Claiming Social Security Disability Benefits Getting Harder

Nov 05

As if it wasn’t bad enough before where 7 out of 10 claims for Social Security Disability Benefits were being initially denied, with the Social Security Administration (SSA) running out of funds, its belt is getting even tighter.

The SSA has been paying out progressively more disability benefits since the economic recession began, nearly $9 million in March 2013 which is an increase of 21% in the same period in 2007. The bill for disability benefits in 2010 was nearly $130 billion, compared to just $18 billion (inflation-adjusted for 2010) from just 40 years ago. The leapfrogging rate is rapidly draining the resources of the SSA, which estimates that at the present rate the SSA will be unable to pay full SS benefits by 2016.

Studies show that this sharply upward trend is not due to any significant deterioration of the average working American’s health. It is also noted that the increase in claims coincided during the time of the massive economic crisis. This indicates that many claims were made by people who were not really disabled at all.

It is unfortunately true that a good number of the unemployed are drawing disability payments in lieu of a paycheck for actual work, which is why the SSA has become much more discriminating about what applications warrant an approval. This is a big problem for workers who have a genuine need for financial need because of their disabilities but are at a loss about how to go about filing a successful claim. As characterized on the website of Hankey Law Office, the SSA is no longer the safety net it was designed to be at inception. Currently, the SSA is just another bureaucratic hurdle that deserving people need to traverse to receive the benefits they were promised and paid for when they were able-bodied.

If you are having difficulty in making a disability claim, you will need some professional assistance. Contact a Social Security disability claims lawyer in your area to help you get what you need and deserve.

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Being Arrested for Drunk Driving

Nov 02

Drunk driving is definitely a crime in any state, and rightly so. An impaired driver has an 11-fold risk of an accident compared to a sober driver, and presents a danger to themselves as well as others in property damage and personal injury. A Racine car accident lawyer, for example, would point out with complete accuracy that an injury to a third party resulting from driving under the influence (DUI) is completely preventable and constitutes a breach in the duty of care that every individual takes on when he or she gets behind the wheel of any motorized vehicle.

But while it is understandable why the enforcement of DUI laws in most states are stringent, there are instances when zeal takes the place of common sense and an appreciation of the facts. Take for example the case of an Arizona man who was pulled over for what appeared to be impaired driving and the police officer actually said he could tell the man was drunk “by looking into his eyes.” The man was brought into the police station to take a breathalyzer test which came back 0.0 blood alcohol content (BAC). Under most state laws, this would have earned him a walk there and then. Instead, his car was impounded and his license suspended. When all was said and done, he should not have been arrested in the first place.

According to the website of Austin criminal defense attorney Ian Inglis, it is possible for law enforcement to make a mistake; unfortunately, not all of them are willing to admit to it. If you have been charged with drunk driving, it would be in your best interest to insist on consulting a lawyer before saying or doing anything to protect your rights. You will avoid a whole lot of trouble later on if you take any arrest, false or otherwise, seriously.

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Construction Accidents at 1 World Trade Center

Nov 01

Hot on the heels of the announcement by mass media published Condé Nash that they would be occupying roughly a third of the new 1 World Trade Center (WTC) was the news that at least 34 workers were seriously injured in the building’s construction that went unreported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Many of the cases were allegedly caused by safety violations, a fact that lawyers from the Hach & Rose, LLP in New York are all too familiar with, based on information from their website.

The building, also called the Freedom Tower is one of several buildings to be built on Ground Zero. It was the site of the Twin Towers that was leveled by the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and its construction was understandably of intense interest to the community. Despite this scrutiny, however, the Daily News states that most of the construction accidents on the site went unreported. The Port Authority, which controlled the worksite, insisted that safety regulations were strictly enforced and that only two serious incidents occurred during construction, both fatal and reported to the OSHA.

Records show that many more injuries occurred that did not reach the ears of the regulatory body, and in numbers that exceeded the national average for construction accidents for three years running. It was noted that as the construction went higher, more injuries occurred, and as stated on the website of Abel Law Firm, such personal injuries can have long-term and permanent consequences. These include partial and full paralysis, lost limbs, or even death. Some attribute it to the pressure to get the job done as quickly as possible, and shortcuts were made that proved life-changing for some workers, a few of whom will never work again.

Among those who have been permanently injured in a construction accident at the WTC projects include Dennis Charlemagne and Robert Deacy. Both their accidents had not been reported to the OSHA and have cases pending against their employers and the Port Authority for personal injury compensation.

If you have been seriously injured on a WTC project or any other construction site through no fault of your own, you have a right to seek compensation. Ask an experience construction accident lawyer for their assistance in this matter. Getting the right professional assistant in these matters, can often determine the amount and speed of compensation.

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