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Little-Used Tax Credit for Hiring Disabled Vets Can Be a Boon to Employers

There is a significant tax benefit for employers who hire a qualified veteran.  A tax return credit is available to those who hire vets before December 31, 2013.  The business can receive up to $9,600 in tax credit as part of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC). The credit is part of other business-related tax credits on the Form 3800, General Business Credits. Are many employers claiming the... 

Medical Malpractice An Epidemic, Yet Doctors Consistently Walk Free

Doctors are practicing across the country in spite of serious errors and misconduct in their professional lives. A majority of those doctors who continue to practice have had their clinical privileges revoked by hospitals or have been strictly restricted in their practice, but the medical boards in their state have not taken actions against them such as revoking their license to practice. A recent... 

Copper May Play a Role in Alzheimer’s Disease

New research indicates that copper found in drinking water, foods and vitamin supplements may play a role in the buildup of proteins and inflammation of the brain that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Copper is necessary for bone and tissue growth, hormone secretion and nerve conduction, but the new research from the University of Rochester Medical Center suggests that too much copper... 

Employee Denied Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Fall from Chair

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission ruled that a Department of Human Services worker was not entitled to compensation for a fall from a chair, because her work did not expose her to an increased risk of falling. A security therapy aide employed by the Department of Human Services testified that she was writing notes while sitting on a plastic chair when the chair slipped out from under... 

Good Samaritans Tragically Killed

The instinct to help someone who is in need is strong. Good people simply can’t just pass by an emergency without stopping to lend a hand. To be a Good Samaritan speaks to our best and noblest instincts. That’s what makes a recent fatality incident that occurred in Shelby County, Kentucky on September 9, 2013 even more tragic. Two men — Jamaal Wood and Charles Burtt, had stopped... 

Car Wrecks: Take Care With Car Seats

A big part of our summer has been the addition of a new nephew.  In August, my youngest brother had his first child, an adorable baby boy. As we were sitting at the hospital, I was thinking back to my daughter’s birth.  As young, inexperienced parents, we were trying to make sure that we did everything right to keep our daughter safe, including making sure that we had the best car seats to protect... 

Alzheimer’s and Dementia In Animals?

Alzheimer’s and dementia: Could your pet suffer from cognitive dysfunction? September is World Alzheimer’s Month — Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia where mental abilities decline and hinder the ability to perform everyday functions. In the spirit of the month National Geographic asked expert whether wild animals and domestic pets suffer from dementia or dementia-like symptoms. (Related: Interested... 

Advance Care Planning: How Your Doctor Can Help with End-of-Life Care

Despite a push by advocates for advance care planning, most Americans do not have a living will or other advance health care directive in place. This includes even many patients with serious health conditions, who should be considering end-of-life decisions such as whether they want to be resuscitated or intubated, and who is designated to make decisions about their care if they are incapacitated. Much... 

Retroactive Disability Benefits Now Available for Veterans

For the first time, eligible veterans who file fully developed claims (FDCs) will be entitled to retroactive benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs for a service-connected disability, for up to one year. The change is due to provisions of a new law that went into effect on August 6, 2013 and will be in [...]  Read More →

Four Killed, One Injured When Freight Train Strikes Car

Four young people were killed and another was seriously injured when their vehicle drove in front of an oncoming freight train in Fresno, Calif. on Jefferson Avenue near Golden State Boulevard. The accident occurred in the early morning hours at an intersection that lacks barricades to prevent vehicles from entering the track. The train was traveling at 55 mph when it struck the Chevy Lumina. Michaela... 
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