The Employee Retirement Income Security Act

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) of 1974 was intended to provide significant legal protections for workers’ benefits.  In many ways, ERISA did just that. ERISA provided legal protection and fairness in providing employee pension, health insurance and disability insurance benefits. However, there is one aspect of ERISA, called the ‘reservation of discretion’ which…


Not All Offers Are Created Equal

At times, when an offer is communicated to a client, the client responds with a quick, “that’s not a good offer.”  The client’s response may or may not be accurate. What strikes me though, is how did the client determine what his case is worth? Ultimately, every case is worth what the arbitrator would award…


Helping Others

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?” –Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. So often in our busy lives we end up with blinders on that keep us focused only on ourselves, our jobs, our close family and friends. And even though our jobs may involve helping others in some…


Open Medical Rights

Open Medical Rights? What to do when your former attorney won’t help get treatment approved after your case has closed. Over the years, Black & Jones has had several new clients come into our office lost and unsure what to do. Their former attorneys won’t respond to their phone calls after their file closes. They…


Deciding which law firm to hire for your claim?

Wondering how best to decide which law firm to hire for your workers’ compensation claim or Social Security Disability claim? There are four important factors to consider—the law firm’s reputation, the attitude of the firm’s attorneys who will be assigned to your case, the law firm’s experience with cases like yours, and the location of…