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September 2016 Archives

Mental illness and SSDI: Do you qualify?

All too often, people with mental disorders do not think that they will qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). This could not be further from the truth. In fact, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA), of the approximately 9 million individuals who receive SSDI benefits, more than a third qualify based on a mental health condition.

Reasons why a workers' compensation claim could be denied

Getting injured at work can be a very upsetting experience. Not only will you likely have to miss work to recover, you can also be struggling with pain and the inconvenience of limited mobility, doctor appointments and medications.

3 types of drivers that pose a threat to NC pedestrians

Not every person who uses roads does so behind the safety of a car wheel. Pedestrians and bicyclists also share the roads, and they have a right to do so safely. Unfortunately, their lives can be put in serious danger when there is a negligent, reckless driver who fails to take seriously their responsibility to watch out for others.

Dealing with disability benefit delays

There are numerous frustrations confronting people who are seeking disability benefits from the government, from the demands of providing medical evidence to figuring out where to look for answers to your questions. And as an added frustration, the Social Security disability system is notoriously slow-moving when it comes to reviewing applications and approving benefits.

An Unrepresented Individual Before The Administrative Law Judge

If a person does not have an attorney, the Administrative Law Judge has a duty to adequately develop the record. However, it is not a good idea to leave this vitally important function up to the Judge. Rather, a competent attorney can initiate the kind of contact with treating physicians that's needed to obtain information that will increase the possibility of obtaining benefits.

When employers willfully make their equipment unsafe

For one worker, it started out as a normal day at Carlson Tool & Manufacturing Corp. When he reported to work, he could not have known he would become involved in the mishap that would ultimately end his life.

What to know if you work with food slicers, grinders

You don't have to work in construction or as an emergency responder to be exposed to dangerous workplace conditions. In fact, many people work with certain equipment every day that could put their health and safety in danger; they just may not realize it.

Will slowing down trucks prevent catastrophic crashes?

Speeding is one of the most dangerous things any motorist can do on the road. Driving too fast can make it more likely that a person can lose control of a vehicle and it gives people less time to brake or switch lanes in order to avoid hitting other vehicles.

Can I collect disability benefits if I don't qualify for SSDI?

In previous posts, we have discussed the various eligibility requirements for people who wish to collect Social Security disability insurance, or SSDI. One such requirement is that you must have paid a certain amount of your income over the years into the Social Security system through paycheck contributions.

Putting a price on body parts

One of the most devastating types of injuries a person can suffer on the job is one resulting in the amputation of a body part. Losing a finger, hand, leg or toe on the job can be traumatic, and victims of these accidents will almost certainly be eligible for workers' compensation benefits.

Disability Determination Services

When an individual files for social security disability benefits the claim is evaluated by Department Disability Determination Services (DDS). The average processing time for a claim is 45-140 days. Because DDS examiners are state employees, the Social Security Administration does not become involved in the state's managing of the program. While the average processing times usually apply, individual cases can be handled quicker or, as is often the case, take longer than the estimated average time periods.

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