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Category Archives: Civil Litigation

The Five Steps to a Social Security Disability Determination

Once you have been initially denied Social Security benefits, and your request for reconsideration has been denied, you should request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge of the Social Security Administration.  Approximately sixty days after the hearing, the Judge will issue a written decision explaining why she did or did not find you disabled. … Read More »

Lien Claims Under the Public Works Bond Act

As we noted in a prior post, depending on the nature of a project, a contractor or subcontractor in New Jersey may make a claim or claims under the Construction Lien Law, the Municipal Mechanic’s Lien Act or the Public Works Bond Act.  This article will focus on the procedure for filing a claim for… Read More »

Shooting from the Hip: Defective Medical Devices Cause Big Problems

Mark Stephan, a remarkable Illinois man in his mid-50s, bicycled 3,200 miles last year to raise funds and awareness for a cause very dear to his heart. Six years ago, Stephan had an unfortunate accident on his bicycle that resulted in fractured vertebrae, which left him quadriplegic with a prognosis from doctors that the rest… Read More »

Does New Care Healthcare Law Mean More Medical Malpractice Suits?

Starting in 2013, key provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect, with enrollment in the state insurance marketplaces opening in October and coverage beginning in January 2014. Among the benefits touted by proponents of the system are its requirements that insurance pay for preventive medical services such as annual… Read More »

After 18 Years, Expungement Gives New Jersey Man a Fresh Start

Whether because of poor judgment, lack of guidance or simple inexperience, many people make mistakes in their youth that cause them embarrassment and regret for the rest of their lives. For some, these mistakes cross the line from mere recklessness to criminal behavior punishable by time in juvenile detention facilities and even jails and prisons,… Read More »

Thanksgiving, Madonna and Thomas More

November brings our national holiday of Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is a time when we express our appreciation for the many things we take for granted.  Although we are grateful for our material abundance, at Thanksgiving we often delve much deeper into blessings of a spiritual bent. A while ago Larry King asked Madonna what was important… Read More »

Time Is of the Essence When It Comes to Residential Construction Liens

Construction liens, or mechanics liens, are age-old tools used by contractors and subcontracts alike as a means to secure payment for labor performed or materials furnished. Factors that make construction liens more attractive than litigation include the cost and time involved, the fact that the lien attaches to the interest of the owner of the… Read More »

Am I Eligible for Social Security Disability?

With Social Security Disability (SSD) claims on the rise, a crackdown on bogus claims is imminent. Absent a more stringent approach, the national welfare budget will become severely stretched and, as a result, genuine claims may suffer. To qualify for SSD benefits, it is therefore crucial to obtain legal assistance early in the process, and… Read More »

The One Text Message You Should Not Send In New Jersey

No, we are not talking about the angry text to your boss after he asks you to come in on Saturday, or the late night text to an ex-girlfriend or boyfriend.  The one text message you will regret sending is one that could cause serious injuries.  Beginning August 27, 2013, texting to a driver could… Read More »

Social Security Claims System at Stretching Point

New Jersey’s monthly bill for Social Security payments is reported to be about $260 million. With 4% of its population receiving SSD payments, New Jersey is roughly midway in the table of states providing SSD payments to its citizens. Some states are paying out SSD to 10% of their population. In the last 10 years,… Read More »

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