Criminal Act, Civil Suit

Even though sexual assault can give rise to criminal prosecution that results in incarceration, victims may want to file civil lawsuits for compensation for the harm that they have suffered. Because there is no cause of action called “sexual assault,” the plaintiff’s attorney must find another legal theory under which…READ MORE

How Important Is Your Doctor’s Diagnosis?

Your doctor’s opinion will mean a great deal in the success of your application for disability benefits since claims can be denied on the basis of the doctor’s statement. The language the doctor uses could be intended for the medical field and might not meet the criteria demanded by the…READ MORE

Utter Disregard for Others’ Safety

While most civil lawsuits involve either negligence or intentional misconduct, there is a middle ground that may be termed “willful and wanton,” otherwise known as “reckless” conduct. This behavior is generally defined as unreasonable conduct committed under circumstances in which the person knew that his or her actions created an…READ MORE

How Many Types of Social Security Disability Benefits Are There?

There are several types of Social Security Disability benefits. Disability Insurance Benefits can be the most important. These go to individuals who have worked in recent years and who are now disabled. Disabled Widows and Widowers Benefits are paid to those individuals who are at least 50 years old and…READ MORE

Common Mistakes When Applying for Disability Benefits

Dealing with the Social Security Administration (SSA) can sometimes be an extremely frustrating and time-consuming experience. If one is unfamiliar with the process, it can be very difficult and lead to a number of questions. Employees of the SSA will not necessarily help in alleviating your confusion: They sometimes add…READ MORE

Injured by a Defective Product?

If a consumer suffers injury due to a defective or unexpectedly dangerous product, the legal doctrine of “strict liability” enables that the injured party can recover compensation from the manufacturer or seller of the product, whether or not the maker or seller of the product was actually negligent. Under this…READ MORE

Undue Influence

There are a variety of confidential relationships that may give rise to “undue influence,” in which one party takes advantage of another by reason of a superior position in a close relationship. In such cases, the person occupying the superior position involving trust should be acting in the interest of…READ MORE

Explaining Your Disability to Social Security

If your medical condition is understated and the Social Security Administration (SSA) believes that you are capable of performing work, your application for disability benefits will be denied. Accurately describing the physical limitations of a disability is very important. How the disability impacts one’s daily routine and common activities such…READ MORE

Do Sleep Disorders Qualify for SSD Benefits?

Believe it or not, if you are struggling with sleep and prefer to be working, but your doctor says that you shouldn’t, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. SSD benefits for sleep disorders are a little-known government secret. It may be difficult to get them and it…READ MORE

Don’t Be Denied Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Workers who have been injured on the job and find themselves confronted with a workers’ compensation carrier’s denial of their legitimate claim should not let the matter rest. The insurer may claim that a worker has not been injured at all or that his or her injury is not serious…READ MORE