One Beer Could Get You Arrested

Utah recently passed legislation reducing the permissible blood alcohol content to operate a vehicle from .08% to .05%. Utah is the first state in the country that has taken this step.

The federal government has already taken the stance that all states should reduce their legal limit of blood alcohol content to drive a vehicle.

With Utah’s lead, there is a good chance that other states will follow suit. I would not be surprised if you heard in the coming years that Ohio legislators are considering a similar reduction in the legal limit of blood alcohol ...

Don’t let road karma get you

There is a powerful energy out on the roads that people need to recognize. It’s the ever-present “road karma.” If you have never heard of road karma, it’s probably because you are the type that doesn’t let the little old lady merge onto the freeway. Or maybe you’re the type to never let that soccer dad, with a van full of kids, exit out of the local McDonald’s when all you had to do was stop short of the exit as you waited for the light to change.

If you are ...

Be aware and share the road with motorcycles!

It's that time of year, people are ready to get out of hibernation-mode and back into the great outdoors. For many, there is no better way than rounding up the wolfpack, firing up the motorcycles, and exploring the Ohio scenery. For everyone though, it is that time of year we all need to be aware and pay more attention driving. I have always sought to be a defensive driver - thinking "I'm the one that can control myself and immediate surroundings." The fact of the matter is though, being defensive isn't always enough. In this technology-forward day and age, distracted drivers are now the norm. As I travel extensively for ...

New drunk driving (OVI) law goes into effect April 6, 2017

For most first time OVI offenders it used to be pretty basic. Do the three day “DUI school” and you are good to go. Get slapped with a six month license suspension with work privileges, and you’re back on the road.

Well, starting April 6, 2017, it’s not going to be that simple anymore. The lawmakers just passed new legislation they are calling “Annie’s Law.” Annie’s Law is named after a criminal defense lawyer who was killed by a drunk driver. This new law provides some pretty sweeping changes to ...

The hidden difficulty filing a Social Security Disability claim

To describe the Social Security disability application process as complicated is an understatement. Being approved for the benefits you may deserve is challenging. The approval rate for claims varies throughout the country, however, the national average indicates that about 36% of initial claims are approved - therefore around 64% are DENIED.

You can appeal the initial denial of your claim by filing a request for reconsideration. This stage, however, has the lowest approval rate of ALL disability claim levels - the national average is only 13.8%. The Social Security Regulations are stringent and allow the decision makers to deny more claims than ...

What is a spinal injury?

As personal injury attorneys, we see many different injuries, to many different body parts, of many different clients. In order to effectively represent these clients, we have to be well versed in human anatomy in order to understand the pain and suffering our clients endure over the course of an injury.

One of the most prevalent and common issues that we see involve the spine. Our clients will say they have bulging discs, herniated discs, slipped discs, ruptured discs and so on and so forth. But, what does that mean? Are they all the same? ...

Be safe: Green beer and OVI's this weekend

While you’re out drinking green beer (Is that stuff even safe? http://globalnews.ca/news/2585228/is-green-beer-safe-tips-for-staying-healthy-on-st-patricks-day/) and Irish car bombs (If you don’t know, now you know: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Car_Bomb) this St. Patrick’s day weekend, realize that law enforcement will be saturating the streets. Our local television station ran a story about law enforcement cracking down on impaired driving for the St. Patty’s day weekend https://www.whiznews.com/2017/03/highway-patrol-cracking-impaired-driving/.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is broadcasting that extra patrols will be out and about with an ...

Social Security disability hearing wait times worsen...

The majority of those denied their Social Security disability benefits have to survive the appeals process and appear before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Unfortunately the Social Security Administration has a large backlog and the appeals process time it takes to ultimately see an ALJ can take close to two years. Here are the current average wait times provided by Social Security.

Unfortunately, Social Security has been unable to make any noticeable progress on handling the backlog of claims. This is due to budget constraints and hiring freezes. The backlog may be even more exacerbated by the recent hiring freeze implemented by President Donald Trump. The ...

My car is totaled! Now what?

So your car is totaled: What should you do? ‘Totaled’ means that the cost of fixing your car is more than your car is worth (or what you could sell it for if in pre-crash condition). Insurance companies are required to pay you fair market value for your vehicle. Fair market value is what your car would sell for on the open market in pre-crash condition. The value of your car is not what you owe on your car. The value of your car is not the amount you may have recently purchased the car ...

Disabled-Worker Statistics

From January to March 2016, there were 575,078 applications for SSDI disabled worker benefits. In the same three months of 2015, there were 604,831 initial applications - nearly a 5% decline.

The percentage of initial claims that resulted in an award of benefits increased slightly: the rate was 31.1% in the first three months of 2015 and 32.2% in the same period of 2016.

There are 8,888,588 people receiving SSDI as disabled workers in March 2016. This number has decreased in 13 of the past 15 months and six of the last ten quarters ...

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