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Pools and Trampolines Mean Summertime Fun – and Injuries

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When children are out of school for the summer and look to have fun in pools and on trampolines, they see fun, not danger. Many parents, too, don’t realize the hidden dangers that trampolines and pools present to children. However, the statistics do not lie. A study conducted by the Indiana University School of Medicine […]

Why Can’t You Talk About Insurance in a Trial?

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I handed the document to my client while the jury watched us. I asked my client, “Can you tell me what this document is?” He answered honestly, “It’s the property damage estimate… prepared by State Farm”.  I knew what was coming, and I slumped. Defense counsel stood up and asked the judge, “Can I take […]

When Can The VA Consider The Positive Effects of Current Medication When Determining a Veterans Disability Rating?

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A VA disability rater cannot consider the positive effects of current medication when rating a disability if the applicable diagnostic code is silent with respect to medication. However, this can be reversed by the VA amending the Federal Code. During the rating decision, the VA looks at the current level of disability claimed and applies […]

When A Green Light Is Not a Command to GO

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If you are turning left, the signal light on the left is really the same as the sign on the right. I know that seems like an obvious statement. Most people don’t need a lawyer’s advice for Driver’s Education 101, but I thought this was worth talking about. In my work as a motor vehicle […]

Do Seat Belts Make a Difference? Yes, say the Statistics

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It is well understood that wearing a seat belt is the best step you can take to protect yourself in case of a car accident. North Carolina requires all passengers age 16 and older to wear seat belts and addresses children less than age 16 with the NC child passenger safety law. South Carolina requires […]

How Long is The Wait Time For Social Security Disability Claims?

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Suppose your valid Social Security Disability claim is denied today, and you appeal that denial.  How long will it be before your hearing is held in Upstate South Carolina?  The wait could be up to 16 months! That is nearly a year and a half – on average – that you’ll have to wait before […]

Is It a Crime to Lie About Military Service?

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Exaggeration, especially when it comes to military or combat experiences, is nothing new. Probably the only time that people exaggerate more is when talking about fishing or past dating. Lately it seems that everyone is lying about their past experiences, from Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly to NBC’s Brian Williams to the Secretary of the Department […]

If You Are Injured In An Accident, It’s Important To Get Medical Treatment and Follow Your Doctor’s Orders

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If you’ve been injured in a car wreck or because of someone else’s negligence, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible, rather than to “tough it out” and endure the pain in hopes it will go away.  If you’re lucky, the pain will go away, and you can go on with your […]

An Administrative Law Judge Denied My Social Security Disability Claim. What Do I Do Now?

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If you’ve received a denial from the Social Security Administration after attending a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), you can appeal the decision to the Social Security Appeals Council. You have 60 days from the date you receive the denial to ask the Appeals Council to review the ALJ’s decision. The appeals council […]

If You Receive SSI or Veterans Benefits, You Are Eligible For An Additional $500 Per Dependent Child Because of COVID-19 But You Must Apply Before May 5, 2020

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To apply for these benefits, you should immediately go to the IRS’s webpage and visit the Non-Filers: Enter Your Information section to provide your information. Here is the link: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-her You must apply by May 5, 2020, even if you have not received your stimulus check. From the Social Security Administration: “People receiving SSI benefits […]

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