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Opioid addiction is ravaging West Virginia. While opioid abuse is a problem throughout the country, West Virginia has one of the highest rates of opioid abuse and overdoses of any state in the county. Oxycodone and heroin are common, but other opioids are increasingly finding their way to the streets. Carfentanil, drug used to sedate elephants, is responsible for a growing number of overdose fatalities.

In recognition of the affect opioids are having on the country, President Trump recently classified opioid addiction as a national emergency.

What To Know About the Dodge Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0L Diesel Lawsuit

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the parent company of the Dodge and Jeep brands, is facing a class-action lawsuit. The lawsuit states that the 2014-2016 editions of both the Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0L and Dodge Ram 1500 3.0L have "defeat devices" used to fool tests into registering lower amounts of pollutants than the vehicles are actually emitting.

The lawsuit is similar to the infamous one that Volkswagen was hit with after their vehicles were found to be cheating emissions tests in 2015 (and that was just settled in early 2017). The EPA claims that the recent Grand Cherokee and Ram models emit less pollutants during standard treadmill testing than they do under road conditions.

What To Expect From Your Experience Working With Shawn Taylor

You need help getting the Social Security benefits that you deserve, and you're not alone in this. Thousands of people every year come to attorney Shawn Taylor for help with Social Security cases in West Virginia, seeking a successful outcome with the help of a trusted Social Security lawyer. 

Mesothelioma May Qualify You for Social Security Disability Benefits

Mesothelioma is a rare but aggressive form of cancer that develops primarily in the lungs or abdomen. Exposure to asbestos can significantly increase the risk of developing malignant mesothelioma. While the symptoms of mesothelioma may be treated, there is no known cure. Because of the severity of the symptoms associated with mesothelioma, the condition may qualify you for social security disability benefits

The Process Of Benefit Applications For SSA Disability: Why Are You Being Sent For A Consultative Exam?

At some point in the process of filing for Social Security disability benefits, you may be told that you need to be seen by an independent medical examiner-a physician other than your own-in order for SSA to get enough information to make a decision on your case. This is called a consultative exam. Why is this happening and what does it mean for your case?

There isn't enough evidence in your file to make a clear decision.

Social Security Disability - After Claim Acceptance Tips

If your social security disability claim meets the criteria for acceptance, you might think the entire process is over. However, that is not necessarily the case. For most people, their case is periodically reviewed to determine if they are still medically unfit to return to work. Typically, after 3 years your case will come up again for a Continuing Disability Review. 

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