Workers’ Comp for Health Care Workers

January 31, 2017

If you work in health care and you're injured on the job, you might think you've got an advantage securing workers' compensation benefits.

After all, you know the health care system. You might have treated other people with on-the-job injuries.

But working in health care comes with complications when you're seeking workers'...

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7 Steps You Should Take After a Car Wreck

January 30, 2017

No matter how careful you are on the road, you can still end up in a car wreck. Conditions can be unpredictable. Collisions happen fast.

When an automobile accident occurs, it's jarring, nerve-wracking, chaotic and confusing.

To get back to normalcy - and protect your interests in the process - follow these...

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Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Ages 55-64

January 26, 2017

You've worked hard your entire life, and even as you approach retirement age, you may find you want, or need, to continue working.

You're not alone. More than 64 percent of Americans between the ages of 55 and 64 are still in the workforce.

If you're a part of this group, make...

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What Doctor Can You See for a Workers’ Comp Case?

January 24, 2017

If you're in injured on the job, you have a right to seek medical treatment. Simple enough, right?

But getting hurt on the job means filing a workers' compensation claim. That can make things more complicated.

Having a workers' comp claim affects what doctor you can see for treatment.

If you suffer a...

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Disability Benefits for Hepatitis C and Liver Disease

January 20, 2017

If you have hepatitis C or other liver diseases, you could be experiencing symptoms like fatigue or side effects of medications used to control the disease, like anemia.

If your case is severe enough that you can't work, you also might face mounting medical bills with no regular income to pay...

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Workers’ Comp Benefits for Manufacturing Workers

January 18, 2017

If you work in manufacturing, you have reason for optimism. The manufacturing industry is growing in America. Cheap natural gas and stable wages are helping create jobs.

But you're probably well aware this type of work also comes with risks. Manufacturing has higher injury rates for workers than construction or mining.

That's...

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Getting Help Seeking Disability Benefits for Seizures

January 11, 2017

If you experience regular seizures, they could keep you from holding a job. Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are a financial lifeline in this situation.

But applying for benefits when you suffer from seizures is complicated.

Seizures can be symptoms of many health conditions. Your chances at winning benefits might hinge on...

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Workers’ Compensation: Applying for Coverage 101

January 9, 2017

A job-related injury or illness stops you from working. You're worried about paying medical bills and supporting yourself and your family after the loss of income.

This is why workers' compensation insurance exists.

You start your application by immediately informing your employer. If your employer doesn't put in the necessary forms to...

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Disability Benefits and Osteoarthritis

January 5, 2017

When you perform your job diligently for years, over time, any career can strain your body. This may cause damage to your bones and joints - and lead to osteoarthritis.

Having osteoarthritis means you lose cartilage in your joints. This can make it difficult to work, or even move around.

If...

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Why Work With a Personal Injury Lawyer After a Wreck?

January 3, 2017

You were in a car collision. It left you with injuries and medical bills. You might be unable to return to work immediately. The loss of wages just compounds a bad situation.

It's easy to get depressed and anxious: What if you never can return to work? How will you...

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Workers’ Comp Benefits for Restaurant Workers

December 29, 2016

Working in a restaurant can be physically demanding. You might be cooking in a hot kitchen, carrying trays of food, moving tables and rushing about during peak times. The conditions are ripe for injury.

If you work in a restaurant and get hurt...

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Disability Benefits for Ischemic Heart Disease

December 27, 2016

If you suffer from ischemic heart disease, you might experience chest discomfort or pain and difficulty breathing.

The disease also can lead to congestive heart failure.

You should know you don't have to wait for something serious to happen, though, before you can receive...

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Fighting an SSD Denial: What You Need to Know

December 23, 2016

You've suffered an injury or developed a serious physical or mental condition that keeps you from working. You found out about Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits and applied. Then you got denied.

Before you lose heart or panic, know that it's common to...

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Understanding Workers’ Comp Form WC-104A

December 21, 2016

If you were injured on the job, you may be entitled to injured worker benefits under Michigan's workers' compensation laws. If you applied and received a denial, don't give up. You have a right to appeal.

It's at that stage in the process...

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Disability Benefits for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

December 19, 2016

Almost any job requires you to use your hands extensively. For much of your working life, you might take that for granted. That is, until your hands become weak and pain takes over. You may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).

This...

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What Does it Cost to Hire a Social Security Disability Lawyer?

December 15, 2016

If you're facing health problems that stop you from working, it's understandable to worry about finances.

Without income from a job, uncertainty clouds your ability to support your family, put food on the table, keep your house and your car.

The last thing you...

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How Social Media can Wreck Your Car Wreck Case

December 14, 2016

If you're like many people, you use social media to keep in touch with family and friends, stay on top of what's happening in the world and share important milestones and events in your life.

If you've been in an auto collision, however,...

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Workers’ Comp for Michigan’s Growing Industries

December 12, 2016

If you call Michigan home, you know the state's economy no longer relies completely on the auto industry. In fact, there are now several large industries. Many of them are growing. That means good news for jobs. The jobs in these industries,...

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How to Make Ends Meet While Waiting for Disability Benefits

December 8, 2016

You're not working due to an injury or illness, and you've applied for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Jumping through the hoops and completing all the paperwork took more time than you expected. Now you're in a waiting mode while the Social...

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Disability Benefits for Autism

December 6, 2016

For every individual, autism looks different. A child or adult can land at any point along a wide autism spectrum. Some lead highly functional lives with the right support. Others are not able to function well enough to work or handle other...

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Workers’ Comp Benefits for Ages 45 to 54

December 5, 2016

You're not in your thirties anymore, but you've got a lot of living left to do. Of course, doing this involves staying employed so you can afford your house, your car, your interests and the occasional adventure away from home. All of...

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Seeking Disability Benefits for Personality Disorders

December 1, 2016

Chances are if you have a personality disorder that keeps you from consistent employment, you would readily trade in your diagnosis if it meant you could get back to work.

For many people in this situation, traditional work just isn't an option. Despite...

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Disability Benefits for Congestive Heart Failure

November 30, 2016

Congestive heart failure often comes with debilitating symptoms. You might find day-to-day activities hard because you experience shortness of breath or extreme fatigue. You may have problems with swelling in your lower extremities. You also may suffer from confusion or memory loss.

If...

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Choosing the Right Medicare Health Plan

November 28, 2016

You might think Medicare health plans are strictly for your elder years. Since most people are eligible for Medicare at age 65, this is an understandable conclusion. But you might also be eligible earlier if you suffer from certain diseases or disabilities....

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Disability Benefits for Cystic Fibrosis

November 23, 2016

If you or someone you love has cystic fibrosis, you already know how debilitating the illness can be. Because the disease causes mucus to build up in your lungs and pancreas, you may suffer from frequent lung infections, difficulty breathing and extreme...

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The Importance of Working With a Social Security Disability Lawyer

November 23, 2016

If you or someone you love is suffering from physical or mental conditions that make working impossible, it may be time to explore applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. When you start to see how complex this process is, you might...

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Workers’ Compensation Claims for Government Employees

November 18, 2016

You're a dedicated employee of a government agency and take pride in serving the public. But what happens if you're hurt on the job and can no longer work? Whether you work for a local, state or federal agency, you probably have...

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Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits 101

November 17, 2016

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits 101A physical or mental disability strikes, leaving you with medical expenses you weren't planning for. Making matters worse, your disability now stops you from working and earning an income to...

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The Importance of Keeping Track of Medical Evidence/Expenses

November 15, 2016

Keeping Track of Medical Evidence/ExpensesAfter years of dedication to your job and career - contributing to your workplace and supporting yourself and your family - you could experience an injury or disability that keeps you from working for...

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Workers’ Comp Qualifications 101

November 14, 2016

Workers' Comp Qualifications 101No matter where you work or what industry you're employed in, every job comes with some risk. If you suffer a work-related injury due to these dangers, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Employers are required to...

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The Importance of Keeping Track of Medical Evidence/Expenses

November 9, 2016

After years of dedication to your job and career - contributing to your workplace and supporting yourself and your family - you could experience an injury or disability that keeps you from working for an extended period. If you've reached such a...

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Disability Benefits for Muscular Dystrophy

November 7, 2016

Muscular dystrophy is a genetic muscle disease that can affect any muscle in your body. It can cause serious, irreversible damage, often causing limbs to curl inward. In addition to major muscle groups like your arms and legs, muscular dystrophy can also...

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When Will I Receive My Workers’ Comp Benefits?

November 3, 2016

You go to work every day to earn a living for yourself and your family, but a single injury can rob you of this ability. If you're hurt on the job, you are likely entitled to workers' compensation. This is just one...

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LTD Policy for Business Owners vs. Workers

November 1, 2016

You may have a great working relationship with your manager, but after suffering an injury that will keep you from working, you could quickly be at odds. This is because you may be eligible for long-term disability (LTD) benefits, and in many...

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Disability Benefits for HIV/AIDS

October 28, 2016

If you are unable to work because of complications from HIV/AIDS, you may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits. It's important to understand, however, that a diagnosis of HIV or AIDS is not enough, by itself, to qualify you for...

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How to Handle Long Waits for Social Security Disability

October 26, 2016

You could give the best years of your life to a single company, never wavering in your dedication and hard work, but if you suffer a disability you're essentially on your own.

Fortunately, you might qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

After applying,...

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Workers’ Comp Benefits for Ages 35 to 44: Age Matters When It Comes to Compensation

October 24, 2016

If you're between the ages of 35 and 44, you're in the mainstream of your working life. You've put in time at the entry level and worked your way up. Your wages have risen over the years. Outside work, you concentrate on...

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Understanding Your Long-Term Disability Policy

October 21, 2016

You might have spent years building a business. Maybe you're a professional, growing a dental practice, an accounting office, an insurance agency or another enterprise. Or maybe you've dedicated yourself to helping an employer succeed. You have much to be proud of,...

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Disability Benefits for Strokes

October 18, 2016

The physical and mental effects of a stroke often make it impossible to work again. If you or someone you love faces this situation, it can be a scary place, both emotionally and financially. Not only are you likely dealing with sizable...

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SSD Qualifications 101

October 11, 2016

Disability Qualifications

If you're hurt and you can't work, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits (SSD for short). The federal government will pay you cash benefits every month if the illness or injury that is keeping you from work...

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Understanding Workers’ Comp Form WC-117

October 10, 2016

Workers Comp Form WC-117

If you've been injured on the job in Michigan, it's likely that you qualify for injured workers benefits. Once you start the process of applying for benefits – or even if you've already been denied – Workers’...

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Fighting a Workers’ Comp Denial

October 7, 2016

Workers' Comp Denial

If a workplace incident resulted in a serious injury – or if persistent strain caused one over time – you could very well be eligible for Workers' Compensation benefits. Unfortunately, many people who file for these...

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Disability Benefits for Obesity

October 4, 2016

Benefits for Obesity

Being obese or morbidly obese can make it impossible to work. If you or if someone you love is no longer able to work because of obesity, it may be possible to obtain Social Security Disability benefits...

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What to do If Your Long-Term Disability Benefits Are Denied or Terminated

September 30, 2016

Denied Benefits

Whether you received long-term disability coverage as part of your employment benefits or purchased your own policy, you have the right to expect your policy to be honored if a disability keeps you from working. Unfortunately, the approval rates for...

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Costs to Hire a Workers’ Comp Attorney

September 27, 2016

Workers Comp Attorney

Just like any other insurer, it's the job of Workers’ Compensation claim adjusters to avoid paying what injured people deserve. This means it's usually in your best interest to hire a Workers’ Comp lawyer to secure a fair...

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Disability Benefits for Headaches

September 26, 2016

Headaches can seemingly come out of nowhere and, for most people, they’re simply an annoyance that happens every once in a while. However, headaches can be more than an occasional nuisance; they can be completely debilitating. If you suffer from chronic or...

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How Unemployment Benefits Affect Disability Benefits

September 22, 2016

If you can no longer find gainful employment due to a disability, you may be able to secure Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. If you're receiving unemployment benefits, though, you could be left wondering how one might affect the other. Many question...

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How Mental Conditions Qualify For Social Security Disability

September 21, 2016

How Mental Conditions Qualify For Social Security Disability

Almost nine million Americans get Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) because of disabilities that don't allow them to work. What many don't realize is that over 35 percent...

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Should I Settle My Car Wreck Case?

September 16, 2016

Should I Settle My Car Wreck Case

After becoming the victim in a car wreck, you likely have many questions that need answers. One of the most common questions is whether you should accept a car wreck...

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Disability Benefits for Lung Impairments

September 14, 2016

Disability Benefits for Lung Impairment

If you suffer from a lung impairment such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), breathing problems caused by sleep apnea or cystic fibrosis, or if you’ve had a lung transplant, it may be impossible...

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How Gender May Affect Workers’ Comp Benefits Claims

September 12, 2016

Gender May Affect Your Workers' Comp Benefits

What if you were hurt on the job and paid 20 percent less in Workers’ Comp benefits because you’re a woman? This is exactly what’s been happening in California and...

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Social Security Benefits After 50

September 8, 2016

Social Security Benefits After 50

Did you know that Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are easier to win if you're over age 50? That's right, the Social Security Administration (SSA) lowers its disability standard for applicants over the...

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Disability Benefits for Diabetes

September 6, 2016

Disability Benefits For Diabetes

According to the CDC, more than 29 million people in the United States suffer from diabetes. When symptoms of diabetes make it impossible for you to work, you may find yourself struggling financially. Fortunately, you may...

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Beware of Insurance Companies If Injured in a Car Wreck

September 2, 2016

Beware Of Insurance Companies If Injured In A CarWreck

Car wrecks are unexpected events that alter the course of your life. In the aftermath, you might want to call your insurance company and accept a...

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The Importance of Working With a Workers’ Comp Lawyer

August 31, 2016

Importance of Working With a Workers' Comp Lawyer

You've probably heard it before, but if you've been injured on the job, you must work with a Workers' Comp attorney to protect your rights. According to the...

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When Will I Receive My Social Security Disability Benefits?

August 29, 2016

Disability Benefits for Cancer

If you suffer from a disability that makes it difficult or impossible to work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits (SSD). Unfortunately, the process of receiving benefits is often a difficult one. You...

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Disability Benefits for Cancer

August 26, 2016

Disability Benefits for Cancer

If a cancer diagnosis is preventing you from working, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. However, the hurdles you’ll need to jump through in order to obtain benefits are not easy.

Applying for Disability...

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Obama’s taking our guns!

February 24, 2016

The alarming headlines always follow when any discussion of gun control is raised. But on January 4, 2016, the topic of gun control and Social Security Disability intersected. President Obama announced several executive actions designed to curb gun violence last month. According to...

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Hearing Waits Continue to Grow

February 1, 2016

Hearing waits at the eight Social Security disability claims hearing offices where we appear most frequently continue to steadily grow. According to numbers recently published by the Social Security Administration, waits to have a hearing at the following hearing offices total:

Detroit: 13 months;...

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Can You Receive Social Security Benefits and Workers Comp At The Same Time?

December 21, 2015

The answer is yes, however there can be a limitation as to how much you receive.

This depends on how much money you were making in the years prior to your disability. Essentially, when you add together your monthly Worker's Compensation benefits with your...

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Changes In Michigan’s Workers Compensation Law and Residual Wage Earning Capacity

December 14, 2015

In recent years, the Michigan State Legislature has enacted several new changes in the law, which have expounded on recent Michigan Supreme Court decisions regarding Workers’ Compensation benefits.

As the law stands in Michigan today, if you’re injured at work, you must prove you...

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When should you contact a Workers’ Compensation attorney following an injury on your job?

December 7, 2015

As soon as possible. If you’re injured at work, you should call a lawyer specializing in Workers’ Compensation right away – even though you may be receiving weekly wage loss checks and medical care.

A Workers’ Comp attorney can make sure that the insurance...

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Auto Accidents and Wage Loss

November 24, 2015

Every year thousands of Michigan residents are in automobile accidents that cause serious and disabling injuries

In Michigan, if you suffer a serious injury that causes you to be disabled, you can make a claim against your auto insurance company.

Under state law if you’re...

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What Happens at a Social Security Hearing?

November 17, 2015

Answering what happens at your Social Security Disability hearing isn’t a simple question. Every case is different.

However, most cases will follow a similar procedure. The following people will be in the hearing room: you, your lawyer, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), a vocational...

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Auto Accidents and Attendant Care

November 10, 2015

Severe auto accidents can change a person’s life in many significant ways. In addition to becoming disabled, many auto accident victims become unable to take care of themselves.

However, under state law, all auto insurance policies provide that if you are unable to...

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When should I contact a lawyer about my claim?

November 3, 2015

The quick and easy answer is as early as possible. Some attorneys will not help with a case until the claim has been denied. At Levine Benjamin, we like to get involved in the case as early as possible. Ideally, this is...

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No Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) in 2016

October 27, 2015

Bad news for those who receive Social Security retirement and disability benefits: for only the third time in 40 years, there will be no Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA). The only two other years in which there were no COLA increases were...

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Getting Social Security Disability Benefits and Unemployment

October 13, 2015

If you’re considering collecting unemployment and Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, it may be problematic. When you file for unemployment compensation, you’re stating that you’re ready, willing and able to work. But, when you apply for SSD benefits, you’re saying that you’re...

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Social Security Disability and Physical Appearances

September 29, 2015

A common concern we hear when talking to clients prior to their hearing is that they don’t “look disabled.” People are afraid that because their physical or mental impairments are not readily visible, they will have a harder time being approved. They...

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Can I Work When I Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits

September 8, 2015

A question that frequently comes up with our existing and prospective clients is whether or not they’re allowed to work while their claim is pending with the Social Security Administration (SSA). While some attorneys will tell you that you can’t work at...

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Returning to Work after a Disability

August 26, 2015

If you can’t work because of your disability, you most likely want to work. Like many people, you may consider returning to work after a period of disability or during a time of remission. If that’s possible for you, great, but others...

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Several of Social Security’s Confusing Acronyms Explained

June 23, 2015

When you first file a claim for Social Security disability benefits, you may have questions about all of the terms and acronyms. At Levine Benjamin, our attorneys first have to make sure you understand the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) unique...

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Disability for Interstitial Cystitis Clarified by Social Security Ruling

May 19, 2015

If you suffer from interstitial cystitis (IC), you know the recurring pain and discomfort in your bladder and pelvic region from this disease can be disabling. The Social Security Administration has issued a new ruling, SSR 15-1p, which replaces a...

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Redefining Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

April 9, 2015

Redefining Chronic Fatigue SyndromeTo those suffering from what’s commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), the symptoms of crushing fatigue, flu-like symptoms and cognitive decline can be disabling.

However, in a Social Security Disability claim, such...

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Social Security Disability Benefits Threatened

March 27, 2015

Social Security Disability Benefits ThreatenedYou may have heard in the news or read online about recent “attacks” on Social Security. Unfortunately, this Congress has created a situation where benefit cuts to Social Security disability...

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Federal Student Loans and Social Security Disability

March 10, 2015

Federal Student Loans and Social Security DisabilityClients often ask us if their Social Security disability awards can be taken by their creditors. Unfortunately, many clients who are forced to wait a...

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“Social Security: Is a Key Foundation of Economic Security Working for Women?”

February 24, 2015

Key Foundation of Economic Security Working for WomenA Senate Finance Committee hearing with this title was held in December of 2014. It’s interesting that the title of this hearing was posed...

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Approval Rate for Disability Applicants Is Down

February 19, 2015

Approval Rate for Disability Applicants Is DownContrary to what you might hear from some people and media sources, disability awards are not “out of control.” The truth is approval rates for disability...

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Delay for Social Security Disability Hearings is Increasing

January 27, 2015

Delay for Social Security Disability Hearings is IncreasingThe most common question I receive from our clients is “When will my hearing be held?”

It’s very frustrating having a lengthy wait...

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Appealing Your Disability Case to the Social Security Administration

December 19, 2014

How Many Levels of Appeal Exist in a Social Security Disability Determination

Appealing Your Disability Case to the Social Security AdministrationWhile highly unlikely, there could be a total of six appeals...

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Winning Disability Benefits When You’re Over 50

December 8, 2014

Why is Age 50 So Important in a Social Security Disability Claim?

Winning Disability Benefits When You’re Over 50When you turn 50, your age becomes an important factor in Social Security Disability determinations....

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Social Security: Vital Protection Hidden in Plain Sight

November 25, 2014

Social Security: Vital Protection Hidden in Plain SightImagine, after working your entire adult life, you develop lupus. You suffer chronic pain and fatigue. As the lupus becomes more difficult to control, your...

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Social Security Ruling Aids Disability Determinations for Lupus and Fibromyalgia

November 12, 2014

Social Security Ruling Aids Disability Determinations for Lupus and FibromyalgiaClients often come to me with diagnoses of both lupus and fibromyalgia. Representing you if you have both lupus and fibromyalgia brings...

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