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It’s Not Over Until It’s Over

Social Security Disability Attorney

We all know that famous saying from Baseball legend Yogi Berra. It was 1973 and his team was falling behind when he said: “It ain’t over till it’s over”. That year his team came back to win the division title. Since then it has become a slogan for anyone who is determined not to give up. It has been a motivational speech for some and a war cry for others. It is definitely a principle that we like to live by. Our clients don’t always come to us because they want that victory, they come because they have already been denied it. When it comes to applying for social security disability, you don’t always get approved on the first try. It might take 2 or 3 tries before you get approved.

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When you apply for social security disability, you have the option to go at it alone or to get an attorney to help you navigate the process. Regardless of the path you choose to take, you are going to have a long road ahead of you. One would think that it would be a simple procedure that would take at most a month. Sadly the truth is many when applying, it may take a year or more before receiving an acceptance or denial. After that, it could be years before you get your second ruling. It will definitely be over a year if you have to apply for the third time. That is why we say “It’s not over till it’s over” Even though you get denied, you can continue to fight to get approved. It might take longer, but all is not lost. This is why it is helpful to get an attorney to help with your case from the beginning.

While we can not promise that you will get accepted, we can help improve your odds. If you have already been denied before coming to Rue & Ziffra, then we will help you out in Round 2.

The important thing is to stay diligent in your fight to get approved. Don’t get discouraged and don’t stop fighting until you get approved. We know it can be a long road and how discouraging it can be to get denied after all the time you put into it. But that doesn’t mean you can just give up. As another famous person once said, “Never give up, never surrender!”. (That is the classic sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest by the way).

So if you are ready to really fight to get approved, contact Rue & Ziffra to get a Social Security Disability Attorney working on your case.


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Are We Asking Too Many Questions?

Daytona Beach Automobile Accident Attorney

Do you know what a lawyer is? We are sure you know what one basically is, but do you really know what it is they do? They are not automated machines that you put money into and a victory comes out of the other side. You don’t tell them that you were injured in an automobile accident and then just leave it to them. They are going to have to ask you a few questions. Depending on the situation you might find yourself answering quite a few questions actually. This is because one of the most important ingredients to a successful court case is information. That information can come from many sources, but many of those sources may have to be pointed out by you.

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There are two things you need to know about your attorney and the information they need for the case.

  • The more information you give them, the stronger the case may be.
  • The more information you give them, the less time they have to spend trying to find it on their own.

When you approach your Daytona Beach automobile accident attorney, it is important to have as much information packaged and ready for them as possible. What do we mean by packaged and ready?

  • Keep it Organized: No one wants to dig through a pile of paperwork for one file. Make sure everything is organized and easy to find.
  • Details Matter: Everything is important in a court case until it is proven otherwise. It is better to have too much information than not enough.
  • Time is Money: The more information you give them, the less time they spend looking for it and the more time they spend actually doing their job.

So when you come to Rue & Ziffra for help with your court case, help us help you by having all the relevant information we need. If you are not sure what information is needed, don’t be afraid to ask. Give us a call at (386) 788-7700 and find out what information you can gather to help us with your case.


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What is Workers’ Comp?

Daytona Beach Workers’ Comp Attorney

Do you work in a dangerous environment? Even when safety guidelines are followed, some jobs are just waiting for an accident to happen in them. Some instances are construction sites, utility work, busy kitchens, and law enforcement. Even with the danger attached to them, someone has to get the job done. So people continue to work in these careers and environments, some of them never getting hurt and others getting hurt all of the time. Because of these brave workers though, we have better roads and bridges, safer cities, and plenty of places to dine out. This is especially important here in Daytona Beach, where we have so many tourist and construction projects going on. Sometimes it seems like they are building a new road or expanding an old one every other month.

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Since these people are brave enough to do these jobs for us, it only stands to reason they should have some sort of protection for when these accidents do happen. That is where workers’ comp comes in, also known as workmans’ compensation. Workers’ comp is a form of insurance, and in some ways, a trade off. If you’re company offers you workers’ comp, and you accept it, you give up any right to sue the company for your injuries. Workers’ comp will typically cover medical expenses and lost income due to the injury.

There are some issues that can arise from this agreement however. What if workers’ comp isn’t enough to survive on? Worse yet, what if the company tries not paying you any compensation? They can try and say the accident was the fault of the worker not following safety protocols. They might also try and prolong the process, or find ways to give you less compensation than is supposed to be granted. Some companies will go above and beyond for their employees, some will fight to spend as little as possible. If you belong to a company that falls into the later, what should you do?

That answer begins when the incident happens. Whenever an injury occurs on the work site, make sure it is recorded. Even if you think you’ve just sprained your back and need a good night’s rest, fill out an accident report. If you wake up the next day and find you’re unable to move easily, or at all, you already have the accident report filled out. If you don’t fill it out, the company can claim there is no evidence the injury occurred on the job site. If you fill out an accident report, and the next day you are feeling fine, no real harm done.

Medical attention should also be sought after immediately. Delaying medical attention again can open up a window for the company to use against supplying workers’ comp. They can claim the injury was worsened by your inaction.

Finally, if they try and deny you workers’ comp, the next step is to hire a Daytona Beach worker’s comp attorney. A workers’ comp attorney can review the case, and fight to get the company you work for to pay the compensation you are due. Because when you are out of the job, you are out of income that you and your family need to survive. Don’t let a greedy company cause you to go without, contact Rue & Ziffra today to handle your case.  

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Expect the Unexpected

Daytona Beach Personal Injury Attorney

 We have all heard the wise words before, “Expect the unexpected”, or some variation on the idea. “Beware the unseen” or “You never know what may happen” or perhaps the most interesting version “Hope for the best, prepare for the worst”. These are all good sayings, though they don’t really take hold until the unexpected, unseen, or worst happen. We go out on the town, get behind the wheel, and never expect that this could be the last drive we’ll be taking for a while. All it takes is about five seconds for an accident to happen. Most likely, it only took you five seconds to read that sentence. That isn’t a very long time at all, yet it can take months or even years to recover from it, and that is just physically speaking. The financial burden of it could take even longer.

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   Even a broken leg can throw a pretty heavy wrench in the gears. If you have a job that is physically demanding, you won’t be able to get back to work right away. You could try to get a less active job, but do you have the training and experience for it, and will it pay the same as the last job? How are you going to support yourself much less a family? The worst part of all of this is that it isn’t even any of your fault! Someone was texting and driving when they rammed into your vehicle, or driving intoxicated, or simply not paying attention to the road.

   So, why should you have to suffer when you are not even responsible for it? The answer simply is that you shouldn’t have to suffer at all. When you are injured, you are due compensation for your injuries. These can include covering medical bills, income loss from an inability to work, and property damage. For some of this, insurance might cover the costs, though even then they may not cover all of it. If the injuries are severe enough, you might even become eligible for social security disability.

   If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, don’t hesitate to contact the law offices of Rue & Ziffra. When you come to us, you get the dedication and experience of a respected Daytona Beach personal injury lawyer. We have been serving the Volusia County area for over 40 years now, and we plan on continuing to serve our clients for years to come.


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Keeping America Running

Daytona Beach Truck Accident Attorney

Do you like Amazon? How about Wal-Mart, Target, Publix, or really any store we frequently visit? It is hard to go anywhere without seeing a franchise of some kind with their large, merchandise filled stores. They make life a lot more convenient all across the country. They bring everything we need into one place. We can buy dinner for the week, pick up a new Blu-Ray to watch afterward, and new pillows for the bed, all in one single trip. Could it get any easier than that? The answer is yes because you can also order all of these things off the internet. Companies like Amazon specialize in ordering and shipping products all across the road.

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   The key behind this successful business model is a nationwide system of delivery trucks. From smaller models that deliver shorter distances to large semi-trailers that drive across the entire country, it can be easily said that truck drivers are what keep the modern market going. They drive long hours, making frequent stops at different distribution centers and stores, and sometimes go weeks before getting to go home. While it is great they are able to continue keeping the stores stocked for us, it also comes with quite a few dangers.

   Perhaps the most dangerous vehicle on the road is the 18 wheeler. These vehicles are large, tending to be 70 to 80 feet long, and can legally weigh up to 80,000lbs. Even empty, they can weigh around 30,000lbs. In comparison, your average vehicle is about 5,000lbs. Because of this, driving them requires extra training, even with that though, they can be difficult to control in different situations. Rather it’s wind pushing on the trailer or trying to suddenly stop 80,000lbs from moving, the results can be disastrous for the truck driver and anything they hit.

   Combine those numbers with the facts that truck drivers spend so many hours on the road, and accidents are bound to happen. When they do, they are almost certain to be catastrophic. They can decimate almost any normal vehicle with ease, causing severe injury and most likely death. You might remember a couple of years ago Hollywood actor Tracy Morgan was involved in such an incident and ended up in critical condition. It was said that the driver of the 18 wheeler has been awake for 24 hours or more, running freight. If it can happen to a successful Hollywood actor, surely it can happen to anyone else.

   If you find yourself near an 18 wheeler, remember to exercise caution around them. Don’t try and squeeze in front of one on the interstate. Also keep in mind that they take wide right turns, and it’s good to give them plenty of space. Another important aspect of driving around an 18 wheeler is to remember they have limited visibility. Being at the front of an 80ft long vehicle, you can only realistically see a small part of the area around you. It’s also not a bad idea to try and drive a safe distance around them during storms, as the winds and rains can have a greater effect on them.

   If you do find yourself or a loved one involved in an incident with a delivery or semi-truck, contact the law offices of Rue & Ziffra. When you contact us, you get an experienced Daytona Beach truck accident attorney on your side.


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