Blog

4 Facts You Should Know about Your Personal Injury Settlement

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Facts You Should Know about Your Personal Injury Settlement

When you’ve been injured on someone else’s property, you may be able to sue or seek reimbursement form their insurance company. If you feel the property owner is to blame for your injuries, check out these four facts and learn a little more about your potential personal injury settlement. A Settlement Can Include Many Types of Compensation You probably already know that if you get injured on someone’s property and they are found responsible, you can get reimbursed for medical expenses. However, medical expenses are not the only compensation you may be able to receive. If the injury also caused damage to a personal item, such as your car, you may also receive additional compensation. If your injury caused you to miss work or will cause you to miss future work, you may even be able to receive compensation for lost wages. Of course, some injuries aren’t as obvious as a broken leg or arm. Mental pain and physical suffering are harder to observe, but you may experience them after an injury. Pain and suffering can include negative emotions because of the accident, such as depression and anxiety. It can also include a loss of appetite, sexual dysfunction, or even simply a loss of enjoyment of life. If you experience pain and suffering, you may be eligible for more compensation. Even If You Were Partially to Blame, You May Get a Settlement Even if you were partially responsible for your own injury, you may still end up with a settlement. Most states follow the comparative negligence rule when it comes to personal injury cases. This means that even if both parties are to blame, you should still get a settlement, but the settlement will be reduced based on your responsibility. If the court finds you are 15 percent responsible, and your settlement is for $20,000, you’ll get $17,000 (15 percent less than $20,000). There are two types of comparative negligence: pure comparative negligence and modified comparative negligence. If your state follows the pure system, it means that you can receive a settlement even if you are almost completely responsible for the injury. In a modified system, you have to be 50 percent or less responsible to receive compensation. You May Be Entitled to a Settlement If You Were Trespassing Normally, if a trespasser was injured on someone’s property, the trespasser doesn’t have a case. However, there are some instances when this isn’t true. If the person’s property commonly experiences trespassers (people commonly use it as a short cut, etc.), you may have a case. In this instance, the property owner should expect to have trespassers because it happens frequently, so they must post warning signs of potentially dangerous conditions. If they fail to do so, and you get injured, you may be able to sue. You may also be able to receive compensation for injuries sustained while trespassing if the property owner intentionally caused your injury. Property owners can’t use deadly force to protect their property. For example, they can’t shoot you just because you trespassed. Deadly force is only allowed if the trespasser is trying to cause bodily harm. Your Social Life May Impact Your Settlement When you’re fighting for your settlement, it’s important to avoid social media. It’s a dangerous tool that can be used against you, so...

read more

Who’s Liable For Damages If A Parking Valet Gets Into An Accident With Your Car?

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Who’s Liable For Damages If A Parking Valet Gets Into An Accident With Your Car?

Valet parking is a luxury that can save you time and help you avoid the endless frustration associated with finding a parking space at a busy establishment. Unfortunately, it can also cost you thousands of dollars in car repairs if you happen to get a valet who’s careless with your vehicle and damages it. Establishing liability for the accident can be challenging, however, for a variety of reasons. Here’s more information about this problem. The Valet’s Employer is Liable, But… In general, the valet’s employer will be liable for any damage employees do to vehicles while those vehicles are in their care. The trouble is you have to jump through a few hoops in order to pin the blame on the valet service. In particular, vicarious liability laws require you to show the employee was acting within the scope of his or her employment when he or she caused your vehicle to be damaged. This means proving the following: The person was employed by the company at the time of the incident The employee was at the workplace and working his or her scheduled hours The incident occurred while the employee was acting in his or her authorized capacity While proving these elements may seem straightforward on the surface, the circumstances of an accident involving valets and vehicles don’t always lend themselves to easy interpretation. For instance, if the valet takes your vehicle drag racing around town instead of parking it in the lot as required by his or her job, the company that employs the person could argue the individual was operating outside of his or her capacity as a valet. It would be up to the courts to decide if vicarious liability laws covered this type of duty deviation. Another Possible Liable Party How the accident occurred will also determine who will ultimately be held liable for the damage to your vehicle. It’s entirely possible the valet was extremely careful with your car or truck. However, another person may have been driving recklessly and crashed into the valet as he or she was parking your vehicle. In this case, you would have to go after the driver of the other vehicle for compensation since that person actually caused the accident. The only way the valet might be held liable in this situation is if he or she knew an accident was going to occur but did nothing to avoid it. For instance, consider if the valet notices a car swerving as it moves down the street. If the valet has an opportunity to move your vehicle out of harm’s way and doesn’t do so, then the valet could possibly be held partially responsible for the crash under comparative negligence laws. Challenges with Collecting Compensation The immediate problem you’ll face when trying to establish liability for damage done to your vehicle by a valet is getting the truth of what happened to the vehicle from the person who drove it or the company he or she works for. It’s not unusual for a valet or the company who employs the person to lie about the damage and deny he or she did anything to the vehicle. It would be incumbent upon you to prove the valet was, in fact, responsible for the accident, which could be difficult if...

read more

Proving Negligence Is Key To Building A Slip-And-Fall Personal Injury Case

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Proving Negligence Is Key To Building A Slip-And-Fall Personal Injury Case

If you slip and fall while in someone else’s place of business and become injured, you may be able to file a lawsuit and collect damages from the owner of that business. Whether or not you win your case (or are able to build one in the first place) will largely depend on your ability to prove the business owner acted negligently and that this negligence led to your slip and fall accident. While it will be your lawyer’s job to establish negligence and build your case, having a basic understanding of what negligence means in this scenario will help you navigate the process. What is negligence? In a legal sense, the word negligence refers to a person’s failure to execute the care that a reasonable person would take in certain circumstances. Negligence is often accidental. In the case of a slip and fall accident, negligence could be: The business owner’s failure to do something that would have kept you from slipping An accidental action on the part of the business owner that led to your slipping What are some examples of negligence? Reviewing a few examples of negligence that could lead to a slip and fall injury will help you understand this concept. Imagine it’s a rainy day. People are tracking in water, and the floors are getting wet. Yet, the business owner does nothing to mop up the water. It builds up on the floors, making them slick, so that when you step into aisle 2 to grab your frozen pizza, your feet slide out from under you and you hit the floor. It could be argued that, in this case, the owner acted negligently by failing to clean up the water that was being tracked in. Had he or she kept the water cleaned up, you would not have fallen. A scenario where an accidental action leads to an injury is as follows. Imagine a stock person is filling shelves. A bottle of oil spills, leaving an oily, slippery residue on the floor. Instead of cleaning it up properly (as one would expect a reasonable person to do), the stock person just picks up the glass and moves on. You slip on the oily residue, and fall to the ground. In this case, the stock person could be said to have acted negligently by spilling the oil and then failing to clean it up properly. What are the challenges involved in proving negligence? In some situations, the defendant’s lawyer might be able to argue that in fact their client did act like a reasonable, responsible person, yet you fell anyways. For instance, if a business owner was cleaning up water that was dragged in once an hour, but the floor still got slick and you still fell, the defendant could argue that since the owner was trying to clean up the water, they were not negligent. It will be up to the judge to decide which argument is stronger in this case — your claim that the owner should have done more to clean up the water, or the defendant’s claim that the actions being taken to clean up the water were sufficient. This is why the details are so important in a slip and fall case. The right details can make your argument of negligence...

read more

Advocate For Change: Children With Food Allergies & The Schools They Attend

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Advocate For Change: Children With Food Allergies & The Schools They Attend

If you are the parent of a child who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening food allergy, you may be concerned about sending your child to school… and rightly so if the school has not implemented policies that protect children from foods they are allergic to. The Centers for Disease Control has developed voluntary guidelines for schools, day cares, and education centers. Yes, you read that correctly: the guidelines are voluntary, not mandatory. Fortunately, there is something you can do about it. With a lawyer’s help, become an advocate for your child and other children with food allergies. Here’s why and what you need to know.  Alarming Statistics of Food Allergies in Children  According to researchers, 1 in every 13 children has a potentially life-threatening food allergy in the United States. And the prevalence of food allergies among children increased about 50% from 1997 to 2011. What may be worse is that the medical community doesn’t know why these numbers continue to rise.  Anaphylaxis Happens Quickly & Requires an Immediate Response It only takes 1-2 minutes for a mild reaction to a food allergen to escalate into life-threatening anaphylaxis. And 10 out of 13 anaphylactic reactions (fatal or near fatal) happened outside of the home. The only children who survived were given epinephrine within 5 minutes of developing anaphylaxis.  Protect Your Child & Others: Become an Advocate Just like other parents of children with life-threatening allergies to foods have done and will continue to do, become an advocate. Fortunately, the CDC does have guidelines already established. Ask your child’s school and/or the entire school district to adopt the guidelines from the CDC for the safety of your child and other food-allergic children. Unfortunately, the school is not required to make changes. Here are a few other ideas that may help convince them.  Hire a personal injury lawyer to send them a letter stating the laws and regulations regarding the school’s duty to your child when he or she is on the school’s property. Ask the lawyer to include several scenarios of events that could occur if your child or other allergic children accidentally ingests food allergens while in school.  If the school officials don’t respond to the letter from the lawyer, get the local media involved to draw public interest to the matter. Given the statistics of the number of children with food allergies, public interest might overwhelm the school to the point that they may adopt the guidelines.  If you’ve exhausted all of these avenues, speak with your lawyer about the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the school for not providing your child with a safe learning environment due to them not accommodating his or her disability.  Schedule a Training Day for Anyone Interested in Learning More  However, guidelines mean nothing if the teachers and other staff members of the school fail to recognize the symptoms of life-threatening allergic reactions. They may act too slowly or their response may be inadequate. For example, a staff member calls you to tell you that your child has an itchy rash that looks like hives instead of calling 911.  It’s a good idea to ask the school and/or the PTA/PTO to schedule a training day for the teachers and staff. Allow the public, particularly the other parents in the school and...

read more

Frequently Asked Questions About Psychological Personal Injury Claims

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Frequently Asked Questions About Psychological Personal Injury Claims

If you have psychological injuries, and you feel someone else caused these injuries due to their negligence, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. However, the majority of personal injury claims are filed for physical injuries. As such, you may have many questions about the differences between filing a claim for physical injuries and for psychological injuries. Here are a few of the questions you have and the answers.  What Are Psychological Injuries? There are various types of psychological injuries that people may have. Some of them include post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), a concussion, chronic pain, or a disorder that involves mood or emotions. While the difference between physical and psychological injuries varies greatly, it doesn’t mean that you do not have a claim. Often times, after someone is involved in a car accident, they suffer psychological effects. While it may depend on the severity and circumstances of the accident, there are certain triggers that can cause someone to experience this.  Psychological injuries vary slightly from emotional distress. Emotional distress is typically a short-term feeling and a psychological injury can be long-lasting or permanent. While they both affect the same sensory system, psychological injuries require more care and professional attention. Can You File a Psychological Injury Claim if You Don’t Have Physical Injuries? You may be able to file a claim for just psychological injuries. This is best to do with the help of an attorney as they know what insurance companies tend to look for. They also have a better understanding of the injuries and what compensation those injuries may entitle you to. Winning a psychological injury claim can be a bit more challenging than a physical injury case. With phsycial injuries, you can show a judge or jury an Xray, an MRI, or other proof of your injury. With a psychological injury, the judge or jury has to take your word about the symptoms you are experiencing. An attorney can guide you to specialist who can evaluate you and provide reports that corroborate the accident and the emotional distress you are experiencing. How Do You Prove Psychological Damages? Proving psychological damages can be difficult. In these types of cases, documentation is extremely important. Try to document everything that you remember about the accident, including any sort of feelings and thoughts that you have. If you keep a detailed record, this could help prove you suffer from psychological damages. Psychological trauma varies greatly from person to person and what you may experience is not the same as what someone else does. Some of the symptoms of psychological damage include loss of sleep, fear of being in the situation that cause the accident, anxiety and depression. Keeping a journal will help to show what symptoms you may be experiencing and how they impact your life and ability to function normally, which can help prove your claim. Another important element to winning psychological damages claims is having an expert back up what you are saying. Speaking and working with a psychiatrist, counselor or even a doctor who specializes in psychological damages can help establish that you are suffering from a medical condition as a result of the accident you were involved in. Getting answers to the questions you have about psychological personal injury claims...

read more

Fee Structures Attorneys May Use To Determine What To Charge You To Handle Your Accident Case

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fee Structures Attorneys May Use To Determine What To Charge You To Handle Your Accident Case

Attorneys want to help their clients obtain adequate compensation for their injuries. At the same time, lawyers want to ensure they are paid fairly for their effort. To that end, an attorney may use one or more fee structures when determining how much to charge you to litigate your case. Here’s a description of the different billing methods to prepare you for negotiating with the attorney about the fee he or she will charge. Percentage-Based Fee This particular fee structure, commonly known as a contingency fee, involves the attorney charging you a percentage of any compensation you’re awarded in your case. For instance, if the auto insurance company gives you $100,000 to settle your case, your attorney would take a percentage of that award (e.g., 30 percent) as his or her fee for litigating the case. In this type of fee arrangement, the attorney doesn’t get paid unless and until you win. This makes it a good option for people who may not have the cash to pay an attorney upfront. However, the fee does reflect the risk the attorney is taking, with many charging anywhere from 33 to 40 percent. Additionally, attorneys tend to be very selective about the cases they take on contingency. So if your case is not very strong, the attorney may use a different fee structure or decline to take your case. Hourly Rate Another common fee structure attorney’s use is to charge the client an hourly rate to litigate the case. Typically the attorney will estimate how long it will take to obtain a resolution and then multiply those hours by an hourly rate. For instance, an attorney’s hourly fee can land anywhere between $150 and $400 per hour. If the attorney estimates it will take 30 man hours to resolve your case, you could expect to pay between $4,500 and $12,000 in legal fees. Most attorneys require clients to pay a portion of the estimated cost upfront, which means you have to have the money on hand to hire the person. However, an attorney may be more willing to take a weak case since the risk of not getting paid is significantly reduced. Lastly, if you get a very large award, you don’t have to worry about giving up as big of a chunk as you would in a contingency fee agreement. Flat Fee Although this type of fee schedule is not seen very often in accident lawsuits, sometimes attorneys will charge a flat rate for his or her service. For example, the lawyer may bill you $5,000 to handle your accident case from start to finish. This is a good option because you’re charged the same price regardless of how long it actually takes to litigate the case, which is good if you have limited funds and/or the lawsuit goes on for longer than expected. Typically, though, the attorney may only do this in cases where the person is fairly certain he or she can litigate the case within the number of hours the flat fee represents. Therefore, lawyers may be extremely picky about the cases they take; meaning your case will likely have to be a slam dunk and/or the person you’re suing must be willing to settle quickly. Additionally, you still have to pay the whole amount even if...

read more

Crash Your Motorcycle? Here’s How To Protect Your Interests

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Crash Your Motorcycle? Here’s How To Protect Your Interests

If your motorcycle has gotten into an accident that involves other people or vehicles, then you need to look out for yourself in more ways than simply checking for wounds. Legal and insurance issues can be just as damaging as medical ones in these cases, so it pays to know how to conduct yourself following a motorcycle accident. Here are some tips for getting through the entire post-accident ordeal as favorably as possible.  Focus on the Facts Call 911 to summon the police and any other necessary aid, even if someone else may have already done so, just to make sure local law enforcement arrives on the scene as soon as possible. When the police arrive, answer their questions, but don’t volunteer any admissions of guilt or responsibility then and there — just state the facts of the accident as you know them, and leave any interpretations to the authorities, the insurance companies, your motorcycle accident attorney, and (if it comes to it) the court system. If you’re victim of a hit and run accident, do everything you can to file the incident as soon as possible, even if you have to be transported to a medical facility right away. If you believe that the facts are on your side, by all means, gather as many of them as you feel physically up to gathering. Approach any witnesses and try to secure their contact information so their accounts can be added to the public record. It’s also a good idea to carry a digital camera with you every time you ride your motorcycle. If an accident occurs, you can take picture or video of the entire scene, since this could very well prove critical to your legal case later. Insurance Issues It’s important to notify both your insurance company and the company representing other parties in a timely manner when you plan to file an insurance claim. If you drag your feet in this regard, it might hurt the perceived legitimacy and urgency of your claim. But even before you set the insurance claim wheels in motion, your first conversation, after those with the police and medical personnel, should be with your motorcycle accident attorney. This professional can advise you as to what you should and shouldn’t say to insurance adjusters. Adjusters working for the other side, for instance, who might be looking to catch you in an admission that reduces your monetary compensation. Such an admission can also come back to haunt you in court, whether it’s based on the truth or just an impulsive statement on your part. Fault vs. No Fault Your motorcycle accident attorney can brief you on your state’s laws controlling your ability (or the other party’s ability) to seek compensation based on fault. If you reside in a “no fault” state, that means you’ll be filing a claim with your insurance company, and that’s probably the end of it unless you can establish that you’ve suffered additional damages not covered by this process, such as lost wages or pain and suffering. Your motorcycle accident attorney will determine whether you can prove such damages and help you make the necessary calculations. If you live in a state where fault is assigned in vehicular accident cases, then you’ll file your claim, not with your own...

read more

Was Your Child’s Erb’s Palsy Caused By Medical Malpractice?

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Was Your Child’s Erb’s Palsy Caused By Medical Malpractice?

If you are like most parents, you waited patiently for nine months to hold your new bundle of joy. As you were imagining what life would be like after the baby arrived, you probably did not factor in having to deal with numerous doctor’s appointments, physical therapy, or any type of long term injury. Unfortunately, if your child has suffered from a birth injury and been left with Erb’s Palsy, that is probably what you are facing. Was this condition caused by a normal birthing injury, or was it a result of medical malpractice? You may have to consult a birth injury lawyer before you know the answer to this question. What Causes Birth Injuries?  A difficult time during labor and delivery can be hard on both the mother and the baby. These birthing difficulties precede birthing injuries and can often be contributed to one or more of the following factors. Your baby’s size – Large babies whose weight exceeds the average newborn weight of 7.5 pounds often have difficulty in the birthing canal, which may require your medical team to have to intervene during labor and delivery. On the other hand, premature babies are often more fragile and can be easily injured during the birthing process. The size and shape of your pelvis – Not every woman’s body was designed to be able to deliver vaginally. Some women suffer from cephalopelvic disproportion, which will often cause your baby to have difficulty in the birthing canal. Prolonged labor – Although the length of labor can vary from one pregnancy to another, when labor has been going on for an extended period of time, it can take a toll on both you and your baby. Once fatigue sets in, you may have difficulty pushing your baby through the birth canal. Abnormal birthing presentation – If your baby is not properly positioned for delivery, this will place them at a higher risk of being injured. Due to these conditions, as well as many others, approximately 28,000 babies are born each year with a birth injury. While some of these injuries are temporary conditions that resolve on their own in the first few days, weeks, or months of a child’s life, other conditions such as Erb’s Palsy can be a more serious condition. What Is Erb’s Palsy? Erb’s Palsy may also be called by several other names, including Brachial Plexus Palsy. This birth injury is caused by damage to the nerves that control your baby’s muscles in their arms or shoulders. This is most commonly caused by shoulder dystocia during a difficult birth. One of the first indications that your child is affected by this is if they are unable to move the affected arm or shoulder. It may appear that the arm is paralyzed. There are three types of this injury that are usually seen in babies. They are: Neuropraxia – means that the nerves within the brachial plexus network has been stretched but are not torn. Your child will usually be able to fully recover from this over time. Rupture – means the nerve is torn, but is not torn at the point of connection on the spine. This may heal on its own, or it may require surgery. The severity of the tear will often dictate your child’s ability to...

read more

Can You Sue a Landlord for Personal Injury in Florida?

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Can You Sue a Landlord for Personal Injury in Florida?

Do you rent a residence in Florida, and have you been injured on that property? If so, you may be wondering whether you can contact an accident attorney and sue the landlord for personal injury. It all depends on the type of injury and the circumstances in which it was sustained. Florida law tends to favor the landlord in a lot of ways, but it does have some specific items that pertain to tenants and injuries. These protections mainly apply to people renting residential properties. There are not as many protections for commercial tenants renting a business property, except in the case of mold. Here are three types of injuries that are eligible for suing your landlord for under Florida law. 1. Negligence If there is a hazard on the property where you live, such as a loose brick on a stairway or a large tree branch hanging over the roof, your landlord is responsible for fixing it, because it is something that could cause an injury. If your landlord knows the hazard is there, he or she must fix it. If the hazard is not fixed and you or someone on your property gets injured because of it, such as tripping on the loose brick or being hit by roof debris if the branch crashes through the ceiling, then you can sue your landlord for a negligence injury. However, you can only sue if your landlord was aware of the hazard and willfully did nothing to fix it before someone was injured. 2. Mold This is a common reason for suing a landlord in Florida. The hot, damp conditions in the state during much of the year are a haven for mold of all kinds. Some molds can be toxic and cause serious injuries to people who are exposed to it. Other types of mold may not be toxic, but can still cause problems for people who are allergic to molds of all kinds. The law in the state requires landlords to clean up any mold on a property. They are supposed to remain constantly aware of the conditions on their property so they can take care of any mold issues right away. However, if the tenant discovers the mold first, it is their responsibility to inform the landlord. Any delay in informing the landlord that results in injury could prevent the tenant from suing. If the landlord did know and did nothing, which resulted in injury, then a lawsuit is definitely something a tenant is entitled to bring. 3. Certain Animal Bites If you live in a multi-family building, this may apply to you. Other people in the building may own pets. If the pet of another resident bites you, you can sue the owner for personal injury. You can also sue the landlord for personal injury if the landlord knew the animal was likely to hurt someone and took no measures to keep the other tenants safe. This is particularly true for dogs, but can apply to any animal kept as a pet by another family in the building. When you sue your landlord, your accident attorney will make sure you have all the proof gathered you need to prove your case. If you win your case, which a good accident attorney will make every effort...

read more

How to Reduce Your Chances of Being Denied Your Social Security Disability Benefits

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Reduce Your Chances of Being Denied Your Social Security Disability Benefits

If you are unable to work due to a disability or impairment, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), you must meet several conditions. You must be disabled for more than one year, your medical disability must prevent you from doing your regular job and you must be unable to adapt to other employment due to the disability. If you think your qualify and are considering filing a claim, you will need to gather the appropriate documents to substantiate your claims. Follow this guideline to gather the appropriate information. Medical Sources The Social Security Administration only accepts documentation from “acceptable medical sources.” This means you need to understand who and what those sources are if you want the SSA to take your evidence and documentation seriously. Medical or Osteopathic Doctors: The doctor must be licensed and should be a practicing doctor. This generally includes your primary care doctor and any specialists you have seen.  Psychologist:  A licensed psychologist is an acceptable source if your disability includes cognitive or psychological components, such as the ability to communicate, follow directions and perform work-related tasks. Speech Pathologist: A speech pathologist must be certified by the State in which he practices. His report can support your ability to communicate and understand directions or instructions correctly. It may address articulation (speaking clearly so others can understand you) or your ability to interpret language. Podiatrist: If you impairment or disability is related to foot and ankle problems, a podiatrist’s report can support your claim. Optometrist:  A licensed optometrist can provide reports on visual acuity and visual fields if this is part of your disability. Medical Evidence A diagnosis of a medical condition is rarely sufficient to support a disability claim. The SSA system relies on medical evidence from treating sources. That means reports from doctors who have not treated your condition are less valued than those from doctors who have treated you over a course of months or years. Some sources of medical evidence from treating sources include: Your Primary Care Doctor: Your primary care provider’s reports should document the nature of your disability and the extent to which it impairs your ability to perform work-related tasks. Emergency Room Visits: These reports can prove invaluable as they provide evidence of how your impairment affects your daily life. Clinics: Reports from clinics that you frequent also contain valuable information to verify the nature and duration of your impairments. Necessary Information Sometimes people are denied disability benefits because the doctor and medical reports lack the information they need to support the disability claim. This can occur when doctors and medical staff are too busy to fill the forms out thoroughly or simply don’t understand what is required. You can improve your chances in a disability claim by verifying that the pertinent information is included in the report before you provide it to SSA. Here’s what you will need. Medical History: This includes all conditions that may contribute to the disability, the date of onset and the duration of the symptoms. Clinical Findings: Clinical findings include the results of mental and physical performance tests that have been performed in the doctor’s office or at a clinic. These may be informal assessments. Test Results: Test results include x-rays, blood...

read more