July 13, 2017

What is a VA Disability Buddy Statement?

When a veteran applies for VA Disability benefits as a result of service-connected conditions or other concerns,, they often present reams of documentation to prove their claim to the VA. One of the documents that you may find useful, when looking to provide supporting evidence, is a “buddy statement.” What is a VA Disability buddy statement, and when is a buddy statement important for proving your claim? Let’s take a closer look.
July 6, 2017

Can You Receive Social Security Disability for Invisible Disabilities?

Social Security Disability, intended to help those who find it hard or even physically impossible to support their households through employment due to injury or disease, can be difficult to gain access to. On average, 55% of applicants are ultimately rejected. It can take nearly two years just to get a hearing. Many of those with “invisible” disabilities — that is, disabling illnesses or injuries that are not immediately visible or apparent — find it even more strenuous and frustrating a process. Having an “invisible” disability doesn’t mean you can’t still get access to the Social Security Disability benefits that will allow you to maintain your quality of life. Today, we’ll take a look at these sometimes hard-to-prove disabilities and what you can do to fight for your individual rights when applying for SSD.
June 29, 2017

Fourth of July Safety Tips for South Carolina Celebrations

Our nation’s “birthday”, the Fourth of July is famous for fireworks, backyard barbecue parties, and red, white, and blue desserts. Unfortunately, the Fourth of July isn’t just a popular day for pulling out the grill — it’s also one of the top days for serious injury or accidents due to misused fireworks, drunk drivers, and other increased risks. We have three essential safety tips to keep in mind to help you make the most of our nation’s 241st birthday.
June 21, 2017

What Should You Do If Your Elderly Parent is Injured in a Nursing Home?

Nursing homes and “senior living centers” are growing, as the aging Baby Boomer generation begins to seek out assisted-living facilities designed to provide medical and personal care. When we move an elderly or infirm loved one into a nursing home facility, we are putting an incredible trust in the facility to provide that person with physical safety and emotional as well as physical care. The idea of your loved one being injured or sickened as a result of elder abuse in nursing homes may feel like a total betrayal of your trust. Elder abuse and nursing home neglect are increasingly in the news these days, and we understand that you may be wondering, what should you do if your elderly parent is injured in a nursing home. Today, we’ll take a look at types of abuse and what steps you should take if you begin to suspect your elderly loved […]
June 14, 2017

Can You File for Workers Compensation for Occupational Hearing Loss?

Although it too often goes unrecognized, noise-induced hearing loss is a fairly common health problem in the United States. People who report excellent hearing often test positive for hearing damage, and work exposure to loud noise increases the possibility of noise-induced hearing loss with time. If you’ve been exposed to dangerously loud noises and have suffered from hearing damage as a result of workplace conditions, you may be wondering if you’re eligible for Workers’ Compensation to help cover the costs associated with your partial or total workplace-related hearing loss. Let’s take a look.
June 6, 2017

How Much Does It Cost to Insure a Teenage Driver?

As our children grow, they take on new responsibilities — chores around the house, less supervision when it comes to schoolwork, and eventually even access to the family car (or a vehicle of their own). It’s important to make sure you take a look at the costs involved in insuring teen drivers against vehicular collisions as early as possible. Bringing a new driver into the family will inevitably change your auto insurance costs, but just how much does it cost to insure a teenage driver? Today, we’ll take a look at the cost in terms of dollars and cents and give you a few tips on teen driver safety that can help keep your child safe and your premium rates reasonably low.
May 30, 2017

Should I Settle My Workers’ Compensation Case?

Filing for Workers’ Compensation after an on-the-job injury or workplace-related illness can involve a lot of complexity. While “fill out the Accident Report and turn it in to your supervisor” seems like a simple enough starting point, in the end you, your employer, and the insurance company that provides insurance coverage for the employer will all be involved in trying to bring your WC claim to a satisfactory conclusion. Unfortunately, what sort of outcome is considered “satisfactory” to your employer and the insurance company they work with may be very different from what is satisfactory for you.   Any time you receive the suggestion to settle, you need to ask yourself the following question: “Is it more beneficial for me to settle my Workers’ Compensation case, or will it benefit me more to have the matter decided by the Workers’ Compensation Commission?”
May 19, 2017

What is a VA Disability Compensation Notice of Disagreement?

In our initial series on VA Disability Claims, we touched on filing appeals in the case of a decision that you feel was incorrect. Today, we’d like to go a little more in-depth into what happens when you file a VA Notice of Disagreement.
May 11, 2017

Spot the Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

By the year 2050, it is estimated that 20 percent of all Americans will be at least 65 years of age, with the most growth occurring among Americans aged 85 and older. According to the 2010 census, about 5.8 million Americans were over the age of 85, and this number is expected to reach 19 million people by 2050. With the growing number of elderly patients and staff shortages in the medical field, there is an increasing cause of concern related to the quality of care for elderly patients and residents. Nursing home abuse is what can, unfortunately, happen to any residents under the care of a licensed care facility. There are different types of abuse. The most common types of abuse are physical, sexual, emotional, or financial. This abuse often happens in plain sight, and can often be overlooked. It can be caused by a staff member at the […]