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Understanding Neurological Conditions and Social Security Disability

Many medical conditions cause disabling symptoms and may qualify a person for Social Security disability (SSD) payments. The Social Security Administration (SSA) reviews the medical records and other information from those who apply for SSD benefits to determine whether they qualify for disability. In order for a medical condition to qualify a person for SSD… Read More

If I’m Injured on the Job or Get Sick Due to Work, What Should I Do?

If you’re injured on the job or develop a work-related injury or illness, you may be able to get workers’ compensation benefits to pay your medical bills, help cover your lost wages, and provide support if you are disabled. However, in order to access workers’ compensation benefits in California, there are some key first steps you… Read More

I Was Eligible for SSD Benefits, and Now I’m Not. What Happened?

If your application for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits is approved, you may breathe a sigh of relief. The application process can be stressful, especially when you’re already struggling to live with a disability. However, you should know that the Social Security Administration (SSA) will review your file from time to time after you receive… Read More

Hundreds of workers are injured in California workplace accidents each year. Many of these individuals are covered by workers’ compensation, which provides payments to cover medical bills, replaces some of the wages lost during recovery, and gives support for workers who are disabled as a result of their injuries.Not all disabilities take a worker out of the… Read More

How Does the SSA Decide Who Qualifies for Disability Benefits?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) determines each applicant’s eligibility for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits individually, based on that person’s work history, medical records, and other information. To make this determination, the SSA asks five basic questions about each applicant: Are you working? Generally speaking, if you earn more than $1,010 per month, the SSA will… Read More

Recent changes in California’s workers’ compensation laws have been cheered by some professionals for saving the state money, cutting overall increases in workers’ compensation insurance rates and improving benefits for long-term disabilities. However, some in the state’s medical and legal communities are concerned that the changes will decrease the mental health benefits available under workers’ compensation. Currently,… Read More

Facing an Overflow of Claims, Social Security Makes Disability Determination Errors

The Social Security Administration (SSA) processes a large number of applications for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits each year. The SSA currently faces a large backlog of cases, and attempts to reduce the backlog have resulted in errors in nearly 25 percent of recent claims, according to an article in the Washington Post. On average, an… Read More

What Does the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board Do?

After a workers’ compensation claim is filed in California, the Division of Workers’ Compensation decides whether or not to approve benefits. If a workers’ comp claim is denied by a workers’ compensation judge, the injured worker may request reconsideration by the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB). The petition for reconsideration by the WCAB must be filed within… Read More

Workers’ Compensation Board Predicts Lower Costs with Reform Bill

A bill that introduces several cost-saving reforms to California’s workers’ compensation system has passed through both houses of the state legislature and is awaiting the governor’s signature, according to an article in the Sacramento Bee. The California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau (WCIRB) predicts that the bill will save millions in several key areas, while providing equal… Read More

What is a Social Security Disability “Special Examination?”

In some applications for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may ask for a “special examination.” A “special examination” is a certain medical examination or test the SSA needs in order to determine whether or not you qualify for disability benefits. The SSA pays for the test and may also pay… Read More

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