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When you’re struggling to live with a disability, it can be difficult to also file paperwork and meet other disability application requirements on time. It can be even harder to live without the essential support that benefits provide. Knowing how long you might have to wait for benefits and how soon you should file is an… Read More

If you’re seeking workers’ compensation benefits in California, you know that workers’ comp has its own language – some of which can be very confusing. Your workers’ compensation benefits attorney can explain many of the terms, but here are a few commonly-used ones. AOE/COE: These stand for “arising out of and occurring in the course of employment,” which… Read More

If you are denied Social Security disability benefits, you have the right to appeal a denial. An appeal goes through several stages, and you are allowed to work with an experienced southern California Social Security disability benefits attorney at each one. If your benefits are denied after the first stage of appeal, called “reconsideration,” you… Read More

What is Utilization Review?

By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on
In Workers Compensation Claims

Utilization review (UR) is a process that employers or workers’ compensation claims administrators use to decide if the treatment prescribed by your doctor after an on-the-job injury is medically necessary. If the treatment is not found to be medically necessary, coverage for it may be denied. UR evaluations rely on California’s medical treatment utilization schedule… Read More

A bill currently being considered by the California legislature would provide workers’ compensation and other benefits for housekeepers, nannies, and other domestic workers, according to a recent article in the Huffington Post. Although many Californians provide these services, they are not currently covered by workers’ compensation insurance, as many experienced California workers’ compensation attorneys have seen. The… Read More

If you are applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits based on your own work record, you must have a certain minimum number of “work credits” in order to qualify. Each “work credit” equals a certain amount of money earned from working each year, and a worker may earn up to four “work credits” each… Read More

One in three working Americans will be disabled before the end of their working years, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA). If, like many Americans, you financed your education with student loans, you may wonder what will happen to your loans and their payment if you are disabled. If you have been disabled and… Read More

Recent changes to California’s workers’ compensation system have affected how benefits are paid and how negative decisions may be appealed. One significant change facing workers injured in 2013 or later involves the use of an independent medical review board (IMR) to handle disputes about medical treatment. Before the IMR board requirement was put in place, the treatment… Read More

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