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Dealing with the aftermath of an accident or injury can be a difficult struggle. Our personal injury, disability and DUI/DWI products can help you navigate these complex situations efficiently and get your life back on track.

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What types of evidence will be required to file a disability claim?
There are three types of evidence that will impact the decision on whether or not you receive disability benefits. They are:
  1. Medical evidence. This includes all your medical records from medical treatment providers such as admission/discharge summaries, lab work, imaging (MRIs, x-rays, ultrasounds, etc.), and physician's notes.
  2. Work history. Jobs worked in the previous 15 years will be reviewed to determine if the applicant has the ability to return to one of these jobs or to use his or her skills and training at a similar type of job.
  3. Work-related activities. Your ability to perform work related activities will be considered.
What is the criteria to qualify for disability benefits?
There isn't an exact formula to determine disability benefits. But there are specific criteria the Social Security Administration uses to determine eligibility for benefits. They include:
  • Severe impairment–regardless if it is physical or mental, the condition must impose significant limitations on your ability to perform basic work activities.
  • Long-lasting impairment–the disability has to last for at least twelve months or longer.
  • Functional limitations–in addition to the above criteria, the condition must impose enough functional limitations that an individual is unable to work at a level that would allow them to earn a substantial income.
What are some of the most common causes of personal injuries?
Some of the most common causes of personal injuries include the following:
  • Car accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Work-related injuries
  • Defective products
  • Assault and battery
  • Medical malpractice
How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit?
One of the most important factors to consider when evaluating whether to file a personal injury lawsuit is that it must be filed within a certain time period following the injury, called the statute of limitations, which varies by state and the type of injury. The shortest timeframe to file in any state is one year and the longest is six years. The deadline starts from the time the accident or injury happened until the time the lawsuit was filed.
What are my options for dealing with a DUI/DWI?
Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) laws vary state by state. To best understand your options and develop a strategy to defend yourself against these types of charges, you should get help from a licensed attorney in your state, experienced in navigating these complex situations. In general, you have a few options for a DUI first offense that didn't involve bodily injury or death:
  • Plead guilty
  • Negotiate an agreement to plead guilty to a lesser charge
  • Request a trial before a judge
  • Request a jury trial
How can an attorney help me fight a DUI/DWI charge?
Drinking and driving or driving under the influence of drugs (such as marijuana, which is also considered a DUI) are serious crimes and the penalties can be steep. The potential penalties depend on many factors, including the driver's blood alcohol level, if someone is injured or killed or if the driver is a repeat offender. There are a range of defenses to these types of charges, and an attorney can help determine which, if any, apply on a case-by-case basis.

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