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By Victoria Schneider of The Cooper Firm posted in Social Media on Tuesday, August 27, 2013.

The Internet gives us access to much information. With social networking we can see what people are doing and sometimes even where they are located at an exact moment. Although this ability to see into people's lives may be useful, it can also be very dangerous. Not only can someone see the good things that someone is involved in, but they can also see the negative things.

By Leada Gore | lgore@al.com

Think your job is tough? Just be glad it doesn't involve the word, "Timber!"

New information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the deadliest jobs in America in 2012. There were 4,383 fatal work injuries in America last year, down from 4,693 in 2011.

This is unbelievable. The insurance company lies on their TV commericals don't tell you this.

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There is a quaint notion that insurance companies make sound decisions based on personal interactions with policyholders. But, big insurance companies have become highly automated, able to rely on digital profiling to underwrite and set rates, proprietary databases to compile customer information, and black box logarithms to underpay claims. Neighborhood agents, trained appraisers, and experienced claims adjusters are seeing their influence wane. Indeed, without proper oversight, we could be entering a Brave New World where machines compile, crunch, and calculate complex datasets to dramatically limit human influence on key underwriting, rating, and claims handling decisions.

RattlesnakeThe small southeastern town of Opp, Alabama is known for its annual Rattlesnake Rodeo.  Recently a worker in southwest Alabama was seriously injured after being bitten by a rattlesnake.  Obviously rattlesnakes are dangerous.  Does it benefit your employer if you try to remove a snake from your workplace?  It depends. Some will recall the words of Scripture, "The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the LORD God had made."  (Genesis 3:1)  A recently Alabama workers' compensation claim involved a man who made a claim for benefits after suffering a serious injury while trying to catch a snake.

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