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Retirement is an unavoidable circumstance in every employee’s life, granting that it is not abruptly ended by any injury or illness, which can render an employee disabled either for a short or long period. It is because of disability why many employees become subjected to financial difficulties, since it will cause them to miss work for days or weeks (for short-term disability) to months or years (for term-term or permanent disability), resulting to lost wages and costly medical treatment. Thus, without the capability to earn, the means to sustain their families and themselves are greatly affected.

In 1935, to keep employees from financial difficulties, the Social Security Act was signed into law. It was first intended as a solution to poverty to which senior citizens were subjected to during the Great Depression of 1930. Since its implementation, improvements and changes have been made to include in its scope financial assistance upon retirement and benefits in the event of long-term injury or illness that is expected to keep a person unemployed for at least one year.

Applicants, whose claims have been denied or who are awarded benefits below the amount they expect, are allowed by Social Security to make an appeal within 60 days after the decision has been issued to them. The appeal process has four levels:

  • Reconsideration – a complete review of the claim filed; this is actually done by a new set of evaluators to make sure that there is no bias in the decision making;
  • Hearing – in the event that the claimant is still not satisfied with the new decision, presentation of new proofs and/or testimony of new witnesses (to substantiate your rights for your claim) may be made before an Administrative law judge;
  • Review by Appeals Council – if the outcome of the hearing still fails to satisfy the claimant, Social Security allows him/her to raise his/her concern to this council which will review the last decision arrived at. Consideration of the claimant’s new appeal will require the Administrative law judge to further review the claim; if the council finds the judge’s decision justifiable, though, then it can reject the claimant’s new appeal;
  • Review by a Federal court – this fourth level may be resorted to if the council’s decision is a rejection of the claimant’s appeal. It is part of Social Security’s responsibility to instruct the claimant on how to elevate his/her concern to the federal court.

According to a Social Security application lawyer, the Social Security Administration (SSA) provides a number of different programs that allow them to get the financial assistance they need to make ends meet. However, the reality is that actually applying for and receiving these benefits can be a significant challenge for many of those who most seriously need this help. Fortunately, with the help of qualified legal counsel, those who need the assistance of Social Security disability benefits can dramatically increase the likelihood of receiving these benefits as quickly as possible.

 

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Panic Disorder is a subset of anxiety disorders that is characterized by uncontrollable and often unprovoked episodes of overwhelming fear and anxiety, paired with physical symptoms like shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, and chest pain. For sufferers, episodes are terrifying experiences that are out of their control and inhibit daily functioning, considerably reducing the sufferer’s quality of life. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, common symptoms of panic disorder include repeated panic attacks, feeling out of control, intense worry, and physical symptoms such as sweating, a pounding heart, dizziness, chest pain, and nausea.

Traditional treatment methods for panic disorder usually includes psychotherapy and medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors that are similarly used for depression, as the National Institute of Mental Health further notes. Some individuals have painful side-effects with these medications or are particularly resistant to certain medications for treatment. In these cases, alternative treatment is sometimes sought to supplement treatment. One of these treatments is hypnotherapy, which has grown in popularity in counseling spheres because of its success with various mental disorders like addiction and phobias.

Hypnotherapy can help with panic disorder and similar anxiety disorders by returning one’s fight or flight response and the associated heightened emotions of fear and anger to healthy and functioning levels and response, according to the Orlando Hypnosis Clinic. Hypnotherapy aids treatment by going to the root of the problem and exploring the triggers and underlying emotional issues consistent in patients with the disorder. Many licensed therapists and psychiatrists are authorized to perform hypnotherapy as well as other treatments, making hypnotherapy a veritable option for those struggling with treatment-resistant or particularly debilitating cases of panic disorder, or for those seeking a more holistic approach to treatment that is not dependent on prescription medications. Most importantly, there are more options than ever for treatment of panic and similar disorders, allowing treatment to reach and help more patients, and reducing the number of those suffering without the help they need.

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After the Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage in Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), all American citizens have the equal right to marry their partner of choice and receive the same protections and benefits of that legally binding relationship. However, with the right to a lawful marriage comes the right to a lawful divorce. With the provisions of the new law of the land, LGBT couples have the same opportunity as heterosexual couples to equitably divide their assets under the oversight of the American legal system.

While this may sound cynical at best, the protection of LGBT citizens during divorce proceedings is equally as revolutionary as their right to marry in the first place. The lack of structure to laws preceding the Supreme Court’s ruling meant that the normal structure and order of legal divorce proceedings could at times become disjointed and chaotic.

However, the website of Holmes, Diggs, Eames & Sadler recognizes that, despite this progressive ruling, there are still many issues that have arisen for LGBT couples wishing to divorce. For partners who had been in an informal union for many years prior to their legal union, the equitable division of assets becomes very difficult to determine. How does the property accrued during their relationship prior to their marriage work into their divorce settlement? The court only recognizes assets acquired during marriage as subject to division, and oftentimes the court does not recognize common law marriages in the cases of LGBT couples–leaving the divorcing couple at an impasse.

Child custody presents an even greater challenge to divorcing LGBT couples. Many adoption agencies, prior to the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling, did not allow joint adoptions for LGBT couples. This means that only one parent obtains legal guardianship of the child at the time of adoption, the other parent must go through a separate (and time consuming and expensive) adoption process to be equally recognized as a legal guardian. If these steps are not taken, the child belongs solely to the parent who signed the adoption papers. Without legal guardianship of the child, a parent cannot fight for custody rights and is often at the mercy of the other–legal–parent.

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Oftentimes vehicle owners wanted to find out for themselves different prices of car insurance premiums for them to get the best deal that they think will provide them sufficient protection that is budget wise. With the advent of the internet, every person nowadays may easily compare insurance quotes offered by many policy providers.

As the law require vehicle drivers to have both liability and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, individuals who are looking to have a peace of mind may decide to upgrade their car insurance coverage for them to be able to get additional protection during accidents. By getting a quote, vehicle drivers are provided with estimated rate or premium of insurance coverage based on the policy details that they want to avail. Individuals getting a quote should know that insurance companies do not guess the rate they provided to every drivers asking for it. Insurance companies or agencies base their quote calculations in the information provided by the person getting insurance. Before a quote is made, insurance companies or agencies ask for important information regarding vehicles, individual’s driving history, and any information about previous car insurances. Insurance companies may further ask for additional details from a person getting car insurance. Individuals who are only out in the market looking for better car insurance may want to use the “insurance calculator” mostly if they are very much concerned about their personal details. According to the insurance experts of Ali Mokaram, getting a quote from various insurance companies is critical mostly if a person have many considerations. Factors like old age, a newly-acquired vehicle, family status, and home relocation may affect the person’s decision in getting insurance.

Aside from asking discounts, it is important that individuals provide truthful information as insurance people are well-versed in doing background checks of a person. Insurance rates or premiums may increase or decrease depending on the person’s information. A person who is not sure of his or her driving records may want to get MVR or motor vehicle report before getting a quote mostly if he or she will also use it for employment purposes or any court proceedings.

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Dealing with Hospital Negligence


Posted By on Aug 15, 2015

When we enter a hospital ill or injured, we usually immediately feel better knowing that we are under the care of experienced doctors who can help us. Hardly do we think we could come out of the hospital in worse shape than we went in. Unfortunately, this can be the exact situation when medical malpractice can affect a patient. According to the website of Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, patients can suffer from physical problems, emotional trauma, and financial burden as a result of hospital negligence.

As hospitals become more crowded, we see more negligence than ever. According to the website of McCutchen & Sexton – The Law Firm, these negligent actions can include wrong diagnosis, delayed treatment, surgical errors, and a number of other actions. When these take place, a victim can suffer from serious and debilitating injuries that can affect their quality of life. Even worse, an individual could have been properly diagnosed and treated by another doctor. Due to this, patients are entitled to receive compensation for their damages. Although most doctors we encounter take very good care of individuals, the few bad ones can cause not only injuries, but leave victims in serious financial ruins.

It is a hospital’s duty to provide proper care and rightfully apply their skills to help an individual. It is a horrifying thought that hospital negligence can leave a patient in worse shape than they initially were. When a doctor or hospital violates the inherent patient-doctor trust that we are entitled to, it is their responsibility to provide damages to victims. No individual should ever have to deal with injuries caused by the very place they visit to be taken care of.

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