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Two passengers sue El Expresso after Panola County accident

Posted on October 3rd, 2013 No Comments

Two passengers filed a personal injury lawsuit against Houston-based tour bus company El Expresso after a car accident on U.S. Route 59 between Marshall and Carthage in Panola County Thursday, September 26.

The bus made a U-turn and landed right in front of a tractor trailer. The trailer crashed into the bus, and caused the death of two people and injured four others.

The lawsuit’s original petition listed Mexico residents Edgar Vela and Sergio Torres as the plaintiffs. They are claiming damages for medical care, pain and suffering physical impairment, mental anguish, disfigurement, and loss of wages.

El Expresso operates all over Texas, with trips going to and from Dallas, San Antonio, Laredo, McAllen, Matamoros, and Nuevo Laredo.

Improper Social Security payments made to 36,000

Posted on September 20th, 2013 No Comments

In a report released on Friday, September 13, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) showed that around 36,000 workers were wrongfully given disability payments by the Social Security Administration from December 2010 to January 2013. This resulted in an estimated $1.3 billion in improper disability payments.

Less than 1 percent of the beneficiaries and disability payments were affected by the supposed error, but GAO officials are saying this puts a dent on the SSA’s policing system. The SSA said it is 99% accurate when it comes to making disability payment but admitted even the slightest margin of error can translate to big amounts.

SSA records show that 8.2 million disabled workers received disability payments in December 2010, with the number recently growing to 9 million. In 2011, it released $137 billion in disability payments.

At the Chris Mayo Law Firm, we know that many people in San Antonio struggle to get the Social Security disability benefits that they need. Fortunately, with our help, you might be able to get the financial assistance you are seeking. Call us at (210) 999-9999 to discuss how we can help.

Johnson & Johnson recalls Motrin due to fears of contamination

Posted on September 14th, 2013 No Comments

Johnson & Johnson announced on September 7 that it will be recalling 200,000 bottles of Motrin Infants formula due to risks that it might be contaminated by PTFE, which is a type of plastic also used in Teflon coatings.

J&J’s McNeil unit vice president Ed Kuffner told the Associated Press that the company decided to recall the product because the infant drops came in the same shipment as Ibuprofen provided by a third-party supplier that did have plastic particles in it. Both products underwent the same manufacturing process, he said.

The recalled half-ounce bottles have the lot numbers DCB3T01, DDB4R01, and DDB4S01.

Our lawyers at the Chris Mayo Law Firm are dedicated to helping people in San Antonio who have been harmed or had their children harmed by unsafe products. Call us at (210) 999-9999 today if you suffered from an injury or your health was harmed due to an unsafe product and want to learn more about pursuing just compensation for your troubles.

The effects of the looming loss of the Social Security disability program

Posted on September 8th, 2013 No Comments

With the Social Security disability insurance program in danger of having its benefits cut by 20% in 2016 unless Congress enacts legislation that would prevent the trust fund from running out, recipients could be in for marked lifestyle changes – some that would ultimately leave them grappling for funds to sustain everyday and basic necessities, such as food.

At present, nearly 11 million Americans, which includes around 8.8 million disabled workers plus their spouses and children, obtain disability benefits.

SSDI advocates are of the opinion that Congress should allocate a slightly larger portion of Social Security’s payroll tax revenues to its disability fund and a slightly lowered portion to its Old Age and Survivors Insurance retirement fund, a move that could keep both funds full until 2033.

Our lawyers at the Chris Mayo Law Firm can assist disabled workers in San Antonio with both filing initial claims and fighting denied claims. To speak with our attorneys and learn more about how we might be able to help you, call (210) 999-9999 today.

Dick Van Dyke pulled from a burning car on California freeway

Posted on September 1st, 2013 No Comments

Eighty-seven-year-old Mary Poppins and Dick Van Dyke Show star Dick Van Dyke suffered an accident when his car caught fire along the 101 freeway near Los Angeles.

The spokesman for the California Highway Patrol, in an interview with NBC News, said people called 911 at around 2 p.m. Pacific Time on Monday, August 20 to report a white Jaguar they saw engulfed in flames on the right shoulder near the Parkway Calabasas exit in the west San Fernando Valley.

A man pulled Van Dyke from the vehicle. The actor was found slumped over his vehicle’s steering wheel.

Two hours after the fire was put out, it was still sitting on the freeway waiting for a tow truck to haul it away.

Unfortunately, many car accidents are the result of other drivers’ actions or the negligence of vehicle manufacturers. If you’ve been involved in such an accident in San Antonio, the attorneys at the Chris Mayo Law firm may be able to help you obtain fair compensation for your losses. Call our offices at (210) 999-9999 today to discuss your options.

Depletion of Social Security disability benefits not a priority for lawmakers

Posted on August 30th, 2013 No Comments

The director of tax policy studies at libertarian think tank the Cato Institute, Chris Edwards, said congressmen and senators weren’t keen on crafting legislation that would save the Social Security disability benefits from being depleted in 2016, saying he “hasn’t heard of any member on the Hill sort of championing disability insurance reform.”

He made the statement on Tuesday, August 20 during a briefing on Social Security disability benefits’ rising costs, which will amount to $200 billion this year.

Experts at the Cato Institute said eligibility for disability benefits has grown immensely as requirements have decreased over the years. Another factor is the increase in eligibility characteristics, such as mental conditions and “nonexertional restrictions” which rose 323 percent since 1984, when the category was introduced.

Budget analyst Ted DeHaven said the percentage of children enrolled in disability has also increased to 16 percent from 4 percent in 1980.

Our attorneys at the Law Office of Chris Mayo can help disabled people in San Antonio file for the disability benefits they need. Call (210) 999-9999 to discuss your needs with us and find out how we can work with you on getting the financial assistance you need.

Abuses of the disability insurance system contributing to the fund’s depletion by 2016?

Posted on August 16th, 2013 No Comments

Although many people receiving Social Security disability benefits legitimately need this financial assistance, certain research has shown that there are many people abusing the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program, which could be a factor in the fund’s predicted depletion by 2016.

According to The Washington Examiner, the Social Security Administration’s survey among its SSDI recipients revealed that 2,300 of them are not eager to return to work in the near future, with 75 percent of them not seeing themselves finding a job within the next five years and 72 percent of them still receiving work salaries while under the program.

The newspaper analyzed that this scenario could be a factor as to why the national Disability Insurance Trust Fund is on its way to depletion by 2016, as per the Social Security Board of Trustees’ annual report on the long-term financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds released May 31.

To successfully file for disability benefits, having the support of an experienced attorney is often advised. If you live in San Antonio offices and are in need of disability benefits, talk with the lawyers at the Chris Mayo Law Firm by calling 210-999-9999.

Woman’s estate could win millions after Six Flags mishap

Posted on August 2nd, 2013 No Comments

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office recently released more information regarding the death of 52-year-old Rosy Esparza who died after falling from Arlington-based Six Flags Over Texas’s Texas Giant roller coaster on Friday, July 19.

According to the medical examiner’s office in a statement released on Tuesday, July 23, she was seated in the third row, “and as the carts began the steep descent from the first large hill of track, she was ejected from her seat, falling freely for an approximate distance of 75 feet, striking a support metal beam and then coming to rest on the metal roof of the tunnel.”

Analysts, watchdogs, and attorneys have surmised that Six Flags and the roller coaster’s manufacturer, Gerstlauer Amusement Rides, will find themselves in trouble if the victim’s family files a wrongful death lawsuit, with some forecasting an “eight-figure recovery.”

According to the Dallas Morning News, Arlington police have ruled out foul play as the cause of the victim’s death.

Washington Examiner’s analysis of a 2009 SSA study

Posted on July 28th, 2013 No Comments

Recently, The Washington Examiner published an article that analyzed a 2009 Social Security Administration report in-depth, noting the number of Americans receiving disability payments and the characteristics of these recipients.

According to the article, about 11 million Americans are on Social Security Disability Insurance, which provides people who have been previously employed and put some of their income into Social Security before becoming disabled, while around seven million Americans are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which provides disability benefits to those who have a limited income and have petitioned to be classified as disabled.

Additionally, the 2009 report and The Washington Examiner‘s analysis of it show that check recipients in the SSI program were experiencing less bodily pain than those who had paid money into Social Security and were receiving SSDI payments. Those receiving SSI payments were also more likely to be overweight, lack education, and had broken homes.

Our attorneys at the Chris Mayo Law Firm can assist anyone in San Antonio with your disability claims, from SSDI and SSI. Get in touch with our lawyers by calling (210) 999-9999 today.

Lake McQueeney boating accident injures two

Posted on July 25th, 2013 No Comments

A man and a boy were hospitalized on Monday, July 15 after suffering from non-life-threatening injuries in a boating accident in Lake McQueeney.

The man was brought by helicopter to a San Antonio hospital, while the boy was rushed to Guadalupe Regional Medical Center by Seguin Emergency Medical Services personnel.

Warden Kevin Frazier said that to avoid endangering one’s life in the water, a life jacket must be worn at all times. He also commented that such life jackets should be zipped and can’t be left “flying like a cape in the wind.”

Becoming the victim of a boating accident or other motor vehicle collision due to the negligence and irresponsibility of others is unfortunate and can cause a number of serious physical, emotional, and financial repercussions. However, if you live in the San Antonio area, our attorneys at the Chris Mayo Law Firm may be able to help you get compensation for your losses. Call us at (210) 999-9999 today to discuss your options.

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