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April 17, 2019
Major Impacts of Minor Car Accidents

Major Impacts of Minor Car Accidents

The devastating consequences of a motor vehicle accident are undeniable. But, many individuals are under the impression that a minor collision can’t possibly cause catastrophic injuries or completely upend the victim’s life. Nothing could be further from the truth. Minor car accidents can result in serious damages, and the at-fault party should be brought to justice […]
March 28, 2019
How Does Workers Comp Affect My SSD Benefits?

How Does Workers Comp Affect My SSD Benefits?

If you’ve suffered a debilitating work injury and are unable to work for an extended period of time, you might be wondering whether you should apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits or workers compensation benefits. Fortunately, for disabling injuries, you may be entitled to both SSDI and workers comp. Read on to learn more […]
March 19, 2019
Understanding Retroactive Benefits in Social Security Disability

Understanding Retroactive Benefits in Social Security Disability

As you may or may not already know, the social security disability (SSD) claims process can be a long one. Even once your application has been received, it can take months or even years to be approved when you include all of the appeals you’ll likely need to file. For that reason, the Social Security Administration […]
March 5, 2019
How to Maximize the Value of Your No-Fault Accident Claim

How to Maximize the Value of Your No-Fault Accident Claim

You can’t prepare to be injured in a motor vehicle accident, but you can ensure both you and your car are protected in the event of a collision when you carry auto insurance on your vehicle. In fact, you’ll be required to carry such coverage if you live in Massachusetts. Auto insurance laws in our state […]
January 18, 2019
Social Security Disability vs. Supplemental Security Income

Social Security Disability vs. Supplemental Security Income

Those suffering from a disabling condition might be able to take advantage of government financial assistance programs such as social security disability insurance (SSDI) or supplemental security income (SSI). Each program has specific requirements that will need to be met before you are approved. While you’re unable to earn a living, these benefits can be the […]
December 11, 2018

How to Seek Damages for Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment in any form can upend your life completely. It can be even more difficult to overcome when it happens in the workplace, where you should feel safe. There are many laws designed to protect employees from sexual harassment and punish the perpetrator. You will even have the opportunity to file a civil lawsuit against […]
October 23, 2018

Joel H. Schwartz, PC Attorneys Honored on New England Super Lawyers List

Two attorneys at Joel H. Schwartz, PC have again been honored on the New England Super Lawyers list for the year 2018. The firm extends its sincere congratulations to hardworking and experienced attorneys John Vlassakis and Timothy Pope. Attorney John Vlassakis Senior Associate John Vlassakis has been selected for inclusion on the 2018 Super Lawyers list […]
September 28, 2018
The Most Dangerous Intersections in Boston

The Most Dangerous Intersections in Boston

Driving anywhere in Boston can be a challenge. There are numerous pedestrians, bicyclists, and thousands of vehicles that travel throughout Boston every day. Fortunately, most intersections seems to be relatively free of accident reports. However, there are many intersections in Boston that are more dangerous to travel through than others. When you’re injured in a motor […]
June 21, 2018
Working and Social Security Disability

Working and Social Security Disability

When you are going to be collecting Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you are usually able to at least work part-time, despite receiving benefits. However, there are many complicated rules, and working while collecting SSD can influence your benefits. If you are considering a part-time job in addition to your SSD benefits, or if you are […]
June 4, 2018
Most Common Causes of Slip-and-Fall Accidents

Most Common Causes of Slip-and-Fall Accidents

Slip-and-fall accidents can deal a devastating blow to your quality of life. When you are legally on a property, the property owner has an obligation to ensure that the area is free of hazards. When property owners fail to meet this obligation and you’re injured as a result, they can be held accountable should you choose […]
April 27, 2018
Traffic Danger Staying High

Traffic Danger Staying High

When it comes to the deadliness of our roads, two recent years (2015 and 2016)  came close to setting records. In 2015, there were more than 35,000 traffic fatalities in the US, followed by 37,461 in 2016. That spike was an increase of more than 14 percent, the largest two-year jump on record. All the data […]
April 5, 2018
Motorcycle Accident Statistics in Massachusetts

Motorcycle Accident Statistics in Massachusetts

Motorcyclists have long had to fight a mostly undeserved reputation as dangerous drivers of unsafe vehicles. In fact, accident data for motorcyclists on American roads show that bikers are far more likely to be the victims of crashes, especially fatal ones, than other motorists. Proportionally, the situation for bikers in Massachusetts is not very different from […]
October 28, 2019
How to Win a Social Security Disability Appeal

How to Win a Social Security Disability Appeal

If you have applied for social security disability (SSD) benefits and your claim has been denied, you should know that you aren’t alone. As much as 70 percent of SSD applications will receive a denial. This is due to a number of different factors, and fortunately, a denial doesn’t mean that you can’t obtain the approval […]
August 28, 2019

Massachusetts Car Accident Laws You Should Know

Getting involved in a car accident is never easy, as they are unexpected and often cause thousands of dollars of damage. Many accidents—particularly wrecks involving 18-wheelers—are also known for producing catastrophic injuries that can have a lasting effect on your life.  Fortunately, injury victims have the option to pursue compensation from those responsible for causing their […]
July 30, 2019
How to Calculate a Massachusetts Workers Comp Settlement

How to Calculate a Massachusetts Workers Comp Settlement

When you have suffered an on-the-job injury, you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits through your employer’s insurance company. Although it is certainly possible to settle a workers compensation claim for one lump sum, this is strongly discouraged almost universally, as you may require future medical care that will not be covered if you do […]
July 5, 2019

Can I Sue the MBTA for an Injury?

Being involved in a collision with a public transportation bus such as the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) can be traumatic. In addition to dealing with the physical implications of such an accident, it is quite possible that you will also struggle financially if you are unable to work while recuperating; and psychologically if the accident […]
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