How Overpayment for Social Security Disability Wreaks Havoc on the Recipient

There are claims that the Social Security Administration has been overpaying its social security disability benefits recipients for the last ten years, and many are wondering whether the program is capable of moving forward in the future. If benefits are overpaid, this causes issues to arise with those both receiving funds and for those paying taxes. Continue reading

What Characteristics Does a Competent Workers’ Compensation Attorney Possess?

When deciding how to approach a lawsuit due to recent injury on the job, it is important to seek a workers’ compensation attorney with characteristics that will allow the case the best chance for a win. An attorney representing a workers’ compensation case will need to have a background with broad experience handling this type of litigation. Similarly, one who has worked cases related to the particular field and type of injury in question might be the best option. Continue reading

What to Expect from a Social Security Disability Application Process

If you are involved in an on-the-job accident causing injury that prevents you from returning to work, what types of questions are important in seeking legal advice? Your attorney will be able to assess your particular situation, and it can be helpful to come prepared with questions about whether you may qualify for disability. What aids in the application process is accurate information presented in a timely manner. Your attorney can help you determine how to complete this process. Continue reading

Is It Possible to Win a Workers’ Compensation Lawsuit without an Attorney?

In some cases, an individual may choose to go to court without the aid of counsel in a workers’ compensation. The degree of injury and sum of money requested by the injured come in to play here, and can determine whether it might be easier to simply handle the lawsuit without counsel. With a small claim, it may be quite easy to receive the funds needed to pay for your treatment and time off work. Continue reading

Social Security Disability Insurance May or May Not Have Your Back

As anyone who has suffered from back problems can attest, they can be debilitating and prevent sufferers from working and supporting themselves and their families. Some types of debilitating conditions, such as heart failure, COPD, and cancer, can be readily diagnosed and documented.

Unfortunately, this may not always be the case with back problems. In particular, the pain associated with many back problems may be much more severe than objective medical evidence indicates. This can make getting Social Security Disability Insurance benefits for such claims difficult. Continue reading

Social Media May Not Be Your Friend in a Workers’ Compensation Claim

If you have a pending workers’ compensation claim against your employer, what you post on social media, or what your friends post about you, could hurt your claim. Depending on your employer’s usual practices and the size of your claim, your employer may conduct an in-depth investigation of you that could include reviewing your activity on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms for evidence your claim is fraudulent.

Workers’ compensation fraud occurs when you submit a claim when you were not actually injured, or your injury did not occur at work. There are various types of things you can post to social media that an employer can use to try to prove your claim is fraudulent in such case. Continue reading

Protecting Your Privacy in a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Workers’ compensation claims are public records. That is a fact that most claimants do not realize or give much thought. By statute, the social security numbers, medical information, and financial information of injured workers is confidential (Fla. Stat. § 119.07). However, claimant’s home addresses and telephone numbers, and those of their spouses and their children are not automatically maintained as confidential by the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation. Continue reading

Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits for Mental Disorders

It is common knowledge that you can receive Social Security Disability Insurance for physical disabilities such as paralysis and blindness. However, most people don’t realize they can also obtain benefits for mental disorders that cause significant mental impairment. Anyone who has suffered from severe mental illness or substantive abuse disorders can attest that such conditions can be crippling, and prevent a person from working or living a normal life.

Mental disorders that may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits include organic mental disorders, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, affective disorders, intellectual disability, anxiety-related disorders, somatoform disorders, personality disorders, substance addiction disorders, and autistic disorder. Continue reading

When Working Hurts: Common Construction Site Accidents

Some jobs are inherently more dangerous than others. We all know this. What we may not realize is that construction jobs (in all trades) are some of the most hazardous, and accounted for over 18 percent of workplace fatalities in 2010. Historically, 1 in 4 construction workers are injured on the job each year in non-fatal accidents. This certainly represents a dangerous occupation.

It does not take a great imagination to understand why these jobs are so dangerous. On any given construction site there are heavy machines, sharp tools, power tools, scaffolding, trip hazards, electrical hazards, and many other potential dangers. While any of these can cause harm, some hazards seem to cause more injuries than others. Continue reading

Nursing Homes and Financial Exploitation

When our parents and grandparents require residence in nursing homes, we expect that they will be cared for properly. In a perfect world, that is exactly what would happen. But, as we all know, we do not live in a perfect world and elder abuse happens each and every day in America. One of the most common forms of elder abuse is financial exploitation. In fact, this is one of the most quickly growing forms of abuse that the elderly face, and it often goes unreported.

In simple terms, financial exploitation occurs when someone (either within a nursing home or without) uses an elderly person’s money illegally or improperly. It can also involve using the person’s other assets or property. These acts are crimes, and there is no other way of putting it. The good news is there are steps that can help protect the elderly from these acts. Continue reading