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17 Aug

2016

Qualifications to obtain SSD benefits from the SSA.

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Calling the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) office is unlikely to help you understand whether or not you qualify for Social Security Disability. This is because when you call the SSA office you will be speaking with a service representative, who is not qualified to make a determination regarding a person’s disability. That is a decision […]

26 May

2016

Credit for Work and Social Security Disability

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The Social Security Administration requires that you have earned enough “work credits” in the past  in order to be eligible to apply  for Social Security Disability benefits. What are work credits? When you work and pay Social Security taxes, you earn up to a maximum of four “credits” for each such year. The amount of earnings it […]

17 May

2016

What is an IME?

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The most common complaint we receive from our New York Workers’ Compensation clients is that they are improperly examined by IME’s. What is an IME? An IME or “Independent Medical Examiner” is a doctor hired by the insurance company for the purpose of checking on, and limiting, the injured worker’s claim against the insurance company. IME’s […]

20 Apr

2016

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY DENIALS: DOES EVERYONE GET DENIED THE FIRST TIME ?

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Most people have heard the old adage that ” everyone gets denied at first” when applying for Government Disability—more correctly called Social Security Disability (SSD.) This is not actually correct. The actual nationwide denial rate is around 65% for the first application… meaning you have a 35% chance of winning the case by simply filing an […]

13 Jul

2015

Perks of Winning Your SSD Claim

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Did you know? Applying for and receiving Social Security Disability Benefits, ( when one is UNDER retirement age and unable to work for at least 12 months,) bestows perks from the Government that many people don’t know about. These include (if you win): *Wage Freeze: If there is a period of time you are not […]

13 Jun

2015

Workers’ Comp Fraud—The Other Side of the Coin

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There’s an insurance industry radio ad campaign currently running, containing the following warning: Don’t commit Workers’ Comp insurance fraud or you’ll end up in jail and you will shame your family. It’s clearly aimed at injured workers. I get it. What the public generally does NOT see is the other side of the coin…when insurance companies […]

11 Mar

2015

FALLS IN EMPLOYEE PARKING LOTS— ARE THEY COVERED BY WORKERS’ COMP?

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While everyone knows that an accident that happens to an employee inside a workplace or work building is clearly a Workers’ Comp case in New York, what about accidents that occur OUTSIDE the office building or workplace? This winter was particularly cold and there is a lot of ice everywhere. It’s likely that employees somewhere […]

09 Feb

2015

Winning Your Social Security Case- some “hidden” factors

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Winning. It’s the focus of professional athletes, and lawyers, too. Winning the case is paramount. So what goes into winning a Social Security Disability (SSD) case? After all, the Government can deny your case, and you could end up with nothing. My experience is that, especially when you get to the “hearing level” which means […]

13 Jan

2015

Dangerous Jobs

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Did you know that some nursing homes have bariatric wards where Certified Nurse’s Aides (CNA’s) must care for obese patients? What happens when, due to staffing issues, the direct caregivers get little or no co-worker assistance with these patients and must care for these extra-heavy patients alone?? And must at all times ensure that their […]

15 Dec

2014

Happy Holidays

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Do you know someone who has been injured or become seriously ill and has been unable to work? Which of these should they apply for? Sick time pay —–Vacation pay——-Workers’ Comp——- Social Security Disability —–Short-term Disability—– Long -term Disability—— Unemployment ??? Imagine your Holidays with no income coming in. Seriously ill and injured people can […]

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