National Council on Disability Recommends Raising SSI Limits

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is the primary source of income for many disabled Americans. Unfortunately, many persons in need of SSI don’t meet the income and asset requirements of the program. In order to receive SSI benefits, in addition to satisfying the age or disability requirements of the Social Security program, an SSI applicant must […]

Can I Collect Workers’ Compensation or Social Security Disability Benefits for a Repetitive Stress Injury?

Repetitive stress injuries are the most common and costly workplace injury in the United States, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In fact, hundreds of thousands of American workers are affected by repetitive stress injuries, which cost more than $20 billion a year in workers compensation. Repetitive Trauma Injuries are those that […]

ADHD Diagnoses on the Rise

Attention deficient-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a serious behavioral illness that impedes one’s ability to focus and concentrate. A person who suffers from ADHD may also suffer from an inability to plan, memory problems, anxiety, anger problems, and difficulty maintaining employment. According to a recent report, the number of children who suffer from the disorder is […]

Are Disabled Individuals Discriminated Against by Online Shopping Websites?

Disabled persons are entitled to certain accommodations when shopping in retail establishments pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and according to advocates for disabled Americans, those rights extend to online retail establishments as well. While the ADA requires equal access to “public accommodations,” including restaurants, retail stores, movie theaters, recreational facilities, and other […]

SEC Accuses Illinois Pension Fund of Securities Fraud

Illinois has come under fire again for allegations of government misconduct. This time the alleged wrongdoer is the Illinois pension system. According to the New York Times, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has accused Illinois of improperly funding public workers’ retirement plans from 2005 to 2009 when Illinois also issued $2.2 billion in bonds. […]

Earbuds Could Be Responsible for Hearing Damage

You might want to think twice before using your in-ear headphones or earbuds to listen to your favorite music. According to a report on ABC World News last week, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is trying to get the word out about the dangers of earphones. In the report, Dr. George Alexiades of the […]

New Bill Proposes Disability Benefits for Military Vets Who Are Victims of Sexual Assault

Military vets who have been the victim of sexual assault may soon find it easier to obtain disability benefits for any resulting mental health conditions. A new bill sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine seeks to help former military personnel who have been victims of sexual assault get the disability […]

Potential Alzheimer’s Epidemic Fuels Concerns about Costs of Care

The number of patients with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to reach epic proportions in upcoming years – a dire prediction that is causing many to worry about the costs of care for those with the disease. According to an article in USA Today, a government-funded report estimates that the number of people in the United […]

Why Social Security Disability Judges’ Names Shouldn’t Be a Secret

If an application for Social Security disability benefits is denied, the applicant can request that the application be reviewed by an administrative law judge (ALJ). In some cases, the ALJ may respond to a written argument submitted by an attorney for social security disability without conducting a hearing. In other situations, the ALJ may request […]

Pre-Existing Medical Conditions, Worker’s Compensation, and SSDI Claims

How Pre-Existing Conditions Impact Worker’s Compensation If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you are generally entitled to worker’s compensation benefits regardless of who was at fault for the accident.Workers’ compensation benefits are paid by the employer’s insurance company, but it is the employee’s obligation to file a claim for worker’s compensation benefits. Moreover, […]