Economic Stimulus Payments and SSDI/SSI Recipients

In response to the mounting economic challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES ACT) was signed into law on March 27, 2020.  One of the most discussed aspects of the CARES ACT involves the one-time economic stimulus checks which the federal government will pay to many qualified […]

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Impact of Coronavirus on Consultative Examinations in Social Security Disability Claims

During most claims for SSDI and SSI disability benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will require claimants to attend a consultative examination (CE) with a doctor assigned by SSA.  The purpose of the CE is to provide the SSA or an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) will additional medical information to determine what the individual’s impairments […]

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NC Industrial Commission Issues Updates in Response to COVID-19

The Industrial Commission of North Carolina is the administrative body that handles and processes all workers’ compensation claims throughout the state. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the Industrial Commission, like most businesses and organizations throughout the country, has undergone many policy and administrative changes. Attorney Joey Hodgin highlights some of these changes in the video […]

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Should I Agree to a Telephone Hearing?

In response to the current coronavirus pandemic, the Social Security Administration has been forced to modify how it handles disability claims pending at the hearing level.  In response to the numerous shelter-in-place/stay at home orders and social distancing regulations implemented throughout the United States, all Social Security offices and hearing offices have been closed to […]

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Obtaining Medical Treatment and Medical Records During COVID-19 Pandemic

For claimants filing for disability benefits, the success of the claim is always tied to their medical evidence.  Actively treating and having evidence to support a claimant’s case and hearing testimony is essential to being approved for benefits.  Conversely, not treating and a lack of medical evidence almost always derails even the best disability claim.  […]

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With SSA Office Closures, Here’s How You Can Still Get Help With SSD

The spread of COVID-19, the Coronavirus, has greatly impacted individuals and businesses across the United States. In an effort to slow and ultimately stop the spread of the virus, businesses, including the Social Security Administration’s field office network, have been forced to temporarily shut down. Despite office closures, SSA will continue to offer its services […]

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NC Lifts Unemployment Benefit Restrictions to Aid Those Impacted by COVID-19

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is temporarily eliminating certain restrictions ordinarily placed on unemployment benefits in an effort to make it easier for individuals who have been affected by COVID-19, the Coronavirus, to qualify. He is also doing so in an effort to lessen the impact on businesses. Cooper made the decision after announcing that […]

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Auto Insurers May Use Personal Data to Determine Policy Price

Have you ever considered the fact that your magazine subscriptions could factor into the price of your auto insurance policy? If you’re scratching your head right now, you’re likely not the only one. While we expect that our car insurance rates will go up after certain events (involvement in a crash, addition of a young […]

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Blue Light Therapy Found to Help Heal Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

According to new research from the University of Arizona, early morning blue light exposure therapy can assist in the healing process of those who have incurred mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Mild traumatic brain injury, also referred to as concussion, commonly results from car accidents, falls, fights, contact sports, and exposure to shockwaves of explosive […]

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Hidden Camera in NC Nursing Home Reveals Abuse

We place our loved ones in nursing homes and eldercare facilities with the confidence that they will be kept safe, cared for properly, and treated with great dignity. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. For the daughter of one particular resident, this assumption could not have been any further from the truth. Late this […]

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Proposed Disability Benefits Policy Changes Could Cause Thousands to Lose Benefits

As the law currently stands, recipients of social security disability benefits are obligated to demonstrate their continued disability and subsequent eligibility every few years. Under a new change proposed by the current administration, examinations of certain disability benefit recipients would take place more frequently. In its proposal, the administration claimed that the extra reviews would […]

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NC Senate Bill 199 Provides Much-Needed Update to State’s Antiquated Sex Abuse Laws

In order to close the legal loopholes that surrounded North Carolina’s definition of rape, both chambers of the NC General Assembly have unanimously passed legislation reforming sexual assault laws. The Bill, known as SB 199, has had widespread bipartisan support. Prior to the passage of this new legislation, North Carolina was the only state in […]

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7 Tricks Insurance Companies May Use to Deny Your Claim

The purpose of an insurance policy is to protect us in the event of an accident. And while this can definitely prove true, the nubmber one priority of an insurance company is to make money – not to make sure you are compensated fairly.  Unfortunately, in an effort to make money, the company will often […]

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Safety Advocates Call for Updated Government Car Crash Tests

We look to the government to inform us of many different things. One such thing is the safety of the vehicles that we drive. But while government crash tests are performed to gauge the safety of every car, the pace at which vehicle safety technology is evolving has made these tests inadequate. In the 1950s, […]

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Dangerous Toys to Avoid Buying this Holiday Season

With the 2019 holiday season in full swing, parents and relatives everywhere are rushing to get their hands on the perfect toys for the children in their lives. However, despite years of progress in keeping dangerous toys off shelves by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), elected officials, non-profits, and public health organizations, there […]

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Carma Henson Speaks at AAJ Discovery Masters Class Seminar

On November 21, 2019, Attorney Carma L. Henson, along with other plaintiff lawyers, presented at the American Advocates for Justice (AAJ) “Discovery Masters Class: Overcoming Obstructive Discovery Seminar” in Washington, DC, discussing tactics to overcome obstructive discovery tactics. Carma spoke on two topics including: Attorneys Duties When Responding to Discovery (ethics) Prohibited Objections: Written Discovery […]

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OMNI Artificial Hip Replacement System Susceptible to Failure

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, each year approximately 400,000 people undergo total hip replacement surgeries. While a hip replacement is intended to increase a patient’s mobility and quality of life, unfortunately, that is not always the case. In some instances, hip implants such as the OMNI (K2 or Apex K2) artificial […]

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Members of Congress Hope to Build Smarter Cars to Prevent Drunk Driving

Earlier this month, Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico and Senator Rick Scott of Florida introduced legislation that would require all new cars and trucks to come with special alcohol detection systems by 2024. Under the Reduce Impaired Driving for Everyone Act of 2019, the “RIDE Act,” $10 million would be allocated to continue government-funded […]

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Keep Your Property Hazard Free This Halloween

Decorating for Halloween is one of the most exciting parts of the holiday. However, obstructions on your property such as wiring from lights or inflatable decorations can pose a serious tripping hazard for those walking on your property. If you plan on inviting trick-or-treaters or other guests to your home this Halloween, it’s important to […]

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Social Security Payments to Increase in 2020

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has recently announced that there will be a 1.6 percent increase in payments for those receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits come 2020. While this is good news, the increase may not be a total cause for celebration, as the payments will simply be adjusted due to […]

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