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Social Security Administration Announces Cost of Living Adjustment of 1.5 Percent for 2014

by Staff Blogger | November 26th, 2013

November 26, 2013

More than 4.7 million Americans depend on Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits as their main source on income. For many, making ends meet on the meager amount allotted to them can be extremely difficult. The Birmingham Social Security Disability Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers explain the government attempts to address this problem annually through a Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs). However, the increases issued in recent years have been historically low.

The federal government determines COLA increases by examining the fluctuations in prices of certain goods and services that are necessary for everyday life. Some of these include electricity, transportation, housing, and food. The higher the costs for these products, the greater the COLA those receiving Social Security benefits will receive.

This year’s increase in payments is only 1.5 percent for 2015. An article from the Wall Street Journal states this means each individual receiving Social Security will see an increase in monthly payments of around $19.

This is one of the lowest COLAs ever issued.

Norris Injury Lawyers and their team of Alabama Injury Attorneys recognize how difficult it can be for people to get the benefits needed to support themselves and their families. That is why the firm is here to help anyone who is considering applying for SSD benefits.

Plea Agreement Reached in Fatal Alabama Car Accident

by Staff Blogger | February 26th, 2013

Feb. 26, 2013

A plea agreement has been reached with a man accused of causing an Alabama Car Accident that left one woman dead and seriously injured several other motorists. According to an article from Al.com, the Chickasaw, Alabama, man had murder charges reduced to a single count of manslaughter and assault in exchange for a guilty plea.

Court documents show that on the evening of Nov. 28, 2010, the man pulled out of the parking lot of a sports club in Mount Vernon and began driving down Old Highway 43. The man’s vehicle then crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic and collided nearly head-on with another vehicle, killing its driver. The man’s car then struck a parked vehicle, injuring an occupant in each of the vehicles involved.

The man responsible for causing the accident had a blood sample taken at the hospital to determine if he was under the influence at the time of the crash. However, twelve hours passed between the accident and the drawing of the blood sample. The test came back negative.

A sentencing date was set for later this month and the man is expected to face between 2 and 20 years in prison for his crimes.

The Alabama Injury Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers are hopeful the agreement reached in the case will help bring a sense of closure to the friends, families, and victims touched by this horrific event.