NH disability attorneys share article about Social Security’s disability backlog

Social Security's disability backlogThe NH disability attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC are happy to share this Washington Post article that provides a high-quality overview of Social Security’s disability backlog.

Hiring an experienced Social Security Disability Attorney can significantly enhance your chances of receiving SSD benefits. Whether you are applying for the first time or appealing a prior disability denial, a SSD lawyer can be important resource to have on your side.

One of the best ways to prepare for a Social Security disability hearing is to hire an experienced attorney who specializes in disability claims. We have a proven track record helping our clients Our Social Security Disability Attorneys can help. Call our office today.

We guide our clients through the process in an effort to ease some of the difficulties that come across during proceedings. Call our Disability Law Firm today for a free consultation. We will carefully analyze your case, and subsequently, provide straightforward and compassionate advice.

Our expert attorney can assess your circumstances and then inform you of your options. Our NH disability attorney can walk you through the legal process and file all necessary legal documents for you. The more complicated your situation; the more reason to consider hiring an attorney who specializes in disability Law.

Can You File a Lawsuit If You Sign a Waiver?

Can You File a Lawsuit If You Sign a Waiver?

Being in an accident can be scary, especially if you have been injured. It may leave you wondering what to do next. The Manchester slip and fall law firm of Manning & Zimmerman will be by your side, step-by-step, throughout the legal process. When participating in certain activities that are deemed to be risky, you may be required to sign a liability release or a waiver before you are allowed to proceed. But what happens if you are injured after signing that release? Will you still be able to receive a settlement for your injury? Those are questions that your NH personal injury attorneys will be able to answer for you. Laws can vary from state-to-state, but the following information is informative about waivers in general.

Can you still file a lawsuit if you sign a waiver?

When you sign a liability release or a waiver before participating in an activity, you are basically agreeing to not sue the organization should you get injured during the activity. Unfortunately, many people who sign these waivers are not aware of what they are actually agreeing to. While the waiver does protect the organization, it does not protect them from every situation. The following are situations that could occur that would still allow you to sue the organization for damages:

  • Wrongdoing that was deliberate. If the organization deliberately cut costs on equipment that caused an injury, they could be at fault despite the wavier.
  • Negligence on the organization’s part. The waivers typically will not cover any injuries that happen due to carelessness or acts that could have been prevented.
  • Children who are under 18 and sign a wavier usually are not allowed to sign a waiver on their own, so it will likely not be binding. The same goes for adults who do not have the mental capacity to sign a waiver on their own.
  • Fraud. If the organization does not disclose all of the risks, then the waiver could be void. As a participant in the activity, you need to be made aware of all the risks involved.

Contact the Manchester Slip and Fall Law Firm of Manning & Zimmerman

The New Hampshire personal injury lawyers at Manning & Zimmerman Law would be pleased to discuss your matter with you and be your partner throughout the process. Our Manchester slip and fall law firm is experienced and prepared to deal with any situation that may arise. For a free consultation, please feel free to call us at (603) 210-4464, send us an email to info@MZLawNH.com, or reach out to us using the “contact us” or chat feature on our website.

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Social Security Resumes Mailing Benefits Statements

Social Security CardEncourages People to Create a Secure Social Security Account to Obtain Their Statement Online, Anytime

Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, has announced that the agency will resume the periodic mailing of Social Security Statements – once every five years for most workers – while encouraging everyone to create a secure my Social Security account to immediately access their Statement online, anytime. The Statement is a valuable financial planning tool providing workers age 18 and older with important individualized information regarding their earnings, tax contributions, and estimates for future retirement, disability, and survivors benefits.

“We have listened to our customers, advocates, and Congress; and renewing the mailing of the Statement reinforces our commitment to provide the public with an easy, efficient way to obtain an estimate of their future Social Security benefits,” Acting Commissioner Colvin said. “I encourage everyone to create their own secure my Social Security account to obtain immediate access to their Statement online, anytime.”

Beginning this month, workers attaining ages 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, and 60 who are not receiving Social Security benefits and who are not registered for a my Social Security account will receive the Statement in the mail about 3 months before their birthday.  After age 60, people will receive a Statement every year.  The agency expects to send nearly 48 million Statements each year.

The Social Security Statement helps people plan for their financial future.  In addition to providing future benefit estimates, the Statement highlights a person’s complete earnings history, allowing workers to verify the accuracy of their earnings. This is important because an individual’s future benefit amount is determined by the amount of their earnings over their lifetime.  To date, more than 14 million people have established a personalized my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount.

With a my Social Security account, people may access the Statement from the comfort of their home, office or library whenever they choose. Individuals who currently receive benefits should sign up for a my Social Security account to manage their benefit payments and, when the need arises, get an instant benefit verification letter, change their address and phone number, and start or change direct deposit of their benefit payment.

Acting Commissioner Colvin reinforced that “whether conducting business with Social Security via the Internet, mail, telephone or face-to-face, we will continue to provide convenient, cost-effective, secure and quality customer service to meet the needs of the public we serve.”

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Factors That May Decrease the Value of a Claim

Manchester personal injury lawyers Truck Colliding With CarWhile the Manchester personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman are used to being asked how much a client’s claim may be worth, the answer depends on a variety of factors. Many of these factors revolve around how a claims adjuster views a particular case.

Previous Claims Experience

The Manchester personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman can explain that having prior claims and/or preexisting injuries can impact the value of your claim. It is important that you provide you attorney with any information regarding prior claims or injuries so that he or she can work with you to determine which damages are related to the current claim. In some instances a dormant condition is exacerbated or aggravated by a new injury, and you should be entitled to compensation for this as a part of the damages suffered.

Responsibility on the Part of the Claimant

The Manchester personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman can explain that a common insurance adjuster tactic is to attempt to blame the claimant for the accident or damages after the fact. They can sometimes be creative in their claims. For example, they may say that the claimant is responsible for not having taken sufficient steps to avoid an accident, even when the other person is clearly at fault. Likewise, if the claimant did not immediately seek medical attention this can be used to argue that the individual was not really injured and/or suffered an unrelated injury at a later date. The Manchester personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman may warn the claimant that the claims adjuster might claim that the claimant did not quickly and efficiently mitigate his or her damages. If the claimant is found to have aggravated his or her own medical conditions, the claims adjuster may offer little or nothing for the medical portion of the claim.

Premiums

Another way that a claims adjuster may decrease the potential value of a settlement figure is by claiming that the claimant’s premiums will go up if the settlement is not low. The claimant may agree to a lower settlement in order to save money in the long run.

Contact Manchester Personal Injury Lawyers

If you would like more information on factors that can impact the value of your claim, contact the Manchester personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC by calling (603) 624-7200.

Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman: Importance of the 7th Amendment

“In suits at common law, trial by jury in civil cases is as essential to secure the liberty of the people as any one of the pre-existent rights of nature.” – James Madison

Law Office of Manning & ZimmermanThe Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman invites you to join in the national celebration of Constitution Day, a time to recall the liberties our Constitution sought to protect, preserve and uphold. These fundamental rights are the glue that holds our nation together. Yet, many Americans aren’t aware that the 7th Amendment, which guarantees our right to a trial by jury in civil cases, is currently under attack. Advocates of “tort reform” are pushing for an overhaul of our civil justice system, which would change the centuries-old common law and is in stark opposition to the vision of our Founding Fathers. The 7th Amendment is based on the centuries-old belief that the best way to protect individuals from the negligence or misconduct of others is through a trial by jury. We believe this fundamental right is under attack today for the same reasons it was targeted during the American Revolution: political power and financial gain. For information on this important subject, please see our latest You Should Know newsletter.

After Attorneys Fees, Medical Bills and Other Costs, Will There Be Anything Left for Me?

After Attorneys Fees, Medical Bills and Other Costs, Will There Be Anything Left for Me?

If you are contemplating hiring a Manchester personal injury attorney, you may wonder whether there will be any money left for you after attorney fees, medical expenses, and other costs are paid following a settlement or court judgment in your favor. The reality is that this is one of the most commonly expressed concerns of people like you debating retaining the services of an experienced Manchester personal injury attorney.

Calculating Attorney Fees

As a matter of practice, a Manchester personal injury attorney bases the calculation of attorney fees upon a percentage of the actual settlement or judgment obtained by you in a case. In addition, those attorney fees are not due and owing until you actually obtain a settlement or judgment in your favor. Before retaining a Manchester personal injury attorney, you reach an agreement with that lawyer regarding the percentage that will be paid. In this way, you understand exactly what your obligation is in regard to attorney fees before you engage such a professional.

Costs of the Case

In pursuing a personal injury case, certain costs are incurred. Typically, a Manchester personal injury attorney pays on your behalf these various costs. For example, you may need a medical expert to testify on the extent of your injuries and how they impact your life today and into the future. These costs will be deducted from any settlement or judgment you receive in a case. This money is used to reimburse the lawyer who paid these costs on your behalf in the first place.

Medical Expenses

As part of a settlement or judgment in a lawsuit, a specific allocation is made to cover medical bills incurred to date as well as medical expenses reasonably expected to be faced in the future. A skilled and experienced Manchester personal injury attorney is adept at reaching a settlement or obtaining a judgment that includes enough compensation to cover medical expenses without encroaching on other elements of compensation awarded to you via a claim or lawsuit.

Contact a Manchester Personal Injury Attorney

The surest way to ensure that you obtain the compensation you are entitled to after suffering a personal injury because of someone else’s negligence, is by contacting the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC. The firm can be reached by phone at (603) 624-7200. A Manchester personal injury lawyer from the firm will schedule an initial consultation at no cost to you.

 

The Constitutional Right to Justice

constitutional right to justiceSeptember 17 is designated as Constitution Day to commemorate the signing of the United States Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. The preamble of this most precious document states: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

The fundamental constitutional right to justice is guaranteed in the first ten amendments to the Constitution, known collectively as the Bill of Rights. It includes the cornerstone rights enshrined in the First Amendment: freedom of religion, speech, the press, assembly, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

The 7th Amendment and the Constitutional Right to Justice

Also in the Bill of Rights, adopted as the 7th Amendment, is the right guaranteeing all Americans a trial by a jury of one’s peers. History tells us that before 1688, English judges were servants under the King of England. These judges were often biased towards the King, and because of this, their rulings were not always fair. During the Act of Settlement of 1701, English judges won their independence from the King, but judges in the American colonies were still biased towards the British Crown. King George III got rid of trials by juries in the colonies which made colonists very upset and fueled the fire that led to the American Revolution. When the Framers wrote the Bill of Rights, they understood how important it was to have a fair court system, so they made sure that the right to trial by jury was a fundamental law of the new nation.

Unfortunately, powerful interests launched a campaign to erode the 7th Amendment through an effort known as “tort reform.” A tort is a legal term meaning civil wrongs recognized by law as grounds for a lawsuit. These wrongs result in an injury or harm constituting the basis for a claim by the injured party. A strong effort was launched by these powerful interests, spending millions of dollars to lobby the Congress and the state legislatures to pass laws placing restrictions on the right of injured parties to hold the powerful interests responsible for their negligent conduct, including caps on monetary damages. The very same corporations who make millions and billions of dollars from those who consume their goods and services seek to limit their responsibility when their consumers are injured through no fault of their own. While the facts do not show that our trial by jury system needs to be altered, the powerful interests continue in their efforts to limit our constitutional right to justice.

Fighting to Protect the 7th Amendment

Fortunately, organizations such as Take Justice Back and Let America Know have fought back to protect the 7th Amendment, to ensure that all Americans continue to have the right to hold powerful interests responsible for their reckless and negligent conduct.  Our time-honored right of trial by jury, for which our revolutionary generation and the framers of our Constitution fought so hard, is vital to our democracy. Our Pledge of Allegiance concludes, “With Liberty and Justice for All.” Without the guarantees provided for in the 7th Amendment, the constitutional right to justice cannot be served.

Contact Experienced
Manchester Injury Attorneys

If you have been injured by another person’s careless acts, contact the Manchester injury attorneys at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman PLLC at (603) 624-7200 for a free consultation. It is essential that you have competent legal representation from the onset of your case through litigation.  Big insurance companies have lawyers looking out for their interests and you should too!

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Understanding How Compensation Will Be Awarded in a Wrongful Death Case

Understanding How Compensation Will Be Awarded in a Wrongful Death Case

Manchester wrongful death AttorneyOriginally, wrongful death statutes were created to provide financial support for widows and orphans and to motivate people to exercise care to prevent injuries.  A Manchester wrongful death attorney at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman can explain how compensation will be determined in the event of a wrongful death.

The Work the Deceased Did and Their Earnings Will Be Examined

The insurer will look through the lifetime earnings of the decedent and how much they would have made had they not died. Jobs in which a person had consistent increases in wages and had been promoted regularly are usually not an issue. Without a regular working history, there could be a greater problem verifying how much would have been made. Also taken into consideration is any pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life experienced by the deceased.

Paying for the Funeral and Lost Consortium

The amount that must be paid for the funeral is generally a small amount in comparison to wages. As for loss of consortium, a spouse who has lost their significant other will be deprived of their companionship and everything that goes along with it.

Contact an Experienced Manchester Wrongful Death Attorney

If you have questions about payments in a wrongful death case, a Manchester wrongful death attorney at the Law Office of Manning & Zimmerman, PLLC can help. Call  us at (603) 624-7200 / Toll-Free (800) 984-3151.