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    San Diego Workers’ Compensation Billboards Seek to Inform

    If you spend time in San Diego County, you may have seen a new billboard featuring a workers’ compensation message. The billboards remind workers that their employers are required by law to have workers’ compensation coverage, and they provide a phone number for workers to call for more information. The billboards are sponsored by the San… Read More

    Can I Get Disability Benefits Even if My Condition Isn’t in the Disability “Blue Book”?

    The “Blue Book” is the Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) list of disabling conditions that may qualify a child or an adult for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits, as long as that person also meets other requirements. The Blue Book categorizes disabling conditions according to the body part or system that is most affected by the… Read More

    OSHA Announces the Top Ten Workplace Safety Violations in 2012

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced the top ten most-cited workplace safety violations in 2012. Any of these violations could lead to a potentially serious on-the-job injury or illness. The most often-cited workplace violations in 2012 included: Lack of general fall protection, like guardrails, harnesses, or safety nets; Lack of proper communication about physical,… Read More

    Social Security Announces 1.7 Percent Benefits Increase

    People who receive retirement or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) will receive a 1.7 percent cost-of-living increase in their monthly checks, according to a recent report from ABC News. The increase is based on price inflation, which the SSA says has stayed fairly low over the last year despite the increase in gas… Read More

    How Do I Get Back to Work After I’m Injured on the Job?

    On-the-job injuries happen every day in workplaces across California. Some of these injuries are minor, but others require workers to take days or even months off of work to recover. Many people who are hurt on the job have only one question: “When can I get back to work?” The answer, according to the California… Read More

    Poll Finds Most People Support Social Security Disability Benefits for Those Who Need Them

    A recent poll conducted by Lincoln Park Strategies found that 83 percent of U.S. residents think Social Security disability (SSD) benefits help those who need them and that eliminating the benefits would be unfair, according to an article in the Sacramento Bee. The study was commissioned by the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR),… Read More

    Does California Workers’ Compensation Cover Independent Contractors Too?

    The short answer to this question is no: California workers’ compensation does not cover independent contractors. In order to be covered by your employer’s workers’ compensation coverage in California, you must be an employee, not a contractor. However, there is no single hard rule that determines who is and who is not an “employee.” It’s important to… Read More

    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

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