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Social Security Disability and Consultative Examination

Sometimes a Disability Determination Services (DDS) examiner who is handling a case will request a consultative exam (CE) as part of the social security disability benefits process.  A CE is a medical exam, and if there is a request for one, an applicant can expect to receive a letter with this request.

There are many different reasons why a DDS examiner may request a CE, but they can include: missing documentation from medical records, missing medical reports or tests, or if your doctor has not seen you in a prolonged period of time.

The CE process allows the DDS examiner the ability to obtain more information on a particular applicant to help support a determination.  It helps identify the limitations and more details regarding an individual’s condition.

When a CE is performed, it is not performed by your personal doctor, but by a doctor contracted by the Social Security Administration.  The contracted doctor will receive requests for the specific examinations or tests that are needed from the DDS examiner.

The doctor will then perform the tests and gather the information requested for the DDS examiner but not prescribe any treatments or medications.  If you are given a CE, make sure you attend.

Not attending a CE can give a DDS examiner a reason to dismiss a claim, so attending is important.  If there is no way to attend the exam, then notify your DDS examiner or the CE physician as soon as you know. Reschedule for a time that will work around any schedule issues or life events that obstructed the original appointment.

Jorgensen Law a Social Security disability attorney in San Diego has the knowledge of the rules that regulate Social Security Disability and SSI. Many valid claims are denied because the evidence is presented in an unorganized manner without consideration to the methodology that Social Security uses to understand and approve claims.

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What You Should Know About Your Personal Injury Case!

Your life can change in an instant from the simple negligence of others. It takes a knowledgeable, professional team to fight for the compensation you deserve, and to know what you are truly entitled to.

Geoffrey T. Einhorn, LLC will help you get your life back together.

gavel600x210Do not settle property damage claims or bodily injury claims with insurance companies without first consulting experienced personal injury lawyers. Call the law office of Geoffrey T. Einhorn for a free initial consultation at (203) 269-1665.

If you are injured seek immediate medical attention and follow your doctor’s advice. Then, call an attorney.

Do not withhold any information from your attorney. All communications with him/her are privileged and confidential.

Do not make any statements to or sign any releases with an insurance company until you first consult with an attorney. The law office of Geoffrey T. Einhorn, LLC will provide professional advice on all such matters.

Do no talk to anyone other than immediate family about your case at any time until your case is settled.

If you have been seriously injured because of someone else’s negligence, contact Geoffrey T. Einhorn, LLC immediately. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to prepare a strong case on your behalf.

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Do you need a Personal Injury Attorney?

You have been hurt in some way and are attempting to file a claim with your insurance company, but you feel like they are giving you the run around and not wanting to pay your claim. You wonder is it just you? Maybe they are right and you’re not entitled to any money or help. Maybe your plan doesn’t cover your injury.

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Unfortunately, you may be dealing with a bad faith insurance claim – also called unfair insurance claim practices. This may happen when an insurance company will unreasonably withhold your policy benefits.

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If you feel this is happing to you, it is wise to speak with an attorney who can deal with the insurance company for you, and make sure you given everything your policy states is owed to you.

Insurance companies owe each policy holder a duty of “good faith and fair dealings”, when the company violates this good faith dealings, then the insured person may sue the company on both a breach of contract and a tort claim. The tort claim is what allows punitive damages that are usually unavailable in the breach of contract suit.

According to the Legal Dictionary, punitive damages are “Monetary compensation awarded to an injured party that goes beyond that which is necessary to compensate the individual for losses and that is intended to punish the wrongdoer”.

Do you have a claim for damages for a personal Injury Claim in Lake City or Gainesville, Florida? 
Some examples which may give reason for a lawsuit against an insurance company are:

  • Attempting to settle a claim for less than the amount of what the insured is entitled to, or lead to believe is entitled to based on written material
  • Delaying payment or investigation by requiring the insured or the physician to submit a preliminary claim report then requiring the insured or the physician to submit a formal proof of loss form, both contain about the same information – this may be used as a stall tactic
  • Attempting to settle the claim on an application that was altered without the insured person’s notice, knowledge, or consent
  • Refusing to pay the claim without conducting a reasonable investigation
  • Misrepresenting facts or provisions relating to coverage
  • Failing to confirm or deny a claim within a reasonable amount of time after proof of loss statements has been filed

If you feel your insurance company is not abiding by the good faith and fair dealings duty, then contact Koonlegal and Personal Injury Attorney Travis Koon. We have worked with insurance companies many times in the past, and if necessary, we can deal with them in court.

You do not deserve to be mistreated by these companies; you have already been through enough drama and injury to have to deal with their misgivings as well.

EXPERIENCED GAINESVILLE AND LAKE CITY, FLORIDA PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY
At www.koonlegal.com , Personal Injury Attorney Travis Koon, is a trained and skilled attorney that will assess your situation and argue on your behalf.

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Why You Should Leave the Courtroom to the Pros

Being injured can disrupt your life, especially if it is a serious injury. You might be permanently disabled, physically hurt in a way that prevents you from continuing work, or even suffer from traumatic stress. If you suffered an injury because of someone being neglectful or negligent, then you may be entitled to compensation. Many people will attempt to settle these matters themselves as a way to cut costs and ensure they do not have to pay lawyer fees, but if it is a major injury that costs you more than $2,000, leaves you with a permanent injury, or puts you out of work for several days, you really need to hire a personal injury lawyer to handle the affair for you. In the long run, you will actually save money and get more of the compensation you deserve if you hire a personal injury lawyer.

injury lawyerAn attorney is better equipped to deal with insurance companies and build a solid case to break through any defenses that a company may create in an attempt to minimize their losses as a result of their negligence. Large companies almost always have a legal department staffed with people who work only on legal cases and claims such as yours in order to reduce costs of lawsuits and claims filed against them. It will be almost impossible to successfully receive appropriate compensation from companies with a dedicated legal department. If you live in a city known as a transportation hub such as Nashville, TN or Chicago, IL, you will see more cases that involve companies with their own legal department. Therefore, an injury lawyer Nashville will have more experience with handling these types of cases than a smaller town that is located away from major interstates.

Whether you are filing a claim against a large company or an individual, you still have a long hard road ahead of you. If you attempt to settle this on your own, you will be taking on a lot of stress, hours of research and work, and in the end you are not as experienced as a personal injury lawyer so your results will simply not be up to par with a lawyer’ skills, time management, and expertise. You may actually do more damage to your case than help it since you don’t have the knowledge and experience in personal injury law. The attorney will know the laws very well and know the best way to approach your case and get you the compensation that you should have.

The relief of knowing an expert is working for you is enough to hire a personal injury lawyer. Now add the fact that no matter how much effort you put into a case on your own, a personal injury lawyer is just more experienced and will be able to put together a professional case with elements that you would have never thought of looking into. Attorneys gather reports on the incident as well as extensive medical records on you, even records that were in the distant past. Some of these searches and research are to convince them that you have a legitimate case, others are to prove that your condition was acquired from the incident. Never underestimate the advantages of having a professional on your side, especially during difficult times of struggling through an unnecessary injury for which you deserve proper compensation.

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