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Put down the phone and listen up! April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. A study shows that almost 100% of teens agree that texting and driving is dangerous, however half admitted to do it. It only takes a couple of seconds being distracted, to get into an accident. DO NOT TEXT AND DRIVE.

History of Distracted Driving Awareness Month

On November 25, 2008, Shelly Forney’s life completely changed when a driver mistakenly looked at their cell phone while in control of an SUV. Shelley’s nine year old daughter Erica was riding her bike home, just a few pedals away when she was struck by the car head on. Erica passed away two days later on Thanksgiving.

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April is Distracted Driver’s Awareness Month. Everyday, more than 700 people are injured in distracted driving crashes. Distracted driving consists of actions such as talking on cellphones, texting, eating, or anything that takes away your attention from the road. Use #justdrive this month to keep yourself and others safe.

The National Safety Council recognizes Distracted Driving Awareness Month in order to help make roadways and people safer. It is important to always be attentive on the road no matter the circumstances. Address family members, co workers, friends, and others with resources and communications of distracted driving.

How to Take Action

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March 4th is National Hospitalist Day

This day recognizes the contributions of 60,000 hospitalists nationwide on the first Thursday in March annually. Hospital medicine is a specialty that is growing fast in modern medicines, and those who practice it are well known at hospitals.

Hospitalists manage patient care during their stay as an inpatient and also have proven to reduce readmissions while serving as leaders with quality improvement and patient safety. The term was first introduced in 1996 by Drs. Lee Goldman and Bob Wachter in a New England Journal of Medicine article.

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February is National Heart Health Awareness Month. Every year this awareness month aims to motivate Americans to adopt to healthy lifestyles to prevent heart disease. Focusing on heart health has never been more important, especially during the pandemic. Studies show that people with poor cardiovascular health are at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. President Biden addresses heart disease as the leading cause of death in the United States and is using #OurHearts to bring awareness to the ongoing battle.

Meeting personal healthy lifestyle goals is more successful when we come together with others. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is using the #OurHearts campaign as a way to bring awareness to self-care and healthy living. This month motivate yourself and others to make heart health a regular part of daily self-care.

Your heart is always working. It is the most important organ in your body because it provides blood and oxygen to all of your organs. Serious problems can develop in the arteries when it doesn’t get the proper care it needs. This can lead to plaque which can lead to heart attacks and blockage of blood flow in the arteries. Below are the conditions that can affect your heart health and habits that can manage or prevent them.

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What is Mindfulness?

It is a stressful world. Humans are busy creatures dealing with many tasks on hand from day to day. You plan your day while listening to the radio and commuting to work, and then plan your weekend. In the heat of all the chaos, sometimes we lose ourselves with the present moment. Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing attention on the present moment and accepting it. Mindfulness has been scientifically proven to be a key element in stress reduction and happiness.

What are the benefits?

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This is a U.S. Supreme Court that concerns whether claimants who were denied Social Security disability benefits by the Social Security Administration (SSA) lose the opportunity to challenge the appointment of SSA administrative law judges (ALJs) in if they cannot present appointment clause challenges during proceedings for agency. The Supreme Court of the United States plans to hear the case in the October 2020-2021 term. The case came on a writ of certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. It is also consolidates with the Davis v. Saul case.

Highlights

The case consists of Willie Carr was denied Social Security disability benefits and lost his appeals before the Social Security Administration (SSA). The U.S. Supreme Court decided Lucia v. SEC, while his appeal in federal court was pending, in which the court held that SEC ALJs were appointed improperly. Carr added an argument to his appeal in court that the SSA ALJ who decided benefits case was appointed improperly. A district court ruled in Carr’s favor, but the district court was reversed by the 10 circuit. The 10th Circuit argued that Carr had to have made his Appointments Clause challenge during proceedings at the SSA and could not raise the issue for the initial instance at the federal court.

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The holidays are always a stressful time of year. 2020 has been one hectic year and planning for the holiday season seems to be the last ounce of stress we need right now. Hosting gatherings and parties this year may require a little more work than usual but it is totally possible! There are many ways to keep guests happy and healthy during the holidays- even with a global pandemic happening.

We put together a list of ideas that adhere to CDC COVID-19 guidelines to ensure that your holiday moments are as safe and fun as possible. From outdoor gatherings to social distancing rules, read how to celebrate the holidays during these crazy times.

Check CDC and State Guidelines

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Introduction

This case is scheduled for argument before the United States Supreme Court during the October 2020-2021 term. It came on a writ of certiorari to the California First District Court of Appeal. Lange v. California concerns violation against the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution. The Fourth Amendment protects citizens from unreasonable searched or seizures from the U.S. Government. However, it does not entirely guarantee protection against all searches and seizures. The U.S. government can search unreasonable persons under the law.

The Case

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Meet Jacki Ryan!

Jacki Ryan began her journey at KJC Law Firm when the firm opened in 2010. She is an essential member of the team, having more than 10 years of experience in customer service and administration. Jacki in in charge of daily administration for the firm, including monitoring the process of each case, scheduling events, and making sure that client questions and concerns are answered or addressed in a timely manner. Jacki is a quick and avid learner. She has rapidly adapted many business skills which strongly attribute to the environment at KJC Law Firm.

Jacki moved to the Worchester area in Massachusetts with her husband in 2009 after living in Champaign, Illinois for 14 years. In Illinois she was involved with customer service and a warranty administrator specializing in helping clients with warranty claims. She has been married for almost 20 years and is a loving mother of two daughters ages 9 and 12. In Jacki’s free time she loves to be around her girls, read, get dinner or a drink with friends, and was a former softball player. In the midst of the pandemic, Jacki is an extremely hard working parent who is balancing work and managing her daughter’s online schooling.

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Ahh Thanksgiving. Family, turkey, mashed potatoes, pie, and football are some of the traditions American’s look forward to enjoying every year. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is still present and many areas are seeing a spike in cases. Things are going to be different this year. Especially for those who are used to travelling far to visit loved ones. The CDC states that Thanksgiving travel increases the chances of getting and spreading the virus that causes COVID-19. Not to mention if you are travelling from a hot-spot state, you may need to quarantine before or after travelling.

Family gatherings may be putting loved ones at risk this year, especially grandparents and elder relatives. If you must travel, the CDC insists that you must avoid these activities in order to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. These activities include:

  • attending large indoor gatherings with people from outside your house
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