When filing a personal injury claim, victims must approach the court with a definitive amount of money they’d like to pursue from the defendant. This number represents medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other hardships resulting from the accident that harmed the plaintiff. However, what happens when the plaintiff is so seriously injured that they will need ongoing care? How is the amount of compensation calculated then?Continue reading “MAXIMUM MEDICAL IMPROVEMENT AND YOUR INJURY CLAIM”
Motorcycles offer riders an unparalleled level of freedom on the road, but their very design makes riders especially vulnerable to serious accidents. While motorcycle crashes happen for a wide variety of reasons, certain types of accidents are more frequent than others. In this blog, our Dalton accident attorneys explore three of the most common types of motorcycle crashes, as well as how you can help prevent them.Continue reading “3 COMMON TYPES OF MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS”
Imagine you’re traveling down the highway maybe just a few miles over the speed limit (like many of us tend to do). Up ahead, a pile-up occurs due to someone texting while driving. You try to stop in time, but can’t and collide with a car, breaking your wrist and nose. Clearly, you didn’t cause the accident, but if you hadn’t been speeding, you may have avoided the collision all together.Continue reading “CAN I FILE SUIT IF I CONTRIBUTED TO MY OWN INJURY?”
When a person suffers a serious disability, it can often impact their ability to work, earn money, and pay for their expenses. For qualifying individuals, the U.S. government offers assistance in the form of Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. But who qualifies?Continue reading “WHO QUALIFIES FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS?”
Any serious injury can have a severe impact on many areas of your life, but workplace accidents can be particularly devastating. Many industries like construction and manufacturing are particularly dangerous if caution is not exercised, but the truth is that anyone can be injured in the workplace. In this blog, we address some of the most common questions we receive about worker’s compensation claims.Continue reading “FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT WORKERS’ COMPENSATION”
In a personal injury claim, the plaintiff may seek compensation to cover the cost of medical expenses, rehabilitation, and property damage, along with some other types of damages. One of these types of damages is pain and suffering, which is commonly included in personal injury claims.Continue reading “WHAT IS “PAIN & SUFFERING” IN AN INJURY CLAIM?”
As a property owner, you have a legal obligation to keep the property reasonably safe for any visitors or invited guests. When someone trespasses, however, they are not a guest or visitor and are not protected under the same laws. In most cases, you will not be responsible for any injuries they suffer while trespassing on your property. However, there are a few exceptions in which you could be liable even though they broke the law.Continue reading “WHO’S LIABLE IF SOMEONE HURTS THEMSELVES WHILE TRESPASSING?”
Whether due to a slip and fall accident, medical malpractice, or an auto accident, nearly every personal injury claim will be centered around the concept of negligence. Essentially, a party will be considered negligent if they did not act with the same caution that a normal person would use in the same circumstances. For example, if a person ran a red light and caused an accident, they could be considered negligent because ordinarily prudent people would not run the red light.Continue reading “WHAT’S REQUIRED TO PROVE NEGLIGENCE IN A CAR ACCIDENT CLAIM?”
What does Social Security Disability mean in monetary terms?
How does it interact with regular Social Security?
The money you receive for Social Security Disability can be thought of conceptually as the same money you would receive for regular age 65 retirement if you pretend you were age 65 on the date of your disability. In other words, if you get disability, you are essentially getting the amount of money you would have gotten had you been able to retire at the age you became disabled.Continue reading “SOCIAL SECURITY: THE BASICS & BEYOND”
As you might expect, many individuals who have ERISA claims also have claims for Social Security Disability benefits. Indeed, many insurance companies require LTD claimants to file for Social Security disability. This is done because most plans offset the LTD benefit by the Social Security disability benefit and this reduction is considered by the insurers to be one of the most important cost containment features of their LTD contracts (and is usually termed “recovery of an overpayment”).Continue reading “THE SELF-CONTRADICTORY POSITION OF ERISA DECISION-MAKERS ON DECISIONS BY THE SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION”