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Pedestrian struck on highway, dies at the scene in Kissimmee

When you're in Orlando or Kissimmee, one thing is for sure: You will see pedestrians. People love to come to this area for tourism, and there are plenty of residents, too.

Sadly, in some cases, pedestrians find themselves in areas where it's difficult to cross the road. In worst-case scenarios, they are hit and killed. That's what happened in this case of an unidentified man who was involved in a collision near the Old Town Boulevard Intersection of U.S. Highway 192.

Will you qualify for Social Security Disability?

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can be a blessing for those who have been hurt and are struggling to make ends meet. It provides cash benefits that allow recipients to survive and pay bills while they focus on recovering or living as well as they can despite their circumstances.

To qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, you need to meet two different earnings tests. If you can't meet these, then you may be unable to obtain SSD.

Hurt by a defective boat? You can make a claim

Florida is a great place to get away for a vacation, but with any new environment, it takes time to get used to. You planned to head out on the water, but what you couldn't have expected was that you'd get hurt as a result of participating in normal water sports.

You rented a small sailboat from a local marina, but while you were out, the mast moved oddly. Suddenly, it cracked, and you were struck by the top half, which had been damaged and finally broke under the strain of the wind in its sail.

4 common warehouse safety hazards

You may be among the numerous people in Florida and across the country who work in a warehouse. You may not consider the work you complete ideal, and you may not have pictured yourself in this type of employment when you were younger. Nonetheless, you show up to work and do your best to complete your tasks as necessary.

Of course, working in a warehouse can present a number of dangers. Some of them you may see on a daily basis, and others you may not recognize as serious hazards to you and others. Hopefully, you work in an environment that keeps safety a top priority, but you still need to remain on the lookout for yourself.

What can you expect from Social Security Disability?

Social Security Disability (SSD) is meant to be a benefit that supports those who are disabled as a result of work or other causes. Generally speaking, people must have enough work credits to qualify for SSD, though there are exceptions.

As someone who will rely on SSD, it's important that you know how much you qualify for and if it's going to be enough to support you. If it isn't, you may qualify for further benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI). You'll likely qualify for Medicaid, and you may qualify for other state programs, too.

Amusement parks may have to cover whiplash injuries

You wanted to spend a nice day out with friends and family at a local amusement park. You brought lots of food and water with you, and you got ready to go on rides and experience the activities in these places.

Not long after you arrived, you decided to go on a small rollercoaster. At the end, it stopped very abruptly, and you were thrown forward. It turns out that the ride operator stopped it too quickly, and many people complained that they had headaches and pain afterward.

Stay cool and prevent heat-related illnesses

Florida is hot, humid and extremely dangerous for the workers who have to be outside in the elements. Even though the local area is known for popular attractions and is a tourist destination, that doesn't mean that entertainers and workers can stand to be in the heat any longer than others. In fact, people who are expected to wear heavy costumes or to walk around amusement parks providing security may need more breaks than others.

It can be hard to cope with the heat in the workplace, especially when you're not working inside. However, employers are aware of the special steps they need to take to help their employees stay safe.

Can you work while on Social Security Disability benefits?

Social Security Disability is an essential protection for those who are injured and unable to work. So long as you have enough credits paid into the Social Security Disability program, you can seek benefits if you suffer a disability that makes it impossible for you to work a job often enough to support yourself.

If you are receiving Social Security Disability, you might think that you're not able to work at all, but the reality is that you can work a small amount. Here's more information on what you can and can't do.

Spinal cord injuries and your ability to work

The spine is one of the most important parts of the body, and damage to it can lead to severe consequences. Even a minor trauma to the spinal cord can result in loss of function and problems with various parts of the body. Some people who suffer from this type of injury can actually find that they are unable to work again, and they may need ongoing physical and medical support.

After a serious accident, you may find that damage to your spine affected your ability to continue with the same job you had or to find a different type of employment. How will support your family if you cannot work? How will you get the money you need to pay for medical care and different types of assistance you need to have a certain quality of life?

Get help to get the compensation you need after an accident

After a personal injury, there is the potential that you will be living with a diminished quality of life. A diminished quality of life can be anything from struggling to do the things you loved in the past to being unable to communicate with your loved ones due to a brain injury.

When you file a claim against the party who caused your injuries, one thing you can ask for is compensation for the diminished quality of life you're living with today. The amount you seek may vary, which is why it's a good idea to work with your attorney to see what others like yourself have been able to receive for their pain, suffering and changes to their lives.