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HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN A CAR ACCIDENT? WE CAN HELP

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If you or a loved one have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, our experienced team of trial attorneys at Abrahamsen, Conaboy & Abrahamsen, P.C., can help. Even in cases where liability is clear, figuring out the difficult world of insurance coverages can be a daunting task to someone who has been injured in an auto accident. If you were involved in a car accident, after receiving appropriate medical attention, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. Many times there are coverages available to pay for medical expenses and lost wages that a person injured in a motor vehicle accident may not be aware of. Additionally, your auto policy may provide coverage for underinsured or uninsured motorists which will compensate you in the event that a responsible party has no insurance or has insufficient insurance to appropriately cover your damages.

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Claim Determination

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Taking the non-medical determination and the medical determination together represents the claim determination, which is typically referred to as favorable or non-favorable. As most individuals will likely meet eligibility requirements for either SSDI or SSI and possibly both, the medical determination is where the fight is.

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Medical Disability Determination

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The Social Security Administration contracts with a state agency to make the medical determination by following the federal regulations to determine if a claimant is disabled. In Pennsylvania, this is Disability Determination Services or (“DDS”), which is a part of the PA Department of Labor and Industry. Typically, about two months after your application is submitted, DDS sends out an Adult Function Report and a Work History Report. These forms or reports seek the type of information that is often covered at a hearing, and therefore are a very important part of the process. If you have an attorney during the application process, these forms should be completed with the attorney.

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Non-medical Disability Eligibility Determination

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There are two different types of disability benefits available from Social Security. The first benefit is known as Social Security Disability Insurance or (“SSDI”), and is provided under Title II of the Social Security Act. The other benefit is Supplemental Security Income or (“SSI”), and is provided for under Title XVI of the Social Security Act.

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Marcellus Shale Class Action Settlement

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As we all know, the landscape of Northeastern Pennsylvania has changed dramatically in the last 5 years with the discovery of natural gas. Along with that, we have seen many large companies signing lease agreements with landowners to drill and pull the gas from under their farms and other lands. Although the natural gas drilling has had a good upside for the economy of Northeastern PA, there have been negatives as well. One of the biggest legal negatives for the landowners has been the payment of royalties from the profits of the gas drawn from their lands. Landowners have been seeing less and less royalties paid to them and higher “costs” deducted from those payments by the gas companies. Some people have even seen bills from the gas companies for drawing the gas!

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Social Security Application Submission

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You can either complete your application online, via phone, or in person with Social Security. The process and the questions remain the same. We always submit the application online, with the client on the phone, typically in their own home. This helps as much of the needed information may be available at home.

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When Should I Consider Getting An Attorney For Social Security Disability

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There are two ways to apply for Social Security Disability Benefits 1.) Directly with a representative from social security, either via phone or in person, and 2.) Online through the Social Security website. While an Attorney is not required or needed in order to complete the application process it is a good idea. There is a substantial amount of information required in order to complete the application. Although many applications may be denied, the application process is very important and structures the claim for the hearing level. It is essential that any and all pertinent information regarding your disability be included with the application.

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Halloween Safety Tips from ACA Law

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It’s Halloween! Children and parents will be out trick-or-treating and having Halloween fun. It is important to keep these tips in mind when selecting costumes for your children and when driving on October 31. (1) Choose a costume that is brightly colored so that your child can be seen while crossing the street while trick-or-treating; or provide your child with a glowstick or flashlight to enhance their visibility.

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What To Do If You Are Injured At Work

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A work injury can be devastating. An injured worker may fear losing their job, placing themselves and their family at risk. If you are injured at work, no matter who is at fault, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Workers' comp provides wage loss and medical benefits if you are injured in the course of your employment. In the event of a work injury, Pennsylvania requires that the injury be reported to your employer. Although the law provides 60 days in which to provide notice, an injured worker is better off reporting an injury as soon as it occurs. The longer you wait, the more likely that your employer and it's insurance carrier will deny your claim.

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What To Do If You Are Involved In A Car Accident

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If you are involved in a car accident and are injured, it is very important that you immediately take steps to protect your rights. First, you should always call the police no matter how minor the accident seems. This is important so that a proper record is made of the accident. If the responsible party is uninsured, a police report is required in order to make a claim for uninsured motorist coverage.

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