It is the time of the year that our office starts to get calls from our clients who filed for Bankruptcy during the past year. They have either just received a 1099-C or are about to make a trip to their tax preparer. They are concerned about whether the canceled debt is to be included in their gross income for their 2013 income tax return.
Many injured workers' are familiar with the Bureau C-9 form, formally known as the Physician's Request for Medical Services. This is the form medical providers use to request treatment, medical equipment or supplies in a workers' compensation claim. In addition to requests for treatment/services, the form also contains a section for the medical provider to indicate additional conditions that may be related to an industrial injury.
Social Security has recently announced a new program to help disabled Veterans get quicker decisions on their disability applications. This program will help speed up the process for those Veterans with a 100% permanent total disability rating from the VA. Social Security has been quick to say that this will not guarantee a favorable decision on your disability case. But it will help speed up the process. You can still have an attorney assist you with filing the initial application for benefits on your disability claim.
I recently had a client call to inquire why his employer said he had "voluntarily abandoned" his job when he did not quit, but was fired. I can understand his confusion. The term "voluntary abandonment" certainly lends itself to an assumption that it means that someone quit their job. However, in workers' compensation law, it has a much different meaning.
I recently met with a client to discuss a new will and other planning documents, including a living will and power of attorney. The client asked me if I could set a task to remind him on an annual basis of the need to review his documents so that they could be updated as his life circumstances change. He admitted that without the reminder, he might not make the changes that he is already contemplating due to the payoff of certain debts in the future. I readily agreed to set my follow up system to personally contact him on an annual basis as he requested.
Generally speaking, under Ohio law, an employee may file a workers' compensation claim for an injury that arises out of the course and scope of his or her employment. In addition, an employee may even file for pre-existing injuries, so long as the workplace injury "substantially aggravated" the pre-existing injury at issue. What qualifies as substantial aggravation has been a bit confusing since the enactment of Senate Bill 7 (SB7).
The travails of Alex Rodriguez and his suspension from baseball have been the subject of much news and opinion over the past few months. Now that the baseball season has ended and we are huddled around whatever gives us some degree of warmth during these days of the Hot Stove League, not to mention that pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in about a week, the legal proceedings involving Alex Rodriguez are worth examining not only for their appeal to baseball fans, but also as a way to illustrate basic principles of labor law involving the arbitration process.
The Division of Retirement Accounts in a Divorce Proceeding
The FDA issued new warnings yesterday on the overdose danger of mixing prescription drugs with acetaminophen. Many prescription drugs such as Percocet or Vicodin contain acetaminophen. When combined with over the counter acetaminophen, they can reach dangerous levels.
If you are receiving Social Security Disability benefits, they will often continue until and unless your condition has improved to allow you to return to work (a determination made by Social Security). However, one instance in which your benefits will change is when you attain full retirement age. Once you reach full retirement age, your disability benefits will effectively be switched over automatically to retirement benefits and you will no longer receive disability benefits. However, until and unless you reach retirement age, you may still be eligible for disability benefits.