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Can you get disability benefits if you have diabetes?

You love your work and you love your job. Unfortunately, you do have uncontrolled diabetes that hinders your work day. The second time the ambulance was called for you, your employer asked if you needed more time off.

You started going to your doctor to figure out what to do, but you couldn't go to work with such uncontrolled sugar levels. It's dangerous for yourself and others.

A compression fracture can happen if you fall

When you fell in the local shopping mall after slipping on water dripping from a hole in the ceiling, you knew that you were hurt. You felt an unusual crack and pain in your upper back. You had a horrible headache that wouldn't go away and crippling pain.

Before you left the area, you let the owner know that you were going to go seek medical attention for the fall due to the pain. You had them keep a record of your injury and note what time it happened, so they could pull up the security feed if necessary.

Seemingly minor risks might be unrecognized workplace hazards

Regardless of the industry in which you work, there is sure to be slip, trip and fall risks. Also known as STF hazards, people often ignore them or regard them as insignificant. Who would think that stepping over a tool or an extension cord could cause a fall with traumatic consequences? Striking your head as you land can leave you with life-changing brain injuries.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health says most workers' compensation claims in Missouri and other states cite slip, trip and fall incidents. The typical resulting injuries include ligament and muscle tears, dislocations, sprains and strains.

What is epicondylitis? Is it treatable?

As a carpenter, you regularly use your hands and arms to do your job. Recently, you've been having a difficult time with weakness and pain in your elbows, which has taken a toll on your work. You've called off twice and had to rearrange clients because of the issue.

You may be dealing with a condition known as epicondylitis. In layman's terms, it's tennis elbow or golfer's elbow.

You should appeal a disability denial

Living with a disability, especially when it's new, can be a major adjustment. You may not longer be able to do the things you enjoy or be able to work in any substantial amount. You may be worried about how you're going to support yourself and your family, which is a fair concern.

When you initially applied for Social Security Disability, you included all the medical documentation you could find and did your best to fill out the application correctly. Unfortunately, your recently received a denial letter stating that information was missing and that your disability couldn't be confirmed. Now what?

On the Fourth of July, beware of dog bites

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and it's a day when many people find themselves faced with angry, anxious or upset dogs. This is the time of year when fireworks may be present throughout the night and when family members may be around a new dog for the first time.

It's important that the owners of dogs know when to put their dogs in another room or when their pet needs a break. A dog that is showing signs of anxiousness or fear should be separated and allowed to calm down. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen. As a result, many people end up with dog bites.

Vision loss may qualify you for Social Security Disability

When you were working, you were often around harsh and caustic chemicals. You were always cautious, but that didn't prevent your injuries from taking place. As you put away some of the cleaning supplies you were using, the shelving unit collapsed.

Several bottles of different chemicals spilled out. Some got into your eyes. You hurried to wash them out, but the incident ended up leaving you mostly blind in one eye and with moderate vision in the other.

Hurt because of slick floors? You could have a claim

You have been working in your office for a few weeks, and one thing you've noticed is that the floors can be extremely slick. You are required to dress professionally, and that often means wearing heels and dressier shoes that don't always have as much traction as you'd like.

You informed your employer that you had almost fallen because the floor was slick. They laughed a little bit and told you to be careful. You didn't feel like they took it seriously.

Is your job one of the most dangerous jobs in Kansas?

Earning an income is an integral and basic part of adult life. Perhaps, you attended college to get a degree in a chosen field of study before entering the workforce full-time. Then again, maybe you were among many others in Kansas who determined that college wasn't for you, and you entered the workforce right after high school. No matter how many years you've been gainfully employed, safety is always a primary concern. 

Your employer has an obligation to provide proper training, information and equipment to help you avoid injury on the job as much as possible. Some jobs, however, are inherently more dangerous than others. If you happen to work in a dangerous industry, your risk for injury increases. The good news is that you can file a workers' compensation claim if you suffer injury in the workplace to collect benefits to help you cover expenses associated with the incident.

Are autonomous cars really going to stop all crashes?

Many people say that autonomous vehicles are the way of the future, and they believe that they'll make the roads completely safe. That isn't true, a new study has found, because there is still a potential for errors and unexpected hazards.

A new study has found that while crashes may be reduced with the use of autonomous vehicles, they will still occur. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has stated that autonomous vehicles may reduce crashes by around a third.

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