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    What is the “Compassionate Allowances” Program for Social Security Disability?

    For many people who apply for Social Security disability benefits, establishing that they have a “disability” according to Social Security’s definitions and rules is a daunting task. For others, however, this burden is significantly lessened by seeking benefits under the Social Security Administration (SSA)’s Compassionate Allowances program. The Compassionate Allowances program works to approve disability benefits… Read More

    Young California Workers May Receive Workers’ Compensation As Well

    Each year, thousands of California teenagers take on full- or part-time jobs as a way to earn money, save for college, or gain valuable employment experience. Just like workers of any age, young workers can and do suffer injuries while on the job. In California, employees under age 18 may qualify for CA workers’ compensation benefits if… Read More

    HUD Announces New Rules for SSD Recipients Seeking FHA Mortgage Loans

    The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced new rules for FHA-approved mortgage loans that apply to people who receive assistance from Social Security, including Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Social Security benefits income, whether from disability, retirement, or SSI, can be considered when a person is applying… Read More

    The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) recently announced its support for a plan to reform workers’ compensation in CA to improve delivery of benefits to injured workers and those suffering from occupational illnesses, according to an article in the Sacramento Bee. The reforms are aimed at saving money, cutting court costs, and improving benefits, timeliness, and quality… Read More

    What Information Will I Need for a Social Security Disability Claim?

    If you’ve been injured or suffer from an illness that prevents you from working, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. The first step in seeking benefits is to apply for them with the Social Security Administration (SSA). The application process can be long and involved, so it’s wise to have an idea of… Read More

    National Football League (NFL) players who are injured on the job may be able to seek workers’ compensation benefits in California if they can demonstrate that their injuries took place in California, regardless of the provisions governing workers’ compensation in their NFL contracts, according to a recent decision by the Ninth Circuit. The case heard… Read More

    Will a Mental Disorder Qualify Me for Social Security Disability Benefits?

    Social Security disability (SSD) benefits cover a wide range of both physical and mental disabilities. Generally speaking, a mental disorder must cause a “marked or serious impairment” of daily functions, be expected to last at least one year, and/or be expected to cause the death of the person who has it. The Social Security Administration… Read More

    California Lawmakers May Consider Workers’ Compensation Reforms

    California’s lawmakers are poised to consider a package of reforms to the state’s workers’ compensation laws, according to a recent article in the Orange County Register. If passed, the bill will mean several changes to workers’ compensation laws that will directly affect injured California workers. The proposed bill would add $720 million each year to provide… Read More

    Understanding Common Social Security Disability Myths

    There are many myths and misconceptions about Social Security Disability (SSD) floating around in the world that many people believe, but are not necessarily true. Here are some of the most common myths and the facts behind them. Myth: You can’t get benefits until you are bedridden or nearly dead. Fact: Social Security Disability benefits are available… Read More

    A recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) found that the costs of wages, benefits, and workers’ compensation increased for southern California laborers over the last year, but that the cost increase kept pace with inflation and the rising costs of other items, according to an article in the Press-Enterprise. The report analyzed… Read More

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