Generally speaking, you cannot work while at the same time apply for social Security
disability (SSD). Social Security calls work "substantial gainful activity" (SGA) which is
defined, for 2023, as grossing more than $1,470.00 a month. For 2022, the amount was
$1,350.00, and is adjusted upward annually for a cost-of-living adjustment(COLA.) Note that
SGA is computed on gross earnings (before taxes are deducted), and not take-home or net pay.
The reason SGA is such a small amount is that SSD is an all or nothing proposition: either one
can work, or one is disabled and cannot work. Therefore, if you are working but your gross
earnings are below the SGA amount, you can apply for disability. SGA is the first step in the
five-step sequential evaluation process Social Security uses to determine if you are disabled.
Under the Social Security Act, "disability" is defined as an impairment (medical
condition) that has lasted or is expected to last 12 or more consecutive months. Note that you do
not have to wait a year to file for disability alter you stop working since the law contemplates
impairments that are"expected" to last 12 months. Social Security determines if you are
disabled by using a five-step sequential evaluation process. Those steps are:
There are over 225 million licensed drivers in the United States alone - and that number is always growing. Because of that, it should come as no surprise that car accidents are the number one reason behind injuries in the United States. According to the NHTSA (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), 36,000 car-related fatalities and almost 3 million car-related injuries happened in 2018 alone.
These numbers should prove cars are almost as common as car accidents. Which might lead one to wonder what car-related injuries occur most frequently and what causes them?
A car accident can change your life forever. It can affect your physical, mental, emotional, and financial well-being. The best thing that you can do when you are involved in a car accident, right after a medical checkup, is hiring a lawyer.
The right lawyer can help you fight for what you deserve - and you deserve financial compensation after a car accident has put your life at risk, no matter how small.
We have a long history of helping victims achieve justice. We have over three decades’ worth of experience.
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We have discovered that old trends die hard. For example, many municipal entities, such as cities, counties, school districts and county own hospitals, decided in the 1980's that they would "self-insure" their health insurance plans. These municipal entities would use the premium payments of their employees to put into a pot that would pay the medical expenses of the employees. An insurance company would oversee the plan and pay the medical expense allowed under the plan.
If an employee was injured by the negligence of someone else then the plan would demand that the injured worker "repay" any of the medical expense that the plan made. Kansas law prohibited insurance companies from requesting reimbursement. This was a way to get around Kansas law.
In 1994, the Kansas Court of Appeals ruled that these municipal entities could request reimbursement because these plans were not "insurance".
Recently, we represented a young woman who received her insurance from a school district. We received a call from a business representing the school district requesting that our client repay over $50,000.00 of her settlement to this plan. We looked at the law and realized that the legislature had changed the law since the last time we had a case like this. The law no longer allows the plan to be repaid so this increased our client's settlement from approximately $13,000 to $63,000.
We also realized that many firms mistakenly repaid this money. We want to return this money to its rightful owner. Therefore, if you know anybody who worked for a municipal entity and paid part of his or her settlement to the employer in the last 5 years please call we may be able to help.