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    How Does a Divorced Spouse Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

    Divorced spouses may qualify for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits based on a former spouse’s work record, if they lack the work record needed to qualify on their own. Because the rules that govern divorced spouses qualifying for benefits can be complicated, it’s important to seek the help of an attorney if you have questions… Read More

    The Who, What, When, and How of California Workers’ Compensation Coverage

    Many California workers are aware of workers’ compensation coverage, but they aren’t sure who is covered, what types of injuries or illnesses are covered, which benefits are available, or how to ensure their own injuries or illnesses are covered. Here is an overview of California workers’ compensation law that describes some of the basics: Who… Read More

    Understanding Social Security Disability Benefits: How Much Will I Receive?

    Many factors affect the amount of benefits you may receive, which means that your potential benefits amount in your Social Security Disability case can’t be based on the amounts received by friends or family members. The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses several factors to calculate the amount of disability benefits any one person may receive…. Read More

    There are a number of causes of on-the-job injury accidents, including those in which bad winter weather causes a car accident or other workplace injury. Some types of winter-weather injuries that California employers must consider include: Frostbite and hypothermia. Southern California rarely sees freezing temperatures, but employers who send workers into the mountains or the… Read More

    New Conditions Added to Social Security Disability “Compassionate Allowances” List

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) announced on December 7, 2012, that it is adding 35 new medical conditions to its “compassionate allowances” list. The total number of conditions on the list currently sits at 200, according to the SSA. The added conditions include several types of cancer and adult-onset disorders that severely impair the brain… Read More

    California Workers’ Compensation for Teens: A Parent’s Guide

    Many Californians get their first jobs during their teenage years as a way to earn money, practice responsibility, and learn practical on-the-job skills. But teens can also be injured on the job, just like any adult worker. Teens have rights under California workers’ compensation law just like adult workers do. It’s important for parents to know about… Read More

    What Should I Bring to My Social Security Disability Interview?

    Once you apply for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits, you may be asked to attend an interview at a Social Security Administration (SSA) office. Your California SSD benefits attorney can help you prepare for this interview. You should plan to bring along several key pieces of information, including: Any medical records you currently have; Workers’… Read More

    After a California Workplace Injury, Consider Notifying OSHA

    The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for enforcing a wide range of workplace safety rules, as well as helping employers and employees to stay safe on the job. If you see a dangerous condition on the job or you are injured due to an OSHA violation, you can file an anonymous… Read More

    I Use the SSD Ticket To Work Program. Do I Report My Income?

    If you qualify for disability benefits, you may have decided to use the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) “Ticket to Work” program in order to allow you to work and earn income without harming your disability benefits. One important rule to remember is that the SSA requires you to report your earnings or income from work… Read More

    An employee mistake at Oak River Insurance Co. recently led to the accidental release of personal information on about 2,700 southern California workers’ compensation recipients, according to a recent article from the Associated Press. The insurance company is warning recipients to be on the lookout for identity theft as it works to fix the mistake. The… Read More

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