Legal: Your Experts
Social Security / Disability / Workmans Comp
Housman and Associates
109 South 4th Street
Paducah KY 42001
Paducah KY 42001
Hours of Operation
- Monday - Friday7:30am to 6:00pm
- Nights and WeekendBy Appointment
Social Security / Disability / Workers Comp
For forty years I have regularly been representing people with Social Security disability claims, Kentucky workers' compensation claims, and personal injury claims. I have tried injury cases in federal court and in all counties in the Paducah area of Western Kentucky and beyond. These have included motor vehicle collision cases, falls, and other types of negligence cases. I have represented persons before all levels of the Social Security Administration, and when necessary have successfully appealed many of these cases to the federal courts, as high as the U.S Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati OH. On many occasions I have been an invited speaker to groups of other attorneys on the subjects of Social Security disability, workers' compensation, or personal injury practice.
I graduated from Vanderbuilt University Law School in May 1973, and I have personally represented thousands of clients with Social Security disability claims, Kentucky workers' compensation claims, and injury and negligence claims. I am "A" rated based on peer reviews (the highest category) by Martindale-Hubbell, the oldest and largest lawyer rating organization.
If you have been in a motor vehicle collision; if you were injured at work; if you are seeing Social Security disability benefits, or any combination, or all three, my experience in handling all these types of claims and will work for you. There is no charge for an initial office visit. All cases accepted are handled on a no-recovery, no fee basis, but court costs and case expenses for obtaining evidence will be the client's responsibility.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Social Security
- I got hurt in a motor vehicle collision, but I hope / expect to go back to work after my injuries heal. Should I file for Social Security benefits?
- If it is likely you will be unable to work for a period of a year or more after the injury, then you can file for Social Security benefits. If you do not have $2,000 in assets (not counting your home and car) and do not have income over $700/month, it is particularly important for you to seek Supplemental Security Income benefits as quickly as possible. That can help with medical expense as well as benefits.
- Can I receive Social disability and workers' compensation at the same time?
- Yes. There are limits on the combined amount of both, but it is common for the injured workers to receive both.
- Workers' Compensation
- Who picks the doctor who will treat your work related injury?
- You do. Even if your employer has an approved managed health care network, they must offer you a list of physicians from whom you choose, not the adjustor, not the case management nurse, and not your employer. If they do not have an approved managed health care network, go to whichever doctor you choose. See Ky. Revised Statutes §342.020 et seq.
- Do I have to give notice of my injury to my employer within 24 hours or my workers' compensation claim is no good? That's company policy.
- Company policy is not the law. You are required to notify your employer as soon as practicable after you have sustained a work injury, but many factors, e.g., I did not realize how serious it was, can justify a delay of days, and sometimes weeks in giving notice which will comply with the law. You cannot ignore the obligation to notify the employer of a work injury, but do not misled by arbitrary “company policy” time limits.
- How much am I due per week in workers' compensation after I am hurt and am in the recuperation period?
- After the first seven days you are due 2/3 of you pre-tax average weekly wage subject to certain minimum and maximum limits.