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Helping accident victims through the legal system

The aftermath of a serious car accident can be devastating for just about anyone. In addition to recovering from significant or even debilitating physical injuries, a victim may also have to try to figure out how to support herself financially, as she may no longer be able to work. Moreover, an accident also takes an emotional toll both on the victim and his family. To add to these issues, California's legal system can be hard to understand, particularly for those who are immigrants to this country and thus may not be as familiar with the way the law works.

Making matters worse, getting compensation after a car accident will likely mean dealing with insurance companies. Doing so can prove to be difficult, especially if the company is unwilling to pay for all of the expenses and losses to which the victim is entitled. It can be easy to get lost in the large bureaucracy of an insurance company that, ultimately, has the one goal of turning a profit.

There are some ways to cut disability wait times

Many residents of the Modesto area have probably heard stories about how long it takes for the Social Security Administration to finally award disability benefits to a Californian who needs them. Many deserving applicants get denied at the first stages of the process, and this means that they will have to wait months or even years for a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. In the interim, the person will have to find other means of supporting himself or herself through a debilitating illness or injury, assuming of course that they live long enough to have a hearing.

At least some members of Congress are trying to address the problem. For example, there is a proposal to budget $300 million to the Social Security Administration so that they can reduce the time it takes to have a denial of benefits reviewed.

Expedited approval may get you disability benefits faster

Dealing with a disabling condition may involve a lot of frustrating waiting. You sit in waiting rooms for your medical appointments. You wait in line for prescriptions. You wait for the results of your tests and lab work. If your condition prevents you from working, you can expect a long wait between applying for Social Security Disability and receiving word of your approval for benefits. If the Social Security Administration approves your application, you still must wait five months or longer before your payments begin.

Fortunately, certain medical conditions qualify for rapid approval, which could significantly reduce the time you must wait for benefits. Although you do not have to take any special steps for expedited acceptance, it may help to understand how the program works so you will know when it is appropriate to fight for your rights.

California girl dies in apparent electric shock drowning case

A 10-year-old girl who lived near Sacramento died in what authorities believe was an electric shock drowning.

The girl was swimming in her family's pool when she apparently underwent a low-voltage electric shock. While it was not clear whether the voltage actually killed the girl, it did prevent her from being able to swim, which caused an accidental drowning.

We offer a range of family law services

Family law touches a lot of issues that can affect the lives of California residents. For instance, couples in Modesto may get involved in a divorce or other type of separation. In other cases, a couple may have never been in a legal union, but does have a child in common.

Under these circumstances, the couple may need help coming up with ground rules for custody, child support and parenting time. Going through a family law legal proceeding can be quite confusing and even overwhelming, particularly for people who are not often involved in the legal system. The process can be even more nerve-wracking when there is a lot at stake in terms of property or, especially, one's relationship with his or her child.

We offer representation in immigration appeals

Many people in Modesto and the surrounding California communities in the Sacramento Valley may have recently had to submit a petition or some other request to this country's immigration authorities.

The stakes are often very high with respect to these petitions, as the outcome could be the difference between being allowed to stay in the United States legally and having to leave the country.

Disability benefits for non-citizens

Many people come to the United States from other countries for a variety of reasons. Oftentimes, they take up long-term or permanent residence in this country and begin to work jobs and support their families.

Just like anyone else, though, a California worker who is not an American citizen may experience an illness or injury that takes him out of the workforce permanently. Again like anyone else, he would then need to find another means of supporting himself and his family.

The importance of documentation for your disability claim

Facing a long-term illness or a lengthy recovery from an injury can be frustrating. Adding to the frustration can be your inability to work to support yourself and meet the expenses of your medical needs. If your doctor expects you will be dealing with this condition for at least a year and you are unable to work during that time, you may qualify for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.

Agents at the SSA spend a lot of time and resources dealing with fraudulent applications for benefits. For this reason, the process of applying for disability benefits is complex, and the odds of obtaining approval are against you. If you plan to seek disability benefits, you will want to have every advantage, and that includes thorough documentation of your condition and treatment.

Overview of premises liability

As is the case with residents of other states, California property owners, that is, both private residents and business owners, have an obligation to keep their property reasonably safe for others.

By way of a caveat, the laws in this state covering premises liability are unique to California and can be complicated and nuanced. If someone in the Modesto area or in the surrounding communities has suffered an injury on the property of another person, he should strongly consider speaking to a personal injury attorney who can help him evaluate his options.

Permanent residents can help some family members come to the U.S.

If you have family members who want to immigrate to the United States, there are different paths available for them to reach this goal. One path involves obtaining a family-based green card.

If you are a permanent resident, also called a green card holder, you can help certain relatives obtain their own green cards. Depending on a relative’s situation, this could be the fastest way for someone to become a permanent resident of the Unites States.

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