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    Preventing Slip and Fall Injuries in the Winter

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Falling snow coupled with freezing rain and wind can make it difficult to keep driveways and sidewalks clear. Even though frozen sidewalks pose the biggest threat to kids and seniors, trying to walk in these hazardous conditions can cause nearly anyone to suffer a slip and fall injury. For this reason, it’s important for anyone living in a snowy and icy climate to take extra safety precautions in the wintertime.

    Wear winter boots and shoes
    Warm, waterproof shoes with non-slip soles are the best winter footwear option. Even though it can be tempting to just put on your regular tennis shoes or loafers when going outside, this can be incredibly dangerous if you encounter a sidewalk caked in snow and ice. You should also avoid wearing high heels, as it is much more difficult to balance in high heels and a slip and fall can easily result in a sprained ankle. If you feel more comfortable wearing regular footwear during the winter season, you may want to consider purchasing some snow traction cleats instead of snow boots.

    Stay close to the curb
    Usually, sidewalks are the safest place to walk, but not when they are covered in mounds of snow and ice. If you need to walk on the street to get around a slippery sidewalk obstacle, walk as close the curb as possible. It’s also recommended that you walk against the direction of traffic, looking out for any nearby motorists that can’t always see pedestrians. 

    Take smaller steps
    The best way to watch out for nearly invisible black ice is by taking smaller steps than normal until you reach your destination. Even if your path appears to be clear, it’s important to take this extra precaution in order to reduce your risk of suffering a slip and fall injury.

    If you suffer a slip and fall injury on a public sidewalk, the property owner or city may be held legally responsible for your injuries. Todd M. Berk, Esq. handles a range of legal matters including Social Security disability and personal injury cases. Call (215) 687-4432 to learn more.

    The Importance of Keeping Sidewalks Free of Ice

    Last updated 10 months 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.

    Tips for Driving Safely this Holiday Season

    Last updated 11 months 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.

    Be flexible
    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.   

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    Social Security Benefits for Your Spouse During Retirement

    Last updated 11 months 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.

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