July 6, 2017
Social Security Disability, intended to help those who find it hard or even physically impossible to support their households through employment due to injury or disease, can be difficult to gain access to. On average, 55% of applicants are ultimately rejected. It can take nearly two years just to get a hearing. Many of those with “invisible” disabilities — that is, disabling illnesses or injuries that are not immediately visible or apparent — find it even more strenuous and frustrating a process. Having an “invisible” disability doesn’t mean you can’t still get access to the Social Security Disability benefits that will allow you to maintain your quality of life. Today, we’ll take a look at these sometimes hard-to-prove disabilities and what you can do to fight for your individual rights when applying for SSD.
June 29, 2017
Our nation’s “birthday”, the Fourth of July is famous for fireworks, backyard barbecue parties, and red, white, and blue desserts. Unfortunately, the Fourth of July isn’t just a popular day for pulling out the grill — it’s also one of the top days for serious injury or accidents due to misused fireworks, drunk drivers, and other increased risks. We have three essential safety tips to keep in mind to help you make the most of our nation’s 241st birthday.
June 21, 2017
Nursing homes and “senior living centers” are growing, as the aging Baby Boomer generation begins to seek out assisted-living facilities designed to provide medical and personal care. When we move an elderly or infirm loved one into a nursing home facility, we are putting an incredible trust in the facility to provide that person with physical safety and emotional as well as physical care. The idea of your loved one being injured or sickened as a result of elder abuse in nursing homes may feel like a total betrayal of your trust. Elder abuse and nursing home neglect are increasingly in the news these days, and we understand that you may be wondering, what should you do if your elderly parent is injured in a nursing home. Today, we’ll take a look at types of abuse and what steps you should take if you begin to suspect your elderly loved […]
June 14, 2017
Although it too often goes unrecognized, noise-induced hearing loss is a fairly common health problem in the United States. People who report excellent hearing often test positive for hearing damage, and work exposure to loud noise increases the possibility of noise-induced hearing loss with time. If you’ve been exposed to dangerously loud noises and have suffered from hearing damage as a result of workplace conditions, you may be wondering if you’re eligible for Workers’ Compensation to help cover the costs associated with your partial or total workplace-related hearing loss. Let’s take a look.
June 6, 2017
As our children grow, they take on new responsibilities — chores around the house, less supervision when it comes to schoolwork, and eventually even access to the family car (or a vehicle of their own). It’s important to make sure you take a look at the costs involved in insuring teen drivers against vehicular collisions as early as possible. Bringing a new driver into the family will inevitably change your auto insurance costs, but just how much does it cost to insure a teenage driver? Today, we’ll take a look at the cost in terms of dollars and cents and give you a few tips on teen driver safety that can help keep your child safe and your premium rates reasonably low.
May 30, 2017
Filing for Workers’ Compensation after an on-the-job injury or workplace-related illness can be complex and stressful. Not only must you adjust to the medical condition, but you may have to manage conflicting interests with your employer. Put simply, your employer and their insurance carrier may define a “satisfactory conclusion” differently from what you consider satisfactory. Therefore, any time you receive the suggestion to settle, you need to ask yourself the following question: Which is more beneficial for me: settling my Workers’ Compensation case or having the matter decided by the Workers’ Compensation Commission?
May 19, 2017
In our initial series on VA Disability Claims, we touched on filing appeals in the case of a decision that you feel was incorrect. Today, we’d like to go a little more in-depth into what happens when you file a VA Notice of Disagreement.
May 11, 2017
By the year 2050, it is estimated that 20 percent of all Americans will be at least 65 years of age, with the most growth occurring among Americans aged 85 and older. According to the 2010 census, about 5.8 million Americans were over the age of 85, and this number is expected to reach 19 million people by 2050. With the growing number of elderly patients and staff shortages in the medical field, there is an increasing cause of concern related to the quality of care for elderly patients and residents. Nursing home abuse is what can, unfortunately, happen to any residents under the care of a licensed care facility. There are different types of abuse. The most common types of abuse are physical, sexual, emotional, or financial. This abuse often happens in plain sight, and can often be overlooked. It can be caused by a staff member at the […]
May 3, 2017
The simple truth is that most of us spend half or even most of our waking hours in the workplace. No matter what your occupation, potential exposure to harmful chemicals could leave you sickened, unable to work, and fighting to gain access to the Workers’ Compensation you are due. Today, we’ll take a look through occupational exposure to harmful chemicals and what steps to take to protect yourself in the event of illness or injury.