Monthly Archives: December 2008

If I’m Found Disabled, How Long Until I Get Medicare?

Our Social Security disability clients are usually dismayed when they learn they must wait two years after being found to be disabled before they can qualify for Medicare health benefits. This is a terribly unfair aspect of Social Security disability, and is explained well in an online article by AP News. The article explores the […]

Dallas Drivers, If You Don’t Have Insurance, Your Car May Get Towed After A Traffic Stop

I’ve written many times about the problems Texas has with uninsured motorists. More than 25% of Texas drivers have no auto insurance, even though it’s required by state law. Finally, beginning January 1, 2009, the Dallas police will start towing cars driven by people with no insurance. This new policy will disproportionately affect poor people, […]

Choosing A Home Health Care Agency

Many of our personal injury clients and Social Security disability claimants require home health care. One of the best companies providing this service in the Dallas and Fort Worth area is Nurses Today, owned and operated by Ms. Anita Porco, R.N. This information about choosing a home health care agency is from the Nurses Today […]

USA Today Argues Defensive Medicine Increases Healthcare Costs

From the American Association for Justice: In its Opinion blog, USA Today (12/29) editorializes, "Healthcare costs are out of control," but "that doesn’t stop sensible physicians from shunning the sickest patients or ordering needless hospitalizations, drugs, tests, and invasive procedures." In fact, "against their better judgment, physicians practice ‘defensive medicine’ — actions designed to protect […]

Featured Link –

Texans have had the highest homeowner insurance rates in the country for years. And with our Republican government’s pro-business priorities, that probably won’t change anytime soon. But at least the State now offers a Web site where consumers can compare insurance rates for homeowner and automobile protection. The site is, and this is the […]

Technology, Disability, And The Americans With Disabilities Amendments Act

The disabled, under Social Security, must generally prove they are unable to perform their prior jobs going back 15 years. To do this, individuals must show they cannot perform those jobs as they actually performed them or as the jobs are generally performed. Technology can make certain jobs easier to perform. For those who cannot […]

Millions Of Older Americans Use Risky Drug Combinations

This report is from the Associated Press. Note the Web site at that will let you check for dangerous drug combinations. Here are excerpts from the story. At least 2 million older Americans are taking a combination of drugs or supplements that can be a risky mix – from blood thinners and cholesterol pills […]

Friday Fun

I have good friends from and in Oklahoma, but that doesn’t lessen the rivalry between Texans and Oklahomans. That’s why I think this snarky set of photos is so funny. Check out What Celebrities Would Look Like If They Moved To Oklahoma.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to each and all of you! My hope for you is that you spend a wonderful day today with family and friends, and that you remember the reason we celebrate this day. For everything you would ever want to know about the history of Christmas, visit the Christmas page of the History Channel […]

Wal-Mart Settles Wage Claims With Workers

The New York Times (12/24, B1, Greenhouse, Rosenbloom) reports, "Wal-Mart said on Tuesday that it would pay at least $352 million, and possibly far more, to settle lawsuits across the country claiming that it forced employees to work off the clock" and some "lawyers described it as the largest settlement ever for lawsuits over wage […]

FDA Chastises Coca-Cola Over “Diet Coke Plus” Labeling

From the news release of the American Association for Justice: In an article appearing in some 30 papers and websites including the Washington Post, the AP (12/24, Perrone) reports that the FDA has "scolded" the Coca-Cola company "for placing inappropriate nutritional claims on its Diet Coke Plus soft drink." The label reads, "Diet Coke with […]

Social Security Disability, Medicaid, And The Economy

Many of our clients who are granted disability by the Social Security Administration will qualify for Medicaid benefits. For those who are not disabled but rely on Medicaid because they qualify based on income, the worsening of the economy means more people may begin to rely on Medicaid alone for their health insurance. This situation […]

FDA Warns Public About Dangers From Diet Pills With Inadequate Labeling

From today’s news release of the American Association for Justice: The CBS Evening News (12/22, story 10, 0:25, Smith) reported, "There is a new warning tonight for Americans looking to take a short cut to weight loss. The FDA has listed more than 25 weight loss products to avoid because they contain ingredients that are […]

Social Security Disability – Compassionate Allowances

Social Security has an obligation to provide benefits quickly to applicants whose medical conditions are so serious that their conditions obviously meet disability standards. Compassionate allowances are a way of quickly identifying diseases and other medical conditions that invariably qualify under the Listing of Impairments based on minimal objective medical information. Compassionate allowances will allow […]

Made in America: Corporate Gall

CBS News has a great opinion piece by attorney Andrew Cohen about the relationship between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the economic downturn. Here are excerpts: Like the child who kills his parents and then begs for mercy because he is an orphan, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce now is begging President-elect Barack Obama […]

Loose Headstones May Pose Extreme Risk

Gruesome death of toddler, and warning of other deaths or injuries, as reported in the news release of the American Association for Justice: The Houston Chronicle (12/19, Flood) reported, "The parents of a two-year-old boy who was crushed to death by a headstone at a funeral last week have filed a lawsuit against the Pearland […]

Spina Bifida And Social Security Disability

Among our Social Security Disability clients have been individuals with spina bifida. The disease, according to the Spina Bifida Association (SBA), is the most common permanently disabling birth defects in the United States. I encourage you to visit SBA’s Web site, where you will find an abundance of information including factsheets. Among the factsheets is […]

Veterans’ Clinics Closing For Holiday In Central Texas

The outpatient clinics of the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System will be closed Thursday and Friday, December 25 and 26.. All clinic appointments that were scheduled for Friday will be rescheduled. The closings will include the Waco VA Medical Center and the Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Center in Temple. For more information, please call […]

Texas Governor Reaches Milestone

Today is Texas Governor Rick Perry’s 2920th day in office, and that makes him officially the longest-serving governor in Texas history. He has two years remaining on his current term, and has announced that he is running for reelection in 2010. If he wins then, he will serve at least 14 years as Texas Governor.Texas […]

California Supreme Court Rules That Good Samaritans May Be Liable For Damages

From the news release of the American Association for Justice: The AP (12/19, Elias) reports, "Proving that no good deed goes unpunished, the state’s high court on Thursday said a would-be Good Samaritan accused of rendering her friend paraplegic by pulling her from a wrecked car ‘like a rag doll’ can be sued." The court […]