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    • Todd Berk is a wonderful Lawyer. It took us three years to get disability due to the Social Security process and rude Judges. Todd was there for me every step of the way. He explained the process and kept on top of my new medical records. He is a wonderful lawyer and i recommend him to everyone. When we went to court he was right by my side... More

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    Is Your Car Ready for Winter Weather?

    Last updated 9 months ago

    By the time winter temperatures set in, you’ve likely stocked your closet with a range of heavy coats, sweaters, and boots. Just as you prepare your home and closet for winter weather, you also need to prepare your car to handle snow and ice. This means getting your vehicle ready for cooler temperatures as well as learning how to drive safely through frozen road conditions.

    Take your car to a mechanic
    The change of seasons is the perfect time to bring your car in for a regular checkup. Before the first snowflake falls, it’s important to check your car’s battery, antifreeze level, heater, brakes, and defroster. It’s also considerable more difficult to drive on icy roads, so you need to make sure that your tires have enough tread. If the tire tread is worn, then you should replace your tires before the winter season. You can also exchange them for a set of snow tires, which will provide better traction during winter driving.

    Apply a coat of fresh wax
    Most cities use road salt to clear the streets of snow and ice. Unfortunately, this salt can lead to corrosion and damage to your car’s paint. During the winter, you can help prevent paint damage by periodically rinsing the salt off of your car. However, an even better way to protect your paint is by applying a fresh coat of wax at the start of the winter season.

    Learn defensive driving
    During winter, you need to take extra precautions in planning your route. Before you get behind the wheel, listen to the radio for any announcements about accidents or road closings. Remember that bridges and overpasses tend to freeze first, so you should slow down when you reach them and avoid changing speed or direction.

    No matter how well you prepare for winter driving, you can’t always control other drivers’ behavior. If you’ve been involved in a winter car accident, the injury lawyer team at Todd M. Berk, Esq. can help. Call (215) 687-4432 to schedule a consultation for a Social Security Disability or personal injury matter.  

    Understanding What Qualifies as a Disability to the Social Security Administration

    Last updated 9 months ago

    The Social Security Administration doesn’t pay benefits for partial disability or for short-term disability. In order for a disability to be considered a total disability, it has to permanently affect someone’s capacity to work. The Social Security program employs a strict definition of disability because it assumes that working families have access to other short-term disability benefit programs, including worker’s compensation and insurance.

    In order for an injury to qualify as disability to the Social Security Administration, it has to prevent someone from doing the work that he or she did before. The injury must also prevent someone from adjusting to another line of work. Finally, the SSA requires a covered disability to last or be expected to last a minimum of one year or to result in death. In assessing someone’s case, the SSA will use a process that involves five questions. These five questions examine whether or not the claimant is currently working, the severity of his or her injury, as well as the claimant’s capacity to work again.

    Todd M. Berk, Esq. offers a free consultation to help determine if you quality for Social Security Disability benefits. Call (215) 687-4432 to schedule an appointment. 

    Apps that Promote Safer Driving

    Last updated 9 months ago

    In cities across the country, texting while driving has become a major public safety hazard. In fact, many cities and states have enacted laws preventing drivers from texting while behind the wheel to help address this safety issue. Some of the biggest culprits of this distracted driving behavior are teenagers, who are new to driving in the first place.

    If you’re the parent of a teenage driver, there are certain safety apps that you can download to encourage your son or daughter to drive safely. In this episode of Good Day Philadelphia, the news team goes over three apps aimed to prevent texting while driving. While some of these apps limit phone use, others reward drivers for making good decisions.

    Todd M. Berk, Esq. is here to help you put your life back together following an accident. Call (215) 687-4432 to schedule an appointment with an injury lawyer today. 

    Answering Common Questions About Social Security Benefits

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Does the thought of deciphering the rules and regulations of Social Security benefits produce feelings of intimidation or confusion? The Social Security Administration is a large entity with many departments and services. Though the goal of this organization is to help those in need, it can often cause misunderstanding for those that require its benefits. The following questions and answers can clarify some aspects of the Social Security program. For additional assistance, consult a Social Security attorney.

    Who can apply for Social Security benefits?
    Eligibility for Social Security benefits depends on the type of benefit that an applicant is seeking. For instance, an individual who wants SSI, or supplemental security income, must fall into one of three qualifying categories. He must be at least 65 years old, disabled, or blind. If a person wishes to receive his retirement benefits, he must wait until he turns 62 years old.

    How much money do Social Security benefits provide each month?
    As with eligibility requirements, income amounts alternate from one type of benefit to the next.  Once a person reaches his 62nd birthday and can receive his retirement benefits, his monthly payment depends upon his work history and the earnings he attained while employed. Disability benefits can also fluctuate based upon other sources of income. 

    When should you apply for Social Security benefits?
    If you believe that you are eligible for Social Security benefits, apply for them as soon as possible. Even without application delays, you may have to wait several months before you begin receiving your monthly payments. If you are denied benefits the first time, your Social Security benefits can be further postponed for many more months.

    Let Todd M. Berk, Esq. guide you through the complex arena of Social Security benefits. Call our Philadelphia office today at (215) 687-4432 to schedule a consultation with a Social Security lawyer. You can also look over our Social Security claim services by visiting our website.

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