Personal Injury

Injury and Retirement Benefits

Posted by on Jun 2, 2019 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

It seems like there are a lot of jobs that come with a high risk of injury. From welders to construction workers, there’s no shortage of ways to become injured on the job. Of course, more people get injured at home than at work. Each year, emergency rooms are filled with people who have fallen at home or had another injury so debilitating that they had to miss work.

When this happens, it’s incredibly stressful for the person who is supposed to be recovering. Medical bills pile up fast, and losing a steady paycheck can quickly cause an immense strain on someone.

The good news is that this doesn’t necessarily have to ruin a person. There are systems in place to help those who are disabled and unable to work as a result of their injuries.

One common way for disabled people to receive benefits is by applying for Disabled Worker Benefits. This is the most common form of Social Security assistance that requires the help of an attorney. You might also hear of these being referred to as DIB, SSDI, or RSDI.

Another type of insurance is Supplemental Security Income or SSI. If someone is blind, disabled, or of a certain age, they likely meet the criteria to apply for these benefits. Additionally, children under 18 may qualify is they have a mental or physical condition.

The above benefits are mainly for those who have extenuating circumstances that prevent them from working. Retired Worker Benefits pays retired citizens. They can receive full benefits if they worked until they are 70 years old or partial benefits if they only worked until the age of 62.

Furthermore, the loved ones of deceased workers may also be eligible to receive benefits. If a child, parent, or spouse has died, Social Security Benefits may go to their surviving family member.

While this is all great news, it’s important to remember that the process of applying and being accepted for benefits is long and complicated. Aside from the mountains of paperwork, disabled worker applying for benefits will almost always be asked to undergo thorough medical examinations to prove that their disabilities are severe enough to prevent them from working. Lawrence & Associates can help walk the worker through this.

A disability lawyer will work around the clock to help submit the paperwork and make sure that the clinical evaluation will help you rather than hurt you. In addition, these lawyers know just how tightly stretched someone recovering from an injury is, and that’s why you won’t have to pay out of pocket for their services.

Vocational experts and disability evaluation doctors will often fight on behalf of the company, and they will try to deny that injuries and disabilities are bad enough to permanently displace a worker. Hiring a Social Security lawyer guarantees that the worker will always have somebody on their sides. Before trying to tackle the process of applying for benefits on your own, reach out to an attorney who will go to bat for you.

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How to Deal with Truck Accidents

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Everybody has bad days but it cannot be denied that some days are incomparably worse than others. A bad day can be a stubbed toe, a lost $20, or even accidentally mixing your laundry in the washing machine. These days are nothing compared to one when you suffer due to a truck accident.

If you can imagine that a car accident is going to be bad, multiply that dread by 1000%—and that is the possible damage that a truck accident can cause… quite literally, in fact. A regular vehicle can weigh around 8,000 pounds more or less while a truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. If something of that size and weight were to be driving recklessly, it can only mean suffering for all involved.

What can you do about it, though?

The aftermath of an accident so devastating is that it can be incredible stressful and complicated that thinking about the documentations and logistics is often the farthest thing from a survivor’s mind. There are some cases wherein insurance companies can offer quick settlements to survivors just for the sake of getting everything over and done with. Little do people know that the deal they’re offered may not be enough to get them through in the long-term and that they were denied the opportunity to receive what they were owed—and it is only too often that it happens that they are actually owed better.

The one thing you have to know when you have to deal with truck accidents is that you do not have to deal with it alone.

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Injury Risks from Slip and Fall Accidents

Posted by on Jun 4, 2013 in Personal Injury | 5 comments

Slip and fall accidents, as trivial as they may seem, are actually among the most common causes of injury in the United States, and they even result in a surprisingly substantial number of deaths each year. In many cases, those who suffer the most serious injuries as a result of slip and falls are the elderly, whose bodies may be less able to absorb the impact of a hard fall. However, even younger individuals are at risk of suffering serious physical damage in a slip and fall accident.

There are many different ways that slip and fall accidents can cause injuries. Most of these injuries are relatively minor, while some are more worrisome. Some of the most common injury risks associated with slip and fall accidents include the following:

  • Ÿ  Broken bones
  • Ÿ  Contusions
  • Ÿ  Scars
  • Ÿ  Traumatic brain injury
  • Ÿ  Hip displacement
  • Ÿ  Spinal cord injury

These and other potential injury risks resulting from slip and fall accidents can have serious consequences for injured patients. In particular, they may require costly medical treatment which the injured individual cannot afford, as well as potentially costing them time away from work. In light of these risks, therefore, it is important to be alert to avoid slip and fall accidents.

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AlloDerm and Hernia Repair

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Legal Issues, Personal Injury | 2 comments

A hernia is a painful medical condition that occurs when an organ bursts through the wall of the body cavity which normally holds it in. Hernias typically occur in the abdomen, where strain and pressure is the most likely to cause a tear in the abdominal wall, allowing the protrusion of different types of organs to occur. While not typically life-threatening, hernias do need to be treated in a timely manner in order to ensure that blood flow to the organ is not cut off, which can result in much more serious medical consequences.

While a number of different hernia treatment options exist, one which has become popular in recent years is the use of AlloDerm hernia patches to repair broken organ walls and prevent further damage. AlloDerm, a human skin tissue that can be effectively grafted onto a recipient, actually integrates into the body to ensure that the problem does not recur.

Unfortunately, there are also a range of side effects that have been associated with the use of this product, including tissue perforation, insufficient tissue binding, and cellular rejection. While most patients who have undergone hernia repair with the use of AlloDerm have been largely free from problems, those who do experience these side effects may have to cope with significant consequences.

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Occupational Hazards

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Legal Issues, Personal Injury | 1 comment

All workers face some form of occupational hazard as a result of their chosen career, whether minor or major. Understanding and learning to avoid these hazards is, therefore, an important task for all workers in order to protect their health and well-being.

One of the most dangerous occupational hazards is also one of the most mundane: operation of a vehicle. In fact, vehicular accidents account for the most job-related deaths each year in the United States, but few give this issue the appropriate amount of attention it should have. Another common occupational hazard which is not typically given the appropriate level of attention involves fall accidents, which are particularly common in blue-collar industries such as construction and lawn work.

According to the website of personal injury lawyers Crowe & Mulvey, other occupational hazards may be more clearly apparent, and therefore easier to avoid. Exposure to harmful chemicals and toxic substances, something that workers in fields as varied as scientific research to hairdressing may face, can cause extremely serious injuries to occur, but most workers, being aware of the dangers these substances can cause, are able to avoid unnecessary or unsafe contact. Similarly, heavy machinery, while extremely dangerous if used incorrectly, is often treated with appropriate care by workers, reducing the number of accidents that it might otherwise cause. This, of course, comes with adequate training into the dangers of these machines, as well as safe operation habits.

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In the Event of an Accident – Make Sure You are Covered

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Cars fill up US roads every day as it has become the ordinary means of transportation for millions of people in the US. With the number of cars still increasing, implementation of traffic safety laws have become stricter, with the hope of significantly decreasing car accidents, which reach up to five million every year – that means about 590 accidents every day.

More than damaging properties, car accidents greatly affect the life of an injured victim, sometimes altering his or her life forever. Though some factors are beyond human control, majority of the accidents are still attributed to carelessness or reckless behavior and driver error, which includes sudden breaks and / or turns, and failure to use turn signal lights. Such reasons make the guilty party more liable for the harm he or she has caused.

Part of the responsibilities of the liable party is compensating the victim for whatever financial sufferings he or she is, and will be, faced with. For this reason, motorists living in tort states are obliged to prove financial responsibility or carry liability insurance. This insurance, however, will benefit only the injured victim; the person who caused the accident and injury is excluded.

According to the car accident lawyers at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®; there is another insurance, though, that will cover the cost of medical treatment needed even by the liable party – the Personal Injury Protection or PIP. This means that even though you were the cause of the accident, you and your passengers (if you have any) will be covered by this insurance. The good part is, besides the medical cost, PIP also includes in its coverage lost wages, child care, household maintenance and funeral expenses. Other than Detroit, Michigan, the other states that require PIP are Washington D.C., New York, Utah, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Kentucky, Kansas, Hawaii and Florida.

Despite the insurance required in the state where you reside or being able to prove financial responsibility, it is still best that you seek the assistance of a highly qualified car accident lawyer whose expertise and vast experience in dealing with insurance and compensation will help ease the financial burden in you. With his or her help, you have greater chances of receiving the maximum limits of your insurance or getting the right amount of compensation from the liable party.

 

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