering seeking disability benefits. However, you should be aware that it is increasingly difficult for those with mental health issues to gain approval for their applications.

While the Social Security Administration classifies mental illnesses, including affective disorders like bipolar disorder, as disabilities, demonstrating eligibility for benefits due to your mental health is challenging.

The new tax bill makes some big changes to what people will owe

As people in Tennessee are probably aware, over the last few months both the House of Representatives and the Senate have been working on a new tax bill to overhaul the current tax system. After meeting together, the House and Senate both settled on a joint bill which was passed by both the House and Senate. President Trump recently signed that bill into law and made the tax law changes official. There are some big changes that have been made in the new tax bill.

One change is that there are much fewer itemized deductions that people can take. However, the standard deduction was almost doubled. The tax rates and brackets were also changed. The top brackets had the percentage they are required to pay reduced, and there are other brackets that will see their tax burden reduced as well. However, some people will be put into higher brackets, as some of the brackets lowered the income thresholds for those higher brackets. Many pass-through business will also see the percentage they must pay reduced. The new bill also caps the amount that one can deduct for state and local taxes at $10,000.

Man arrested after alleged robbery of multiple homes

Many people in Tennessee like to receive things for free, especially if they really want the item or could really use the money. Most people wait until it is given to them, but there are some individuals who do not wait and simply take the items they want. This is illegal, though, and if the people are caught stealing, they could face serious consequences including jail time.

A man was recently arrested after police were called to a residence whose alarm had been set off. The man attempted to escape through a window, but eventually surrendered to the police. Police say that he had cash and other items in his pocket that the home owner claimed was his money. The man was also charged with multiple burglaries as the police say he robbed other homes in the Knoxville area and allegedly took items totaling $17,200 between all the houses. Some of the items he allegedly sold at pawn shops for much less than the items were worth.

There are many motor vehicle accidents caused by drunk drivers

As the holidays approach, there are many different parties that people in Tennessee attend. There are parties with friends and families, work parties, parties for charitable organizations and other groups. These are usually festive occasions where there is plenty of food and in many instances alcohol. People tend to consume alcohol at these types of parties to help them loosen up or unwind. This by itself is not a bad thing, but the choices people make after consuming alcohol can have lasting effects.

It could simply be that the people just embarrass themselves in front of friends or co-workers, but some of the choices could affect others more permanently. If people decide to get behind the wheel and drive after consuming too much alcohol, they could cause car accidents, which injure others or potentially even kill them.

The deadly problem of distracted driving

Distracted driving is a major problem that threatens the health and safety of every driver in Tennessee. More drivers are using cellphones while behind the wheel, and in-car technology and infotainment systems are prevalent. There is no shortage of things that can take a driver's attention from the task at hand, and it is leading to higher numbers of car accidents.

While most drivers are completely aware of the dangers of driving while distracted, many still participate in this dangerous behavior. While texting and driving is one of the leading types of distracted driving, there are many other things can take a driver's attention. From video messaging to talking to a passenger, anything that causes a driver's mind or eyes to wander is distracting, and therefore, it is dangerous.

How domestic violence affects child custody in Tennessee

Every couple and family in Tennessee has disagreements and fights from time to time. This is common, but how people handle the fights vary from family to family. Some shut down and take time before they resolve it and some may attack the problem head on and resolve it right away. However, unfortunately some people resort to physical violence to resolve the fights. This is obviously not the right way to resolve the fight.

Domestic violence can have a very detrimental effect on the victims and these effects can last for a very long period of time. It is also illegal and can lead to criminal charges. Children who are either abused or witness abuse may also repeat the behavior as they grow older, and it can be very harmful for their upbringing. Due to this fact, domestic violence affects child custody determinations in a divorce as well.

Helping disabled individuals pursue the benefits they need

Life for people in Tennessee is unpredictable. Even when one has routines, and one day sometimes feels no different than the last, unexpected things can happen to anyone. It could be a car accident, a workplace accident, they may be the victim of a crime or other things can happen. These incidents also can lead to catastrophic injuries that change a person's life for a long time or even permanently. The victims may no longer be able to perform the physical or mental tasks that they were accustomed to performing prior to the incident.

This includes preventing the person from being able to work. This can be the most difficult part of the injury, because if they are unable to work, they are unable to earn an income. This means that they may no longer be able to provide for themselves and their families. This can be a very scary position to be in, but people in this situation may be entitled to either Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) if they meet the requirements for benefits.

Drug possession in Tennessee can have serious consequences

Most drug users in Tennessee are not dealing drugs or trying to distribute the drugs to others. They simply want to have enough of the drug for their own personal use. People in this situation may also give some to friends or family from time to time for their limited use, but nothing beyond that. While this may seem harmless compared to those who are involved in selling them or bringing in the drugs from other countries, there are still serious consequences for those caught possessing drugs.

Like any other drug charges, the potential penalties for those caught possessing drugs in Tennessee depends on the type and amount of the drug that the person possesses or casually exchanges. For most types of drugs, a conviction would be a class A misdemeanor. However, if the drug is methamphetamine then the person would have to serve at least 30 days in jail. It should be noted, though, that this requirement can be satisfied if the person goes to a court approved treatment program.

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