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Man dies in South Side car accident

Posted on December 4th, 2013 No Comments

Police authorities have identified the man who was a victim of a car accident on Monday, November 25 on the South Side of San Antonio, Texas as 49-year-old Jimmy Medrano.

The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office declared Medrano dead at around 4 p.m. due to multiple blunt force injuries sustained during the incident when emergency medical responders and examiners tried to revive him on Hackberry Street the same day.

According to police authorities, the driver who cost Medrano his life, 31-year-old Roxanne Campa, lost control of her Toyota Avalon, veered away from the roadway, and hit Medrano, who was in a stationary position on the sidewalk near South Hackberry Street and Fair Avenue.

NHTSA set to take action to increase safety features in cars

Posted on November 22nd, 2013 No Comments

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA), it is looking to determine how to get car manufacturers to offer more innovative and safe car features by the end of 2013. The agency has said that some of the features it is looking at, such as collision avoidance, seat belt locks, and alcohol detection systems, could reduce traffic fatalities by a big margin.

Data from the agency showed that traffic deaths significantly increased from 2005, with 2012’s records showing 33,561 deaths, a 1,082 increase of traffic deaths from a year ago.

NHTSA head David Strickland told reporters in a conference call that some Americans are still driving drunk, driving distractedly, or driving without putting their seat belts on, and such devices could make the difference between a fatality and a saved life.

Strickland said preliminary records indicate that traffic accident deaths are declining this year.

If you have been the victim of an accident that was caused by the negligence or recklessness of another party in San Antonio, our legal team at the Chris Mayo Law Firm can help you understand your options for seeking financial compensation from those responsible for your injuries. Call us at (210) 999-9999 today.

Man charged in federal court for Social Security fraud

Posted on November 20th, 2013 No Comments

A Mississippi man is facing federal charges for illegally collecting Social Security disability benefits from 2005 to 2011.

The man, identified as Alan Paul Blache, was charged on Wednesday, November 13.  After waiving the initial indictment, Blache  was charged for a bill of criminal information.

According to federal court records, Blache received around $114,000 over the six-year period. He is scheduled to make an appearance in the U.S. District Court in Gulfport on Friday, November 22. He will plead guilty to the fraud charges.

The federal government protects the Social Security program through enacting serious consequences for people that try to take advantage of the system. If you are in need of financial assistance in the San Antonio area, contact Chris Mayo Law Firm at (210) 999-9999.

Mars Inc. co-owner charged with reckless driving

Posted on November 8th, 2013 No Comments

Co-owner and heiress of the Mars Inc. candy company, Jacqueline Badger Mars, faces misdemeanor charges for her involvement in the October 4th car accident that killed an elderly woman.

The Loudon County Sheriff’s Department reported that Mars was driving westbound on Route 50 in Aldie, Virginia when her Porche SUV crossed over into the eastbound lane and hit a Chrysler minivan head-on. The minivan had six people aboard, one of which was 86-year-old Irene Ellisor of Huntsville, Texas. Ellisor died at the scene.

Mars is scheduled to appear in court on December 5th.

If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s actions in San Antonio, a lawyer from the Chris Mayo Law Firm can help you explore your legal options for seeking justice and closure through a wrongful death claim. Get in touch with us by calling (210) 999-9999.


Social Security benefits to increase by 19% due to flat COLA

Posted on November 7th, 2013 No Comments

Social Security disability benefits will increase by 19% in January as the cost-of-living adjustment released on Wednesday, October 27 indicates consumer prices haven’t gone up by much within the year, according to government officials.

The COLA has a direct effect on Social Security benefits for more than one-fifth of the country’s population, which equates to nearly 58 million Social Security recipients. Social Security makes an average payment of $1,272 a month per retired worker, meaning it will increase by $19.

Social Security benefit increases have averaged a mere 4% since 1975.

AARP, Inc. (formerly called the American Association of Retired Persons) executive vice president Nancy LeaMond said that an increase of $19 to the monthly Social Security benefits is low, and will be “quickly consumed by the rising costs of basic needs like food, utilities, and health care.”

Applying for disability benefits can be laborious and, as such, acquiring the assistance of an experienced attorney from the Law Office of Chris Mayo can be invaluable. If you live in San Antonio and need help with Social Security disability benefits, call us today at (210) 999-9999.

Man in critical condition after getting hit by a pickup

Posted on October 23rd, 2013 No Comments

A man taken via helicopter to a San Antonio, Texas hospital last week due to injuries he sustained after becoming involved in an auto accident was last declared as being in critical condition. The victim, identified as 59-year-old Jaime Turner by Laredo Police Department spokesman and investigator Joe Baeza, was placed in the San Antonio Medical Center’s intensive care unit.

According to police, Turner was walking near McPherson Road and East Ryan Street at around 10:47 a.m. on Friday, October 18 when a green 1999 Ford pickup suddenly hit him.

Police have yet to determine whether Turner, who was found bleeding heavily due to head and face wounds, was attempting to cross the street or just simply walking by its side.

Our San Antonio-based attorneys at the Chris Mayo Law Firm have comprehensive experience when it comes to handling personal injury cases, and can help victims of car accidents seek much-needed financial compensation. Call us today at (210) 999-9999.

2014 Social Security raise will be insignificant

Posted on October 16th, 2013 No Comments

For two years in a row, Social Security recipients are going to be presented with only a slight increase in benefits.

According to a projection by the Associated Press, the 2014 raise will be around 1.5%. This would be the smallest increase since the benefits were automatically raised in 1975.

The government’s defense as to why the increase was small is because consumer prices haven’t gone up much within the last year.

The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) can’t be determined until the Department of Labor releases the September inflation report, which was supposed to be released on Wednesday, October 9; it was delayed due to the government shutdown.

In spite of this setback, the Social Security Administration has not said that increases would be delayed for next year. Social Security benefits continued to be distributed during the shutdown.

If you are considering filing for Social Security income or disability insurance, you may consider seeking legal representation in San Antonio. An experienced attorney from the Chris Mayo Law Firm may ensure a quick and fair processing of your Social Security disability claim. Please get in touch today by calling (210) 999-9999.

Disability scheme purportedly participated in by Social Security judge

Posted on October 14th, 2013 No Comments

Congressmen spearheading an investigation said retired administrative law judge David Daugherty colluded with lawyer Eric Conn to approve over 1,800 disability cases between 2006 and 2010, with Senator Tom Coburn (Republican-Oklahoma) saying at a committee hearing on Monday, October 7 that they “exploited the program for their own benefit.”

A Senate homeland and security governmental affairs committee report shows that the Social Security Administration paid Conn’s law firm, which specializes in disability cases in Stanville, Kentucky, over $4.5 million in attorney fees from cases heard by Daugherty, whose bank records contained $96,000 in unexplained cash deposits.

According to committee chairman Senator Tom Carper (Democrat-Delaware), Daugherty left the hearing before he could be called to testify.

Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon did not provide information as to whether they will conduct an investigation on the matter.

The Wall Street Journal first raised suspicion over the Conn-Daugherty partnership in 2011.

Our attorneys at the San Antonio, Texas-based Chris Mayo Law Firm have garnered extensive experience helping disabled workers process their disability claims and fighting against mistreatment in the application and appeal process. Find out how we can help you with a Social Security disability claim by calling us at (210) 999-9999 today.

SSI claims administrator faces charges for extortion and bribery

Posted on October 7th, 2013 No Comments

A Social Security claims representative was charged with two counts of extortion and two counts of bribery in the last week of September for allegedly requiring claimants to pay a processing fee to be able to file their Supplemental Security Income claims.

Forty-two-year-old Memphis, Tennessee resident Montrell Levelle Arnold was indicted by a grand federal jury and may face up to 20 years of imprisonment and $250,000 in fines for each extortion charge, plus another 15 years of jail term and a fine of up to $250,000 for each bribery charge.

Arnold’s allegedly would contact the beneficiaries by telephone and text message to confirm the arrival of the SSI benefits into the claimants’ accounts and arrange for the payment of his “processing fee.”

When filing a Social Security disability claim in San Antonio, our lawyers at the Chris Mayo Law Firm can make sure you are not mistreated or have your claim unfairly denied. Learn more about how we can help you by calling (210) 999-9999.

Fatal accident allegedly caused by tire tread separation

Posted on October 4th, 2013 No Comments

Texas resident Don Billings filed a wrongful death suit for the accident that killed his wife Cristina Munguia Billings.

On June 30, Mr. Billings was riding in the passenger’s side while his wife drove their Ford Expedition on US highway 79 when it rolled over, allegedly due to the tire’s tread belt separation.

Cristina sustained major head injuries and died on the spot. Don also suffered grave physical injuries.

The suit was filed against Continental Tire Americas and Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday, October 2 in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division.

The defendants are accused of negligence for failing to adequately manufacture the tire.

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