While many Americans across the United States have enjoyed recent gas prices that are much lower than prices several years ago, it is no secret that the cost of other goods continues to rise. For Americans on fixed incomes, such as those receiving Social Security disability benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income benefits (SSI), these increasing costs can strain their household budgets and make meeting basic living expenses challenging. While the Social Security Administration (SSA) periodically grants cost of living increases (called COLA) to the amount of benefits paid to beneficiaries, sometimes this is not enough to keep up with inflation. Can recipients of SSDI and SSI benefits increase the amount of their benefits if their benefits are not enough?
A North Carolina Navy veteran was forced into proving he was alive after the VA determined he was dead. The veteran’s wife received a letter in July conveying the administration’s condolences on her husband’s passing, as well as demanding that she pay back nearly $1,600 in benefits improperly paid out after her husband’s death. The problem? The veteran was very much alive. This did not seem to matter to Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS), who froze the veteran’s bank accounts and demanded he produce a notarized letter indicating that he was alive. Even the bank at which the veteran had accounts for 20 years demanded that he produce a notarized letter before removing the hold on his accounts.
A lawsuit brought by several Myrtle Beach property owners against AVX Corp. that had been dismissed by a lower court was reinstated and allowed to proceed following a recent South Carolina Supreme Court decision. The lawsuit was brought by property owners who claimed their property values had decreased and they could not obtain bank loans because of ground pollution attributable to AVX Corp.’s Myrtle Beach plant that utilized trichloroethylene (TCE). In reinstating the lawsuit and allowing it to proceed, the South Carolina Supreme Court stated that the property owner’s suit raised the “novel question” of whether South Carolina will recognize “stigma damages.
Claims for Social Security disability benefits (SSD and SSI) based on a mental disability can be some of the toughest claims to win. Whereas a disability claimant with a physical impairment or disability can point to noticeable impairments like a missing limb or objective symptoms like shortness of breath, the same is not always true of mental disabilities. Some personnel at the Social Security Administration (SSA) automatically distrust the reported symptoms of a claimant who alleges a mental disability.
The Charleston housing market has staged a major comeback since the 2008 housing market crash. New home construction, a primary marker of the health of the market at large, is at its highest level since 2006. There is particularly strong growth in Mount Pleasant and throughout the northern Charleston areas.
If you are considering buying and selling a home in this volatile marketplace, it helps to have an attorney representing you in your transaction. A legal professional can guide you through the research and closing process, ensuring that your vital interests are protected.
Here are several of the primary reasons why it is important to hire an attorney for your real estate transaction.
People applying for Social Security disability benefits are often in dire financial need. It stands to reason, then, that many avoid seeking legal counsel in the hopes of saving money on their claim.
By not hiring an attorney, however, you are significantly decreasing your odds of being awarded benefits. This is particularly true at the hearing level. If you’re still on the fence, look for the following signs that it may be time to retain a lawyer in your social security disability case.
Workplace injuries can be an emotionally and physically damaging experience. On one hand, you have the physical pain and trauma to cope with. On the other, you have a host of concerns about the future. How will you earn enough to support your family? How will your employer react? And how can you ensure that your rights as an employee are protected?
With years of experience representing workers who have been injured on the job, we understand what you are going through. To help you take control of this situation, we have provided these tips to protect your rights after a workplace injury.
Whether you are purchasing a home for your family or a new building for your small business, real estate purchases are some of the most important investments you will make. Before you sign on the dotted line, it helps to make sure that you have done all possible due diligence.
At Klok Law Firm, LLC, we provide skilled legal representation to people in Mount Pleasant and throughout the Charleston area in a wide range of real estate transactions. We’ve taken some time here to outline several situations where it helps to retain a knowledgeable real estate attorney.
In a recent post in PBS Newshour’s Making Sense blog, economist Laurence Kotlikoff outlines a staggering 25 reasons why the statements of Social Security personnel are not always to be trusted. His main point comes down to this: Social Security is a tightly controlled program with very clear guidelines, yet many staffers are clueless about their own rules and regulations.
This doesn’t surprise us. It is common that people in Mt. Pleasant, and throughout the Charleston area, have been given false information from Social Security staffers in regards to their Social Security disability claims.
To help our clients better understand the risk of taking statements from the SSA at face value, we’ve provided several reasons here why it’s best to always seek a second opinion.
Every day, countless veterans in the United States face denied disability benefits applications. If this has happened to you, the important thing is to not give up. Numerous reports and news articles have shown the VA’s evaluation process to be fraught with error. With a strong appeal, you may be able to obtain the benefits you deserve.
There are steps you can take today that will increase the chances of a favorable outcome in your veterans’ disability application. If your claim has been denied, call an experienced Charleston veterans’ disability lawyer, and take the following steps.