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How to Protect Your Rights After a Car Accident

There are a number of actions to consider after a car accident. However, a roadway incident is a traumatic event and slinging a bunch of actions at you will only compound the trauma you might be trying to heal from.

Therefore, we are going to keep this straightforward and simple, so the most critical items are dealt with immediately. Other tasks can be worked on throughout the process. Here are the top two actions you want to take to protect your rights after a car accident.

The First Step – Seek Medical Treatment

Chances are if you were injured in an accident, this step has already taken place. However, we reiterate this because, while important for your health and well-being, this step is essential in protecting your legal rights.

Records of your medical treatments and diagnosis will prove invaluable to your claims as you seek justice and/or compensation. If you have been given specific medical do’s and don’ts by your physician, the worst thing you can do is not follow that direction. When you do not follow up, or procrastinate, insurance companies see your claims less credible. Meaning, you might be overstating how injured you really are if you’re not seeking immediate medical treatment.

Make sure you collect all medical documentation such as records, x-rays, diagnosis, follow up information, prescriptions, etc.  Make a list of all doctors and medical providers; keep a copy of all medical bills and prescription receipts; and keep records of lost time from work.

The Second Step – Contact a Car Accident Attorney

There is a lot of legalese involved in a car accident case, and if you are attempting to recover, the last thing you’ll want to do is chase down information, miss a legal deadline or talk to a biased insurance company representative. When you decide to work with an attorney, you can be guided through the process and avoid any sabotage of your case. A lawyer will protect and serve you in the following ways:

  1. A car accident lawyer will collect data and evidence, with your help, to support your case.
  2. An attorney will file the appropriate legal paperwork on your behalf.
  3. An attorney will communicate on your behalf to avoid any missteps.
  4. An accident lawyer will explain the legal process, so you’re not left in the dark.
  5. A lawyer will conduct their own investigation to gather supporting evidence.
  6. An attorney will consult with their network of resources to support your case.

Some Final Thoughts

Remember: It will cost you nothing to speak with an attorney, and it could cost you a lot to make a mistake before you speak to an attorney.  The insurance company is in the business to make money by collecting premiums, not to pay claims no matter how many years you have paid in premiums without filing a claim.

Even if you are unsure if you have a case or not, consulting with an attorney is always a good idea. What might not seem like a case to you, might be seen differently through the lens of a qualified practicing car accident attorney. The number one thing you do not want to do is talk to the at-fault driver’s insurance company. These representatives do not have your best interests in mind and are trained to find fault in anything you do or say. Hiring an attorney will help you easily avoid this.

These two actions are truly the first steps in building a solid car accident case. These steps show the insurance company that you are proactive about your health and serious about your claim.

 

Social Security Disability – Wounded Warrior Program

With decades of military service men and women serving overseas, it is promising to see the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) disability program help those who have served our country. This program is called the Wounded Warriors Disability Program and is designed to expedite their disability claims so they can start getting benefits as soon as possible.

Anyone who has served on active duty from October 1, 2001, and on; and was injured at any time either overseas or closer to home, will get priority disability claim processing. These benefits shouldn’t be confused with your Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) benefits. There are some aspects of the program that should be considered, and we are going to break that down below.

What You Need to Apply

While the processing time will be faster than most transactions at the SSA office, the application isn’t “easy” per se. If whenever you don’t understand what you will need to apply, your best action would be to work with a Social Security Disability lawyer who can help you through this process. Here is the list of items you will likely need, but there could be additional things they request depending on your unique situation.

  • Your Medical Records
  • Social Security Numbers (yours, spouse and children)
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship
  • W-2 Form
  • Military Pay Proof
  • Banking Information
  • DD 214 Forms (if discharged)

Options for Filing

You can qualify for the SSA benefits and the DVA benefits at the same time. Qualifying doesn’t necessarily come down to using one or the other. Additionally, within SSA, you can apply for two different benefits.

  • The first is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) – Benefits that are based on your work history and how much you have paid into the SSA system.
  • The second is Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – Which is based on what you need financially above and beyond the income you receive.

The Medical Qualifications Needed to Apply

The SSA defines a disabled person if they are unable to work based on medical conditions that have been recorded with a qualified physician. The condition must prevent you from functioning at a basic level daily, to be considered. Here are the other points to take into account in your SSA filing.

  • Your disability is expected to persist or exist at least one year or longer.

 

  • If you are seeking medical treatment and are on active duty, you can still apply. Active status doesn’t mean you are unable to receive benefits.

 

  • A Wounded Warrior can apply either while still in the military or post-discharge.

 

  • The treatment program isn’t specific, and it can include rehab, hospitalizations, or outpatient treatments.

 

  • Treatment can be sought either through military resources, such as a VA hospital or at a standard civilian medical facility.

 

You can apply for the Wounded Warrior SSA benefits by walking into their offices at your closest location. You should identify yourself as military immediately so the SSA official can treat your case with an expedited hand. If this feels overwhelming, you can also reach out to a lawyer who specializes in this type of legal work and they can help you collect everything you’ll need and process your claim.

10 Tips For Applying For Social Security Disability Benefits How To Maximize Your Chances Of Approval

Table Of Contents

Introduction

1. Determine The Date Your Disability Began To Interfere With Work

2. List Every Condition That May Interfere With Your Work

3. Never Downplay Your Symptoms…

4. But Don’t Exaggerate

5. Make Sure To Get Into The Details

6. Discuss How Your Activity Interferes With Your Day-To-Day Life

7. Keep A Log Of All Of The Treatment You’ve Received

8. File As Soon As You Can

9. Submit As Many Medical Records As You Can

10. Be Patient – Approval Takes Time

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Introduction

Wondering how you can make sure that your disability application is approved? The team at Metts Law Firm, LLC is here to help. Check out these 10 tips!

1. Determine The Date Your Disability Began To Interfere With Work

You’ll want to make sure that you know exactly when your disability began so that you can get all of the back pay that you’re eligible for once you’ve been approved.

2. List Every Condition That May Interfere With Your Work

Don’t just focus on the major conditions that you have, or the one that you think will get you approved. If you have multiple conditions that interfere, list all of the ones that apply.

3. Never Downplay Your Symptoms…

Don’t be embarrassed about your symptoms, particularly mental ones. Be honest and truthful, and be as accurate as possible when discussing how you’re suffering from a disability.

4. But Don’t Exaggerate

At the same time, though, don’t over-exaggerate, or list symptoms you’re not experiencing. This could lead to a rejection of your application.

5. Make Sure To Get Into The Details

Be very clear and specific when talking about your symptoms, how they interfere with your work responsibilities, how often they put you in the hospital, and other such details.

6. Discuss How Your Activity Interferes With Your Day-To-Day Life

You should also make sure you talk about how your disability affects you when you’re trying to live your normal, day-to-day life, and any limitations it puts on your lifestyle.

 

7. Keep A Log Of All Of The Treatment You’ve Received

Keep a list of all of the doctors you’ve seen, appointments, information about each visit, medications that you have tried and how they’ve affected you, any surgeries you’ve undergone, and so forth.

8. Submit As Many Medical Records As You Can

Along with your log of treatments, submit all applicable medical records that you can get, to help bolster your case.

9. File As Soon As You Can

You shouldn’t wait weeks – or even months – to file your claim. File as soon as you think you need to, or you risk getting into financial trouble.

10. Be Patient – Approval Takes Time

Even in the best of times, approval can take months. That’s why it’s so important to apply early and provide thorough, honest, complete information.

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Need help with a Social Security Disability case? We’re here to help! Get in touch with an attorney at Metts Law Firm, LLC now, and we’d be happy to review your case and help you get the compensation you deserve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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