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Seeking Answers for Your Injury or Accident Claim? Look No Further

After an accident occurs or an injury is suffered, you may feel lost and confused. Few people who have suffered an accident or incurred an injury have an extensive background in this area. Without this knowledge, they are left wondering how best to proceed in order to protect their legal rights. Fortunately, we are here to provide you with the answers that you are looking for. Check out our many frequently asked questions and their accompanying answers for more information.

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  • Why do I need a mesothelioma attorney for my case?

    Mesothelioma is a personal injury that is the result of someone else's negligence, in which case, you are entitled to receive compensation. Manufacturers who produce and sell asbestos are knowledgeable about the fact that their product is dangerous. As a result, you have the right to hold them accountable for their negligence. With the help of an asbestos lawyer, your chances of receiving the compensation that you deserve is higher because a lawyer most likely has more experience dealing with asbestos and insurance companies than you do.  If you have been exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should contact a South Carolina personal injury attorney today!

  • Can my child, who is disabled, apply for social security benefits?

    Yes, if your child is disabled, they may be entitled to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI), as opposed to Social Security Disability (SSD). The Social Security Administration has set income and resource limits that you, as the Social security disability children scparent or guardian of a disabled child, must meet in order to be eligible to apply for SSI. In addition to these guidelines, your child must meet the medical requirements in order to be qualified to receive SSI. This requires that you have a disability interview with the Social Security Administration where you will provide and any all information about your child's medical history. If the Social Security Administration determines that your child is eligible for disability, they will set up an interview to ensure that you still meet the income and resource limits, and then your child will receive benefits.

    If you have questions on how to apply for Supplemental Security Income for children, contact South Carolina Social Security Disability attorney Shelly Leeke today at 1-888-690-0211!

  • Can a debt collector call me at any time of the day?

    Debt collectors are not permitted to call you at any time that would be inconvenient for you; for example, they cannot call you before 8:00 am or after 9:00 pm unless you tell them that it would be alright to call during these times. Moreover, if you tell them not to do so, debt collectors are not allowed to call you while you are at work.

    If a debt collector has violated any of the above regulations, contact the Shelly Leeke Law Firm today for a FREE consultation at 843-277-6061!

  • How do I stop a debt collector from calling me?

    When a debt collector initially contacts you, you should speak with them, regardless of whether or not you think you have debt or can pay it back. After speaking with the collector, if you do not want them to call you back again, send them a letter telling them to end correspondance with you. You should keep a copy of the letter for yourself to keep in your records. When sending the letter, buy a return receipt for it so that you know if and when the letter was received. At this point, the collector will only be able to contact you either to inform you that they won't call again or to tell you that the creditor intends to file a lawsuit, which they are lawfully allowed to do in order to collect your debt. If the debt collector continues to harass you after they received the letter, then you have the right to file a lawsuit against them. Once you are being represented by an attorney, the debt collector must stop contacting you and can only speak with your attorney about the debt.

     

    If you have been harassed by a debt collector and need legal advice, contact the Shelly Leeke Law Firm today at 843-277-6061.

  • Are debt collectors allowed to call other people about my debt?

    Yes, the debt collector can call people who may know you, but they can only ask them about your address, phone number, and where you work; they are not permitted to talk about your debt or call the person multiple times. If you choose to have an attorney represent you about your debt, the collector is required to contact your attorney about the debt, rather than speak with you. 

    If you need an attorney to assist you with stopping debt collector harassment, contact the Shelly Leeke Law Firm today at 843-277-6061.

  • What can I do if I think that a debt collector did something that is against the law?

    Within a year from the date of the violation, you can sue a collector in state or federal court. If you win your case, the collector can be required to compensate you for any costs of damages associated with their illegal collection practices, which can also include attorney's fees and court costs. If more than one person has been harassed by the collector, then they can form a group of people to file a class action lawsuit who can recover money for damages up to $500,000 (or 1% of the collector's net worth, whichever is less). It is important to remember that even though the debt collector violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you still will owe the debt.

    If you need the help on attorney to stop debt collection harassment, contact the Shelly Leeke Law Firm today at 843-277-6061.

  • What is the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act?

    The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act was created in order to prevent debt collectors from practicing abusive collection of debts and to allow for consumers to dispute and obtain validation of debt information they that they can ensure accuracy of the collector's information. The Act lists guidelines that debt collectors must follow, as well as the rights of consumers in relation to debt collectors, and outlines the penalties prescribed for violations of the Act.

    To view a full list of what is prohibited and required for debt collector conduct, click here.

    Do you have more questions about debt collector harassment laws? Contact the Shelly Leeke Law Firm today at 843-277-6061 today!

  • What is a debt validation notice?

    A debt validation notice should be sent to you by a debt collector within five days of speaking with you. The notice should contain a "mini Miranda" stating: "This is an attempt to collect a debt and if we do not hear from you within 30 days of this notice, we will assume the debt to be valid." It is important to act immediately once you receive this letter. Also, take note of whether or not the notice includes the amount of debt that you owe and the amount of time you have to contact them back. If it does not or you do not receive a letter, then the debt collector is in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).

    If you feel as though a debt collector has been harassing you and in violation of the FDCPA, contact a South Carolina debt collector abuse attorney today at 843-277-6061.

  • What should I do after my child was injured in someone else's pool?

    Pool accidents involving children can be very serious. One of the first things you should do is seek medical assistance. Then, take pictures of the surrounding area to preserve any evidence of negligence, such as a defective diving board or a broken ladder. Also, write down the names of any of anyone who may have witnessed the accident. Make sure that you keep any and all medical records related to the accident as well as the police report. These documents will be helpful when you speak with an experienced South Carolina pool accident lawyer, which should be the next step that you take. Throughout this process, you should not speak with an insurance company. Your personal injury attorney should handle speaking with the insurance company so that your rights are fully protected.

  • What is Supplemental Security Income and can a Social Security disability attorney in Charleston County, South Carolina help me determine if I'm eligible for SSI?

    You may be eligible to receive Supplemental Security Income provided you meet the stringent requirements for this program. A Social Security disability attorney in Charleston County, South Carolina will take the time to sit down with you and discuss your case.

    Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a program that isn't funded by Social Security taxes but rather by general tax revenues. It is a federal income supplement program to help those with basic needs. Basic needs could include shelter, food and clothing.

    SSI is also for the disabled, elderly and the blind when they have little or no income. 

    Eligibility for SSI can be determined by a Social Security disability attorney in Charleston County, South Carolina. However, you should know that SSA determines this based upon the Benefit Eligibility Screen Tool (BEST). 

    The BEST will take you through a number of questions and based on those answers, will list which, if any, benefits you are eligible for. Even this doesn't necessarily mean you will automatically get them. You still must apply and finish the process of determining whether or not you qualify.

    Some of the questions that may be asked will pertain to your personal finances, along with your spouse's earnings.
    To better understand the types of questions you may be asked, you should speak with a Social Security disability attorney.

    When it comes to Social Security, any component can be very time-consuming and complex. This is why it is usually best to enlist the help of someone who has experience in this area of law. A Social Security disability attorney in Charleston County, South Carolina can look at the specifics of your case to help you determine your eligibility.

    Seeking the Help of a Social Security Disability Attorney in Charleston County, South Carolina

    The South Carolina Social Security disability attorney team at the Shelly Leeke Law Firm is available to help with the complicated and time-consuming tasks associated with filing a disability claim. Before you file a Social Security disability claim in South Carolina, contact a disability attorney for a consultation 1-888-690-0211.

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