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  • what is sum insurance coverage near syracuse ny and watertown ny by mcv law

    SUM Insurance Coverage – What Is It and Why Do I Need It?

    SUM coverage stands for Supplemental Underinsured Motorist coverage. Its partner is UM insurance coverage, which stands for Uninsured Motorist coverage. In 1993, the New York State Insurance Department prepared a prescribed policy form for Supplementary Uninsured Motorist coverage. In today’s day and age, a person must do what they can to protect themselves with regard to insurance coverages. Therefore, much consideration should be given to your own policy to make sure that you have sufficient …

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    What happens if my treatment is denied in a NYS Workers’ Compensation case?

    A common occurrence in a New York Workers’ Compensation claim is for an injured worker to have treatment denied by the insurance company.  There are a number of reasons that this can happen. One reason may be that the case is being challenged by the insurance carrier.  This situation generally gets resolved by litigation and depends on whether the law judge establishes a case. Once a case gets established, an injured worker is entitled to causally related, medically necessary treatment.  An ins…

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  • injured in a car accident who pays for medical and lost wages near syracuse ny and watertown ny from mcv law

    If I have been injured in a car accident, does the person who hit me pay for my medical and lost wages?

    The short answer is, not at first.  Personal injury protection, also known as No-Fault, is mandatory on every insured vehicle in New York State.  Therefore, your insurance company will pay for your medical and lost wages with certain limitations, up to $50,000 regardless of who is at fault for the accident.  More coverage may be available if you purchased additional No-Fault coverage beyond the statutory minimum of $50,000. You must notify your insurance company that you have been in an acciden…

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  • injured in a car accident how do i pay for medical treatment near syracuse ny and watertown ny from mcv law

    If I have been injured in a car accident, how do I pay for my medical treatment?

    We talked in my last blog that Personal Injury Protection (PIP), also known as No-Fault, is mandatory on every insured vehicle in New York State.  Therefore, No-Fault will pay for your medical treatment regardless of who is at fault for the accident.  However, there are limitations.   No-Fault is only available up to $50,000 unless additional No-Fault coverage was purchased beyond the statutory minimum. You may be covered for medical treatment and prescriptions up to the available limit on the …

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  • injured in a car accident how do i get lost wages near syracuse ny and watertown ny from mcv law

    If I have been injured in a car accident, how do I get my lost wages?

    As you already know from reading this blog, if you have been injured in a car accident, No-Fault, with certain limitations, will pay your medical bills regardless of fault.  In addition, No-Fault will pay your lost wages as well.  In order to be eligible for lost wages, your treating physician must determine that you are unable to work due to the injury sustained in the car accident.  You must request that your physician fill out a No-Fault form certifying that you are disabled due to the car ac…

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  • how to appeal a social security denial near syracuse ny and watertown ny from mcv law

    How to Appeal a Social Security Denial

    Most initial Social Security Disability claims are denied.   If you received a denial you should promptly file your appeal. You should not file a new application, unless the denial was for a technical reason, such as earning over the income limits. The denial notice tells you the steps you need to take to appeal your decision. When your initial claim for benefits is denied, the next step for claimants in most states, is to file a “Request for Reconsideration." The request for reconsideration m…

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  • social security disability benefits for older workers from mcv law near syracuse ny

    Social Security disability benefits for older workers

    In my practice, I meet with a lot of people who get injured and keep returning to work. Some of them do very physical jobs or work on their feet all day. Some of these people will not be able to do their jobs to the Social Security Administration’s full retirement age of 66+ years old. Many workers who are in their late fifties or early sixties with arm, knee, hip, back and/or neck problems have more and more pain after working for eight hours. These workers are thinking about giving up and taki…

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  • trial work period from mcv law near syracuse ny

    Trial Work Period

    The Trial Work Period is a program where Social Security allows SSDI beneficiaries to try to return to work without losing their benefits. During the first nine months that you return to work, you will continue to receive your SSDI benefits. At the end of nine months of work, your trial work period is over, and the SSA will decide if you have been doing "substantial gainful activity," or SGA. (SGA for 2018 is generally earning $1,180 or more per month.) If your average earnings are over the SGA…

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  • paula highers estate planning attorney near syracuse ny from mcv law

    Abraham Lincoln, this country’s 16th president, was an attorney

    Abraham Lincoln, this country’s 16th president, was an attorney before being elected to the Illinois House of Representatives.  As president he paved the way for the abolition of slavery and promoted the modernization of the economy.  President Lincoln had a wife and four children when he was assassinated at the age of 54.  When President Lincoln, an esteemed lawyer, died he died without a Will. Howard Hughes was a film producer/director of movies like Hell’s Angels in 1930 and Scarface in 1932…

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  • how to write a will estate planning attorneys near syracuse ny from mcv law

    I don’t really have much, can’t I just make a list and leave it for my family?

    Most people don’t realize that while you might not believe you have much some things still require legal authority to pass to family. Many assets, like bank accounts, stock, bonds, vehicles and pistols, cannot simply be given to someone when you pass, they require an order from the court granting a specific person the legal authority to transfer the title of these items. Many people also do not realize that if you do not have a Will prepared and properly witnessed, the State will determine how i…

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