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8 Important Things You Need to Know About SSD Payments

1. When SSD Payments Start Your payments may start in the sixth month after your disability begins. This is why it is so important to report your condition and apply for benefits as soon as possible after you know you…

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Texas Senate Passes Bill Giving First-Time DWI Offenders an Interlock Option

Texas Governor Greg Abbott will soon face the decision whether to sign a bill creating an ignition interlock device option for first-time recipients of a driving while intoxicated (DWI) conviction. The bill recently passed both chambers of the state legislature…

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RFC – The Key to Proving Disability

The central purpose of an Administrative Law Judge disability hearing in a Social Security disability claim is to determine the claimant’s “residual functional capacity” or RFC. Residual functional capacity is your capacity to perform work-related activities given your physical and…

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Be a “Decision Driver”

These driving tips are courtesy of Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. Avoiding traffic accidents is a combination of skill and making appropriate decisions based on what is going on around you. There’s a direct correlation between crash-free driving and the decisions…

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The Real ID Act Controversy

Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, several controversial laws were enacted in order to prevent future acts of terrorism. One of these laws was the Real ID Act, which was passed in May 2005. This law was enacted in order…

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Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween can be a very enjoyable time for kids and adults if “trick-or-treating” is done sensibly. However, parents and children should always remember basic rules of safety and be aware that there are some people who tend to go too…

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Texas Ranks Last in Disability Benefits Approval

Rehabilitation agency chief testifies before House panel By Alan Bernstein Copyright 2001 Houston Chronicle The Texas Rehabilitation Commission’s chief told state lawmakers Wednesday that he is working to change the state’s status as the least likely place in the nation…

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President Bush and Federal Tort Reform

Déjà Vu All Over Again: Bush And Tort Reform GWB’s Harshest Texas Legacy May Be The Nation’s Problem Now Joanne Doroshow is Executive Director of the Center for Justice & Democracy. When Governor George W. Bush took office in 1995,…

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Texas Insurance Companies and the Supreme Court

Texas Insurance Companies: They’re in Good Hands at the Texas Supreme Court INSURANCE CASES IN THE TEXAS SUPREME COURT 1991-99 A Report from Court Watch A Project of Texas Watch REPORT SUMMARY The 1990s emerged as the decade for insurance…

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Tort Reform and Firestone Tires

Guest Editorial by Dan Lambe, Executive Director of Texas Watch The Firestone tire debacle has many Texas families asking hard questions. What did Firestone know and when did they know it? How could it take 46 deaths linked to their…

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