I received many calls over the last few weeks regarding how the partial shutdown of the United States government affects Social Security benefits and claims. Fortunately, a full-year funding agreement for the Social Security Administration was reached prior to the shutdown and therefore the agency is not affected. Benefits are continuing to be paid and
As 2019 greets us, I would like to thank you all for being a part of my journey thus far and making 2018 a successful year. I wish you and yours a happy and healthy 2019 and look forward to the opportunities that the New Year will bring! Sincerely, Katelyn M. Burke, Esq.
Earlier this month World Mental Health Day was recognized, which, according to the World Health Organization, seeks to raise awareness of mental health issues and mobilize efforts in support of mental health. One major source of support many people with severe mental health disorders need is financial stability. This stability is in jeopardy for those
In remembrance of the tragedies that took place on September 11, 2001, Burke Law, PLLC honors the victims, their families, first responders, and others who bravely put their lives on the line seventeen years ago and in response to the attacks since. Also, let us not forget the unity and courage that followed the events
Unfortunately, the Social Security Disability claim process is often long and grueling. This is a fact that is even more disheartening to those with the most severe of conditions. As a result, the Social Security Administration created the “Compassionate Allowances program,” which over time has identified several medical conditions that, by definition, meet the Social
Social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, are full of insights into our personal lives. The unintended consequences are far reaching and claims for personal injuries are not immune. If you are thinking of, or already are, bringing a claim for personal injuries against someone or an entity that harmed you, avoid sharing
Are you worried that applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits means giving up work for good? Undoubtedly, many people who are approved SSDI benefits may never be healthy enough to return to work. However, collecting benefits does not always mean giving up on work forever. In fact, the Social Security Administration (SSA) created
Burke Law, PLLC welcomes and embraces LGBTQ individuals. Mindful of using inclusive language and avoiding generalized assumptions, Burke Law, PLLC offers a comfortable environment, which allows the focus to be on identifying legal needs and appropriate actions to take. After all, a strong attorney-client relationship is part of the foundation of success. This Pride Month,
While a dog is often considered one of a human’s best friends, according to the Center for Disease Control, approximately 4.5 million dog bites will occur in the United States this year. Being bitten by a dog can be physically, and often psychologically, traumatic and results in serious injury and scarring. There were thirty-nine dog
Nearly one month into the nation’s tax season and Social Security Disability Insurance benefit, otherwise known as “SSDI” benefit, recipients may be wondering, “Will I pay taxes on my benefits?” The short answer is – Maybe. It depends. SSDI benefits may be taxed by the federal government if a recipient has other substantial income in
In Massachusetts, all automobile insurance policies include Personal Injury Protection, otherwise known as “PIP,” benefits. PIP benefits pay up to $8,000.00 to cover reasonable and necessary medical bills and lost wages and are “no-fault” insurance benefits, which means an injured party can receive PIP benefits regardless of who was at fault for causing the accident.
Recent Snow Reminds Us That Winter Is Still Here and so Is the Increased Risk of Slipping and Falling
Where there is snow, there is often ice. Where there is snow and ice, there are often slips and falls. Where there are slips and falls, there are often injuries. Where there are injuries, there is Burke Law, PLLC.