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Affordable Connectivity Program to Provide High-Speed Internet for Qualified Americans

In November 2021 when Congress passed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) was also created. This program is designed to provide high-speed internet to millions of Americans who would otherwise be unable to afford the rising costs of internet services. To be eligible, if your household income is twice the federal poverty …

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Social Security Administration Resumes In-Person Disability Hearings

As of June 1, 2022, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has resumed in-person disability hearings on a limited basis, subject to strict COVID protocols, including mask mandates, limited hearing room capacity, hearings scheduled each day and hearing office access to non-claimants and physical barriers between the ALJ, attorney and claimant. Only certain case types will …

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Social Security Administration Increases Attorney Fee Cap

Acting Social Security Administration (SSA) Commissioner, Dr. Kilolo Kijakazi, recently announced that the cap on attorney fees in disability claims has been raised from $6,000 to $7,200, effective November 30, 2022. The last time the attorney fee cap was raised was in 2009. For Social Security disability (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claimants, the …

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Significant Cost-of-Living Adjustment Expected in 2022

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recently announced, in an effort to combat the increasing inflation rate, that a significant cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is likely by the end of 2022. The COLA will potentially be as high as 8%, which would mark the largest COLA adjustment since 1981 (when beneficiaries received an 11.2% adjustment). While the …

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Are You Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits if Your Spouse Works?

Becoming disabled can be very overwhelming, and the process of seeking help can be just as such. Many questions may arise, such as how you’ll continue supporting your family or whether you qualify for assistance from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Determining eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) through the SSA can be confusing and complex, but …

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What to Know About Tractor-Trailer “No-Zones”

Chances are, you have probably encountered a tractor-trailer on the road. While many drivers may think truck drivers have a better view of their surroundings since their vehicle is high off the ground and heavily equipped, that is not the case.  Although truckers have a broader forward view and more oversized side-view mirrors than your …

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Wheelchair Transportation Safety: What You Should Know

According to the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA), motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death for Americans ages 3 through 33. However, wheelchair users who rely on medical transport for everyday travel are especially susceptible to catastrophic injury in a motor vehicle accident. Unlike non-disabled passengers, wheelchair …

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Henson Fuerst Secures NC’s Highest Reported Nursing Home Abuse Settlement in 2021

Our attorneys at Henson Fuerst are dedicated to representing those hurt or harmed due to another party’s negligence and bringing them and their loved ones the justice they deserve. This especially applies to nursing home residents, who are vulnerable and often voiceless in the face of nursing home abuse and neglect. In 2021, Attorneys Rachel …

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NC Sees More Traffic Crash Fatalities in 2021 Than Any Year Since the 1970s

In a recent report, the NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program revealed that the number of people killed in traffic crashes in North Carolina last year was the highest since 1973. In 2021, there were 1,755 highway deaths – a 17.9% increase than just five years earlier in 2016. Overall, highway traffic deaths per capita have seen a steady decline …

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