Wally Mountz

Wally Mountz

Contributing Author

Wally Mountz is a graduate of the Criminal Justice program at Florida Atlantic University and holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Faulkner University. His experience as a Forensic Detective, Crime Scene Investigator, and police officer often required providing assistance to many injured, disabled, or ill persons navigating the public healthcare system. Retired after nearly forty years in law enforcement, Wally now applies his vast investigative experience to research and writing.

What Trucking Accident Victims Must Know

By / February 18, 2018 / Injuries & Illness / No Comments

Commercial truck drivers have a major responsibility whenever they take their vehicle on the road. Their vehicles are at the top of the food chain, so to speak, because of their size and weight. These trucks could be 80 feet in length and weigh 80,000 pounds—even more depending on their cargo or if they have special permits. If their vehicle becomes involved in an accident, the results can be truly catastrophic. A normal car or SUV doesn’t stand a chance against the momentum of something so much bigger and heavier. Trucking companies are often giant corporations, represented by a staff...Read more

How to Legally Protect Yourself After a Truck Accident

By / February 18, 2018 / Injuries & Illness / No Comments

If you are involved in a truck accident, being completely in the right does not mean you will automatically receive a fair settlement. The truck driver might be at fault, but It might be determined that others may hold some responsibility too. Various people and multiple entities could be held accountable. Evidence needs to be located quickly and preserved for later proceedings. It may not be obvious to the police or the other party that you were not at fault. Even assuming it is clear the other party was at fault, you cannot rely on the insurance companies to calculate...Read more

Truck Accident Lawyer: How to Find the Best Attorney For You

By / February 18, 2018 / Injuries & Illness / No Comments

A Truck Accident Lawyer's Role on Your Behalf Your attorney’s job is to collect all the available evidence and present your demand for compensation to the opposing side in an effort to reach an agreement on what should be considered a fair arrangement.  If no agreement is possible, you may elect to have a civil trial to try to collect what your attorney believes you should receive. You can see how a commercial truck driver, the employer, other employees, or the shipper can easily be negligent, causing or contributing to an accident. There are many possibilities for negligence to have...Read more

Trucking Laws and Regulations Governing the Trucking Industry

By / February 18, 2018 / Injuries & Illness / No Comments

Because accidents involving large trucks and buses have become a serious national problem, the federal government organized the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) under the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in 2000. The legislation authorizing this was the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999. There are now numerous rules regarding the operation of such vehicles. The stated goal is to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses. These rules concern a truck driver’s use of drugs and alcohol, traffic violations, properly securing loads, maintenance of equipment, inspections, handling hazardous materials, rest periods, hours...Read more

Social Security Disability’s Listing of Impairments

By / February 18, 2018 / The Claims Process / 165 Comments

In order to facilitate processing Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability claims for people with very severe illnesses or injuries, SSA has compiled a master list of impairments (limitations resulting from common serious diseases and injuries) that have been identified as likely indicators of disability. If your condition meets the listings, your claim will be approved. The list is used by SSA’s claims examiners in the first medical step of the disability evaluation. This list is found in a manual titled Disability Evaluation under Social Security, known casually as “The Blue Book,” which through 2008 was a printed pamphlet...Read more

Social Security Disability Benefits for Arthritis

By / February 18, 2018 / Social Security Disability Benefits / 35 Comments

Arthritis is an inflammatory disease that can range from mild to moderate to severe and debilitating. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has developed a set of guidelines to determine when disability benefits would be appropriate for arthritis claims. Depending on how severe your arthritis, you may be able to collect Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. We will explain what you need to document and prove to qualify for benefits. Causes and Symptoms of Arthritis There are more than 100 types of arthritis, but osteoarthritis (also known as degenerative arthritis) is the most common. It can occur in any joint in...Read more

Disability for Back Pain: What Qualifies for SSDI Benefits?

By / February 18, 2018 / Social Security Disability Benefits / 9 Comments

If you have chronic back pain, the last thing you want to worry about is money. Add in doctor’s appointments, physical therapy, laboratory tests, and never-ending travels to specialists and your life quickly becomes very complicated. On top of that you may need to file a claim for disability benefits, which can be a daunting process. Chronic back pain is the most common disability application the Social Security Administration (SSA) deals with each day. In fact, statistics reveal that back pain is a leading cause for someone to miss work, and bone degeneration is the primary disability for people under...Read more

Social Security Disability Benefits for Cancer

By / February 18, 2018 / Social Security Disability Benefits / 2 Comments

There are two Social Security benefit programs for cancer sufferers: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD aka SSDI) and Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI). Both pay disability benefits and both are administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA). In addition to being disabled as defined by Social Security law, entitlement to the first, SSDI, also requires that you have worked and paid Social Security taxes long enough to be fully insured for benefits and recently enough to be currently insured for partial disability income replacement. The second, SSI, requires your family’s income and countable assets (not all are countable) to fall within...Read more

Can I Get Social Security Disability for Depression and Anxiety?

By / February 18, 2018 / Social Security Disability Benefits / 105 Comments

Winning a successful disability claim on the basis of depression or anxiety is difficult unless your symptoms are severe and you can prove they are debilitating enough to interfere with your work. Documentation could include medical treatments and consultations from recognized mental health practitioners and facilities, a treatment history for your symptoms, and a work record which reflects a disrupted work schedule due to your medical condition. Below are several approaches to supporting your claim. The Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety Depression and anxiety are terrible afflictions that can completely turn your life on its head. There are treatments for...Read more

Disability Benefits for Diabetes Patients

By / February 18, 2018 / Social Security Disability Benefits / No Comments

Having diabetes by itself usually will not enable you to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSDI). Many people have diabetes and are able to work normally. However, if you are unable to control  blood sugar levels throughout the day, having symptoms such as dizziness, vision problems or numbness that impact your ability to perform your job will be considered when you apply for SSD. Normally, however, it is the difficulties caused by other related illnesses coupled with diabetes that may make you eligible for disability benefits. Illness such as diabetic vision loss, peripheral neuropathy, heart disease, and kidney failure can...Read more

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