Last updated 2 days ago
In most cities that experience heavy ice and snowfall, city sanitation crews spend the nights salting the main streets, ensuring they are safe for driving. Unfortunately, not every business or homeowner takes the same precautions when it comes to public sidewalks. If someone were to slip on an icy sidewalk, he or she could suffer serious injuries including broken hips, sprained ankles, or concussions.
This news report shows how the city of Madison Wisconsin implemented a fine system to make sidewalks safer for pedestrians. When a business owner failed to correct the problem, the city would issue fines until the owner took the necessary precautions. The city also created a phone line to allow neighbors to complain about icy sidewalks to the inspection office.
If you experience a slip and fall injury this winter, Todd M. Berk, Esq. can help. You can reach our office by dialing (215) 687-4432.
Last updated 8 days ago
Not only are more people on the roads during major holidays, but also they are typically driving for longer periods of time. While alcohol consumption at holiday events remains a leading cause of auto accident fatalities, icy roads and vision problems also play a role. This doesn’t mean that people should avoid the road altogether this holiday season. Instead, they should take extra precautions to ensure that they are staying safe.
Make sure car is safe for travel
If you are going to be driving long-distance for holiday events, you need to make sure that your car is ready to handle changing winter elements. Before you and your family plan to hit the road, take your car into the shop and make sure that your tires have adequate tread, your windshield wiper blades are in good shape, and your fluid levels are safe. When it’s finally time to start your road trip, make sure that your passengers are all properly restrained in the car. For example, the back seat is typically the safest seat for children of all ages.
Having flexible travel plans is a great way to lower your risk of suffering a holiday auto accident. If snow is predicted during the time you plan to travel, you can easily adjust your schedule to make your travels safer. It’s also a great idea to leave early if possible when traveling long distance, as this will help you avoid peak traffic hours.
Keep your speed down
You may be excited to arrive at your destination and visit your family, but it’s important to give yourself plenty of time and distance on the road. This allows you to react to traffic around you, including impatient, speedy drivers you will likely encounter on the interstate.
Todd M. Berk, Esq. has more than 30 years of experience helping people seriously injured gain the benefits they deserve. If you’ve suffered a winter auto accident, give us a call at (215) 687-4432. We also represent clients seeking Social Security disability benefits in the Philadelphia area.
Last updated 17 days ago
If you are already receiving or are eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits, then your spouse may be eligible to get benefits in retirement, as long as he or she is at least 62 years of age. This is true even if your spouse has never worked under Social Security. Both you and your spouse can apply for retirement benefits by filling out an online application on the Social Security Administration’s website.
If you are at full retirement age
You can apply for retirement benefits once you reach the full retirement age and then ask to have payments suspended. This allows your spouse to receive a spousal benefit as you continue to earn delayed retirement credits until you reach the age of 70. It’s important to note that only you or your spouse can apply for retirement benefits and then request the payments be suspended so that the other can collect.
If your spouse is at full retirement age
Once your spouse reaches his or her full retirement age and is eligible to collect spouse’s benefit as well as personal retirement benefits, he or she has to make a choice. He or she can request to only receive spouse’s benefit and then delay the retirement benefits until later. This will allow your spouse to earn delayed retirement credits and collect a higher benefit at a later date. If both you and your spouse are of retirement age, only one of you can choose this option.
If your spouse worked
The Social Security Administration will pay your spouse retirement benefits that he or she earns first. However, if your spouse would earn more being on your record, then he or she will receive a combination of benefits that totals the higher amount.
Navigating the Social Security benefit system can be a complicated process, especially when determining your family members’ eligibility. Todd M. Berk, Esq. has more than 30 years of experience helping Philadelphia residents collect Social Security Disability benefits. To schedule a free consultation in our office, call (215) 687-4432.