Insurance contracts are not drafted with the goal of providing clarity to the insured/policy holder. The “accept” button you push when you update licensing agreements with Apple or other software providers do not give you the ability to negotiate the terms of the agreement. These are called contracts of adhesion or unilateral contracts. Insurance contracts fall into the same categories. The critical terms or words in these contracts are given their own definitions and can be described as a term of art . As a result, these unique definitions are often dissimilar to the words common meaning. This leases even […]
In a case of first impression before the Appellate Court of Illinois, a marital settlement agreement requiring the respondent to pay 32% of his net income for guideline child support of three minor children was found unconscionable. In re Marriage of Ruth Mitter, 2015 IL App (1st) 142695. The husband challenged the settlement agreement arguing the trial court erred in denying him a credit of Social Security Retirement dependent benefits of $1,083 a month toward the child support payments. The court agreed with the husband that the benefits were earned and should be considered part of his overall child support […]
The American Association for Justice‘s Social Security Section has scheduled a fabulous 2 day set of CLE courses “AAJ Social Security Success! Seminar” for March 17-18, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mark your calendars now to attend this seminar and experience the first rounds of the NCAA Tournament and St. Patrick’s Day in Vegas! This Seminar is open to AAJ and non-AAJ members. As more information about the agenda and registration are made available, we will post it.
American Conference Institute’s 18th National Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims will be held January 21-22, 2016 at the Union League in Philadelphia, PA. Jennifer Danish is scheduled to speak on a panel with John J. Myers of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC and William Patton of Lane Powell, PC covering “The Battle Over Discretionary Clauses Continues: An Update on State Discretionary Bans, the Latest Case Law Developments Stemming from These Bans, and Examining the Ultimate Impact of a Discretionary Clause/Ban on a Disability Case”. Brochure and registration information are available at: http://americanconference.com/content/download-content/pdf/marketing/850I16_S.pdf Discounted registration is available until October […]
Bryant Legal Group PC will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2015 for the Labor Day holiday. If you need to reach us, please go ahead and leave a message or send us an email and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.
The 2015 Justice Served Awards honor each of these nominees for their commitment to a safer, more just America. Tell us which story moves you the most (see our nominating criteria below), and we’ll enter you into a drawing for a free subscription to Consumer Reports. – See more at: http://letamericaknow.com/view_feature_ysk.php?memberid=22530&orderid=883&issueid=1508#sthash.sUkTDjJq.dpuf Justice Served Awards Nominating Criteria The Justice Served Awards celebrate the stories of injured people and their families who decide to make a difference in protecting the health, safety and legal rights of others. Once a year, we ask our readers to read these remarkable stories and tell us which one […]
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals takes yet another opportunity to criticize the Social Security Administration’s disability claim adjudication process in Alaura v. Colvin, decided August 18, 2015 (decision written by Judge Richard Posner). The plaintiff, a 22-year old man was struck in the back of his head by an assailant wielding a bar stool as a weapon. The blow shattered his skull, necessitating emergency surgery. Still suffering after surgery two months later Alaura was examined by a neurologist who diagnosed post-traumatic headaches and cognitive impairment caused by the injury to his brain. In addition to daily headaches the Claimant was found to be […]
Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Bryant Legal Group PC Receives 2015 Best Businesses of Chicago Award Chicago Award Program Honors the Achievement Chicago, July 30, 2015 — Bryant Legal Group PC has been selected for the 2015 Best Businesses of Chicago Award in the Legal Services category by the Best Businesses of Chicago Award Program. Each year, the Best Businesses of Chicago Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our […]
REMINDER: Pursuant to 42 USC Section 1395y(b)(2), commonly known as the Medicare Secondary Payer Act, Medicare may not make payment for medical benefits where payment has been made or can reasonably be expected to be made under a workers’ compensation law or plan of the United States or a state, or under an automobile or liability insurance policy or plan (including a self-insured plan), or under no fault insurance. By law, Medicare has a priority right of recovery from the primary payer as well as from parties in receipt of third-party payments, such as a beneficiary, provider, supplier, physician, attorney, […]
The American Association for Justice has scheduled a fabulous CLE course in Miami at the James Hotel, right on the beach. Join your colleagues at the James Royal Palm in Miami for the AAJ Social Security Success! Seminar on January 29–30, 2015. Enjoy the sun and sand and improve your practice with lectures on: The Disappearance of the Medical Expert: Where have all the ME’s gone? Administrative Law Judge Hypotheticals Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V) Laying Traps for Federal & AC Appeals Technology Cross Examining the Vocational Experts Fee Structures Faculty for this program include: Jeremy L. […]