Archive for July 29, 2011

Medical Treatment and Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor Vehicle Accident

After a Motor Vehicle Accident it may be necessary to obtain medical treatment.  Even accidents that do not seem very severe at the time of the Motor Vehicle Accident can lead to physical injuries days later.  It is important that if you have any symptoms of an injury following a Motor Vehicle Accident that you obtain medical treatment, as this is one of the first questions that Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers are going to ask you about.

Unlike Medical Treatment in a Workers Compensation case, where the employer is required by law to provide treatment for injuries sustained at work, after a Motor Vehicle Accident the injured party must seek and obtain all necessary medical treatment on their own; Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers cannot compel the other party to provide you with medical treatment.  After a traumatic Motor Vehicle Accident this often takes the form of a trip to the Emergency Room.  Though, in many cases the medical treatment is started with a trip to your primary care doctor.  After an exam it may be necessary to visit a specialist, with a referral from your primary care doctor.  Often this is a orthopedist, a pain management doctor or a physical therapist.  Additionally, all these doctors may have imaging studies done; such as, x-rays, CT scans or an MRI.

All of this treatment is going to be of great interest to your Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers.  First, it shows the severity of the injuries that were suffered in the Motor Vehicle Accident.  Second, the overall value of the case and the amount the injured party is entitled to correlates with the medical bills incurred in treatment.  As such, Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers will go through your treatment records in great detail.

The information provided is for general informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice.  No attorney-client relationship is created by this post.  The choice of an attorney is an important one and should not be based on advertising alone.

Social Security Disability, The Initial Application

Social Security Disability

More and more people are looking at filing for Social Security Disability, due to today’s poor economy.  The main program for people that can no longer work due to their health and age is Social Security Disability.  This program is best viewed as a government provided disability insurance policy.  This means that with every paycheck you are in essence paying a premium on your government provided insurance policy.  The question then becomes, how do I collect on my Social Security Disability Insurance.

The first step can be to speak with a Social Security Disability Lawyer.  At your initial meeting it is important to bring as much medical documentation as possible so that the Social Security Disability Lawyer can look at it and see what your treatment providers have been saying about your disability.

The next step will be to file the application for Social Security Disability.  This can be done in a number of ways.  First, you may have a Social Security Disability Lawyer do this for you or you have the option of doing it yourself.  Additionally, the application can be done online, it can be mailed in or you can schedule an appointment and work on it with a representative for the Social Security Administration.

Once, the initial application is filed it is likely that you will not receive an answer for a period of months.  Eventually, you will be notified whether you were found to be disabled or not.  If you were found to be disabled your benefits will begin with retroactive payment for your original date of disability.  If you were not found to be disable you can appeal but you should hire a Social Security Disability Lawyer if you have not thus far.

The information provided is for general informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice.  No attorney-client relationship is created by this post.  The choice of an attorney is an important one and should not be based on advertising alone.