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Killeen, Texas, Personal Injury Blog

Appeal a SSD denial with legal help

As mentioned previously on this blog, there are various reasons a Social Security benefits claim is denied and more often than not, the first application is denied. However, it is important to keep in mind that just because the application has been denied does not mean that you are not disabled-there are various non medical reasons an application can be denied. Texas residents should not let a denial keep them down-there is a specific process to follow for filing an appeal and they should start working on it as soon as possible.

Working with a lawyer during the original application can take away some of the overwhelming feelings Social Security Disability applicants go through -- the process is lengthy and complicated but we help take the guesswork out of the equation. Even if you filed your application without a lawyer, it is never too late to seek assistance, especially if the claim was denied.

Why has my social security claim been denied?

According to the Social Security Administration, the sad reality is that one in four adult 20-year-old workers have the chance of becoming disabled before they reach retirement age. This means even though we don't like to think about disability and how it may affect us, it is important to know what options there are for taking care of one's own financial future and that of lived ones.

Social Security benefits are paid through two programs, Social Security Disability program and Social Security Income program. As we are focusing on SSD benefits, it is important to know what the requirements are. These benefits are for those whose inability to work stems from a medical condition that is going to last at least one year or even result in death. The definition of disability for this purpose falls under federal regulations and they are very strict.

Know about distracted driving's triple threat

Distracted driving is the cause of many accidents throughout the country. Cellphones, radios, GPS, food and even kids in the back of the car can be huge distractions that take the focus of the driver off the road. Some may get away with driving distracted for a time, but in a split second the consequences can be deadly both for a driver who is not paying attention and those nearby.

There are three types of distracted driving that all drivers should know and try to avoid. Understanding these behaviors can help you both to avoid causing accidents and to stay away from drivers who are obviously distracted to protect yourself.

What if my SSD benefits are up for review?

Texans who have been approved for and are receiving Social Security disability benefits should be aware that the SSD benefits will not be provided indefinitely and there will be periodic reviews of the case. This is to make certain that the illness, condition or injury is still sufficiently severe that the SSD benefits should continue. This is true for any kind of disability benefits. If the person's issues have not improved, then the benefits will continue. It is vital to understand certain points about a disability review.

The medical condition will be reviewed periodically. When this will take place is contingent on the severity of the issue that led to the benefits being approved and whether it is expected to improve. If it is expected to improve, the initial review will generally be held within six to 18 months after the date of disability. If it is possible that it will improve but there is no method to predict it, the case will be reviewed approximately every three years. If there is no improvement expected, the case will generally be reviewed every seven years.

Property division laws in Texas

Divorce in Texas can bring with it many unexpected issues and complications. Every soon-to-be divorced spouse has different goals when it comes to how they wish a divorce to play out. Some may desire certain child support and child custody outcomes to fall in place, while others may seek spousal support in order to continue to maintain the same quality of life they enjoyed before the divorce. Having specific goals can help when planning to undergo the divorce proceedings.

Many, too, have specific goals in mind when it comes to property division. Wanting to protect certain assets is common -- especially those that hold great monetary or sentimental value. Whether it's the family house, a boat or car -- or something with less monetary value, but more sentimental value, such as a family memento or pet -- there are ways to fight to protect certain assets in a divorce.

Texas BUI laws to know before going out on the lake

Summer is fast approaching, and that means more time out on the lake to beat the Texas heat. There are many water sports to enjoy, from speedboating to water skiing to kayaking. These are best enjoyed with family and friends, which can prompt the drinking of alcohol.

Before you take a sip of any alcoholic beverage, know the laws concerning boating under the influence in Texas. They are not quite the same as for driving a vehicle, yet they do come with just as serious consequences.

Social Security benefits for disabled children

A person in Texas can become disabled at any age. In some cases, a person is born with a disability; in other cases, a person may develop a disability later in life. Regardless of when it develops, a disability can prove to be a preventative factor in a person's ability to obtain the income they need to meet the requirements of daily life. For adults, this means they will need to rely on another source of monetary income, which can often come in the form of Social Security disability benefits.

Children, too, are sometimes eligible for Supplemental Security Income, a type of disability benefit. Although not many children are at an age where they would be able to earn a substantial income, they may still qualify if the meet the Social Security Administration's definition of disability. Plus, they must be within eligibility limits for household or income.

When to consider signing a prenuptial agreement

Texas residents who are entering into a marriage likely have a lot on their minds. It is undoubtedly an exciting time for many -- but it can also be a stressful time. There is often much to consider and a lot of planning to be done. Many of those entering a marriage want to make sure to protect their assets and ensure that their interests will be carried out in the unfortunate event of divorce.

Those entering into a marriage likely do not want to think about divorce. But considering the divorce rates in Texas and the greater U.S., it often makes sense to consider divorce as a very real possibility. This is where a prenuptial agreement can come into play.

Spring driving hazards to watch for in Texas

It may seem obvious to drive cautiously in the winter, but did you know it is just as important to do so during the other seasons as well? Any time of year brings driving challenges you need to be aware of.

Texas may not have the same drastic seasonal changes as the northern parts of the U.S., but that does not mean spring weather and road conditions do not present dangers while driving. You still need to know of potential risks while on the road. Watch out for these spring hazards to have a safer drive.

A look at child support modification

Every Texas family has unique needs and goals. When it comes to family law disputes, these needs and goals can vary widely. Of course, everyone has different wishes when it comes to how they want family law issues to play out, and this can result in disputes and feuds. Sometimes, too, a decision that was made by the courts years back may not be still a viable solution years later. In such cases, it may be desirable to obtain an agreement modification.

For instance, child support is a family law issue that is not always static and unmoving. Sometimes, a parent's job situation changes, or an unexpected accident causes their financial situation to change dramatically. When a parent can no longer realistically pay the amount of child support that was agreed upon, it may be possible to pursue a child support modification.

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