The Reality of Applying for Social Security Disability

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Many of you may have seen the 60 Minutes piece on social security disability from October.  In that story, Senator Tom Coburn discussed the findings of a two-year case study conducted by his office that uncovered a conspiracy between a West Virginia Attorney, Administrative Law Judge and some local doctors to push through social security… Read More

How is My Weekly Workers’ Compensation Benefit Calculated?

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The weekly amount you are actually paid for a workers’ compensation injury is different than your Average Weekly Wage (AWW).  Your AWW is what you would be making if you were still working in the position you were in at the time of your injury. To calculate your AWW read our recent blog entry.  Your… Read More

How Do I Calculate My Average Weekly Wage?

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Your Average Weekly Wage (AWW) is the single most important factor in the value of your workers’ compensation action.  It is the basis for all monetary calculations the workers’ compensation board will make throughout your case.  Making sure your AWW is calculated properly at the outset of your case can mean the difference between hundreds… Read More

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

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When a loved one becomes too sick or frail to be cared for at home, placing them in a nursing home is often the best option.  We want our family and friends to get the best care possible, and sometimes that means engaging professionals to do what we cannot.  We trust that these professionals will… Read More

Legalese Defined: Social Security Disability– Substantial Gainful Activity

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In social security disability cases, substantial gainful activity means that you are working and earning more than a certain amount of money, which is set by law and changes each year.  If the Social Security Administration finds that you are able to engage in substantial gainful activity, then your application will be denied. If you… Read More

Legalese Defined: Social Security Disability– Date Last Insured

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In social security disability cases, your “date last insured” is the date you were last eligible for social security disability benefits. Generally, In order to be eligible for social security disability you must have worked 5 of the last 10 years.  Put another way, that means that over the course of the last ten years,… Read More

Legalese Defined: Social Security Disability– Onset Date

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In social security disability cases, your onset date is the date your disability began. Your onset date is important to your claim for social security disability benefits because it helps determine whether or not your claim is approved and how much  back-pay you may be entitled to.  Because you must be disabled for at least… Read More

Bit by a dog? Can I sue the owner?

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Animal bites can be serious, painful injuries that can leave lasting scars.  We all love our pets, but sometimes pets can do mean, vicious things.  The most common kind of animal bite comes from a dog.  The law in New York is relatively clear with regards to dog bite cases: You can only bring a… Read More

I could have Died! Can I sue for almost being injured?

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In general, you must suffer an actual injury in order to bring a personal injury lawsuit.  “Almost” being injured is not an injury in and of itself.   However, if you suffer mental anguish after experiencing a “close call” you may be able to bring a suit, but only under very narrow conditions. There are two… Read More

What is Liability?

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In any lawsuit there are two things you need to prove:  Damages and Liability.  Damages are easy to understand—they are the harm you suffer, whether it is a physical injury, loss of money or both.  In order to bring a lawsuit you must suffer some kind of harm.  Whether or not your harm is serious… Read More

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