February 24, 2014 in

I Took a Cruise in One Country, But I Have To File a Claim, Where?

A couple of weeks ago, I received a call from a passenger on a cruise ship whose property was stolen while on board.  After hearing her side of the story, I asked if she could send me her passenger ticket and agreement of passage.  Low and behold, as with EVERY cruise line, there was...
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February 21, 2014 in

Return My Ring! Can I get my ring back if she breaks the engagement?

Last month I read an interesting article about a local man trying to get his engagement ring back after his estranged fiancé broke off at the wedding. What piqued my interest in this article is that I had a very similar issue just last year with a client of mine, only my firm had...
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February 20, 2014 in

I have varicose veins…so what?

While varicose veins are just plain annoying for many of us, you may not have known that they can be a good reason to apply for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits. You may be thinking I’m crazy, but after reading the ins and outs of varicose veins I think you will understand. What exactly...
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February 19, 2014 in

Young Boy Drowns in Cruise Line Pool

Back in October, a six-year-old boy drowned in a pool on the Carnival Victory. Earlier this month, it was reported that a four-year-old boy drowned and a six-year-old boy was revived, both on the Norwegian Breakaway. Apparently, the ship’s emergency medical team responded and administered CPR, but only the older child was able to...
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February 18, 2014 in

Are Veterans Selfish?

That is the golden question amidst proposed budget cuts from Congress and even the Pentagon. Last year Congress proposed trimming the annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) for working-age veterans by 1 percent. This year, the Pentagon is considering cutting subsidies it pays to military commissaries. American Legion National Commander Daniel Dellinger said, “Like...
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February 14, 2014 in

Is the application process for veteran benefits fair for all?

Veterans Affairs (VA) proposed changing how veterans are able to initiate appeals. The current application process is supposed to be so easy that a simple handwritten note will initiate the claims process. The major advantage of this process is that once a veteran is approved for benefits, he or she will be eligible for...
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February 13, 2014 in

Florida is Ranked First on the Distracted/Careless Driving List

According to a recent report, Florida drivers are the sixth-worst in the nation. While Florida ranks pretty low on drunk driving, our state is ranked so high because of careless/distracted driving (of which we are ranked first). This study came from statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Motorists Association and...
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February 12, 2014 in

Veterans Affairs Invests Another $600 Million to End Vet Homelessness

There are several reasons a veteran may become homeless, including poverty, lack of family support, substance use, or mental health challenges incurred while serving. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is committed to ending veteran homelessness by 2015. Since 2009, when President Barack Obama announced his goal of ending veteran homelessness, the...
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February 10, 2014 in

How much money do war contractors make? Apparently not enough!

One such contractor, Kellogg, Brown & Root Services Inc (KBR) is being sued by a whistleblower and the Department of Justice for defrauding the government.  The lawsuit says two Kuwaiti firms, La Nouvelle General Trading & Contracting Company and First Kuwaiti Trading Company both were using a kickback scheme along with overbilling to rip...
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February 6, 2014 in

8 Reasons Why Your Social Security Claim May Be Denied

When applying for Social Security disability benefits it is important to think about the possible reasons your case may be denied. Most people are shocked when they receive a denial letter. You have worked hard all your life and have paid into the system, so why was your case denied? Here are the most...
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