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Disability insurance payments (Social Security Disability) are available to anyone who qualifies for payments and is unable to work at the same level or at all. COVID-19 attacks the lungs and, in some instances, can cause permanent damage. Therefore, it is possible that after contracting COVID-19 that some workers may be unable to return to their regular job and will suffer a reduction in income, which should qualify them for disability benefits. What Does COVID-19 do to the Lungs? COVID-19 is a disease caused by the novel coronavirus. COVID-19 is such a problem for public health officials because it has […]

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COVID-19 panic shopping exposed thousands of people to unnecessary risk of infection. Panic shopping is a phenomenon wherein individuals make multiple trips to the grocery store and/or purchase significantly more than the recommended two or three weeks’ worth of food. Grocers all across the country witnesses thousands of people needlessly expose themselves and others to possible infection by taking repeat trips to the grocery store. Experts Recommend Minimizing Large Crowds Public health orders from federal, state, and local governments prohibit large gatherings of individuals. However, grocery stores cannot avoid these limitations. Grocery stores are one of the last places left […]

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Approximately 4,300 accidents occur, over 1,000 injuries are incurred, and 12,000 people are involved in construction work zones every year in Illinois. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, these injuries are most likely to occur on Wednesdays, between 12 and 4:00 p.m. These staggering numbers result in a high number of road worker and motorist fatalities. For example, 55 percent of annual road worker fatalities are caused by being struck by a vehicle. Digging into the Numbers These staggering figures hide an unexpected figure that there are approximately ten motorist fatalities for every one road worker. The reason […]

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Non-attorney representatives are limited in their capabilities to advocate for disabled clients when handling SSDI claims. Although non-lawyer disability advocates can assist clients with documentation and claims forms and they can help with appeals at the administrative law judge level, they cannot appeal denied disability claims to federal court. Additionally, non-attorney representatives are not bound by the same ethical and professional standards as attorneys. Therefore, their clients do not have the same protections as attorney-represented clients. Despite the differences, the fees for representation set by the Social Security Administration are the same for disability lawyers and non-attorneys. Non-Attorney vs. Attorney […]

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According to the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), a formerly-secret database now shows that millions of injuries and fatalities were due to medical device malfunctions. The database was composed of approximately two decades of reports totaling approximately 5.7 million medical device malfunctions and caused injuries and fatalities. Indeed, from only 2016 about 1.1 million incident reports were diverted away from the publicly-viewable database MAUDE to an “alternative” repository. What is MAUDE? MAUDE refers to the “Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience” database, which is meant to be a publicly-available collection of reports regarding the efficacy of medical devices. Medical professional […]

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Distracted driving and failing to yield are causing a surge in preventable roadside injuries and fatalities for first responders, department of transportation workers, and others who find themselves working on the side of the road. Illinois is taking proactive steps to protect roadside workers. The Move Over Task Force, which is composed of representatives from state agencies, the legislature, and the governor’s office, is looking for solutions to keep roadside workers safe. However, roadside dangers are still present and workers who operate in these environments must remain vigilant to protect themselves and their colleagues. Roadside Dangers The primary dangers to […]

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Since the ALJ hearing represents the best chance for disability applicants to get approved for SSI or SSDI benefits, adequate preparation is key. Preparing for the Hearing The Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) will ask the applicant a series of questions to evaluate the claim. These questions usually cover four topics: (1) biographical; (2) work status and history; (3) medical history; and (4) emotional and mental well-being. The best way applicants can prepare for their hearing is to anticipate the questions the ALJ will ask, discuss appropriate answers with their Social Security Disability attorney, and bring supporting documentation and evidence to […]

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Injured victims should have a clear understanding of how causation works when suing another person or company for damages. To recover fair compensation in a personal injury case, the plaintiff will need to show how the other entity’s negligence or intentional acts caused the injuries. Causation encompasses two issues: (1) that “but for” the defendant’s actions, the plaintiff would not have been injured, and (2) that plaintiff’s injuries were a foreseeable result of the defendant’s actions. Actual Cause Actual cause refers to the circumstances of the events concerning the plaintiff’s injury. Specifically, that defendant’s actions resulted in the plaintiff’s injuries. […]

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Commercial, long-haul truckers experience a raft of work-related injuries which impact their ability to work and earn a living. When strains and sprains, soft tissue injuries, fractures, chronic pain, or traumatic brain injuries keep truckers off the road, they can recover compensation to pay for their medical bills and lost wages. Common Injuries and Effects on Truckers According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), commercial long-haul truckers experience high rates of injuries on the job. Up to 68 percent of truckers do not report their injuries to their […]

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Earlier this year, U.S. Representative French Hill (R-AR) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) introduced bicameral bills that would introduce a new requirement to classify disability claimants as either (1) expected to medically improve or (2) not expected to medically improve. If a beneficiary is expected to improve, the benefits will expire after a prescribed time (during which the claimant is expected to rejoin the workforce). The changes will also provide beneficiaries who are expected to return to the workforce with retraining and other assistance to help them transition back to work. If beneficiaries are not expected to medically improve, their […]

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