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Social Security Alert

HELP SAVE MEDICAID: CALL OR EMAIL YOUR SENATORS NOW! As you probably know, the Senate is set to consider a new bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) being called the Graham-Cassidy bill.  This bill would gut Medicaid, making it more difficult for your clients to get health care and for you to…
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Department of Corrections Settlement

A disturbed felon with a history of violence was released from prison on the condition he complied with certain requirements.  He was to be supervised by the Department of Corrections (DOC).  Rather than send him back to prison, DOC continued to allow him to be at large despite violent and bizarre behavior.  This individual approached…
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SSI Household / Spousal Income

How Much of a Spouse's Income is Deemed? The Social Security Administration has a complicated formula for deeming a spouse's income. To estimate how much of your husband or wife’s income will be deemed to you, you can follow these guidelines. First, deduct living expenses of $361 for each child from your spouse’s income.  Then add…
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US District Court Appeal

On March 23, 2015 Mr. O’Neill’s client won a US District Court appeal.   On that date the US magistrate issued a report and recommendation that reversed and remanded the decision of Commissioner which had denied a Title disability application.  The plaintiff suffered from ulcerative colitis which resulted in unpredictable frequent job breaks to deal with…
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Threat to Social Security Disability Benefits

Long ago I made a rule for myself to stay out of politics. I am breaking that rule. The election results from last November have resulted in a new Congress, which has acted in a way that I think you need to know about.  I have enclosed a summary of what Congress did on the…
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Uninsured Motorist Coverage

A man who regularly rode his bicycle to work was struck one morning by a 79-year old driving an aging pickup truck.  Predictably, the driver “didn’t see” the bicyclist nor could he afford the mandatory liability insurance required by state law. Luckily the injured man had purchased a $100,000 uninsured motorist policy which provided coverage…
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August 2014 Recoveries

A man rear-ended in heavy traffic by a chip truck on Industrial Way suffered injuries requiring shoulder surgery. The chip truck’s insurance carrier hired a large defense firm in Seattle to defend after stonewalling the injured man for nearly 20 months. The matter was set for trial when Mr. Crandall, at his client’s request, settled…
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Underinsured Motorist Claim

A man with a $100,000 underinsured motorist policy was injured when an underinsured motorist collided with him. After collecting the bad driver’s liability limits Mr. Crandall sought the $100,000 policy limits from his client’s own insurance company. Predictably, his insurer denied the nature and extent of their insured’s injuries. They were content to pocket his premiums…
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Successful Appeal

In June 2014 The Court of Appeals affirmed a $165,000 verdict and judgment Mr. Crandall won for a client. The at-fault driver’s insurer, Farmers, had claimed on appeal that the jury had awarded far too much for the Plaintiff for her lifelong symptoms. The real reason for the appeal was probably that Farmers policy had…
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