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.

Nursing Home and Assisted Living Abuse and Neglect

By / May 15, 2017 / Nursing Home Care / No Comments

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are supposed to provide services that ensure safety, security, and competent medical care for you or your loved one. Too many times, this is not happening. The facilities, nurses and their assistants may be understaffed, overworked, and undertrained. Due to this, elderly neglect in nursing homes is not uncommon. Sometimes things go wrong with the care you expected to receive. There may be an elderly injury, a complication, neglect, or even out and out physical abuse. You may find yourself paying top dollar for these insufficient or criminal services. There are many times when...Read more

Collecting Disability Benefits for Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease

By / May 28, 2017 / Applying for Social Security Disability & SSI Benefits / 2 Comments

Disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) may be received for serious cases of either Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease. The primary requirements the SSA demands are that the disease prevents you from engaging in a substantially gainful job and that the illness prevents such employment for at least a year, or it is in terminal stages. Evaluating Benefit Approval It is very helpful if you have kept a daily personal journal about how your medical condition affects your daily activities and how you feel. If you have not been doing so, it would be a good idea to...Read more

Collecting Social Security Disability Benefits After A Stroke

By / May 28, 2017 / Applying for Social Security Disability & SSI Benefits / 12 Comments

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), a stroke is a medical condition that could qualify a person for a disability benefit depending on the severity of the event, type of post-stroke limitations you have, and how long limitations are expected to last. If you have suffered a stroke and the after-effects are expected to prevent you from working substantially for at least a year, you should file an application for Social Security Disability benefits. Medical care, diagnostic tests such as brain scans, lab tests, medication, and physician examinations will be needed to help you recover, and a monthly benefit...Read more

Social Security Disability Benefits for Cancer

By / April 21, 2017 / Applying for Social Security Disability & SSI Benefits / 2 Comments

There are two Social Security benefit programs for cancer sufferers: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI aka SSD) 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

Social Security Disability Benefits for Arthritis

By / April 19, 2017 / Applying for Social Security Disability & SSI Benefits / 32 Comments

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has developed a set of guidelines to determine when disability benefits would be appropriate for arthritis claims. Arthritis is an inflammatory disease that can range from mild to moderate to severe and debilitating, 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 one. It can occur in any joint...Read more

Social Security Disability Benefits for Heart Disease

By / April 19, 2017 / Applying for Social Security Disability & SSI Benefits / 4 Comments

To collect disability benefits for heart disease, the two most important factors SSA considers are how serious your disease is and whether with treatment your condition will improve before you have been disabled twelve months. There are a number of different heart problems, but the final assessment is whether or not your condition affects you so much that you have been or will be are unable to work at a level that it is substantial gainful activity for period of twelve months or more. (The twelve months can be interrupted by short work attempts if you have to stop work...Read more

Disability Benefits for Diabetes Patients

By / April 13, 2017 / Applying for Social Security Disability & SSI 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

Wrongful Death in Nursing Homes

By / April 13, 2017 / Nursing Home Care / No Comments

If your loved one perished in a nursing home or an assisted living facility as the result of willful or negligent conduct, such as inattention, mistreatment, nursing home abuse, or neglect, you need legal representation. Wrongful death is the result of some sort of negligent action on the part of someone causing a death of another. That action can either be intentional or unintentional. Of course, filing a lawsuit will never bring back your loved one, however such action is often needed to prevent similar mistreatment from occurring to other patients. Identifying and taking appropriate action against those responsible for...Read more

What to Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

By / April 13, 2017 / Nursing Home Care / No Comments

If you suspect that your relative or friend in a nursing home or an assisted living facility is being neglected or abused, do not ignore it. Here is a list of actions that you can take: Talk to the Victim Talk in detail to the elderly patient and put together the story so that you are certain what has happened or what is happening. Ask question and try to verify the story by checking on the claims that are being made. For example, if the patient complains that someone is stealing from him or her, attempt to determine if the...Read more

Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

By / April 13, 2017 / Nursing Home Care / No Comments

You can greatly contribute to your relative’s or your friend’s well-being in a nursing home or an assisted living facility by monitoring the situation whenever you visit. Your suspicions should be aroused if you are delayed in visiting the patient during normal visiting hours or even being denied access. If a staff member insists on staying with you during your entire visit, it may indicate that something is amiss and that they could be trying to hide something. Possible Physical Abuse Injuries, such as bruises, restraint marks, fractures Sudden weight loss Bedsores Dehydration Over sedation or over medication Possible Verbal...Read more

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