Last updated 1 day 17 hours 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.
Last updated 4 days 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.
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.
Last updated 8 days 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.
Last updated 11 days ago
All drivers on the road have a responsibility to keep their cars ready for every season, so it is important to recognize the basics of seasonal car care. The winter is a particularly dangerous time for motorists, as there are typically more drivers on the road facing harsh weather.
This video can help you keep your car running efficiently and safely this winter with some simple tips. First, you should make sure that you invest in new windshield wipers before you get caught in a rain or snow storm. You will also want to replace your battery to avoid getting stranded during your winter travels. Watch the whole video for more safety tips and practical maintenance guidelines to save you money on car repairs in the spring.
If you have been involved in a car accident resulting in serious injuries or damages, schedule a free consultation at D’Agostino & Associates by calling (888) 860-5787. We practice personal injury and auto accident law in New York and New Jersey.
Last updated 15 days ago
During the winter season, emergency rooms see more patients with fractures and related injuries caused by falls. The primary reason for this spike in slip and fall injuries is cold, wet weather, which makes outdoor pathways more difficult to navigate. However, when you are aware of the most hazardous areas for injuries of this nature, you can protect yourself from painful injuries that may put you out of work or prevent you from enjoying the activities you enjoy.
Even if there has not been rain or snow, roads and sidewalks may still become covered in slippery ice—particularly in the early morning after temperatures have dropped overnight. Blacktop ice is highly dangerous, because you may not even be able to see that the surface is dangerous to walk on.
Tracking snow indoors
Snow is not just a problem outside. It can easily stick to shoes and clothing, which track snow indoors where it melts on the ground. The result is a wet surface indoors where you might let your guard down and easily suffer a fall. Placing a rubber mat or rug at the entrance of a building can help absorb stray water and snow to make the floors safer to walk on.
Without proper signage and temporary blockades preventing entry to certain areas, it may be possible to walk unknowingly into a dangerous area where water or ice collect on the ground. Businesses should protect visitors and clients by marking any areas prone to slipperiness such as outdoor stair cases, ramps, and drainage areas. It is also important to keep areas well-lit, as there is less natural light to keep walkways visible during the winter.
If you have been the victim of a slip and fall injury caused by negligence or poor property maintenance, you may be able to seek compensation with D’Agostino & Associates. We specialize in personal injury law, and we will provide attentive service through every step of your case. You can learn more about us by calling (888) 860-5787 or by visiting our website today.