Monthly Archives: January 2011

Kathryn Ellis Joins the Law Offices of Tony Farmer and John Dreiser as an Associate

Kathryn Ellis is an associate with the firm whose practice is focused primarily on personal injury, workers’ compensation, wrongful death, and products liability.  Ms. Ellis was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Alexandria, Virginia.  She graduated from James Madison … Continue reading

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Frequently Asked Questions About Social Security Disability and SSI

When Do I Apply? You should apply for disability benefits as soon as you become disabled. It can take a long time to process an application for disability benefits (three to five months).  Even if you think you might go … Continue reading

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What is Mediation?

Mediation is a voluntary settlement process to help parties resolve disputes.  It is part of a larger movement in the law called Alternative Dispute Resolution or ADR.  Mediation is an informal process where a mediator helps people with a dispute to reach … Continue reading

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Understanding How the Social Security Administration Evaluates A Claim for Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

When someone applies for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits or SSI (Supplemental Security Income), the Social Security Administration follows a five-step sequential evaluation for determining eligibility (20 CFR 404.1520(a)).  This process is followed regardless of the level of decision, i.e. Application, … Continue reading

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Workers Sue Alcoa over hearing loss

This Article from Hearing Loss News and Reviews (http://www.4hearingloss.com/archives/2005/03/workers_sue_alc.html) was published in 2005.  As of today, over 370 current and former Alcoa employees have made workers compensation claims for Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) through our office.  Most of these workers … Continue reading

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