Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawyers

Social Security Lawyers Discuss 3 Major Changes to Disability Benefits in 2014

by Keith Adkins | December 26th, 2013

December 26, 2013

There are millions of Americans who depend on Social Security Disability Benefits as a resource for income; however, recipients can expect to see several major changes in the way benefits are processed and figured in the coming year.

One of the greatest changes is the increase in benefits that each recipient will see. According to an article released by the Senior Journal, Oscar Garcia, an Informational Specialist with the Social Security Administration, states there will be a 1.5 percent increase applied to all approved benefits claims in 2014. This will raise the amount the average recipient gets by an estimated $19 per month, while recipients of Supplemental Security Income will see an average increase of around $17 per month.

Other changes that will take effect next month include increases in the amount of earnings that are subject to Social Security payroll taxes. Previous law required only an individual’s first $113,700 of income was taxable, while beginning in January, the total will rise to $117,000.

Furthermore, the amount of earnings needed to receive Social Security coverage credit will increase. An individual will now have to make $1,200 in order to receive a credit, while previous law offered the credits for every $1,160 in earnings.

The Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz recognize how complex laws surrounding Social Security Benefits can be. That’s why the firm suggests speaking with an attorney if you are considering applying for such benefits.

Wisconsin Lawmakers Looking to Stiffen Drunk Driving Penalties

by Keith Adkins | August 1st, 2013

August 1, 2013

Drinking and driving is a major problem in Wisconsin, with an estimated 44,000 motorists convicted on charges of operating while intoxicated (OWI) last year alone. These individuals were responsible for causing Wisconsin Car Accidents that claimed 238 lives and left another 4,000 motorists injured.

The number of repeat OWI offenders in the state is on the rise. In 2009, a total of 1,129 people were arrested for their fourth OWI offense. Last year, 1,153 people were facing their fourth OWI charge.

State lawmakers have been working for years to find ways to reduce the number of repeat drunk drivers. There was an effort to create stricter drunk driving law three years ago when it was decided to make a fourth OWI offense a felony. Now, according to an article from WBAY News, legislators are once again considering stiffening the penalties against drunk drivers by making a third offense a felony.

Most law enforcement officials support the stricter measures, citing statistics from this year showing there have been 17 people arrested on their third OWI charge in Green Bay, while two others received their fourth charge.

The Wisconsin Personal Injury Lawyers with Sigman, Janssen, Stack, Sewall & Pitz applaud the efforts being made to reduce the number of drunk drivers in Wisconsin.

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