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Introducing the Liner Legal App


Introducing the Liner Legal App

November 28th, 2017 by

 Our Commitment to Our Clients

Liner Legal was built with the promise of putting our clients and community first. Although most law offices have traditional “business hours”, our office is aware that our clients have needs 24/7, and we are committed to implementing new technology that allows us to serve you day or night, weekday or weekend.

The Liner Legal App

Liner Legal appWe are excited to announce that the newest technology we have added is the Liner Legal app for your smartphone, as well as your tablet. The app is now available. To download the Liner Legal app, simply text “SSD” to 36260, and you will instantly receive a link to add the app to the home screen of your smartphone or tablet.

Social Security disability cases are long and confusing. However, with this app, the process will be easier and our office will be more accessible to our clients. A few of the features found within our app include:

1. The ability to update us on any medical treatment, change in contact information or employment status during the course of your case.

2. The ability to paperlessly complete and electronically sign the client forms we need to process your case.

3. Shortcuts to our blog and social media sites, as well as videos that answer frequently asked questions about the disability process.

4. The ability to share the app and leave us a review.

5. A  map with directions to our office.

We are committed to serving our clients. The Liner Legal app will help to keep our law firm at your fingertips.

Medical Professional of the Month: Cassandra Skul, PMHNP

November 28th, 2017 by

“Just because you have a mental health condition doesn’t mean you are crazy.” This is what Cassandra Skul, a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP), wants people to know about mental health, an often-misunderstood topic. She explains that with proper treatment there are solutions, although they may not always be perfect. “I’m not giving up on [my patients],” she says. “As long as [they] keep coming, we will try to figure this out.”

SkulCassandra is a dedicated and passionate nurse practitioner at ViaQuest, where she sees a wide range of patients. Among her typical community of patients she helps people with anxiety, depression, bipolar, and schizophrenia. In addition, she has two specialities: geriatrics and the developmentally-disabled population. Twice a week she visits patients who are in a nursing home. ViaQuest also runs group homes and residential services for those who have an underlying intellectual disability.

The ViaQuest Community

ViaQuest is a smaller organization, which means that Cassandra can spend quality time with her patients and get to know them. She takes the time to find the right diagnosis and to assess which treatment methods work and which do not. There are a multitude of resources in her office. Individuals can also see their case manager and counselor within the same location.

The patients Cassandra sees sometimes are not only dealing with a mental disability, but also a comorbid (occurring at the same time) physical issue. She finds that in her community of patients there is a lot of chronic pain. Physical pain can impact your mental health, and can be an underlying cause of an inability to work.

Cassandra strives to help people achieve their personal goals, whether it is to make it to their weekly meetings or to help get them back to work. “People think that people who don’t work are just lazy, and they don’t realize what an emotional impact not working has on somebody,” she says. “There are people I’ve had who weren’t working who were able to go back to work, which is what they wanted to do and had the capability of doing.” Her job gives her the opportunity to change people’s lives.

If nothing else, she urges her patients not to give up. “Keep coming and keep trying,” she says. “If it’s not a good fit with one provider, try another”. Nurse Practitioner Skul knows the resilient Cleveland spirit which the community has. “We are friendlier. We’re tough and we’re gritty. We can take a beating and we still keep going.”

4700 Rockside Rd., Suite 100 Independence, OH 44131, (216) 750-2600


Three Things You Need to Know about Medicare Open Enrollment

November 7th, 2017 by

Does Medicare open enrollment confuse you? You are not alone, and we are here to clear up any uncertainties. As a Social Security disability firm, we have a direct link to Medicare. Clients who receive disability benefits for a two year time period are automatically enrolled into Medicare. Except for enrolling in Medicare for the first time, the time period of Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 is the open enrollment period to re-evaluate your current Medicare plan. Therefore, this is the time to find the best 2018 health coverage for yourself.

Medicare open enrollment

What are the Medicare open enrollment options?

The health coverage that Medicare covers comes in four parts.

• Part A: Hospital Insurance
• Part B: Medical Insurance
• Part C: Medicare Advantage Plan
• Part D: Prescription Drug Plan

Typically, when you first qualify for Medicare, you are enrolled in Parts A & B. This program is original Medicare and is government run. You can then decide if you want to change plans, and convert to a Medicare Advantage Plan (Part C), which has options from private insurers. You also have the option of a drug and medical combination policy.

What if I have a low income?

For those people who have low incomes, they may qualify for a subsidy. A subsidy would cover the cost of premiums of certain drugs plans and other costs.

What can I do during open enrollment?

During the open enrollment period, there are many choices to choose from once you’ve compared your current plan, to other plans available to you on the market. These include:

• Deciding to do nothing, and keep your current Medicare medical and drug coverage.
• Switching from an original Medicare plan to a Medical Advantage plan, and vice versa.
• Changing the type of Medicare Advantage plan you are currently on; or
• You can add, drop, or change your Part D coverage.

Whichever plan you choose during this open enrollment period, the new coverage will begin January 1, 2018.

I still have questions, who do I contact?

If you still have questions about the best plan for you, or information on Medicare in general, contact our office today. We can help direct you to an expert on this matter and get you the coverage that is the best fit for you. Furthermore, call us at 216-282-1773 or email us at mliner@linerlegal.com

Why You Need to Check Out The City Diner

October 31st, 2017 by

In the Neighborhood: The City Diner

Throwing pierogies on the stove, building a triple decker sandwich, grabbing fries out of the oil and checking on a perfect looking burger all at once takes some serious multitasking. However, Edward Michalski, owner of The City Diner makes it look easy. It’s a testiment to his 22 years in the hospitality business and his experience as an executive chef.

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Two-and-a-half years ago Michalski drove by the the vacant former Expressway Diner. He fell in love with the structure and knew the community really well since his wife and family members were from the Old Brooklyn area. He wanted to create “a place to sit down and have a meal and share some family time,” he says. “The concept could have gone anywhere, but it needed to be here because of the people.” Michalski’s favorite part of Old Brooklyn is the community and its culture.

As owner of The City Diner, Michalski gets to experience two great parts of the job. On one hand, he gets to create memorable guest experiences. “Every time people come here, they either remember the old place or they’re blown away by the new place that it is now,” he says. Secondly, he’s a leader of a staff of over 20 people. He’s a firm advocate and leader of people.

What should you order?

The diner only opened three months ago, but business has already taken off. The menu consists of Americana classic cuisine. Michalski would recommend anything on the menu, but listed a few of his personal favorites. You have to try the hand cut 12 oz. ribeye, the short rib arugla burger with hollandaise sauce, the corned beef sizzler, and the Reuben. “I don’t think you can leave The City Diner without having a Reuben,” he says.

Michalski ends with a final thought: “Great food, great city.”   5109 Memphis Ave. Cleveland, OH 44144, (216)-400-7529

Doctor’s Corner: Dr. Mark Mehle

October 31st, 2017 by

mark mehleDr. Mark Mehle, M.D.

Disabilities are not one size fits all. Similarly, not every disability is visible. These are called invisible disabilities, and hearing loss fits in this category. “Hearing loss is very real, but it’s not something you see”, says Dr. Mark Mehle, an ENT-otolaryngologist in Cleveland, Ohio. (ENT stands for ear, nose, throat). Dr. Mehle handles cases of patients with ear, sinus and thyroid issues, or who need head and neck surgery.

Dr. Mehle handles cases of patients with have ear, sinus and thyroid issues, or need head and neck surgery.

Dr. Mehle traveled with Liner Legal in September to Arizona to teach disability lawyers from around the country how to interpret a hearing test (an audiogram) and how to use that interpretation in disability claims.  “Audiograms are very specialized and can be difficult to read until you learn how,” says Dr. Mehle. “Once you learn how to read a hearing test, then interpreting that test becomes easy and knowing the level of disability becomes a lot more straightforward.”

Otolaryngology was a field that attracted Dr. Mehle because it’s one of the few medical and surgical combined specialties. It’s a field where Dr. Mehle is able to find and fix problems for people. “The rewards are little and repeated,” he says. “It’s making that little difference or that rare big difference in somebody’s life that will allow them to get back to normal functioning.”

Advice for People Experiencing Hearing Loss

For those experiencing hearing loss, Dr. Mehle offers a valuable piece of advice. “Make sure your physician and your lawyers know you have hearing loss,” he says. “If you don’t mention it, people don’t know about it.” He explains that they can treat most forms of hearing loss, via surgery or hearing aids. Very rarely does he meet a patient with a level of hearing loss that he can’t help.

“There is a crossover where law firms and doctors are 100% in agreement, where we want to do what’s right for a patient,” says Dr. Mehle. “A disabled patient should have support.”

15299 Bagley Rd. #300, Cleveland, OH, 44130, (440)-234-5150

Read Liner Legal’s October 2017 Newsletter

September 27th, 2017 by

October 2017 Newsletter

Don’t miss any issue and subscribe to our newsletter. Our monthly newsletters also contain updates on Social Security disability, information on local doctors and business, and resources from organizations and community involvement.

Additionally, you can click here for a downloadable PDF version of the October 2017 newsletter.

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Doctor’s Corner: Dr. Zachary Gordon

September 27th, 2017 by

Dr. Zachary Gordon, M.D.

As a Cleveland native, Dr. Zachary Gordon enjoys the city because it is a great place to raise a family and there’s so much to do in the area. Having a multitude of activity options is great because it’s important to lead an active lifestyle. Being active, while incorporating aerobic exercise helps prevent degenerative spinal issues.

dr. zachary gordonDr. Gordon, a spine surgeon at University Hospitals, was drawn to spine surgery because it was rewarding to see people get better. “The most rewarding part of my job is getting people back to functioning in the way they were before.” He explains that patients won’t be able to stand or walk for long periods of time, and it’s great to see them improve and go back to the things they enjoy doing after surgery.

Spine Surgery

“Every spine problem is unique to the individual,” says Dr. Gordon. He acknowledges that people can be reluctant to have surgery, but if they develop a relationship with a competent, fellowship trained spine surgeon, then they can clearly understand its goals and benefits.

Primarily, the kinds of cases Dr. Gordon takes on involve cervical or lumbar degenerative conditions, and spinal tumors or infections. “The vast majority of people that I see in these conditions that I treat, aren’t due to any specific injury,” he says. “They tend to be due to degenerative problems, something that is more age related.

Training future spine surgeons, and trying to improve the way patients are taken care of are just a few of Dr. Gordon’s future goals. Improved patient care includes minimally invasive surgery and getting people up and moving as soon as possible afterwards.

Dr. Gordon has worked with many Liner Legal clients, who praise not only his knowledge of medicine but also his bedside manner. Said one Liner Legal client: “Dr. Gordon gave me my life back!” We salute you, Dr. Gordon.

Dr. Zachary Gordon: 11100 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106, (216)-844-7200

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August 30th, 2017 by

Monthly Newsletter – September 2017

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In the Area: Old Brooklyn Cheese Company

August 30th, 2017 by

cheese companyNew to the Old Brooklyn neighborhood is Old Brooklyn Cheese Company, owned by Michael Januska. The cheese shop opened only seven months ago. The shop has gained such popularity that Januska is making cheese and charcuterie boards for Cleveland Browns games!

Januska’s passion for cheese started when he worked in Covent Garden, London as a chef. On his breaks he would go to Neal’s Yard Dairy, a cheese shop right around the corner. “It was just fascinating, because I didn’t know how to make cheese,” he says. Januska now makes his own cheese right in the shop; 50 pounds of it once a week. The basement of his store includes an aging room, a production room, and a shipping and packaging room.

House-Made Cheese

Old Brooklyn Cheese Company sells over 100 different kinds of cheese, including ones they make on-site. The store always has two house-made cheeses at a time. They always carry Treadway Creek and Chupacabra. “Punk” is a rotating cheese, which replicates the taste of chorizo.

The Chupacabra cheese is made with Goldhorn Brewery’s Dead Man’s Curve IPA. Januska also uses that beer to make his Spicy IPA Mustard. He already sold over 20 cases of the mustard out of the shop.

Old Brooklyn

cheese companyThe Old Brooklyn Cheese Company embraces a new style of hospitality. “It’s not a grocery store, it’s a destination,” Januska explains. “Here I wanted people to feel welcomed, kind of like they’re going into someone’s home.”

He chose Old Brooklyn for his cheese shop for a variety of reasons. He knew the layout and demographics. Januska could also see the potential of investing in Old Brooklyn, especially with the handful of other businesses that opened around the area: Randy’s Pickles, Cleveland Kraut, Cleveland Jam, The Sausage Shoppe, and Cake Royale to name a few.

Januska is implementing new ideas for the cheese shop, such as adding panini pressed sandwiches, creating different cheese and charcuterie boards, and hosting more local events.

As for the Old Brooklyn Cheese Company, “It’s kind of limitless where we can take it,” Januska says.

4138 Pearl Rd., Cleveland, OH 44109, (216)-860-4000

Doctor’s Corner: Dr. Rakesh Ranjan

August 30th, 2017 by

Meet Dr. Rakesh Ranjan, a psychiatrist and the founder of the Charak Center for Health and Wellness, with multiple office locations in northeast Ohio. He is a real Clevelander. When asked about Cleveland, he said, “I love Cleveland!” The four seasons, cultural diversity, and rich history are just a few of the reasons he loves the area.


Dr. Ranjan is also passionate about psychiatry. He became a psychiatrist for many reasons. While he was in his psychiatric rotation during medical school in India, he was deeply affected when he saw a famous mathematician who was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He saw the impact of that not just on the individual himself, but also on the people around that person and beyond. He says, “I saw the need for a lot of research and new information in this field of psychiatry.” This led him to pursue the field as his career.

Charak Center

Dr. Ranjan now has the Charak Center for Health and Wellness, as well as a Charak Home Health Care, and Charak Clinical Research Center. He admits that owning his own practice was not initially his plan. Before opening the Charak Center, he ran another clinic. When he left, the family members of his patients approached him wanting to know his future plans. They asked, “Why don’t you open an office?” Dr. Ranjan opened his Cleveland office, and then four other locations came along organically, with people retiring or asking him to take over their practices.

Dr. Ranjan always had in mind that if he could create his own mental health system that it would include both an outpatient facility and a home health care facility. That way, patients could receive both types of services in a coordinated manner. Integrating psychiatric and medical care, “is extremely critical with the population that we treat,” he says. “Not only with the pyschiatric population, but other patients also.”

In addition to his current centers, Dr. Ranjan is also in the process of creating on-site labs and an on-site pharmacy. He wants his practice to be a one-stop shop for his patients. Dr. Ranjan added that what would really make him happy would be to start a wellness center, offering a range of services from yoga to providing supplements.

Dr. Ranjan explains that he has patients who inquire about social security disability benefits all the time. His center is able to provide his patients with case managers. The case managers help them with disability paperwork, and take them to a disability office. “I think we may be the most versatile mental health outfit in Ohio,”  he says. The center takes every insurance, treats all age groups and psychiatric conditions. The center also has its own home health care and research company. “We are capable of treating any type of patient in a coordinated manner, and provide a whole range of services that I think are really unmatched.”

Dr. Rakesh Ranjan: 12395 McCracken Rd., Suite A, Garfield Heights, OH 44125, (216)-587-6727