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    All About Spinal Cord Injuries

    Last updated 8 months ago

    The spinal cord is responsible for conveying messages between the brain and the rest of the body. Damage to the spinal cord can limit a variety of basic functions, including walking, talking, and breathing. The higher on the spinal cord an injury occurs, the greater the impairment.

    If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury, you’ve likely heard a doctor use certain numbers or letters to describe the injury. These numbers and letters refer to the location of the injury. This video provides an overview of the different levels of spinal cord injury, explaining what each letter and number classification means.

    The personal injury legal team at Todd M. Berk, Esq. is committed to assisting clients in a timely manner. For more information, give us a call at (267) 439-4943.

    Excellent Review for Todd Berk

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Dear Mr Berk, I wanted to thank you for your professional handling of my disability case. After my initial denile you walked me through the appeals process and helped me obtain benefits for myself and my 2 young children. I can not thank you enough. Thanks, Joe G More
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    Great Review for Todd Berk, Esq.

    Last updated 9 months ago

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    • Dear Mr. Berk,

      I wanted to thank you for all of your assistance with my wife's  Disability Case.  

      We were speechless when her claim was denied.  As you know, she was unable to work due to an accident which broke her neck and crushed her spinal cord leaving her with cross body paralysis and cognitive... More

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    • Todd Berk, Esq. has been my lawyer for over a year now, and I have had a very positive experience with his firm during my application for SSDI. He made the process easy and painless, and took care of everything, responding quickly to my questions and notifying me immediately when my input was required. He also handled my case with confidence... More

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    A Look at Social Security Benefits for Your Widow or Widower

    Last updated 9 months ago

    If you were to suffer an untimely death, you would like to know that your family is taken care of. One of the Social Security Administration’s duties is to help grieving widows and widowers make ends meet in the wake of their spouse’s death. However, as with other aspects of Social Security, the process of receiving benefits can be very complicated.

    Full Benefits
    The benefits your surviving spouse receives depends on how old he or she is at the time of your death. If your spouse is past the full retirement age when you pass away, he or she stands to receive 100% of your benefit amount after your death. Though this may seem rather straightforward, your spouse might consider hiring a Social Security attorney to help file the correct paperwork and receive benefits in a timely manner.

    Reduced Benefits
    There are several instances in which a widow or widower might receive reduced benefits. If your spouse is between 60 and the full retirement age at the time of your death, he or she can receive anywhere from 71.5% to 99% of your basic benefit amount. If your spouse is disabled and between 50 and 59 years old, he or she will receive 71.5% of your benefits. If your spouse is younger than 60 years old and decides to remarry, he or she will no longer receive survivor benefits.   

    Benefits for Children
    A widow or widower of any age can still be eligible for 75% of survivor benefits if he or she is caring for a child younger than 16 years old. A child who is younger than 18 or disabled may also receive 75% of your benefits. For help determining what kind of benefits your spouse and children may receive in the event of your death, it’s a good idea to speak with a Social Security attorney.

    Todd M. Berk, Esq. has been providing answers to Social Security questions for over 30 years. If you are trying to make sense of the benefit application process, or if you are preparing to appeal a previous decision, call our Philadelphia office at (267) 439-4943.

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