Monthly Archives: October 2014


Social Security Disability System Near Impossible to Navigate Without Legal Help, Applicants Say

Linda Bowen waited four years for a Mobile-area judge to approve her application for disability benefits. Her husband applied last November for benefits for himself. His hearing is still a year away, scheduled for December 2015. The Bowens’ stories, along with others from across Alabama, show that the disability-benefits process can be frustrating and laborious. […]


National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar Ticket to Work: Support Services for People Who Have a Disability and Are Ready to Work

Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 3:00 PM, EDT  If you are a Social Security disability beneficiary and want to make more money through work, Ticket to Work can provide the support you need to transition to financial independence. The October 22 national WISE webinar will present information about special Social Security programs and rules that may […]


Can You Get Social Security Disability and VA Disability Benefits at the Same Time?

The short answer is yes, you can get Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and VA disability at the same time.  Each program has specific guidelines and not everyone qualifies for both, so it is important to do your research when submitting your claim.  The order in which you apply for your disability insurance is important […]


ATTENTION: MEMBERS OF OHIO PUBLIC EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM (OPERS)

CALL NOW, DO NOT DELAY! Does your psychological condition prevent you from working? Have you applied and been denied disability benefits? Were you granted disability benefits but your employer certified a date much later than you actually worked, unfairly decreasing your monetary award? Are your health conditions preventing you from working and you need help […]


New Ohio Law Requires Nursing Homes that Admit Sex Offenders to Notify Home Residents

Before September 15, 2014, a loophole in Ohio’s sex offender registration and notification laws allowed for sex offenders to live in nursing homes without the knowledge of the home’s other residents. The law required the notification of anyone living within one thousand feet of the residence of a registered sex offender, as well as those […]


Social Security Disability Benefits and Retirement

Putting off filing for retirement benefits until age 70 can be a wise strategy for many retirees because the delayed credits you earn can beef up the monthly check amount substantially. But does it do any good to wait longer?


5 Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for Social Security Disability

  If you are an Ohio worker who has not been able to return to work because of a physical or mental disability, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability.  Finding the right Social Security disability attorney is important, but so is avoiding these 5 common mistakes when applying for Social Security disability   […]


How do I get my school-aged child evaluated for special education?

How do I get my school-aged child evaluated for special education?


Understanding changes to Ohio’s civil commitment laws

On June 17, 2014, Governor Kasich signed Senate Bill 43, which made changes to Ohio’s civil commitment process for individuals with mental illness.


Doe v. State of Ohio seeks funding, good outcomes for special ed students

To understand the problems with the funding, it’s important to go back to a 2000 study by the Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities, which recommended a weighted funding system. Children would be placed into one of six categories, with more funding being awarded to support the education of children with more severe disabilities.

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News

Social Security Benefits Increase in 2018

When the Social Security Administration announces the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), there’s usually an increase in the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit amount people receive each month. Federal benefit rates increase when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index (CPI-W). The CPI-W rises when […]

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CAR REPAIR NIGHTMARE LEADS TO CLASS ACTION

Our client had a minor fender bender and took her car in to have a dent repaired. She had insurance, and her insurance was willing to pay the reasonable expenses associated with repairing the vehicle. It is alleged that the repair shop, Three-C Body Shop, encouraged her to leave everything in their hands. Weeks passed […]

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