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March 2015 Archives

Four things that can help you after an accident

With the weather getting better, the prospect of encountering ice patches diminishes every day. However, the potential for accidents still remains. After all, spring weather brings more people on the road, including motorcycles and bicyclists. Because of this, it is important to know what to do in the event of an accident. Your emotions may be running high, you may be injured or you may be in shock.

Study shows that more teens are distracted when driving

For parents who have teen drivers, they are likely worried about their child’s safety; especially if they are a new driver. They may worry about them driving too fast, making poor decisions, or being struck by a drunk driver. But young drivers’ inexperience is likely the reason why parents are worried, because inexperience commonly leads teens to make poor decisions about safety.

Questions to ask to get the most out of your insurance

The NCAA tournament has not disappointed when it comes to upset-minded Cinderella teams, last second shots and fantastic individual performances. The tournament has also been great in terms of commercials. Arguably the most popular advertisements have to do with insurance. Between State Farm’s assist theme, Allstate’s mayhem theme and Progressive’s time travel spots, it is a wonder that more people aren’t changing their insurance coverage more often.

Is the rental company's insurance necessary?

If you are in the process of planning a summer vacation, or are going on a spring break adventure, chances are that you are going to rent a car. When you pick up the car, it is likely that you will be offered a number of temporary insurance policies. They include collision damage waivers, personal effects coverage, general liability coverage and supplemental health coverage.

Who can be held liable for pothole accident injuries

You would be hard pressed to find someone who is offended by the warmer weather. The same would apply to the longer days now that daylight savings time is in effect. Yes, spring is just around the corner, which means that the beginning of pothole season is near.

What can delay your disability benefits petition

It is no secret that obtaining Social Security disability benefits is no easy task. This is especially true given that more than half of all initial petitions are denied the first time that they are submitted. Additionally, the Social Security Administration is one of the largest bureaucracies in Washington (even though there are field offices across the country). Because of this, getting disability benefits can take a great deal of time. With that said, those who petition for benefits may get frustrated over how long the process may take.

Could large products liability awards be making a comeback?

If there was one thing that tort reform supporters wanted when legislation was proposed, it was that jury awards be in line with “reality.” This essentially meant that personal injury plaintiffs could not receive huge windfalls that would bankrupt a company or affect an entire industry because of the fear of blockbuster verdicts.

Common reasons for why disability benefits get denied

While we focus a number of our post to auto accident victims, we also handle a number of Social Security disability petitions. Obtaining disability benefits is not an easy thing to do with today’s government bureaucracy. It is true that more than 60 percent of initial petitions are denied. This can be very frustrating to those with genuine illnesses and mental health concerns. Even more frustrating, a number of petitions are denied on reconsideration before they are seen by an administrative law judge.

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