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10 Most Common Jobs That Risk Safety for Higher Pay

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10 Most Common Jobs That Risk Safety for Higher Pay

America’s job market definitely isn’t the most robust in the world right now, but luckily, it has shown improvement. This means that more and more people have finally been able to find jobs to support themselves and their families. That said, there are actually several great paying careers available that people avoid due to fear of injury. It’s a reality in America that, in some instances, employees do trade off their safety for a better paycheck.

Money vs. Safety

Higher pay certainly is a great motivation for anyone. Trading off potential injury for a job should always be a mitigated risk, meaning that you should look into ways to decrease the risks associated with the job. You should also look into continuing education and training that will ensure your safety. Research what types of benefits you’ll be eligible for if you do become injured, disabled or can’t work for a time before making a final decision whether to take the job or not.

Mining, agriculture and construction are a few of the more dangerous industries, with illnesses and fatalities, according to the US Department of Labor. In some states, such as North Carolina, “a worker who gets hurt doing any job-related task is entitled to benefits…you do not have to show your employer was careless, negligent or did anything wrong to get benefits. Workers’ compensation insurance covers all work injuries regardless of their cause because the goal is to provide protection for workers.”1

Research the policies for your specific state concerning workers’ comp if you are considering a high-risk career.

10 Most Dangerous Jobs:

Miner: Coal mining is one of the most dangerous industries that a person could engage in. Dangers include cave-ins, exposure to toxic gases, explosions, and fires. However, coal miners can earn between $45,000 to $75,000 yearly with little to no experience. Until a better renewable energy source is found, coal miners are still in high demand.

Logger: With a fatality rate of 127.8 for every 100,000 workers, logging jobs are amongst the most dangerous that any American could engage in. Not only are loggers working with saws and heavy machinery, they can’t predict when nature will make a “widow maker,” by dropping branches from a great distance.

Electrician: There is a constant need for electricians, both for new construction and for maintenance of existing structures. Typical yearly fatalities run to 62 a year and an average of 15 missed workdays to injury. Electricians with a college education can earn up to $93,000 per year. The median salary is closer to $50,000.

Police Officer: Police Officers miss at least 15 days every single year due to work-related injuries. Salaries are over $55,000 but the average police officers must deal with the dregs of society and criminals daily.

Construction Worker: It’s common for the construction industry to have fatalities. In 2007, there were 160. With heavy machinery, tools, scaffolding, and building materials present, a construction site is one of the most dangerous places to be in and a hard hat’s protection can only go so far.

Commercial Fisherman: From crabbers to longliners, those involved in commercial fishing face serious dangers because they are dependent on things which they have no control over, like weather or ocean predators.

Commercial Diver: The median pay for commercial divers is nearly $50,000,

but the highest industry pay comes in at nearly $94,000. Some commercial divers actually report making well over $100,000. The high rate of injury at 429.6 per 10,000 divers is often overlooked because of the salaries offered.

Private Detective: The median annual salary for a private detective is over $45,000, and top earners can get nearly $80,000. While only one death occurs in this industry per year, the median amount of work days missed due to injury is an astounding 43. The bulk of these injuries are a result of physical altercations and auto accidents.

Athlete: Professional athletes can garner an unimaginable high salary. But their bodies are subjected to abuse and overuse daily. Careers have been extinguished by injuries sustained on the field and court.

Pilot: Top pilots can earn nearly $200,000 a year. With only four pilot deaths a year, some say being a pilot is one of the safest jobs. But as plane fleets are aging and terrorism on the rise, air disasters have increased recently.

Priceless Contributions

There’s no denying that the aforementioned jobs all present their own serious dangers to those employed within them. Luckily for the rest of the world, some people are more suited for high-risk jobs than desk jobs. Because of them, standards of living are not interrupted.

Appreciation must be shown to these brave individuals for their readiness to face danger daily. We must also remember and pay tribute to all the men and women in the military who ensure America’s safety.

Nadine Swayne contributes this article to those brave souls who work dangerous jobs to support their families. Although the pay may be enticing, the risk sometimes outweighs the employment journey. Remember, take into account all the pros and cons, including your family, if you are injured and the life changing elements you may face.

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Adapting Your Home for a Newly Injured Family Member

 

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In the blink of an eye, the world of a loved one can change. Life altering injuries can be a challenge to your household routine. If a family member sustained an injury in a car accident or was the victim of medical malpractice, you may need to make home improvements to accommodate that person’s needs.

Accidents and medical mistakes can limit your family member’s mobility, cause chronic pain or restrict their ability to personally groom and care for themselves. Because of these issues, your family member may need a wheelchair, walker or other equipment in order to move around.

So, to accommodate the equipment your family member needs, it may be necessary for you to make home improvements.

It’s Not Always DIY

If minor changes are needed, you may be able to do it yourself (DIY). But beyond that, you may have to hire a professional to make the improvements. The following are five common home improvements you may want to consider to make your house more accessible for your recently injured family member:

1. Install railings. With railing along the walls and in bathroom showers and tubs, your family member can grab on to something that will help them maintain their balance and feel secure while they are stepping into and out of the shower or getting out of a wheelchair.

2. Walk-in bathtubs and benches. There are specialized bathtubs that accommodate wheelchairs and benches that your family member can sit on in the shower. In this way, your family member can take care of their hygienic needs in private, if they still have the use of their upper body.

3. Flooring. It’s difficult to move medical equipment with wheels across carpeting. Therefore, you will need to install smooth flooring, if you don’t already have it underneath your carpeting, to allow for the mobility of walkers and wheelchairs.

4. Widening entryways and hallways. Equipment with wheels causes dings in the walls or dents on the doors. The average house cannot accommodate large medical equipment with wheels, which is why widening is necessary.

5. Wheelchair ramps. It’s difficult to take a wheelchair up and down the outside steps of a house with someone sitting in it. It’s much easier to use a wheelchair ramp.

The home improvements you make will depend on your family member’s disability. You may also have to put in new shelving, lighting, or automated features, such as door openers.

Financial Help for Repairs

Since your family member was injured through no fault of their own, they may need to speak with a personal injury attorney. People who have been injured due to someone else’s negligence may be entitled to receive damages from that person or that person’s insurance company.

A personal injury attorney will question your family member about the details of the accident or medical malpractice to determine whether they can file a claim. If so, the attorney would act as your family member’s legal representative and contact the parties responsible for the injuries and negotiate a settlement. If necessary, the attorney would advise your family member of their rights to take the matter to trial.

Making home improvements tends to be costly, and most of the expenses are coming out of your pocket. With help from a personal injury attorney, your family member may be able to get the compensation they deserve. Not only will this help your loved one, it will also help you in the long run.

Nadine Swayne is a freelance writer who researched disability home improvement for her husband who suffered a stroke. She was able to find information for this article online by searching personal injury attorney and car accident recovery.

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The Mind Body Connection – Getting Over A Near-Fatal Accident

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The Mind Body Connection – Getting Over A Near-Fatal Accident

A person becomes very aware of how fragile life is when they experience a near-fatal accident. The life-threatening injuries, the extensive recovery period and the emotional pain that you experience during this type of event are enough to change your outlook on life. However, it is important that the change in opinion you have is for the better.

In many cases, when a person experiences this type of trauma, their natural reaction is to close themselves off from life. They are so afraid of what may happen to them that they do not want to leave their home or interact with others. This is not a good thing. It may be necessary for the person to receive professional counseling in order to get past this trauma.

An experienced personal injury lawyer will fight hard to ensure that you receive the compensation that you need to take care of your physical and emotional pain. A good way to find a local attorney is by doing a local Internet search like auto wreck lawyer in West Virginia, or Atlanta auto accident attorney.

Experiencing this type of event is life changing. However, there are steps that every person must go through to gain a full recovery. It is important to get through each step and not get stuck.

1. Denial. The first step is to be in complete denial of what has just happened in your life. You do not want to believe that you almost lost your life. You do not want to accept the severity of your injuries. You do not want to believe that everything has changed.

2. Anger. When the realization of what has happened actually sets in, it is natural to become angry. It can also be associated to the condition of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Why did this happen to me? Why did it have to be so bad? This is just not fair. It is a natural step in the healing process.

3. Fear. Once you have passed the anger stage, it is also very natural to enter into the fear stage. Also known as “What If,” and you begin to question everything. At this point you also may start placing limitations on yourself to prevent anything from happening again. The scenario may go something like: What if I get into another car accident again and it is worse? Maybe I should not get into a car anymore. These limitations can consume and ruin a life.

4. Gratitude. When you finally overcome the fear phase, you become very grateful that you actually survived the car accident. You acquire a new appreciation for life and for everything else. It is at this point that you can move on from this terrible event and reclaim your life.

Going through these phases will take different lengths of time for each person. We all know that everyone is different, and the experience and reaction will be different. However, everybody that does experience this must accept the fact that if they are “stuck” in one mind frame too long before they reach the acceptance phase, they may need some help.

Love and support from family and friends will help you get through this very difficult time. But if you are struggling with the emotional healing from this serious type of accident, you should seek help from a professional. If you find that your family and friends are making this request, because it is sometimes not easy to see in ourselves, take their advice and get the emotional support and therapy that you need.

A near death accident is enough to change anyone. However, it does not have to make things worse. Coming to terms with the event and finally re-finding your appreciation and gratitude for life is the only way to completely heal from this type of event.

Nadine Swayne is a freelance writer who researches traumatic car accidents. She has found an auto wreck lawyer in West Virginia that addresses the emotional toil that a car accident can take on an individual and their family. They recommend that you do not take the first offer from an insurance company but that you take the time to assess all of your damages: financial, physical and emotional.

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Surprising Dangers of Prescription Drug Dependency And Your Family

Surprising Dangers of Prescription Drug Dependency And Your Family

Lately, whenever you read the news, it seems that another Hollywood celebrity has just entered or just returned from rehab because he or she was addicted to prescription medication. Surprisingly, prescription drug addiction is dangerous, and much more common than you may realize. It is something that affects many people – not just celebrities.

Many prescription drugs are habit-forming and addictive. Medicines from painkillers to sleeping pills to ADHD drugs such as Ritalin, are all common forms of pills that anyone can become dependent upon using. The employment of prescribed medications today is so common, that many times, we don’t think twice about the potential for abuse, misuse, or dependency.

Drug Dependency Can Happen to Anyone

Another danger of becoming dependent on prescription drugs is that it can happen to just about anyone. Elderly people who take many medications may become dependent long-term. Women take more prescribed tranquilizers and mood enhancing pills, so they are more susceptible to addiction than men. Teens are also vulnerable when it comes to drug dependency – especially if they see their parents partaking on a regular basis.

Drug Dependency Can Occur Over Time

When people take prescription medication for pain, for sleeping, or for mood improvements, often they learn to like the effects of these drugs, and feel that they are unable to function without them. In some cases, people may think, “If one pill has this positive effect, then two or more will make me feel even better.” This is a dangerous road that can lead to many complications including physical, emotional, legal and relationship issues.

Effects of Prescription Drug Dependency

Probably the most obvious concerns that people with drug addictions face are physical ones. An abundance of health problems can happen to someone who takes pills every day, including irregular heartbeat, risk of heart attack, seizures, hostility, paranoia, infections and overdose.

All of these risk factors can lead to financial troubles, serious relationship issues with other family members and friends, and legal issues such as getting arrested for stealing or forging prescriptions. “Drug crimes do not just pertain to street drugs. Drug crime laws also address the abuse and misuse of prescription drugs,” says www.orlandocriminalteam.com/. Perhaps even your professional career can be in jeopardy as a result of your performance at work, or because you have missed too many days due to health issues.

Preventing Abuse and Dependency

Thankfully, if you or a loved one is on path toward drug dependency or abuse, there are steps you can take to prevent the consequences of this dangerous road.

1. Speak to your doctor about your concerns. Make sure you let him or her know about all the medication you are taking, how often and how you feel as a result.

2. Follow directions carefully. Never change the dosage on your own, especially if you feel inclined to increase it. Check with your doctor first to make sure you are taking the medication only as prescribed as the proper dosage.

3. Ask your pharmacist about side effects. Always know what type of side effects or primary effects the drugs will have. Make sure you understand completely about potential interactions with other medications or alcohol, too.

4. Never take someone else’s pills. Even if you have the same symptoms, never take someone else’s prescribed medication. Speak to your doctor about your specific condition, as your prescription may be completely different than a friend’s or family member’s.

If you or someone you love is in danger of prescription drug dependency, know that help is available. Speak to your doctor or medical professional, or join a support group as soon as possible.

After watching more than one of her friends go down this unfortunate road, author Molly Pearce decided to write this post in the hopes it might make just one reader think twice. Most of her research for this article was done online, on medical and legal sites, such as www.orlandocriminalteam.com/. The web is a great source of info and support for those struggling with prescription abuse or dependency.

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Emotional Phases of a Teen After an Accident

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Emotional Phases of a Teen After an Accident

This time of year spells the end of the school year for most of our children. Thoughts and anticipation of some respite from the rigors of academia are usually paramount to the student. For some, graduation from high school marks an important milestone, the beginning of their adulthood, and sometimes their independence from home.

In the excitement and celebratory atmosphere, many teens find themselves hurt in accidents, primarily because teenagers underestimate crash risks in hazardous situations and overestimate their driving abilities. The chances of being involved in an accident also goes up when teens have other peers as passengers in their cars. And of course, events such as graduation practice, commencement ceremonies and end-of-school parties give them the opportunities to travel with each other.

It can be very difficult for anyone to deal with the emotional trauma that is associated with being involved in an accident, that is more than a mere fender bender. But for the young driver, this problem is often exacerbated by their youth. After all, most children have a very tenuous grasp on exactly how life and death works, and it is common for them to feel somewhat invincible. Due to this, a serious injury caused by an accident can be such a traumatic event that a child could have a hard time returning to a state of normalcy. If the accident happened to involve getting tangled with a behemoth semi-truck, the experience could be even more traumatic for the young and frightened driver. Just the size of a big rig can be daunting against the size of whatever the teenager was driving.

1. Guilt – guilt is an extremely common emotion that most people feel after an accident. If the driver was the at-fault driver and others were injured, guilt can become severe and overwhelming. Help your teen’s healing process by encouraging him to admit his responsibility and atone for it. The worst thing you can do as a parent is to minimize the situation and deny his wrongdoing.

2. Fear – Many people experience fear at the scene of an accident and after. For a young and inexperienced driver, this fear can be magnified. The teen might not know the steps to take right after an accident. He might be afraid that his driving rights will be taken away. In his imagination, the teen might think that his punishment will be severe with the law. Prepare your teen for this by teaching him the steps to take immediately after an accident. Depending on his age, you might have to accompany him if he has a court date.

3. Anger – Anger is another emotion that can be very strong after an accident. Maybe there is anger from your teen because his car, which is the symbol of his independence, has been totaled. There’s the monetary loss he can be angry about too. If he was seriously injured, extreme anger can set in after he realizes that his life may not ever return to the way it was. The step to healing is to forgive the person who caused him harm. This might require extensive therapy until your child can reach that stage.

4. Anxiety  Sometimes, the emotions that a person feels after a trauma can be delayed. Your teen may become riddled with anxiety, perhaps become nervous about being in a car again, let alone get behind the wheel of one. Anxiety about dealing with injuries and recovery can become severe, especially if he will have to make any adaptations to his every day life. Therapy can be a big help in giving him coping mechanisms. Sometimes, medication can be very effective.

5. Action – After your teenager has gone through the typical emotions listed above and is further on his way to healing from the accident trauma, encourage him to take action. Assist him in finding a personal injury lawyer who can get him compensation for his traumatic experience. If the accident involved a truck, he will need an experienced lawyer because “Trucking companies have powerful insurance companies on their sides, and they may be hesitant to pay the money you deserve,” according to Cofman Townsley. Also make your child aware that the insurance company is not his friend. They will want to settle the case quickly, which is not always in your child’s best interests.

Being there to support your child’s emotional needs after an accident will help them get back to their normal routine more quickly. Keep in mind that part of his lawsuit can be centered around recovering his medical and mental health expenses. You will also be teaching him a valuable lesson – how to be proactive in times of distress.

Writer Debbie Nguyen had to instill calmness after her son’s first accident because he was so frightened that he would be incarcerated. His inexperience magnified his fear.

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Invisible Wounds…Coping With the Issue of Crash Anxiety

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When you think about car accidents in general, you think of physical injuries and physical damage to your car. In most cases, you do not think about the emotional trauma that an accident can cause, or the lasting anxiety that can occur. In fact, most people do not realize how often this occurs, especially in women.

Women often become afraid of their cars if the injuries they sustained were very serious. While this does happen in men, women react this way to an accident more often because they feel that their driving skills have become diminished.When a car accident occurs, it can really impact your self-confidence about getting behind the wheel again. Anxiety and fear can also become an issue, and many people experience a complete fear of even getting into a car again. Thankfully, this can be addressed and corrected.

Overcoming Post Accident Anxiety

• Drivers Refresher Course. Sometimes this fear and anxiety can be overcome by taking a drivers refresher course. The person who is experiencing the anxiety “learns” first-hand that they are still a skilled driver and able to operate the vehicle.

• Passenger Skills. Sometimes this fear is able to be conquered by remaining a passenger for a while and feeling comfortable in the front seat of the car once more. In bad anxiety cases, the person who is affected does not even want to get into a car at all. Sometimes starting slowly as a passenger will help overcome the fear.

• Small Trips. It may take some time, but the fearful driver can begin making small errands in the car, preferably with another adult passenger. Quick trips to the grocery store will eventually become long trips.

• Therapy. Some people are so fearful of their car after an accident that they must seek professional therapy to help them overcome their problems. Once therapy has begun to show progress, they will be able to complete the steps listed above and return to driving.

Post-accident anxiety is something that is very real and must be taken seriously. If you or a loved on have been involved in a car accident and are experiencing this type of fear, it is important to seek help. It is also very important for you to discuss this fact with your car accident attorney. On this video from Long Island car accident lawyer, Gacovino Lake, you can find some insight in to the type of assistance a car accident attorney can provide to make the situation less stressful.

Of particular interest is the fact that insurance companies will show up as quickly as possible to settle your claim. You may not be aware of your anxiety about driving at that time and would not receive the appropriate compensation to pay for therapy for your anxiety.

Your attorney can make sure that prior to the settlement for your accident , the insurance company pay for any and all treatments you need to overcome this issue. Any lasting impacts that this anxiety may cause you must also be considered when a settlement is offered. If continued treatment is necessary, you need to have the financial capabilities to cover these expenses.

The worst thing that you can do is ignore these feelings. You want to make sure that you take the proper steps or receive the right therapy to address this issue. Failing to take care of the problem could result in a lifetime of not being able to drive or panicking behind the wheel. Sadly, panicking behind the wheel could lead to another accident, making matters even worse.

Georgina Clatworthy is a former legal editor and still writes on many legal topics. She has always tried to provide advice and insight on the many issues often overlooked in legal matters especially in terms of the effects caused by injuries and accidents.

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The New Frontier Of Healthcare Systems

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The New Frontier Of Healthcare Systems

Technological advancements touch every aspect of modern life. While many people focus on how these advancements can benefit them at home or at work, they may be unaware of how these innovations are improving the way that doctors and medical professionals provide services to the public.

However, the medical arena has benefited from these changes in several notable ways. The public can appreciate these technological improvements by discovering how these changes allow them to receive better and faster healthcare.

Electronic Records

People used to have to languish for hours in the emergency room or doctor’s office simply because their physician had to wait for their paper medical records to be retrieved from a vault or file room. Now, however, doctors can quickly pull up patient records electronically, shortening the time that people must wait for treatment that could lessen their pain or alleviate their suffering. Many doctors’ offices and hospitals utilize vast electronic systems that keep records safely stored, yet readily accessible to physicians.

Mobile Health Devices

Just as providers can gain access to electronic records, they can similarly document and transmit patient information with mobile technology. Gone are the days when a physician would have to write down a person’s symptoms or treatment plans and then send that record via courier or the mail to a specialist or laboratory. A doctor can now use a tablet computer or a smartphone to transmit electronically this information to the intended recipient.

Patient Portals

When people have questions or concerns that need to be addressed immediately, they can get the quick help that they need by logging into their patient portal online. Many medical facilities offer portals for patients that allow people to email their doctors, chat virtually with a healthcare representative, or verify information, all without having to make an appointment with their provider.

A portal also allows people to pay their bills, make changes to their patient records, or access educational resources that will help them manage their conditions at home in between appointments.

Rural Telehealth Services

Bridging the healthcare gap in rural communities continues to be a top priority for many medical facilities. Doctors and nurses realize that they may be unable to make trips from isolated areas into bigger cities to consult with specialists and laboratory professionals. Rather than leave rural-dwelling patient isolated without access to quality healthcare, providers in these distant settings can use telehealth technology to consult with physicians in other locations. This technology allows providers to share information and determine the best course of treatment for people who would otherwise go without vital care for their conditions.

Wearable Wireless Technology

Because doctors typically care for and manage a large number of patients, they increasingly rely on wearable medical technology that allow them to get instant access to a patient’s physical information.

A person who is suffering from a heart condition, for example, can be fitted with a wearable device that will transmit readings wirelessly to the physician’s office. The doctor can respond quickly with the best treatment if the person shows signs of distress.

These advancements continue to help doctors treat patients better. The public can take satisfaction in realizing how the technological improvements extend beyond their everyday lives and into the way their physicians manage their healthcare.

Nadine Swayne is a freelance writer and tech enthusiast. After witnessing an innovative electronic transition in a local hospital she was visiting, she was inspired to research and contribute this article. 

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The Changing Landscape Of Family Practice Medicine

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The Changing Landscape Of Family Medicine

With the changing landscape of family medicine, healthcare is clearly at the forefront of contemporary U.S. politics. Due to the recent implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act,  the impact is being felt on both the patients and the medical industry alike.

Regardless of proponents and opponents to the new healthcare legislation, there is one particular component of the law that could well revolutionize healthcare in the United States. It is called ‘preventative care,” which has largely been practiced by those who make regular or annual visits to their doctor for a standard physical. In addition to a more preventative care approach, physicians are seeking out more integrated methods to manage patient care with tools like Wellcentive and other patient centered programs.

It also appears that the true beneficiaries of this healthcare focus will be women and children for the most part, but will affect anyone who is genetically predisposed to develop typical family illnesses, such as congenital coronary disease.

Family Healthcare

The family doctor has been the primary treatment model for many years in the U.S. health system. Many of those general internalist family physicians have traditionally been located in small community clinics. This has helped the doctor develop a solid relationship with the patient, which is the hallmark of any good medical professional. After all, we are talking about an individual’s health, and sometimes may include an entire family.

But, the availability of new technology, such as medical monitoring devices, means that preventative care can possibly be much more effective for every member. Early detection of any potential disease is always the best initial treatment option.

New Technology and New Facilities

This emerging situation also requires medical equipment that the small clinics may have difficulty offering. This suggests that the trend in the near future will be to centralize treatment facilities into larger operations. As long as the medical professionals can still foster those good working relationships with the patients, then this movement in the marketplace can be a real positive.

Health Insurance for All

This is also a new dynamic for the healthcare industry, especially for emergency room care. Out-of-pocket payments for a doctor visit can get expensive quickly, but under the new healthcare act, everyone theoretically should have some type of health insurance, so trips to a “no refusal” emergency facility should be reduced.

Of course, universal coverage also means universal participation, and many individuals will make a point to utilize any mandated healthcare policies. Deductibles will still apply on actual medical emergencies and surgical procedures, but doctor visits are all covered with a co-pay amount. In addition, individuals who were previously denied healthcare coverage by the insurance companies will now have insurance even when they have a preexisting medical condition.

There have been some problems with getting the full service medical system established in the beginning, but the confusion will all be reduced as patients and doctors begin understanding what treatment options are now available, especially in preventive measures.

The new legislation means that no one will have to maintain a medical condition without professional medical treatment, which may be the greatest positive consequence of all. Ultimately, everyone is seeking the good results intended in establishing universal healthcare coverage.

Nadine Swayne is a freelance writer and learning more about the medical system while her husband recovers from a stroke. As the face of healthcare and family medicine evolve, so do the the concerns of many Americans. She contributes this article as a way to provide clarity to some of these concerns.

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Fighting For SSI For Your Sick Child

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Fighting For SSI For Your Sick Child

Most women physically experience euphoria after the birth of a baby. Unfortunately, sometimes this euphoria is short-lived because the pregnancy resulted in an ill baby, due to prematurity or other health problems.

Possible Health Problems

Some of the more common health problems that newborns experience are jaundice and breathing problems. More serious complications include exposed spinal structures (spina bifida), too much fluid inside or around the brain (hydrocephalus), exposed bowel.

Premature babies, those who are born before 37 weeks gestation, may have some of these issues on top of other complications, such as brain bleeds, seizures, undeveloped lungs, fluid in the lungs, apnea, anemia, and infections.

When your child has been born with a disability or is born prematurely, they may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This program was designed to help provide financial stability for individuals in this country who are unable to care for themselves due to their disability.

Born Too Soon

SSI also takes into account babies who were born prematurely, before 37 weeks, or born at a very low birth weight. But delivery date and weight are not the only factors taken into account for determining if the baby qualifies for disability, because premature babies are known to have significant health issues, developmental problems being some of them.

The only exceptions made so that the baby receives benefits right away are if the baby is born with the following conditions:

• HIV
• Total Blindness or Deafness
• Down Syndrome
• Cerebral Palsy
• Muscular Dystrophy
• Birth weight that is below 2 pounds 10 ounces.

The Approval Process

This program requires the parents or guardians of an ill baby to apply for benefits. The approval process is not automatic and can take anywhere from six months to a year to approve.

Approval by the Department for Disability Determinations is based on the child’s medical history. This can be an intimidating process. You will work with many different people at the Social Security Office and each will require specific documentation to prove the child’s condition. In many cases, it will be a request for duplicate files and forms. You will need infinite patience. You will also need to provide contact information for doctors, caregivers, family members and friends who can all verify the condition of your baby.

The process will also be very time consuming, and in many cases your application will be denied. You will have the right to appeal this decision, but it will extend the process for another six months to a year.

Parents must also realize that once benefits are approved, it is only good for one year and must be re-determined following that time period. The health problems that the baby has must also be a long-term or ongoing condition.

Help With Approval

To ensure that your baby receives all of the benefits that they are entitled to, it is recommended that parents or guardians seek the assistance of a long term disability lawyer. You can enlist their services at any time in the process, even if you initially received a denial when you applied on your own.

A SSD (Social Security Disability) lawyer has the experience and knowledge on how this system works and will be able to guide you through the process of navigating the red tape involved. They will know how to present your baby’s case so that it is effective in gaining him benefits.

They know exactly what the Social Security Administration is looking for in medical documentation, and they will make sure that you have the correct information to submit in a timely manner that will expedite the approval.

In addition, the attorney can also make sure that your child receives all of the help that they are entitled to under disability programs. This may include the supplemental SSI, enrollment in the appropriate health care plan, respite care, and even vouchers for groceries. In most cases, children are automatically enrolled into Medicaid when they qualify for SSD; however this varies from state to state.

Caring for a child with a disability is a lifelong commitment. It is something that a parent or guardian does with love and compassion. It is a good thing that financial aid is available for these children and their families so that parents can help these children to the best of their abilities. Many times, other health problems arise which require ongoing treatment for the child, that the family is financially unable to take care of.

A denial for benefits is common, but it does not have to be permanent. Fight for the benefits that your child deserves by using a qualified SSD attorney.

Debbie Nguyen’s firstborn was a preemie, born with a long list of health complications. He was able to receive SSI because he was born at 27 weeks and weighed 2 pounds, 7 ounces. A long term disability lawyer helped ensure that he got benefits up until the age of 2, even though many of his seizures ceased at 18 months.

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Health Care

Doctors with patient, 1999

Getting The Most Out Of Your Health Care

As the healthcare market continues to change and adjust to the demands of the public, you may find it difficult to figure out exactly what services you personally need to stay healthy and well. Before you choose a doctor or a healthcare facility, you may be well advised to do your research and learn whether or not the choices in your community are indeed those that are best for you. When you take on this research project, you should keep several important suggestions in mind to make sure that you choose a good doctor and that your healthcare needs will be met in a timely and safe manner.

Read Online Reviews

With a host of websites and forums now available for critiquing healthcare institutions, you should have plenty of patient reviews to discern as you choose a physician, pharmacy, hospital, and other medical components for you and your family. While it is true that many online reviews can be biased and ill formed, it is also true that many of these reports ring true about the quality of care that you may encounter. If a doctor, hospital, or other medical facility has more positive critiques, you may take this as an indication that most patients are happy with the care they receive from that provider.

Read Public Safety Reports

Medical facilities are inspected frequently by the state and federal government. If you want to choose a location that is safe and well-staffed, you should check out  governmental reports and choose providers that meet or exceed state and federal expectations.

However, even with regular inspection, doctors’ offices, pharmacies, and other medical facilities may conceal violations that could put your health at risk. If at some point during your research you come across such violations, you may point out these dangers by reporting them to the appropriate agencies. By whistleblowing, you could protect yourself and other patients from dangers that could put your safety and health at risk.

Get Referrals From Others

Your friends and family members also want you to have access to reliable and safe healthcare. When you want to find a good doctor to provide you with the care you need, you can ask your loved ones for referrals. If you know that they are receiving quality medical attention, you might ask them for the name of their doctor and whether or not that provider is currently accepting new patients. You could also ask your relatives and friends for help in finding a good hospital, particularly if you are new to the area.

Trust Your Gut Instinct

After you begin seeing a provider, you should trust your gut instinct to decide whether or not you want to continue your care under this medical professional. If your questions are brushed aside or if you feel like you are threatened in any way, you should find a new doctor. Likewise, if you observe your physician breaking the rules or skirting common ethical practices, you should locate a new provider promptly and also file a report with the state medical board.

Having access to quality medical care is important. When you are on the lookout for a new doctor, hospital, pharmacy, and other healthcare facilities, you may wonder what criteria to consider in your search. These reminders can help you locate providers who will give you the safe and effective care you need.

Navigating through the healthcare system for her husband gives Nadine Swayne the insight to present this information to help others with their medical care decisions. While it is never an easy task, finding under par providers can make the situation even more taxing and emotional for families with sick loved ones. The importance of reporting infractions by the medical community will help shed light on these problems to help others to choose the best care.