VOCATIONAL EXPERT TESTIMONY

At the end of a Social Security Disability Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) hearing, the ALJ typically poses a series of hypothetical questions to a vocational expert (who can appear at the hearing in-person or by telephone) to determine whether or not there are any jobs available to the Claimant based on the alleged impairments. However, and significantly, in order for the testimony of a vocational expert “to constitute substantial evidence, the ALJ must pose a hypothetical question which comprises all of the Claimant’s impairments. Wilson v. Barnhart, 284 F.3d 1219, 1227 (11th Cir. 2002); see also, Jones v. Apfel, 190 F.3d 1224, 1229 (11th Cir. 1999).

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TYPES OF DISTRACTED DRIVING

Distracted driving is defined as any activity that takes the driver’s attention away from the primary task of driving. Unfortunately, it has become one of the main causes ofcar accidents in the United States. Based on a 2014 report by Distraction.gov, approximately 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle collisions involving distracted drivers. 53% of all adult cellphone owners have been on the giving or receiving end of a distracted driving incident.

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WHAT TO EXPECT IN YOUR FREE CASE EVALUATION

If you’ve decided to file an injury claim, your first major decision will be selecting legal representation to put forth and navigate your suit. At McMahan Law Firm, LLC, we understand that injury victims have a wide range of different options when it comes to legal counsel. That is why we offer all prospective clients a free, no-obligation case evaluation to learn more about our team. Below, we take a look at what this consultation entails and what information we need from you to best assess the viability of your claim. Continue reading “WHAT TO EXPECT IN YOUR FREE CASE EVALUATION”

NEW FIAT CHRYSLER LAWSUITS FILED FOLLOWING ACTOR’S DEATH

More than a dozen lawsuits have now been filed against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the maker of the Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicle that was involved in the death of actor Anton Yelchin. As the Hollywood Reporter reports, the lawsuits, which have come from seven different states, have been consolidated and will be handled in the Eastern District of Michigan.

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REPORT CALLS FOR FEDERAL WORKERS’ COMP STANDARDS

A “race to the bottom.” That is how a new report from the Labor Department describes the trend of recently passed workers’ compensation laws in states all over the country. The agency’s alarming findings, they conclude, justify an examination of how federal intervention would help standardize these systems and help injured workers receive the relief they deserve.

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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR DISABILITY CLAIM IS DENIED

Has your disability claim been wrongfully denied? Let us bring our experience to your defense. Our firm has successfully taken on some the of the nation’s largest insurance companies. Whether your case is governed by the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) or isn’t, we have a proven track record fighting for your rights.

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DOG ATTACKS ARE ON THE RISE

According to the latest data, dog bite injuries are on the rise. As Ad Age reports, 2015 saw a 14% spike in dog bite injuries in postal employees. Why the increase? Officials believe the trend is due to the increase in online shopping. “Dogs view mailmen as trespassers invading their space,” veteran New Jersey mailman Michael Micali told Ad Age. “Let’s face it: a dog doesn’t have much to do all day if the house is empty but to sleep and wait for the mailman who comes around the same time each day.” Continue reading “DOG ATTACKS ARE ON THE RISE”

COMMON TYPES OF CAR ACCIDENTS

Car accidents rarely occur intentionally, but even the most insignificant of collisions can ruin your day, leaving you with shot nerves and the dread of dealing with insurance companies and claims. Accidents are bound to happen, but that doesn’t mean they are unavoidable. Read about some of the most common types of car accidents and what you can do to avoid them.

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UNDERSTANDING MINIMUM LIABILITY CAR INSURANCE

In Georgia, licensed drivers are all required to maintain a car insurance policy with liability coverage. On paper, this is a valuable requirement that allows car accident victims to access the relief they need to cover medical bills and other post-collision expenses. However, injury victims in Georgia are still frequently left without the coverage they need. This is because most drivers elect for the cheapest coverage option: minimum liability coverage.

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