Affleck & Gordon Settlements in Workers’ Comp Cases

$1,250,000.00
A 32-year-old roofer who slipped and fell off a wet roof and suffered a severe L1 burst fracture and after multiple stabilization surgeries was diagnosed with persistent paraplegia. (A home and a van).

 

$677, 109.00
A 47-year old salesman involved in an auto accident suffered a broken back, fractures to ribs, left wrist and hand, a punctured lung and head and facial injuries.

 

$629,014.00
A 54-year-old insurance billing specialist suffered neck and back injuries when she tripped and fell climbing metal stairs and underwent neck and back surgery. As a result of her debilitating injuries, she developed major depression and anxiety.

 

$619,055.00
A 50-year old forklift driver was lifting pallets with his forklift when some pallets fell onto him, causing a skull fracture, punctured eardrums, broken jaw, lower back strain, dislocation of his right shoulder and severe dental problems.

 

$606,586.00
A 44-year-old maintenance worker injured his low back while removing a large wooden swing set and underwent a lumbar decompression and fusion at L3-5. Not being able to work or perform upkeep around his own home, he fell into depression as a result.

 

$573,417.00
A 34-year old counter salesman was carrying pipe on his shoulder when a wire reel fell in front of him causing him to twist his back and worsen his preexisting spondylolisthesis.

 

$456,837.13
A 63-year old plant manager slipped off the edge of a gate which caused him to twist and jam his low back.

 

$488,016.71
A 34-year old outside plant technician suffered disabling injuries to his mid and low back and other areas of his body when hit by a dump truck. (Home modifications).

 

$416,802.00
A 52-year old production engineer was cleaning a bank of cleaners when one of them blew out pressure knocking him off his feet causing him to fall and strike his head, neck, back and upper arms.

 

$351,376.00
A 44-year old reuse technician attempted to lift jugs of bicarbonate onto a cart when she felt a pop in her back and immediately developed severe neck, back and leg pain.

 

$341,579.00
A 44-year old worker injured his back lifting a box of canned goods and was diagnosed with multilevel degenerative disc disease and failed back syndrome.

 

$335,597.00
A 46-year old travel consultant injured her low back when a desk drawer started to fall and she bent over to try to catch it.

 

$317,305.00
A 53-year old cashier fell off a ladder landing on her back injuring her neck, back, right arm and right leg.

 

$303,431.00
A 46-year old operator was struck by a company truck injuring his low back, bilateral hips and left knee.

 

$293,865.00
A 42-year old building manager slipped and fell off a roof injuring his back, right shoulder and bilateral legs.

 

$292,697.65
A 49-year old truck driver felt a pop in his back while pushing freight.

 

$285,310.00
A 35-year old laborer was knocked down by a mill hand injuring his back and shoulders.

 

$279,481.50
A 44-year old maintenance equipment operator aggravated a preexisting right knee injury and injured his hands, wrists and arms with repetitive work activity.

 

$270,989.00
A 46-year old involved in a motor vehicle accident resulting in multiple injuries including chest contusions, left hemopneumothorax, rib fractures, left arm and wrist fractures and hip fracture.

 

$266,705.00
A 61-year old merchandiser lifted a box and felt a pull in her shoulder and neck pain.

 

$265,049.00
A 49-year old worker injured her low back and left hip and suffered psychological issues.

 

$255,275.00
A 52-year old pipe fitter injured his face, left eye, neck and back in an auto accident.

 

$251,198.78
A 42-year old auto body tech slipped on some compound while working on a truck and injured his low back and hip.

Top 12 Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for Social Security Disability

Top 12 Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for Social Security Disability

 

Top 12 Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for Social Security Disability

Filing for Social Security disability benefits can be a complicated and long process. In order to better the chances of your having a successful outcome, here are some common mistakes to avoid:

Mistake 1:    Collecting unemployment while waiting for disability. Some judges see this as a statement that you are “ready, willing and able to work.”

Mistake 2:     Not quitting work when applying for disability. Social Security is very strict about your “ability to work.”

Mistake 3:   Assuming you can’t afford a disability lawyer. We work on a contingency basis so there is no fee until we win your case.

Mistake 4:    Never checking the status of your SSDI or SSI claim. Social Security Administration is a large agency and it is not uncommon for paperwork to slip through the cracks, so you must keep good records.

Mistake 5:    Missing the disability appeal deadline. Be sure to find out the appeal deadlines. It is usually 60 days from the date on the denial notice.

Mistake 6:   Not preparing for a Social Security disability hearing. This process begins when you file an application. You have to tell a consistent story that makes sense and is documented by the medical evidence.

Mistake 7:    Not taking medication as prescribed by your doctor. Even if you have trouble affording medicine, you should always discuss this with your doctor.

Mistake 8:   Not alleging mental conditions which you have on a Social Security disability or SSI disability application. All the elements of your case work together to establish disability.

Mistake 9:   Not seeing a doctor for your medical or emotional problems. It’s all about the evidence. You must have a doctor who can explain your impairments.

Mistake 10:   Thinking you just can’t win. If you believe that you have become disabled, you should file an application for benefits. Don’t get discouraged if you receive a denial. You should appeal it and seek the advice of an attorney.

Mistake 11:   Waiting to file. It can take a long time before you’re awarded benefits due to the appeals process. To shorten your wait time, you should file immediately if you are not working or your earnings dropped below $1,180 per month as of 2018.

Mistake 12:   Not hiring an attorney. A disability attorney can help you strengthen your arguments, meet all deadlines, and use the law to your advantage.

 

Tips For Winning Your Social Security Disability Case

Key To Your Winning Your Social Security Disability Case
Key To Your Winning Your Social Security Disability Case

1. Be ready for your disability application before the process even starts. Interviews with claims representatives at field offices can be intimidating and a little nerve-wracking. Be sure you know what disabilities you are alleging, the date you claim you became disabled, and the names, addresses and phone numbers for all of your doctors and other healthcare providers.

2. Getting your medical records together yourself is likely to help jumpstart your case. You may consider getting your medical records together and submitting them when you apply for disability to avoid the delay that follows when Social Security requests them.

3. Get your pain symptoms on record so that Social Security can take this into consideration. If you have pain, absolutely mention it when you apply and get it included as part of your disability application. Be clear and specific about where you have pain and how it limits you.

4. Never minimize your pain or other symptoms. Describe how your symptoms affect your ability to do normal daily activities. Likewise, do not exaggerate your pain or other limitations.

5. Always list every one of your medical conditions, physical or mental. Disability cases are complex. It is often the combination of conditions which results in a favorable ruling.

6. Symptoms alone are not enough to win. Your medical records must show an objective medical reason for the symptoms you have. If you do not have a doctor or if your doctor is not helping you, you may want to find another doctor.

7. Be sure you tell your doctor all about your situation so that your medical records include details of your limitations. A doctor who does not record observations and has no support for his opinion, is not persuasive. Try to build a strong relationship with your doctor.

8. Strengthen your disability case by providing the details of your work history. Social Security looks at all the jobs you have had in the past 15 years to see if you can do any of them again.

9. Be sure to provide treatment information as far back as you can recall. Make sure to do this at least as far back as you are alleging that your condition, or conditions, began to affect your functioning and cause you to be unable to work.

10. It is important to mention any mental conditions along with the physical impairment you have. Your mental condition may eliminate jobs that require you to stay on task, concentrate, perform complex tasks, remember instructions, etc.

11. Decisional notices are just one of several reasons that you should always tell Social Security your current mailing address. If you move while you are awaiting a decision, you should notify both the disability examiner working on your case and the local Social Security office where you began your claim, as well as your attorney’s office.

12. A Social Security medical examination usually offers little to your case – nonetheless, do not miss an appointment. Remember it is a tool used by the Social Security disability agency to close cases (deny claims) rather than to help you receive benefits. Be sure to tell this doctor the things which you feel make you disabled.

Affleck and Gordon, P.C.
Attorneys and Counselors at Law