Written by Irpino, Avin & Hawkins Law Firm on December 19, 2018Mesothelioma is a serious and often fatal cancer that affects the mesothelium, or the layer of tissue that surrounds your major internal organs. The most common form of mesothelioma attacks the lungs, though in rare cases, it may happen in the tissue around the testicles, heart or abdomen. Mesothelioma often occurs due to asbestos exposure. If you have developed mesothelioma following asbestos exposure on the job, you may want to file a lawsuit, but be advised you only have a limited time to do this. Those who miss the deadline for filing may lose their ability to recover any damages. Read on to learn everything you need t... Read more
Written by Irpino, Avin & Hawkins Law Firm on December 14, 2018Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) provides benefits for those who cannot work due to injury or illness. If you are a resident of Louisiana and have been out of work at least a year because of a medical condition, you may qualify to collect disability. To do so, you will need to meet a few other requirements, including earning the requisite work credits and having a condition eligible to receive SSD. The next step is actually filing for the benefits. We've put together this in-depth guide to assist you with this process.
Steps for Applying for Social Security Disability in LouisianaFiling for SSD in Louisiana has four possible steps:
- Initial Application: You can file your application over the phone by calling 800-772-121... Read more
Written by Irpino, Avin & Hawkins Law Firm on December 10, 2018It happens all too often in LA. You get hit by car, but before you can even react, the car squeals away from the scene of the accident, leaving you in shock and uncertain what to do in these traumatic circumstances. The other car has damaged your own, and you yourself may even have sustained an injury. You've become the victim of a hit and run, and while you may be scared, you need to keep your wits about you to protect yourself, your vehicle and perhaps even your property, depending where the accident occurred. Read on to learn what to do after a hit-and-run car accident.
1. Evaluate Your Own HealthFirst, make sure you are okay. You may need medical attention, and you should obtain it immediately if you were seriously injured in the accident. Everything ... Read more
Written by Irpino, Avin & Hawkins Law Firm on December 5, 2018Perhaps you have been in an accident, and you are no longer able to work. Does your injury qualify you for disability? Or maybe you have a condition that allowed you to work for many years but has recently worsened. Can you go out on disability? Determining what medical conditions qualify for disability can feel confusing, especially if you have no background in this type of thing. Luckily, you can find guidelines that will answer basic questions for you and help determine your eligibility.
Will I Qualify for Disability?Social Security Disability Insurance is a program that allows certain people and their family members to collect payments if they become medically unable to work. To quali... Read more
Written by Irpino, Avin & Hawkins Law Firm on December 3, 2018The trauma and shock that set in after a car accident can make it difficult even to function, let alone take the initiative to do anything related to what just happened. But most accidents result in complicated dealings with insurance companies and sometimes even the legal system — which means you have to look out for your own interests, no matter how difficult that may seem in the aftermath of a crash. One thing you can do that will pay dividends down the road is to take pictures after the accident. This is often neglected in the high emotion of the moment, but taking pictures can affect your insurance claim. Follow this step-by-step guide to get it done efficiently.