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    When Do Social Security Disability Benefits Start?

    Last updated 4 months ago

    One of the hardest parts of suffering a disability is being unable to earn an income in your chosen field. As you recover or try to find a new line of work, you must find a way to pay your bills and support your family. That’s where Social Security Disability benefits come in. However, your disability benefits may not come immediately after your application is approved. 

    Disability benefits are paid after the sixth full month of disability. If you become disabled on February 15, August will be the first month for which you will receive benefits, regardless of when your disability application is approved. Since disability benefits are distributed the month after they’re due, you wouldn’t actually see a check until September. The amount you receive is based on your lifetime average earnings, which you can calculate with help from your Social Security attorney.

    If you’ve been denied benefits or have had any other trouble with the Social Security Administration, trust the attorneys at D’Agostino & Associates. We can help you slash through the red tape and obtain the benefits you need to make ends meet. Call (888) 860-5787 to set up an initial meeting. 

    Essential Cold Weather Accessories for Motorcyclists

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Though riding a motorcycle can be a lot of fun, many motorcyclists give it up during the winter months. If you’d like to keep riding through February and March, you’ll need the right cold weather accessories.

    In this video, a motorcycle expert discusses the necessary cold weather accessories. He says riders can choose between a nylon or leather coat plus leather chaps that fit over their pants. He also recommends a heated vest and heated grips to further extend the riding season. 

    If you’ve been a victim of a motorcycle accident, call the personal injury attorneys of D’Agostino & Associates at (888) 860-5787. We’ve been providing the people of Staten Island and New York’s other boroughs with legal solutions for over 20 years. 

    Understanding How Social Security Survivors Benefits Work

    Last updated 4 months ago

    No one likes to think about his own death. Still, it’s important to be prepared for the unthinkable and to make sure your loved ones will be cared for in the event of your untimely death. Social Security Survivors benefits are designed to assist surviving dependents in the aftermath of the primary breadwinner’s death. Read on to learn more about how Social Security Survivors benefits can cover your family:

    How Do You Earn Social Security Credits?

    The benefits your family receives depends on how much you have paid into the Social Security system and how many credits you have earned. You earn one credit for every $1,200 of taxable income, and you may earn up to four credits in a year. Your family can receive benefits if you have earned at least six credits in the three years before your passing. The number of required credits depends on the breadwinner’s age at the time of his death.

    Who Can Receive Benefits?

    Your widow or widower can receive full benefits once he or she reaches full retirement age. Full retirement age for your surviving spouse is 66 or 67, depending on when he or she was born. Your surviving spouse may receive survivors benefits at any age if she is taking care of your child who is disabled or younger than 16 years old. Your unmarried children can also receive benefits if they are younger than 18.

    How Do You Apply?

    After your passing, your surviving spouse or children must visit a local Social Security office to apply for benefits. If your surviving family members are denied benefits, or if the benefits are otherwise insufficient, a Social Security attorney can help your family members identify the problem and obtain the benefits they need to get by.

    To speak with the Social Security attorneys at D’Agostino & Associates about survivors or disability benefits, call our Staten Island office at (888) 860-5787. Our lawyers are available within a day’s notice to discuss your situation. 

    Motorcycle Riding Tips for Cold Weather

    Last updated 4 months ago

    If you consider yourself a die-hard motorcyclist, it’s unlikely that you’ll want to give up riding this winter just because the temperature is a little cooler. However, you must accept that riding during the winter can be dangerous, and that you need to take a few additional measures to avoid an accident and personal injury. Here are a few tips to help you stay safe on your motorcycle this winter.

    Wear More Layers

    Many motorcyclists let concern for their appearance overshadow concern for their own safety. Though a few extra layers might compromise your style, a large jacket, chaps, and gloves will keep you warm and prevent frostbite while you ride. It’s also a good idea to wear bright colors so motorists are more likely to see you.  

    Consider Heated Accessories

    If you’re cold and uncomfortable, there’s a greater chance that you will get into an accident. Fortunately, there are many heated motorcycle accessories and apparel that can make riding in freezing temperatures comfortable. You might consider a heated vest, jacket, grips, or other heated accessories.

    Slow Down

    In addition to changing the way you dress, you should change the way you ride during the winter. As a general rule, it’s a good idea to slow down when driving with low visibility or in poor road conditions. Since wet or icy roads can dramatically increase your stopping speed, you should give vehicles in front of you plenty of space.   

    Maintain Your Tires

    Some motorcyclists enjoy the performance they can achieve with racing tires. However, these tires aren’t as safe as regular street tires when it comes to winter driving. To prevent a flat tire, you should make sure your tires are at their recommended pressure at all times. If your tires appear worn, consider getting new ones.

    Unfortunately, no amount of preparation can protect you from reckless drivers. If you’ve been in a motorcycle accident and have suffered a personal injury as a result, contact the skilled personal injury attorneys of D’Agostino & Associates. Call our Staten Island personal injury law firm at (888) 860-5787 or visit our website for more information. 

    The Importance of Wearing a Motorcycle Helmet

    Last updated 5 months ago

    The most essential piece of safety equipment for any motorcyclist is a fitted, sturdy helmet. Not only is wearing a helmet the law in New York and New Jersey, but it is also a potentially life-saving step for any rider. The rate of motorcycle-related deaths is actually on the rise, so it is more important than ever to wear a helmet for every ride. 

    Motorcyclists face extra hazards on the road, because they are less visible to drivers in larger vehicles and they may have more difficulty in bad weather conditions and on bumpy roads. Wearing a helmet in addition to protective clothing that covers your whole body can spare you from potentially fatal injuries and brain damage.

    If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, contact D’Agostino & Associates to find out if you are eligible for compensation. You can reach our personal injury practice on the Web or call us at (888) 860-5787 to schedule a free initial consultation. 

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