November 25, 2014

Speaking Out

Filed under: General,Personal Injury,Social Security Disability — Casper & Casper @ 2:17 pm

From left: attorney Barb Strady and attorney Steven Casper.

On November 11, attorney Steven Casper addressed a large group of physicians at the Christ Hospital as a part of their Grand Rounds program. Steven spoke to physicians about the procedure and standards required when filing a claim for Social Security Disability benefits. With Steven’s insight attendees were able to better understand the Social Security Disability process as well as the difference between SSD and SSI.

Attorney Barb Strady will be speaking on December 4th at Dayton’s Crowne Plaza as part of the National Business Institute’s continuing education program. Barb will present “Applying the Rules of Evidence: What Every Attorney Needs to Know”. Seats are still available and you can visit www.nbi-sems.com if you are interested in attending or to obtain additional information.

Of course, if you have a Social Security Disability question or need assistance with a Personal Injury issue, Steven and Barb are also available for consultation.

You can contact Steve Casper and Barb Strady through this website, or by calling 800.784.2889. Your first consultation is always free.

May 29, 2014

Excellent News on Trucking and Bus Insurance Limits

Filed under: Social Security Disability — Casper & Casper @ 1:16 pm

I recently received a letter from United States Congressman Matt Cartwright that I thought I’d share with our clients who drive commercial tractor-trailers or buses. This is excellent news.

Barb Strady, Attorney at Law

Barbara,
I have some excellent progress to report from Washington. As you know, inadequate liability insurance for commercial carriers has for decades meant that there has been inadequate compensation and an undue burden on Social Security and Medicare in cases of catastrophic injury resulting from commercial vehicle crashes. On October 3, 2013, I wrote a letter to Anne Ferro, the head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, urging that the FMCSA take action to review the adequacy of the federally-mandated tractor-trailer liability insurance minimum limit. That limit has been $750,000 for the last 32 years. Joining me as co-signers on my letter were my good friends Bruce Braley (D-IA), John Lewis (D-GA), Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Albio Sires (D-NJ), Robert Scott (D-VA), Robert Brady (D-PA), Chaka Fattah (D-PA), and Filemon Vela (D-TX). Today I am very happy to report that Ms. Ferro has responded. Last week, the FMCSA issued a 14-page Report to Congress, concluding the following:
 
1. Current limits are inadequate in covering catastrophic crashes. con’t.
 
2. Simply increasing existing limits to adjust for healthcare inflation would require raising limits:
   a. from $750,000 to $3,188,250 for general tractor-trailers
   b. from $1 million to $4,251,000 for low-hazard hazmat tractor-trailers
   c. from $5 million to $21,255,000 for high-hazard hazmat tractor-trailers
   d. from $1.5 million to $6,376,500 for small buses
   e. from $5 million to $21,255,000 for large buses.
 
3. “The Agency has formed a rulemaking team to further evaluate the appropriate level of financial responsibility for the motor carrier industry and has placed this rulemaking among the Agency’s high priority rules.” I wish to thank my fellow Congress Members for supporting me in this effort. I will continue to keep you posted.
 
Sincerely, Rep. Matt Cartwright