January 4

Changes to Social Security Disability in 2021

Social Security Disability benefits will see some changes in 2021. Here are a few of what changes as the New Year begins. An Increase in Benefits: For 2021, Social Security recipients will receive an 1.3% increase to their monthly benefits. This is for the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) which helps benefits keep pace with inflation. For.

December 17

What Happens to Social Security Disability Benefits At Retirement Age?

In the social security disability branch of my practice, clients wonder what happens to the SSD benefits they are receiving when they reach retirement age. It’s a good question and important to many people. Social Security Disability benefits provide payments to those who qualify medically and have adequate work credits to qualify for SSDI benefits..

December 7

Workers Compensation Rates To Decrease for Florida Businesses

Employers struggling through 2020 recently received some good news. Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier has issued a Final Order directing an overall decrease of 6.6 percent for Florida workers’ compensation insurance rates. The new rate applies to both new and renewal work comp insurance policies effective in Florida as of January 1, 2021. According to.

November 9

Do You Know What To Do When A Traffic Light Is Not Working?

This week’s weather in Tampa Bay could be interesting. With Tropical Storm Eta out in the Gulf of Mexico, we could see some challenging weather which can result in some dangerous driving conditions. One such dangerous driving condition is when a traffic light is not working during to power outages. Do you know what a.

October 19

Two Changes to Social Security Disability Benefits in 2021

If you are receiving social security disability benefits now or plan to in 2021, here are two changes just announced by the Social Security Administration that could impact your benefits. There will be a slight increase in your monthly benefit. The SSA recently announced that Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) benefits and Supplemental Security Income.

October 5

Does Depression Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Depression does not discriminate. It hits people of all ages which explains why this mental health disorder continues to be the leading cause of disability for people between the ages of 15 and 44, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. When is depression so severe that it qualifies a sufferer to social.

September 11

Are Jury Trials Finally Coming Back Despite COVID?

As a personal injury attorney, it has been odd that we have not been inside a courtroom or judge’s chambers for more than six months. Jury trials have been continued due to COVID and hearings are starting to run smoother through Zoom. However, clients may get their jury trial soon and jurors may soon again.

August 24

Busting the Myths of Social Security Disability Benefits

If you read the newspapers or listen to the news, it is easy to think that those receiving Social Security Disability benefits are underserving, lazy people who are taking advantage of the system. However, this is incorrect. Most Americans on Social Security Disability would rather be working. Let me address some of the myths associated.

August 19

Refresher Course on Stopping for a School Bus in Florida

Florida school buses are hitting the roads as the new school year begins. Since it has been months since school buses were used, it is a perfect time for a refresher course ton when you are required to stop for a school bus. Florida law states that when on a two way street or highway,.

August 4

Getting Lost Wages Paid After a Car Accident

Lost wages often occur after a car accident. Sometimes it may be a few days of missed work, but sometimes it could be weeks or months. This loss of wages can have a dramatic impact on a person’s life. Missing a few paychecks could result in the repossession of your car, the inability to make.

June 29

The Deadly Risks of Making A Left Turn at An Intersection

Making a left turn at an intersection can result in a deadly car accident. Sadly, it did in St Petersburg on Saturday evening. According to the Tampa Bay Times, an 11-year-old boy was killed and three others were injured when a car headed south on 34th Street S collided with a northbound car turning left.

June 19

Summer Travel Season Officially Starts Tomorrow – Are You Ready?

Tomorrow is the first day of summer so there is no better time that to alert you to the Safe Summer Travel Campaign launched by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV). This campaign reminds motorists to plan ahead to avoid the risk of a car accident during summer travel. Unlawful speed.

June 4

Safety Tips to Prepare You For Driving in the Rain Daily

Driving in the rain daily is soon upon us in Tampa Bay. It’s hurricane season and even without a hurricane looming, we will all be driving in the rain soon. Rainy season increases your likelihood of being involved in a car accident due to weather. This is the time to prepare your vehicle for the.

May 7

Courts May Be Closed, But We Are Pushing Cases Forward

See You In Court! Words some lawyers and insurance companies say when they cannot reach an agreement. Well, that won’t happen in Florida until July. However, that won’t stop us from fighting for our clients and moving their cases forward! Earlier this week, Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady extended the suspension of trials.

April 21

Can Fewer Cars on the Road Make Tampa Bay Roads More Dangerous?

The COVID-19 situation has certainly put fewer cars on Tampa Bay roads, but that has brought on some dangerous driving behaviors. According to the Tampa Bay Times, traffic on Tampa Bay roads has dropped by 30 percent, but speeding and red light runners have increased. In fact, the rate of red light violators has increased.

March 26

Can COVID-19/Coronavirus Be Covered Under Florida Work Comp?

If an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19/Coronavirus, there may be an argument that they are entitled to Florida workers’ compensation benefits if they contracted it at work, but it will be a tough argument in most cases. Under Florida law, there is a three-pronged test to show compensability for exposure injuries: Prolonged exposure – what.

February 27

Which Kia Vehicles Are Being Recalled Due to Potential Engine Fires?

If you own an older Kia vehicle, beware! According to ABC Action News, Kia is recalling more than 193,000 cars and minivans because of defects can cause an engine fire. One recall covers nearly 142,000 2013 and 2014 Kia Optima midsize cars. They have 2.4-liter direct fuel injection or 2-liter direct injection turbocharged engines. Kia.

February 20

Pasco County Roads – How Dangerous Are They?

Driving in Pasco County can be dangerous. According to the Tampa Bay Times, in a 12-hour span, a Port Richey teenager, a 63-year-old pedestrian and a 24-year-old driver from Winter Haven died in crashes on Pasco County roads, including U.S. 19, Little Road and U.S. 98. So, how dangerous is driving in Pasco County? Statistics.

February 4

U.S. 19 Near Nursery Road Scheduled for Safety Improvements

As someone who drives south on U.S. 19 and exits on the frontage road for Nursery and Belleair Roads in Clearwater almost every day, I have witnessed firsthand some crazy drivers in that area. Apparently, the Florida Department of Transportation and Bay News 9 have as well. According to a recent BayNews9 report, there are.

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