Some things are just not meant to be. New York Jets fans may have been thinking or muttering those words last week when their newly anointed starting quarterback, Geno Smith, went down in the second quarter with a knee injury. Although Smith stated after the game that the injury did not appear to be severe, an MRI the following day showed an ACL tear, ending his season, and possibly his time with the New York Jets.The Anterior Cruciate Ligament, or ACL, is one of the three major ligaments that connect the lower leg bone with the upper leg bone and provides stability in the knee. Knee injuries are common in sports and slip and fall, and the severity of these injuries vary. A torn ACL is among the most severe knee injuries. Although many people live with an ACL injury, depending on one's line of work, a torn ACL may require surgery and a lengthy rehab program following to strengthen the knee.Serious injuries that prohibit someone from working may qualify for Social Security disability benefits or SSD, depending on the severity of the injury and the amount of time missed at work. If it can be proven that the injury is expected to last a year or end in death and that it is severe enough that you cannot seek gainful employment, you may qualify.The application process is not easy and requires substantial paperwork possibly including documentation about one's doctor visits, prescriptions, diagnoses from specialists, and records from treatments and surgeries. It may be helpful to speak with a professional familiar with SSD benefits for injuries to see whether you qualify and to assist you during the application process. This information is also beneficial if an applicant is initially denied, assisting them with the appeals process.Source: By WebMD, "Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries-Topic Overview," Accessed on Oct. 25, 2016
Terry Katz, Esq.
Terry Katz, Esq., the founding Member of the firm, handles all aspects of Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability cases.
Hiring Terry Katz and associates to represent my interests in my Workers Compensation and Social Security Disability case proved to be a smart decision that yielded an extremely successful outcome.
Through the lengthy and intricate process I came to realize just how valuable having a team of highly skilled representation was, and that is just how to describe the law firm of Terry Katz and Associates “Highly skilled legal representation”. I’d like to thank the entire team who worked on both my cases all of whom were always professional, knowledgeable and extremely caring. Throughout my entire case all of my calls and emails were always returned in a timely manner. My questions always answered competently and professionally. I always understood the process and felt a confidence in the process that I would not have had if not for hiring Terry Katz and Associates.
Mostly I’d like to thank Ms. Langdale who worked tirelessly on both my workers compensation case and my social security disability case. Her representation and legal prowess in the court room was nothing short of impressive to witness. I will never forget how confidently represented and protected I felt during her opening remarks at my social security disability hearing.
During these difficult times I was truly grateful to have Ms. Langdale working so diligently and expertly for my interests.