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I Have a Personal Injury and It Was Not My Fault

You are in a car crash.  Your were hit by a drunk driver.  You were is a semi tractor Trailer collision.  You were hurt at a construction site.  What do you do?  Your body has been injured.  It might be a back injury.  It might be a broken bone.  It might be a brain injury or a spinal cord injury.  What do you do.  Your spouse or loved one or friend died as a result of their injuries from the crash, what do you do? You can’t work and the bills are piling up, what do you do? If you... View Article



Personal Injury and The Statutue of Limitations

What is a statute of limitations?  A statute of limitations is an artificial limit on your right to pursue a claim for serious personal injury and/or wrongful death created by statute.  In this blog we are only discussing the statute of limitations for the following events causing injury: Automobile accidents, semi tractor- trailer collisions, drunk driving accidents, slip and fall injuries and construction injuries.  The statute of limitations for each of these serious personal injury causing events in Indiana is Two years from the date of the event. So what does all this mumbo-jumbo mean? It means that you have... View Article



Social Security and Your Disability Benefits Application

The first step to filing your claim for Social Security Disability Benefits is to file an application.  This can be done in a couple different ways.  You can make an appointment to complete the application by phone.  You can make an appointment to file the application in person at your local social security office. You can file you application on line.  The Social Security Administration website is found at www.ssa.gov.  The Social Security Administration does a fine job providing information about how to complete the application.  The site is easy to navigate. The application may take from one to two... View Article



Social Security Disability and Deadlines for Appeals

What happens when the Social Security Administration turns down your Disability application?  Two things happen- the first is that as far as the Social Security Administration is concerned your claim is denied unless you appeal.  The second thing is that the burden is on the claimant to appeal the denial of the claim.  So, how do you appeal and how much time do you have to appeal?  The answer to these questions can be found in three places.  The first is on the letter you receive which tells you your claim for Social Security Disability benefits has been denied.  The... View Article



Serious Personal Injury and Top Rated Lawyers

There are a lot of Injury lawyers out there.  How do you know who you can trust?  Do a little homework.  Ask are they Board Certified.  This is a distinction based on experience with jury trials and passing rigorous tests that separate the best from the rest.  Look to what is their rating on Martindale Hubble.  This is a peer reviewed rating service.  It is not a popularity contest.  Make sure the lawyer is AV rated.  That is the top rating.  Look to what the Attorney’s rating is on AVVO.  10 is the tops.  Demand the tops. Advertising is a... View Article



Merry Christmas and Holiday Cheer (Please don’t be a Drunk Driver)

Last night my wife’s family had their annual Cousins Christmas party.  I really like my wife’s family and thoroughly enjoyed catching up with the 70 or so that could make it.  My heart was full and my cup runneth over.  This is the meaning of Christmas for me.  So, I want to take this time to thank all Hoosiers who chose not to drink and drive last night.  Not one drunk driver threatened to cause the wrongful death of my wife’s family.  My wee little cousins avoided serious personal injury to sleep peacefully in their beds.  Their parents, some of... View Article



5 Reasons to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney

When you are involved in an accident, there are many things to deal with. You may be so focused on your own recovery and hiring a personal injury attorney might be the last thing on your mind. However, there are five reasons why retaining the services of a competent injury lawyer should be at the top of your list. An Attorney Knows What You Are Entitled To Receive Each case warrants a different settlement amount, based on the jurisdiction and type of case. An attorney knows best what you are entitled to receive for your claim. It is important to have an attorney... View Article



Social Security Disability and Cancer

If you have cancer and either the cancer, or the side effects from the treatment are interfering with your ability to work, let’s talk.  The first thing you need to know is that Social Security Disability is not a short term disability policy.  This means that your medical impairments must be expected to last more than 12 months.  This next part is very important.  Just because your disability must be expected to last more than 12 months, does not mean that you have to wait 12 months from your diagnosis to file your application.  In fact, I encourage you to... View Article



Help Stop the Elderly from Being Scammed

If you have any older parents or grandparents you should read this…   A friend of mine had this happen to him..the story is not a hoax ,unfortunately it is true…..   “Recently my in-laws were scammed..  they got a call from a “ public defender”   that their grandson  in LA.. was in a collision and arrested for DWI .. the police took his cell phone and he was too  embarrassed to tell any family of the incident but needed $1500 wired to a Bail Bond company to get his release…  We found out about it too late… after the money was... View Article



Most Parents Are Not Installing Car Seats Correctly

Many parents and caregivers are making huge mistakes with car seats that could cause their child to be seriously injured in the unfortunate event of an auto or truck accident. You should utilize the following tips to help you ensure that your child’s car seat is installed properly and you are using it correctly. Car Seat Checkup (provided by SafeKids.org) 1. Right Seat. This is an easy one. Check the label on your car seat to make sure it’s appropriate for your child’s age, weight and height. Like milk, your car seat has an expiration date. Just double check the... View Article



Auto accident, Semi Tractor-Trailer Collision- The importance of a rapid and in depth Scene Investigation

Did you know that most cars and semi tractor-trailers carry a little black box that records data about a collision when one occurs?   Did you know that many semi tractor-trailers have on board cameras that record not only what is going on outside the vehicle but also what is going on inside the vehicle.  For these reasons  it is vital that your family contact a qualified attorney, experienced in reconstructing car wrecks, drunk driving crashes, and semi tractor-trailer wrecks when the passengers suffer serious personal injury. The actions of the owner of the vehicle can cause recording devices to erase... View Article



Social Security Disability and Psychological Disabilities

Psychological Disabilities are real and they can be so intense that they render the individual helpless to take care of themselves by working and earning a living.  The biggest difference between a psychological impairment and a physical impairment is that you cannot see a psychological impairment on an xray or on a CT scan or on an MRI.  I often hear people say, that person does not look disabled, how can they be getting social security.  I always tell those complainers that there is a lot more to people than meet the eye, so do not judge until you walked... View Article