Frequently Asked Questions

Can I File a Disability Claim While Collecting Unemployment Benefits?

It is completely understandable for someone to file a disability claim because a mental or physical disability prevents them from working. It also is not unreasonable to file a claim for unemployment benefits after being laid off. Yet people sometimes wonder, Can you apply for disability while on unemployment benefits? The simple answer is that you technically can file for both. However, it is rarely a good idea and often creates more problems than solutions. If you are asking, Can you get unemployment and disability at the same time? then you should reach out to a qualified and experienced disability lawyer for further guidance right away.  Can You Draw Unemployment If You Have Filed for Disability? Again, there’s no law that prohibits you from collecting both unemployment and disability benefits. Yet there are practical complications in attempting to collect both at the same time. To understand why, it’s important to understand what you are claiming when receiving unemployment benefits and disability benefits. Requirements to Obtain Unemployment Benefits Unemployment benefits help provide an individual with temporary income after they’ve lost their job. To collect unemployment, you must have lost your job through no fault of your own. Each state has its own unemployment benefits program with unique requirements and payment plans. That said, a nearly universal requirement to receive unemployment benefits is that the person receiving benefits has to be ready, willing, and able to work.  Requirements to Receive Disability Payments Individuals receiving unemployment benefits can theoretically apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) from the Social Security Administration (SSA).  Many states also feature SSDI programs. To apply for any of these programs, an individual generally must show that they have medical conditions that prevent them from working. This includes information about their medical condition or disability that prevents them from doing work-related activities like walking, sitting, or remembering instructions. To evaluate the extent of the individual’s disability, the SSA will evaluate whether (and how much) you’re currently working. It will also evaluate whether you can still do the work at your previous job. Therefore, receiving disability payments means you need to claim that you can’t work a job.  We’ll take care of everything else. Submit the short form below to schedule a consultation. So Can You Collect Unemployment and Disability Benefits? At this point, you can probably see where collecting unemployment benefits and disability payments at the same time becomes tricky. On one hand, you are claiming that you are ready, willing, and able to work when you collect unemployment benefits. On the other hand, you are asking for disability payments because you are unable to work due to a medical condition. Many administrative law judges (ALJs) for the SSA are suspicious of those who try to obtain unemployment and disability benefits simultaneously. That said, there could occasionally be situations where an individual can legitimately claim both benefit types. Can a Disability Attorney Help Me Decide Whether to Apply for Unemployment Benefits and Disability Benefits? Absolutely. An experienced disability lawyer will be able to assess your claim and explain your potential options. They can also explain the benefits and drawbacks for each choice. Because they are experienced with working with ALJs and other government officials, an attorney can provide you sound advice on how to move forward.  Can You Apply For Disability While On Unemployment with a Skilled Attorney Representing You? The simple truth is that you need the advice of a knowledgeable disability lawyer to help you if you are considering applying for disability while on unemployment. Moreover, it’s critical that you pick the right attorney. You need to look for an attorney with a practice focused on disability-related legal issues. It’s also important for them to have many years of legal experience and a great reputation.  Cottrell Law Office is not just any law firm. We are an award-winning firm with over 32 years of experience aiding injured and disabled people. In addition, we have an outstanding track record of providing great client service, as our customer testimonials show. Finally, our outstanding results show just how good we are at helping our clients win big and obtain the compensation they deserve. Let us help you. Give us a call today at 800-364-8305 or contact us online to get started. 

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How Much Do Car Accident Lawyers Charge?

If you sustained injuries in a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you deserve justice and compensation for your injuries and other damages. If you’re considering legal action, you are likely wondering whether to get a lawyer and what that might cost. After any type of injury accident, it’s natural to have many questions and concerns. The Missouri car accident lawyers of Cottrell Law Office have the answers you’re seeking. We offer a free consultation and case review to help get you the information you need and get you started on the legal process. How Are Auto Accident Attorney Fees Calculated? If you were the victim of someone else’s negligence, most car accident lawyers will accept your case on a contingency fee basis. This means that you don’t have to pay any retainer or out-of-pocket legal fees to your lawyer. They will handle your case and cover any expenses on your behalf. Once your case settles, they will take a percentage of the settlement. Accident attorney fees vary depending on several factors. However, the average car accident lawyer fee percentage is about 33% or one-third of the settlement amount. Some attorneys might offer a sliding fee scale based on how long it takes to resolve your claim. The quicker the resolution, the lower the fees. What Do Car Accident Lawyer Fees Include? Every lawyer and law firm sets its own policies regarding fees and expenses. Typically, however, car accident attorney fee percentages do not include expenses. Expenses might include items such as court filing fees, professional service fees for investigators and subject matter experts, courier fees, copies, etc. Always be sure to ask any potential attorney how their fee structure works and what is—and is not—included in their contingency percentage. How Much Do Accident Lawyers Charge for Going to Court? Fortunately, most attorneys can settle their clients’ cases without having to file a lawsuit. Negotiating a settlement saves everyone the time, hassle, and money of going to court. A settlement also makes good sense because it gets a check in your hand as quickly as possible. Sometimes, however, the insurance company won’t settle for what your claim is worth—or they won’t settle at all. In that case, your attorney might recommend filing a lawsuit. Preparing a case for trial requires substantial time, effort, and resources. Because it costs the law firm more money than a settlement would, you can expect to pay higher accident attorney fees. Again, your actual fee percentage will vary, but 40% or more is well within the range of reasonable expectations. Before you enter into an agreement with an attorney, ensure you understand their fees. Finally, make sure the fee structure is laid out clearly in your written legal services agreement. Contact a Car Accident Lawyer Today to Learn More If you sustained injuries in a car accident, contact an attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you get a lawyer working on your behalf, the sooner you can get the compensation you deserve. The personal injury attorneys of the Cottrell Law Office understand what you’re going through, and we are here to help. You don’t have to face this situation alone. We provide highly personalized legal representation with the highest possible standards in client communication and service. Call us now at 855-520-8801 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation with an experienced Missouri car accident lawyer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there limits on certain types of compensation in medical malpractice cases?

In some states, there are laws that may limit how much compensation a person can win if their medical malpractice claim is successful. In particular, these so-called damage caps are commonly enforced on non-economic damages. Non-economic damages include emotional distress, loss of companionship, and the worsening of a patient’s quality of life after an injury. However, Arkansas has no such limits for claimants pursuing compensation. Whatever compensation amounts are settled upon or are awarded through the courts are not limited.

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