Required Credits To Receive Social Security Disability Benefits

In order to be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits, an individual must have obtained the required minimum amount of credits.  If you do not have the required minimum credits, then no benefits can be paid. Social Security credits are earned by working and paying Social Security taxes.  An individual can earn up to […]

The State of Nevada Ratifies the Equal Rights Amendment… Decades After the Deadline

On March 20, 2017, Nevada State legislature ratified the Equal Rights Amendment (“ERA”) — decades after the Congressional deadline. Nevada’s belated ratification, if valid, brings the tally to 36, just two states short of adoption.   In 1972, Congress sent the proposed ERA amendment for consideration and ratification by the State legislatures, with a deadline […]

Social Security Disability – New Rules on Program Uniformity That May Impact Your Case

Effective January 17, 2017 the Social Security Administration issued a Final Rule bringing several important and significant changes to the way disability claims are decided at the hearing and Appeals Council levels.  While the rule became effective on January 17, 2017, the rule itself directs that compliance is not required until May 1, 2017.   We […]

Warmer Weather Means Increased Pedestrian Traffic

With the warmer weather upon us and temperatures are on the rise, so is the increase of automobile-pedestrian accidents. These types of accidents are due to distracted drivers and pedestrians who are not alert to their surroundings.  Auto-pedestrian incidents usually result in life altering injuries, even death.     The most important factor for both drivers […]

Underinsured Motorist Insurance Coverage in the Employment Context

A recent opinion issued by Judge Ramy I. Djerassi of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas could paves way for injured workers to obtain underinsured motorist (UIM) benefits in the third party context. In Bielac v. American International Group, Inc., 2016 WL 7157620 (C.P. Phila. Dec. 2016), Plaintiff, John Bielac, an employee of Verizon, was […]

Injuries that develop over time are worthy of workers’ compensation benefits too

Injuries that develop from work related activities over the course of time are compensable injuries under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act.  These injuries are commonly referred to as a “repetitive use claims” (e.g. carpal tunnel from repetitive upper extremity work duties, low back pain caused by breakdown of the spinal structures due to repetitive exertional […]