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Drunk Driving: When Sorry is not Enough

By Derek L. Hall, PC |

After excessive drinking, a young man from McHenry got into his vehicle and zoomed down the I-110 in Biloxi, careening into the rear end of another car at 90 mph. The driver of that car, and the man’s 5-year-old daughter, both received fatal injuries. The drunk driver was understandably sorry for what happened, and… Read More »

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Injured in a Motorcycle Accident While Not Wearing a Helmet? You May Still Have a Case

By Derek L. Hall, PC |

Riding a motorcycle without wearing a helmet is undoubtedly risky, and in Mississippi it is often against the law. But can engaging in this risky behavior prevent you from winning a personal injury lawsuit against a liable party after a car crash? Not in Mississippi. Mississippi’s Helmet Laws Under Mississippi Code section 63-7-64, anyone… Read More »

Apple and Privacy, Is Apple Right?

By Derek L. Hall, PC |

I have been reading, as many of you have, about Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, defying a court order to have Apple break into a locked iPhone. The locked phone was owned by the terrorists, who recently went on a killing spree in California. The terrorists themselves were also killed in the mayhem. The FBI… Read More »

Remembering Veterans on Veteran’s Day

By Derek L. Hall, PC |

I just want to take a moment and reflect on all of the contributions to this nation by its veterans. From the beginning, through World Wars I & II; through the “greatest generation;” to the Korean Veterans; the Vietnam Veterans; the Gulf War Veterans and Veterans from the conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan…..YOU ALL… Read More »

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By Derek L. Hall, PC |

One of the most frustrating things we as Veterans Attorneys experience is the VA’s failure to provide timely and/or accurate documentation. A senator, who is also a Disabled Veteran, has had enough. She recently lambasted the Department of Defense for failing to combine her combat records with her VA Medical Records. We see this… Read More »

Veterans Should Reapply For Denied Benefits

By Derek L. Hall, PC |

If you have had your VA claim denied, you should reapply. That is the word, especially for those veterans suffering from PTSD and Military Sexual Trauma. The VA has made changes to the criteria to qualify for benefits for PTSD. The VA appears to “want you” to give up on a claim. Why, with… Read More »

VA Announces Changes After Supreme Court Ruling

By Derek L. Hall, PC |

The Veteran’s Administration, in light of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling making it unconstitutional to deny marriage license to same sex couples. The VA, which has consistently denied benefits to same sex couples, regardless of whether they received a valid marriage license in those states who granted them, has changed its rules. Now,… Read More »

On Fathers

By Derek L. Hall, PC |

Another Father’s Day has passed. I had a meeting with a prospective client a little while back, considering a custody arrangement for his minor child. He believed that he had to give custody of his child to his wife, because of the child’s age (under 12) and sex (female). In Mississippi, those assumptions are… Read More »

When a 100% Rating is Not 100%

By Derek L. Hall, PC |

I recently ran across a good article in USA Today regarding VA Benefits and a 100% total disability rating. The USA Article provides some overview into how the VA views 100% disability. The gist of the article concerns an issue that I have discussed with many clients. The VA considers many disabilities as “temporary.”… Read More »

More On Proving Your VA Disability Claim

By Derek L. Hall, PC |

Last time we discussed the C&P Exam. We have also talked about the VA’s “duty to assist” you in proving your Veteran’s Disability Claim. However, your claim doesn’t end there. You must provide the VA with enough information to find records and data that will assist you in proving your claim. The case of… Read More »

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