My Firm

This website is primarily where I write about my Social Security practice. However, Jebaily Law Firm practices Workers Compensation law (helping injured workers), automobile accident and car wreck law (also known as “personal injury law”), family law, criminal law, and probate law. There are times when a client needs all areas of our practice. It is not uncommon that someone may get injured in a car accident that is not his or her fault, while on the job, and become permanently disabled. Sometimes, that renders them unable to pay child support and takes a real toll on their life.

While that is a worst case scenario, our firm has the resources to help a client when it seems like everything is going wrong. You may have more than one attorney working on your case. In those situations, the different attorneys work together and coordinate to bring you the best result for your case. This is why we ask you to let us know everything that is going on with you when you come in– every detail!

SC Needs More Free and Reduced Medical Clinics

US Representative Jim Clyburn highlighted this issue at the opening of a new clinic near Hilton Head according to an article by SC Now.

I think this is a huge problem facing citizens and residents of the Pee Dee. In Florence County, we are TRULY blessed to have Hope Health. So many of my clients are now able to receive routine, basic health care that they were not receiving before. They are able to establish themselves as a patient, get medication refills, and they receive quality health care. As an attorney, I can actually see the difference in a client’s health once they are receiving regular health care.

Unfortunately, my clients in the outlying rural counties still struggle. Their only real options are paying cash (Which is difficult when unemployed and out of work) or the emergency room.

Your Social Security case depends on medical evidence. We have a list of free and reduced clinics around the state and encourage you to utilize every bit of health care you can. We are continually researching options available for clients. There are also prescription drug programs through the drug manufacturers that you can apply for if you can not afford the medication.

There are also some steps that we can take as your attorney to request a consultative evaluation through the Social Security Administration. Those exams are not guaranteed, but when the judge will agree to order one, it at least helps us establish the medical problems and diagnosis.

I encourage clients that are NOT getting the health care they need to call me immediately so we can discuss the options available. It will benefit your health now, and also helpt the ALJ to determine if you are disabled and unable to work.

Free Medical Treatment in Columbia this weekend

So many of my clients would benefit from this! There will be free medical treatment at the State Fairgrounds this weekend. What is sad– is the number of people expected. They expect it to overwhelm the workers.

That is because so many people can’t afford adequate healthcare. The dental cleanings is truly an added benefit!

SC Mission 2012
Free medical care will be offered during the two-day event.
Where: State Fairgrounds, enter at Gate 6 off Assembly Street

When: 6 a.m-6 p.m. Friday, 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

What: Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis

Types of care offered: Urgent medical care, diagnosis of acute and chronic medical conditions, preventive health screenings, comprehensive eye care, eye exams, glasses and dental cleanings, fillings and extractions

Information: www.uway.org or www.scmissionmidlands.com or @SC_Mission on Twitter

Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/2012/08/16/2401566/free-health-care-event-gears-up.html#.UC1Q3qlmREk#storylink=cpy

Job Opportunity– specifically mentions “disabled individual”

DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) Are you looking for a relaxing and enjoyable part-time job?
The Parks and Recreation Department in Darlington County is looking for caretaker and ranger for Lake Darpo. The individual hoping to fill that position will live in the park in the caretaker residence in order to meet the position’s requirements. The Parks and Recreation Department prefers candidates that do not currently have a full-time job, are retired, on disability or un-employed. Position compensation is based on free housing, electricity, and telephone based on a fair market estimate for:
Housing at $600.00 per month
Electricity up to $100 per month
Local telephone service
Housing Explanation

Caretaker/Ranger residence is located on site at Lake Darpo. The house is one story cinder block house with framed addition on front and back set upon a block foundation. The house is approximately 1000 square feet. Kitchen nook, den, office, 1 ½ bath, 2 bedrooms. Central heating and air.

Applications can be obtained through the County Administrator’s office, 1 Public Square (courthouse) Room 210 or online by clicking here.

Free Health Screenings

The Francis Marion University ARCH (Advancing Rural Community Health) Program will sponsor a series of free health screenings for the general public at the following locations:

Friday, March 9 – Wallace Elementary/Middle School, 3643 Highway 9 West, Wallace, 1 to 5 p.m.
Friday, March 23 – Trinity United Methodist Church, 300 Society St., Clio, 1 to 5 p.m.
Friday, March 30 – Mariah’s Catering, 154 Main St., Lynchburg, 1 to 5 p.m.
The screenings consist of height, weight, body mass index (BMI), blood pressure, blood sugar, and total cholesterol. Diabetics and those at risk for diabetes will also be offered a hemoglobin A1C (a test that measures diabetic control over the previous three months). All blood work will be done by finger stick and results will be immediately available. No appointments are necessary and fasting is NOT required.

Free nutrition counseling will be offered to those interested in weight loss or better control of diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.

For more information about the screenings or the ARCH program, contact Paul DeMarco, MD at 843-661-1845 or email pdemarco@fmarion.edu.

Jebaily Law Firm at the Pee Dee Heart Walk

While you may be pondering what Jebaily Law Firm and the Pee Dee Heart Walk have in common, there is a common thread. Ever since I began doing Social Security disability I have noticed that almost every client has some sort of heart related problem. It may be high blood pressure, past heart attacks, high cholesterol, pacemaker, or a variety of heart related issues.

“Heart disease and stroke are the principal components of cardiovascular disease (CVD). CVD claims 35 lives a day in South Carolina, making it the leading cause of death.” (Source.) That statistic is MIND BLOWING! I have had more than one client die during the pendency of their case of a heart attack. In Social Security cases I am able to substitute a family member when this happens, and I get to be on the inside of what happens to a family when they are trying to rebuild after losing a loved one to a heart attack.

For those reasons as well as having two family members with pacemakers, I felt that this was an organization that I not only want to support, but that I NEED to support. I want to do everything I can to help improve heart health in South Carolina. Working with the Heart Association this year has given me a real sense of purpose in something outside of my job and family. I have made some new friends, met some new contacts, and participated in a larger community than I normally would.

We had a wonderful time at the Heart Walk. It is held at Francis Marion University, which has a beautiful campus. The day started cold and rainy, but there was still a great turn out! By the time the walk was ending and the emcee took the stage, the sun came out and brightened the day for all of the thousands of people that were walking to improve heart health. It truly was an amazing feeling to be a part of this event.

I am especially proud to report that I am currently the fourth highest fundraiser for the Pee Dee Heart Walk! I have raised $5,127.00 to date! Jebaily Law Firm is currently the team in SECOND place! We are above some really large corporate teams! As a team we have raised $8,721.00. I am extremely proud of everyone that is on my team, as well as the local staff of the American Heart Association. They are hard working and dedicated, and I have enjoyed working with them.

Every time I feel like I step into a Social Security hearing I feel like I am helping a family. As much as I love what I do, I would love it more if we can reduce the number of people in South Carolina that are affected by heart disease and stroke!

(If you would like to visit my personal webpage, it is located here.)

Expungement/Pardon Workshop Offered in Florence

All walks of life may have a criminal incident in their past that they would like to clear from their record. Representative Terry Alexander, the Solicitor’s office and the SC Dept. of Probation Parole, and Pardon Services will sponsor an Expungement/Pardon Workshop at the Florence County Library on Tuesday March 30, 2010 from 10:00 a.m-12:00 p.m.

This leads to the question, does your criminal history affect your Social Security disability case? The answer is that it depends. This is something I would look at on a case by case basis.

If you are currently receiving benefits and get sent to jail, it is more than likely that your benefits will stop:

The Code of Federal Regulations provides in 404.468 Nonpayment of benefits to prisoners.

(a) General. No monthly benefits will be paid to any individual for any month any part of which the individual is confined in a jail, prison, or other penal institution or correctional facility for conviction of a felony. This rule applies to disability benefits (§404.315) and child’s benefits based on disability (§404.350) effective with benefits payable for months beginning on or after October 1, 1980. For all other monthly benefits, this rule is effective with benefits payable for months beginning on or after May 1, 1983. However, it applies only to the prisoner; benefit payments to any other person who is entitled on the basis of the prisoner’s wages and self-employment income are payable as though the prisoner were receiving benefits.
(b) Felonious offenses. An offense will be considered a felony if—
(1) It is a felony under applicable law: or
(2) In a jurisdiction which does not classify any crime as a felony, it is an offense punishable by death or imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.
(c) Confinement. In general, a jail, prison, or other penal institution or correctional facility is a facility which is under the control and jurisdiction of the agency in charge of the penal system or in which convicted criminals can be incarcerated. Confinement in such a facility continues as long as the individual is under a sentence of confinement and has not been released due to parole or pardon. An individual is considered confined even though he or she is temporarily or intermittently outside of that facility (e.g., on work release, attending school, or hospitalized).
(d) Vocational rehabilitation exception. The nonpayment provision of paragraph (a) of this section does not apply if a prisoner who is entitled to benefits on the basis of disability is actively and satisfactorily participating in a rehabilitation program which has been specifically approved for the individual by court of law. In addition, the Commissioner must determine that the program is expected to result in the individual being able to do substantial gainful activity upon release and within a reasonable time. No benefits will be paid to the prisoner for any month prior to the approval of the program.
[49 FR 48182, Dec. 11, 1984, as amended at 62 FR 38450, July 18, 1997]

Fortunately, the benefits to a claimants family will not stop during the period of incarceration.