Decision Ready Claim Initiative – New, Faster Process For Veteran Disability Benefits

Veterans who are unable to support themselves and their families due to a service-connected disability (an impairment directly related to their military service) can apply for disability benefits payments. The amount of these cash payments depends on your VA disability rating, which measures the severity and permanence of your impairments. Applying fordisability compensation benefits often involves medical exams with multiple doctors, an overwhelming amount of paperwork, and a whole lot of “hurry up and wait.” This process can take quite some time, leaving many disabled veterans waiting for months or years to be approved.

In 2013, the Department of Veterans Affairs introduced the Fully Developed Claim process to address the issue of long wait times. The initiative encouraged applicants to partner with an approved organization to ensure all paperwork was completed and submitted in a timely manner. However, the Fully Developed Claim process only shaved about 11 days off the average wait time of 120 days. Continue reading

How To Win A Disability Reconsideration – Improving Your Application

If you are unable to work due to disability but your initial application forSocial Security Disability Insurance was denied, you are not alone. Only about one out of four applications for social security disability benefits are approved upon initial review. It can be discouraging to have your application denied, but persistence pays off. Over 95 percent of SSDI claims are eventually approved with the help of an experienced disability attorney. In this article we’ll help you understand how to win a disability reconsideration. Continue reading

SSDI Work Incentives

Social Security Disability Insurance is intended for those who are unable to work due to a disability. It often takes time, effort,legal assistance, and some hoop-jumping to get your SSDI application approved. So when your health improves, the choice to return to work (and forfeit disability payments) can be a tough decision. The Social Security Administration offers several SSDI work incentives to entice SSDI beneficiaries to rejoin to the workforce.These programs may be a major factor in weighing your options for returning to work after a disability. Continue reading

VA Disability & Social Security Disability

If you are a disabled veteran, you may already know it is possible to qualify for bothveterans’ disability benefits andsocial security disability. The rules and qualifications for each program are unique. You might qualify for one program but not the other, or you may be able to receive payments from both programs concurrently. Disabled veterans are encouraged to apply forall disability programs for which they may qualify.

The Veterans Benefits Administration (VA) is usually the first stop for veterans in need of disability assistance. When you apply for veterans’ disability compensation for your service-connected disability, the VA will assign you a disability rating of 0-100%. Your VA compensation rating affects whether you are entitled to benefits and how much you will receive. When you apply for social security disability, the Social Security Administration will consider your VA compensation rating when making decisions on your application. Continue reading

The Workers’ Compensation Process in South Carolina

When a person is injured on the job in South Carolina, they may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Occasionally, an employer will try to take advantage of an employee’s unfamiliarity with South Carolina’s workers’ compensation system to avoid paying a fair settlement. In cases where a workplace accident results in a person being killed or permanently disabled, it is especially important to consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. Here is an overview of the workers’ compensation process in South Carolina. Continue reading

Changes to Social Security Disability in 2017

Every year, the Social Security Administration conducts anannual financial review and announces any changes that will go into effect in the next year. These changes often include adjustments to monthly payment amounts and rules for applying and qualifying for benefits. This post includes some significant changes made to Social Security Disability that went into effect the beginning of 2017. Continue reading

Gulf War Syndrome & VA Disability Benefits

Many veterans are experiencing a number of chronic, medically unexplained symptoms associated with their service in the Gulf War. Those that served in the Southwest Asia theater of military operations from 1990 to the present have shown high rates of long-term health problems. Together, these symptoms and medical conditions are known as Gulf War Syndrome (GWS), Gulf War illnesses (GWI), or chronic multisymptom illness (CMI). The VA prefers to use the term “Medically Unexplained Illnesses.” If you are suffering from Gulf War Syndrome and your condition leaves you unable to work, you may qualify for disability benefits. Continue reading

The Basics of A Medical Malpractice Claim

When you go to a healthcare professional for medical attention or help with treating a condition, you expect that the doctor will provide you with an appropriate level of care. After all, you are putting your trust into the doctor as his or her patient. So when a doctor acts negligently while providing care, and you are injured as a result, the situation can seem hopeless and devastating. It is important that you understand your rights as a patient. The first thing to do is learn more about the basics of a medical malpractice claim. Continue reading

Asbestos Exposure Mesothelioma Lawsuits

Since mesothelioma can result of asbestos exposure, which may have taken place many decades ago, when it comes to filing an asbestos mesothelioma lawsuit, much of the case relies on circumstantial evidence. Your lawyer will look for evidence to support your claim that your mesothelioma cancer is the byproduct of exposure to asbestos earlier in your life. Many mesothelioma victims were exposed to asbestos as part of their job duties a long time ago. Proving your asbestos exposure mesothelioma claim starts with a thorough look at your work history. Continue reading

Can You Lose VA Benefits?

Many disabled veterans in the United States take advantage of disability benefits and financial assistance that is provided by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). One form of veterans disability benefits is the VA pension for non-service connected disability. Eligible veterans who are age 65 or older and are totally or permanently disabled due to a non-service connected disability and have very low income levels can seek compensation through a VA pension. Because many rely on these benefits to supplement their livelihood, it’s important to know the conditions in which you can lose VA benefits. Continue reading