What to Know About Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits

A little while ago, we covered the basics of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD or SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs in our Complete Guide to Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer chapter about how these government-based benefits can help if you are disabled.

However, the fact remains that applying for Social Security Disability in the first place can be complicated and frustrating, especially if you receive a denial of benefits for yourself or a disabled loved one you’re assisting.

Today’s blog post takes a closer look at the SSD application process specifically, and shares some of the situations in which consulting an experienced personal injury lawyer for help is your best course of action.

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Why “Standard of Care” is Important to Your Medical Malpractice Case

As we have often discussed in our Westmoreland Injury Lawyers blog articles, there are many variables in medical treatment scenarios that can lead to patients experiencing severe bodily harm. Medical malpractice is the legal term used to describe these situations when a healthcare provider makes an avoidable mistake or acts negligently, resulting in injury or illness of their patient.

Proving medical malpractice, though, can be complicated. Among other factors, your attorney must show that your physician or other healthcare provider deviated from something called the “standard of care.” Today’s post explains a little bit more about what that means in medical malpractice cases.

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How to Stay Safe and Informed During an FDA Recall of Your Medication

Our chapter on drug recalls within Your Complete Guide to Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer outlines just how frighteningly common FDA recall actions on pharmaceutical products are in the United States today. In that chapter, we also touched on some of the things you should do to protect yourself when your medication or other medical devices you rely on are discovered to be defective and officially recalled.

Due to the recent—and still developing—Zantac recall, we’re delving a little deeper into FDA recalls of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines in today’s post.

If you’re afraid you’ve been injured or have gotten sick from taking any recalled drug, get in touch with an experienced personal injury attorney today. In the meantime, learn more about what to do when the FDA announces a drug recall for any medication you or your loved ones currently take or have used at any time in the past.

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5 Big Tips for Filing a Car Accident Insurance Claim the Right Way

As we shared in the Your Complete Guide to Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer chapter on auto injury settlements, the settlement and claims process begins at the accident scene, even before you file your car accident insurance claim.

There are many actions you need to make sure you take following an auto accident—and one big thing you need to make sure you don’t do—to set the stage for a better claims experience, whether you’ve been seriously injured or not. Today’s post offers a few tips on those actions.

Of course, sometimes, insurance companies aren’t cooperative, especially in cases where injuries are involved. They often try to close claims much too quickly, and accident victims are left with insufficient compensation for their injuries. This is why it is imperative to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer when you’re hurt in a vehicle accident.

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Do You Have a Zantac Cancer Case? Call Our Law Firm in Greensburg, PA Right Now.

If you or a loved one have been taking Zantac or generic/store brand versions of the popular over-the-counter (OTC) heartburn remedy ranitidine, and you have been diagnosed with cancer of the bladder, uterus, stomach, kidneys, or liver, you need to call a personal injury attorney right away.

The lawyers in our Greensburg law office are  your best resource for determining whether you should file a Zantac cancer lawsuit in light of the current Zantac and ranitidine drug recall by the FDA.

Call us now, or continue reading for more information about this recalled drug and your rights as someone who has experienced an injury from it.

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Returning to Work After Workers’ Compensation

After spending time on the mend from a workplace injury, you may be feeling anxious about your return to work. The workers’ compensation (WC) process can be complicated—especially for individuals dealing with their first-ever workers’ comp claim. On top of that, moving beyond an injury can also be emotionally challenging.

Knowing your rights and seeking the counsel of a skilled workers’ compensation attorney can make returning to work much easier. However, we realize that you may still be unsure whether your WC case requires legal advice and support. We’re here to show you how nearly all individuals on workers’ compensation leave will absolutely benefit from an experienced personal injury lawyer’s assistance as they recover and get back on the job. Continue reading “Returning to Work After Workers’ Compensation”

Seeking Chiropractic Care for Auto Accident Injuries

The main reason to make sure you have adequate bodily injury liability limits set up on your auto insurance policy is to allow you to visit all the medical specialists—from life-saving surgeons to chiropractors and other therapists—who can aid your recovery from an auto accident injury.

After all, even minor fender benders can cause chronic aches and pains associated with neck trauma and whiplash injuries. And believe it or not, your seatbelt doing its job of restraining you in a collision can cause shoulder problems, which are a top complaint that chiropractic care treats for car accident victims. Deploying airbags, designed to save your life in serious crashes, can cause physical pain issues, as well.

As experienced personal injury lawyers right here in Greensburg, we can often get the best personal injury case results and most compensation following an auto injury for those who seek medical treatment promptly and who follow up with specialists, as needed.

With that in mind, today’s post gives you some insight on working with chiropractors, who have unique training to help accident victims move past their musculoskeletal pain and more on the road to recovery.  

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Getting Compensated for Your Personal Injury

While maximizing the compensation you receive from your personal injury case really comes down to one big factor—hiring an experienced and capable personal injury lawyer who is driven to get the best results for their clients—there are a number of seemingly small things (that aren’t actually so small) you can do to help your attorney help you.

Today’s post focuses on a few critical milestones within individuals’ personal injury journeys that require attention and consideration to help build a case. If you contact a lawyer early in the process, we can ensure that these are handled properly. After all, keeping track of everything yourself can be extremely challenging if you’re the injured party.

Remember—you don’t have to go it alone, and your compensation will almost certainly be greater if you entrust the process to professionals like us here at Westmoreland Injury Lawyers.

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$1 Million Award for Drunken Driver Victim

At our Westmoreland Injury Lawyers law office, there are a number of things that we do better as a law firm dedicated to serving our neighbors right here in Greensburg. While we’re a small  law firm, our experienced and caring personal injury attorneys have the knowledge in a variety of specialties required to win cases and get justice for clients just like you.

Have you been hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault? You’ll take a particular interest in today’s post.

This success story illustrates how our lawyers closely collaborated to get a drunk driving accident victim over $1 million for their injuries by leveraging workers’ compensation benefits, traditional personal injury law focused on auto accidents, and more.

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What is Tort Law?

Tort law is the part of civil law that deals with acts or omissions that violate general social duties and cause harm—such an act or omission is called a “tort,” from words in French and Latin that mean a “wrong” or something “twisted” and unjust. In other words, if someone has wronged you, tort law might be the way to right that wrong.

But that’s a heavy definition, so let’s break it down a little bit.

You probably know you’ve been wronged because you’ve suffered some kind of harm. We usually think of physical injuries, but harm could also mean damage to or loss of property.

When someone wrongs you by not honoring an agreement you have with them, that would generally be a question for contract law, not tort law. Instead, tort law deals with actions or omissions that are wrong because society has generally decided we all have certain duties of how to treat each other even if we haven’t specifically agreed to those rules in a contract. For example, we all have duties not to punch people, steal things, or drive dangerously and cause car accidents. And notice that we usually say “acts or omissions,” because sometimes people do things they should not do, and sometimes they fail to do things they should do.

So tort law differs from contract law on the one hand, but it also differs from criminal law. If someone punches you, steals your property, or drives recklessly, they might be committing both a tort and a crime. But criminal law is about the government holding people accountable for committing wrongs against the public order, which harms society in general. The purpose of tort law is to right wrongs between private parties, mainly by making the wrongdoer compensate the victim of the tort for the injuries and other harm they suffered. The fact that it’s about disputes between private parties (individuals, but also businesses or organizations, or even the government in certain situations, such as poor road design) is what makes it part of “civil law.”

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