What Is SSI?

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program makes payments to people with low income who are age 65 or older, or who are blind or have a disability. The Social Security Administration (SSA) manages the SSI program. Even though Social Security manages the program, SSI is not paid for by Social…READ MORE

Injured by a Product?

Ordinarily, for plaintiffs to hold someone liable for their injuries, they must prove that the defendant was careless. However, because it’s very difficult for consumers to prove that a manufacturer or seller of a product was careless, the law developed a doctrine known as “strict liability.” It allows a person…READ MORE

Reporting Your Auto Accident

While a “fender bender” accident may seem to be a minor incident, those involved shouldn’t hesitate to report these accidents to the police. Failure to do so, usually as part of a mutual agreement with the other driver to keep the incident among yourselves, leaves you vulnerable to being deceived.…READ MORE

You Can Appeal Denied Social Security Disability Claims

If your claim for Social Security disability benefits has been denied, you can appeal that decision. We have made many such appeals over the years. It is customary that we file such an appeal within 60 days from the date of receipt of the letter of denial from the Social…READ MORE

Nursing Home Abuse

It’s difficult enough to make the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home without learning that he or she has endured either verbal or physical abuse. Worse yet, the majority of violations are never reported, either because the abused have no practical way of reporting their complaint…READ MORE

Disability Program – Costs Can Be Reduced

It has been suggested by some that there is much wasteful spending, and even fraud, in the administration of disability claims. The federal government can certainly reduce the disability rolls and the cost of the disability program by conducting more frequent and tough-minded evaluations of recipients’ disability status. Unfortunately, there…READ MORE

Damages

As the plaintiffs in a personal injury case, those who have suffered an injury, property damage, or any other kind of loss may seek compensation from the person who caused or contributed to those losses. The legal term for this kind of compensation is “damages,” which are divided into a…READ MORE

Assessing Negligence

Before a defendant can be held legally responsible for harm caused by his or her negligence, the plaintiff must prove four elements: The first is that the defendant owed the plaintiff a legal “duty” to follow an accepted standard of care. Next, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant “breached”…READ MORE

Monies Allocated to Help Process Disability Claims

The economic stimulus bill previously passed by the US Congress provided the Social Security Administration (SSA) an additional $500 million to process retirement and disability workloads. The increase of Social Security Disability (SSD) claims was caused by the economic downturn and the ever-increasing number of baby boomers becoming eligible for…READ MORE

The Disability System Has to Be Fixed

Typically, the system works well for disability claimants. There are, however, times when the system seems unjust and the claims process is unfair. Take the case of a young disabled man whose claim was denied by Medicaid because he has not been classified as “disabled” by the Social Security Administration…READ MORE