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Learn Why Bob Kraft's P.I.S.S.D. …

Learn Why Bob Kraft's P.I.S.S.D. (Personal Injury, Social Security Disability)

About the ways injured and disabled persons are mistreated by governments and insurance companies.

http://www.pissd.com/
  • Feb 9

    Six Steps To Take If You Were Injured While Someone Else Was Driving

    Six Steps To Take If You Were Injured While Someone Else Was Driving
    You might be confused about what to do if you are a passenger in a car during an accident. You have to stay focused and start acting right away to protect yourself. Here are six steps to take if you were injured while someone else was…
  • Feb 8

    Individual Care: How to Deal with Medical Complication

    Individual Care: How to Deal with Medical Complication
    Medical complications can occur at any time when you are receiving treatment for an illness or injury. These problems can involve medical procedures, problems with anesthesia or infection in the post-surgical period. One study from Stanford…
  • Feb 5

    Friday Fun

    Friday Fun
    Watch the United States grow before your eyes. On March 4, 1789, the U.S. Constitution took effect, forming a nation of 13 colonies and a whole heck of a lot of unorganized territory. On August 21, 1959, Congress admitted Hawaii as the…
Rank this Week: 414

Hill & Ponton Blog

Hill & Ponton Blog

Covers social security and veterans disability law.

http://www.hillandponton.com/blog/
  • Feb 8

    Military Sexual Trauma, the Veterans Affairs, and What They Can Do for You

    Military Sexual Trauma, the Veterans Affairs, and What They Can Do for You
    Military Sexual Trauma (or MST) is a horrible experience for anyone who has been affected by it.  I use the word “experience” because that is what it is.  MST is not a diagnosis, but it affects a number of other…
  • Feb 5

    VA Benefits for Gulf War Veterans – Part I

    VA Benefits for Gulf War Veterans – Part I
    When you have a disability that you want to get compensated for, you apply for service-connected compensation benefits from the VA. We have looked at the process of getting service connected which involves: 1) a disability 2) an in-service…
  • Feb 4

    Video Blog: Social Security and VA Disability

    Video Blog: Social Security and VA Disability
    Matthew:  Hello, and welcome to another edition of the Hill & Ponton Veterans Video Blog. I’m Matthew Hill. Carol:  I’m Carol Ponton. Matthew:  Today we’d like to talk to you about the difference between…
Rank this Week: 441

Personal Injury and Social…

Personal Injury and Social Security Disability Blog

Information for injured persons and Social Security disability claimants in Texas. By Robert A. Kraft

http://www.injury-and-disability.com/
  • Aug 13

    Please Join Me At PISSD.com

    Please Join Me At PISSD.com
    Beginning today I am discontinuing this blog, after seven years — since April 2005. I started another injury blog at about the same time, and my original plan was to discuss different topics on the two blogs. Over time, the content became…
  • Aug 10

    Friday Fun

    Friday Fun
    I've seen plenty of five-piece bands, and I've seen even more pianists. But until now I've never seen five guys play one piano — and actually make pretty good music.
  • Aug 9

    Student Drives Off Cliff While Texting About Danger of Texting and Driving!

    Student Drives Off Cliff While Texting About Danger of Texting and Driving!
    Here's one from the "life is stranger than fiction" department. This is the full story reported by Mashable.com: In yet another example of why you shouldn’t text and drive, a Texas college student drove off a cliff while…
Rank this Week: 463

Disability Insurance Claims Law…

Disability Insurance Claims Law Blog

Discusses short-term and long-term disability cases. By Dell & Schaefer.

http://www.disabilitylawblog.com/
Rank this Week: 922

Long Island Special Needs Law Blog

Long Island Special Needs Law Blog

Covers estate planning and special needs trusts. By Ellen A. Victor.

http://longislandspecialneedslawyer.com
  • Jun 12

    Feeling Guilty Over Causing My Child’s Disability

    Feeling Guilty Over Causing My Child’s Disability
    Recently, I was reading this review of Toni Braxton’s new memoir, and the reviewer appeared shocked that Ms. Braxton attributed her son’s autism to God’s payback for a prior abortion. I don’t want to get into a…
  • Mar 5

    Now Playing: Kings Park: Stories from an American Mental Institution

    Now Playing: Kings Park: Stories from an American Mental Institution
    Description: A powerful and very personal documentary about the history and legacy of the Kings Park State Mental Hospital by Filmmaker and former patient Lucy Winer will be playing in Huntington at the Cinema Arts Theater, March 23rd, 2014…
  • Feb 6

    There is a Special Place in Hell

    There is a Special Place in Hell
    Four employees of a Long Island group home have been fired and charged with endangerment for pitting two disabled individuals against each other, according to Newsday and News 12 Long Island. Cellphone video of the fight shows the four…
Rank this Week: 808

Disability Law

Disability Law

Covers developments in disability law and related fields.

http://disabilitylaw.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 970

Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg Blog

Fink Rosner Ershow-Levenberg Blog

Covers disability and social security, elder law, and VA benefits.

http://blog.finkrosnerershow-levenberg.com/
  • Feb 8

    Guardians can’t sell real property without court approval

    Guardians can’t sell real property without court approval
    If you’ve been appointed as the Guardian of the Property (Guardian of the estate) for an incapacitated person, you probably know that you have a lot of authority and power regarding the ward’s assets. While you do have to file…
  • Feb 5

    Support the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act

    Support the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act
    The Special Needs Trust Fairness Act of 2015 ( S-349) would correct an error in OBRA ’93, which was a major revision to the Medicaid Act that allowed Medicaid applicants or recipients under age 65 to make penalty-free transfers of…
  • Feb 4

    Governor Christie vetoes bill allowing Medicaid payment for end-of-life counselling

    Governor Christie vetoes bill allowing Medicaid payment for end-of-life counselling
    Governor Chris Christie has vetoed A-4233/ S-2435 , which means that NJ doctors treating Medicaid can’t get paid for counselling their patients on end of life planning. Perhaps he’s pandering to the absurd claims made in the 2008…
Rank this Week: 1665

Social Security Disability Lawyer

Social Security Disability Lawyer

Covers social security disability law. By Gordon Gates.

http://www.socialsecuritydisabilitylawyer.us/blog/
  • Feb 1

    Are my disability benefits taxable?

    Are my disability benefits taxable?
    It is tax time, and each year I hear from clients who won their cases the previous year and are wondering about the tax consequences of their disability benefits. This topic is particularly important for those who received a significant…
  • Nov 25

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    I love Thanksgiving, but it can be a difficult time for my clients, who are waiting for final determinations of their disability claims, or payment of their benefits. I am thankful for my health, clients, colleagues, friends, and family. Our…
  • Nov 20

    Disability is a hard road

    Disability is a hard road
    I get frequent calls and emails from people who are still working, but are struggling, and are considering Social Security disability. Depending upon a person's individual circumstances, this is typically what I say to those who are currently…
Rank this Week: 1397

Special Education Law Blog

Special Education Law Blog

Covers case law, news, practical advocacy advice, and developments in state and federal statutes and regulations regarding special education law. By Charles Fox.

http://specialedlaw.blogs.com/home/
  • Dec 21

    COPAA Announces Inaugural Students' Rights Initiative Symposium

    COPAA Announces Inaugural Students' Rights Initiative Symposium
    I am reprinting this announcement from COPAA. This symbosium is great opportunity to develop better self-advocacy skills for a more effective post-secondary outcome. The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates has partnered with the Student…
  • Dec 9

    Is Google Illegally Spying On Your Student?

    Is Google Illegally Spying On Your Student?
    I am reprinting the following article that came to by way of google feed, ironic. Is Google Illegally Spying On Your Students? New FTC Complaint Says It Is Posted: 08 Dec 2015 12:35 PM PST Google Apps for Education has...
  • Dec 2

    COPAA Statement on ESSA--Congratulations on Developing a Reasonable Compromise

    COPAA Statement on ESSA--Congratulations on Developing a Reasonable Compromise
    WASHINGTON, DC – Denise Marshall, executive director of The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Inc. (COPAA) released the following statement regarding the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) amending the Elementary and Secondary…
Rank this Week: 1938

Jerry Tanenbaum's Blog

Jerry Tanenbaum's Blog

Covers school law, special education, bullying, school discipline and school-related First Amendment rights.

http://jerrytanenbaum.com/sample-page/
  • Dec 16

    Schools Often Paint Special Needs Parents as “Crazy” or “Unreasonable”

    Schools Often Paint Special Needs Parents as “Crazy” or “Unreasonable”
    The link below was on Huffington Post, and shows how parents who fight and advocate for their children with special needs are often characterized by the school as overbearing, unreasonable, or even “crazy.” It’s a good…
  • May 18

    Good News Update to Blog on Stay-Put Right

    Good News Update to Blog on Stay-Put Right
    Last week I wrote about your child’s special education “stay put” rights when Due Process is filed, and discussed how the right to extend “stay put” all the way through the appeals process was currently being…
  • May 14

    Understanding the Special Education “Stay-Put” Provision

    Understanding the Special Education “Stay-Put” Provision
    As IEP season is upon us, parents of children with special needs are reminded of the need to understand how to utilize the “Stay Put” provision in the IDEA.   This provision is intended to protect a child from being jerked…
Rank this Week: 1918

Maine Injury, Accident, &…

Maine Injury, Accident, & Disability Law Blog

Covers personal injury and accident law issues in Maine. By the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein.

http://www.mainepersonalinjurylaw.com/
  • Dec 5

    Christmas Tree Safety: Decorate and Celebrate in Smart Style

    Christmas Tree Safety: Decorate and Celebrate in Smart Style
    As you deck the halls and get into the holiday spirit this season, remember to always make safety your number one priority. Christmas trees can pose serious dangers and potential threats if not properly cared for and utilized.  According…
  • Nov 17

    Safe Winter Driving in Maine

    Safe Winter Driving in Maine
    It's that time of year again. Temperatures are dropping, and before we know it, snow will be falling. While blankets of snow draping our towns and cities are nice to look at, they do not make for a winter wonderland on the roads. Cold…
  • Oct 22

    Portland Bans E-Cigarette

    Portland Bans E-Cigarette
    Effective in less than a month's time, our city of Portland will have a ban on e-cigarettes in public places. The council voted 7-1 in favor of banning these smoking devices in all locations where regular tobacco products are also…
Rank this Week: 1518

My Social Security Disability SSI…

My Social Security Disability SSI Blog

By Tim Moore.

http://disabilityblogger.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 25

    Invisible disabilities and fool

    Invisible disabilities and fool
    This reminds me so much of the very many idiots who think their neighbors are committing Social Security fraud simply because these idiots don't see their neighbors confined to wheelchairs. To these legions of idiots, most medical conditions…
  • Nov 25

    Social Security Video hearing

    Social Security Video hearing
    This is a post from attorney Charles Hall's blog. It leads off with the statement "In an effort to make it more difficult for claimants to object to video hearings..." Video hearings are conducted because SSA is trying to deal with…
  • Nov 25

    Selected pages from SSDRC, the Social Security Disability Resource Center

    Selected pages from SSDRC, the Social Security Disability Resource Center
    These pages address basic questions about disability benefits through the Social Security Disability and SSI programs. Applications for disability Filing for disability, how to apply with a disability application Filing an…
Rank this Week: 1951

Federal Employee Disability Law…

Federal Employee Disability Law Blog

Covers disability discrimination, Federal Workers' Compensation Act (FECA) and OPM Disability. By Eric L. Pines.

http://www.pinesfederal.com/blog/
  • Nov 13

    From The FERS Disability Victory Files!

    From The FERS Disability Victory Files!
    Congratulations to our most recent FERS disability awardee – a program director who suffers from several physical and psychological medical conditions, including PTSD, spinal canal stenosis, osteoarthritis, and facet syndrome. We are…
  • Oct 30

    From The FERS Disability Victory Files!

    From The FERS Disability Victory Files!
    Congratulations to our most recent FERS disability awardee – a contract specialist who suffers from generalized anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, and adjustment disorder.  We are delighted that we were able to assist…
  • Oct 16

    From The FERS Disability Victory Files!

    From The FERS Disability Victory Files!
    Congratulations to our most recent FERS disability awardee – a social worker who suffers from multiple sclerosis (MS).  We are delighted that we were able to assist this client throughout the entire application process and that we…
Rank this Week: 1596

Calbom & Schwab News

Calbom & Schwab News

Covers the topics of workers' compensation, personal injury, and Social Security disability.

http://www.calbomschwab.com/category/news/
  • Oct 1

    Social Security Disability and Diabete

    Social Security Disability and Diabete
    When it comes to evaluating disability for persons who have diabetes, either Type I or Type II, Social Security regulations have undergone significant changes in the last 10 years. For many years, the Social Security Administration had a…
  • May 5

    Returning to Work while on Social Security Disability Insurance

    Returning to Work while on Social Security Disability Insurance
    We’ve all heard the stories about people being spied upon while on some form of State or Federal disability benefit. As an attorney, I sometimes hear people tell me stories of themselves being really disabled and not like those other…
  • Apr 29

    Understanding SSDI and SSI

    Understanding SSDI and SSI
    If you are disabled, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or both. The program for which you qualify depends on a number of factors and this publication will try to help you…
Rank this Week: 1716

Machi Law Blog

Machi Law Blog

Covers Texas bankruptcy, personal injury, social security disability information.

http://www.machilaw.com/
  • Mar 1

    Medical Bankruptcies are Here to Stay

    Medical Bankruptcies are Here to Stay
    Don’t expect the Affordable Care Act to solve the medical bankruptcy problem in this country. Unpaid medical bills are the number one cause of bankruptcy filings. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) may give many more people access to…
  • Feb 18

    Fort Worth Magazine Names Ted Machi a Top Attorney

    Fort Worth Magazine Names Ted Machi a Top Attorney
    Once again Fort Worth, The City’s Magazine has named Ted Machi a “Top Attorney” for 2013.  Top Attorneys are nominated by their peers.  With his 35+ years representing North Texans, Ted Machi is an attorney you can…
  • Feb 14

    Same-Sex Married Couples May File Bankruptcy Jointly

    Same-Sex Married Couples May File Bankruptcy Jointly
    Same-sex married couples should be eligible to file for bankruptcy jointly.  Bankruptcy courts should provide the same federal protections as opposite-sex married couples even if they live in states that do not recognize same-sex…
Rank this Week: 1930

Ohio Social Security Disability…

Ohio Social Security Disability Blog

Covers family law, criminal law, and social security SSD/SSI ssues in Ohio. By the Law Offices of John T. Nicholson.

http://www.johntnicholson.com/ohiolawblog/
  • May 26

    SSA ruling indicates that focus of disability inquiry should be on capacity to work, not ability to find a job

    SSA ruling indicates that focus of disability inquiry should be on capacity to work, not ability to find a job
    SSA ruling indicates that focus of disability inquiry should be on capacity to work, not ability to find a job  SSR 64-47c The claimant, a high school graduate who had worked in various capacities in carpentry, including foreman and…
  • Mar 24

    Social Security disability rules for Lupu

    Social Security disability rules for Lupu
    How to win my disability case for a lupus diagnosis? Systemic lupus erythematosus, or simply lupus, is evaluated in the immune system section of the Disability Evaluation Under Social Security disability handbook, more commonly known as the…
  • Feb 10

    Delays in Ohio Social Security Disability claims hurt claimant

    Delays in Ohio Social Security Disability claims hurt claimant
    Social Security Disability Delays Impact Vulnerable Patients Unfortunately it is becoming all to common for those applying for Social Security Disability benefits to suffer delay after delay while their claims languish in a bureaucratic mess…
Rank this Week: 1305

SC Disability Law

SC Disability Law

Discusses personal injury, workers compensation and Social Security disability issues. By Rita Metts.

http://scdisabilitylaw.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 14

    Veterans with disabilities may receive compensation

    Veterans with disabilities may receive compensation
    Veterans with disabilities may receive compensationThis blog is not intended as legal advice, nor an offer of legal representation. We encourage honest communication regarding Social Security Disability. Please contact an attorney for legal…
  • Apr 14

    Covering the Bases: Social Security Disability, Medicare and returning to work - CapitalGazette.com: Covering The Base

    Covering the Bases: Social Security Disability, Medicare and returning to work - CapitalGazette.com: Covering The Base
    Covering the Bases: Social Security Disability, Medicare and returning to work - CapitalGazette.com: Covering The BasesThis blog is not intended as legal advice, nor an offer of legal representation. We encourage honest communication…
  • Apr 14

    Apply wisely for disability benefit

    Apply wisely for disability benefit
    Apply wisely for disability benefitsThis blog is not intended as legal advice, nor an offer of legal representation. We encourage honest communication regarding Social Security Disability. Please contact an attorney for legal advice…
Rank this Week: 1373

Tax Information for People with…

Tax Information for People with Disabilities by Paul Nidich, J.D., LL.M.

Covers tax matters affecting people with disabilities. By Paul Nidich.

http://paulnidich.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 1172

ERISA and Disability Benefits Law…

ERISA and Disability Benefits Law Blog

Covers ERISA and Disability benefits litigation. By the Wood Law Firm.

http://www.erisaontheweb.com/
  • Feb 9

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  • Jun 5

    Court Awards Substantial Attorney's Fees to Plaintiff in ERISA Disability Case

    Court Awards Substantial Attorney's Fees to Plaintiff in ERISA Disability Case
    In this ERISA disability case, the federal district court in Chicago awarded attorney’s fees of $109,312.75 to the successful plaintiff, Holmstrom.  The case started after MetLife decided to terminate her claim for long-term disability…
  • Apr 8

    Court Orders CIGNA to Pay Six-Figure Attorney's Fee

    Court Orders CIGNA to Pay Six-Figure Attorney's Fee
    Steven Alfano won his ERISA claim for long-term disability benefits against CIGNA. The district court had previously ruled that there was “no sound basis in the record to support CIGNA’s finding that plaintiff’s back condition … had…
Rank this Week: 4296

Virginia Disability Law Blog

Virginia Disability Law Blog

Covers Social Security disability law and special needs trusts. By Sheri R. Abrams.

http://sheriabrams.com/blog
  • Feb 8

    Virginia Disability & Senior Housing Resource Seminar——March 3, 2016

    Virginia Disability & Senior Housing Resource Seminar——March 3, 2016
    Family Support Services at ServiceSource is hosting a Housing Resource Seminar on March 3, 2016 at 11:00 AM. Learn more about what types of housing resources are available in Virginia and start thinking about what type of housing your loved…
  • Feb 4

    January 2016 Newsletter—Social Security Disability & Special Needs Planning New

    January 2016 Newsletter—Social Security Disability & Special Needs Planning New
    Please see the January 2016 Newsletter of Fairfax Virginia Disability and Special Needs Planning Attorney, Sheri Abrams. For Social Security Disability & Special Needs Planning News click  here For more information visit: …
  • Jan 20

    Northern Virginia Emergency Phone Numbers & Website

    Northern Virginia Emergency Phone Numbers & Website
    With the expected “historic” snow storm heading Northern Virginia’s way, I wanted to remind everyone of  some of the important phone numbers and websites to keep handy: 9-1-1, for police, fire, and rescue…
Rank this Week: 4433

Iowa Workers' Compensation Law

Iowa Workers' Compensation Law

By Paul McAndrew Law Firm.

http://iowaworkcomplaw.com/
  • Feb 8

    Anacortes, WA Refinery Fined $77,000 for Workplace Violations Following Toxic Release

    Anacortes, WA Refinery Fined $77,000 for Workplace Violations Following Toxic Release
    Today’s post comes from guest author Kit Case, from Causey Law Firm. Shell Oil Products is facing $77,000 in fines from the state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) for workplace health violations after an investigation into…
  • Feb 4

    Partner Chris Latham Supports Construction Site Safety At City Hall Rally

    Partner Chris Latham Supports Construction Site Safety At City Hall Rally
    Today’s post comes from guest author Victor Pasternack, from Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano. Partner Chris Latham recently joined thousands of building trades workers, Councilman Corey Johnson, and Manhattan…
  • Feb 1

    2015 Top Ten Workers’ Compensation Fraud Case

    2015 Top Ten Workers’ Compensation Fraud Case
    Today’s post comes from guest author Leonard Jernigan, from The Jernigan Law Firm.   Number Value Non-Employee Fraud Cases 9 $ 848,000,000 Employee Fraud Cases 1 $ 1,500,000 Total $ 849,500,000 The top six of our top ten fraud…
Rank this Week: 3552

Accessibility Defense

Accessibility Defense

Covers the defense of accessibility claims under the ADA and FHA. By Richard Hunt.

http://accessdefense.com
  • Feb 7

    The ADA and safety – beyond accessibililty to damages.

    The ADA and safety – beyond accessibililty to damages.
    A recent case from Maryland, Bray v. Marriott Int’l, 2016 WL 319873, at *1 (D. Md. Jan. 27, 2016) serves as a reminder that violations of ADA accessibility standards may also serve as evidence of negligence in a personal injury…
  • Jan 25

    Accessibility surveys – opportunity or trap?

    Accessibility surveys – opportunity or trap?
    My clients often ask about whether doing a survey to determine ADA or FHA compliance will simply set them up for damages based on a “knowing” violation of the disabilties laws. My advice is almost always no, because the ADA and…
  • Jan 14

    ADA and the web – they just don’t get it.

    ADA and the web – they just don’t get it.
    My colleague William Goren (see his blogs at www.williamgoren.com/blog) passed along a recent interview with Daniel Goldstein (http://www.bna.com/fighting-accessible-websites-n57982065991) that shows, I think, a serious disconnect is…
Rank this Week: 2478

Agee Clymer Mitchell and Laret…

Agee Clymer Mitchell and Laret Blog

Covers Ohio workers' compensation, disability insurance, medical malpractice and personal injury law.

http://www.ageeclymer.com/blogs/
  • Feb 2

    Tips On Reporting a Car Accident

    Tips On Reporting a Car Accident
    Properly reporting a car accident can make all the difference in collecting on insurance claims and receiving compensation for injuries. If the right information does not reach the right desks within the proper timeframes, victims of other…
  • Jan 15

    How Does Workers’ Compensation Influence Social Security?

    How Does Workers’ Compensation Influence Social Security?
    Receiving workers’ compensation benefits will decrease any Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) payments you are approved to receive. This goes for both monthly workers’ comp payments and lump sum settlements. The Social…
  • Jan 5

    What Is an Intentional Tort?

    What Is an Intentional Tort?
    An intentional tort occurs when someone means to cause you harm and succeeds in doing so. In legalese, a “tort” is any injury or loss affecting your physical health, emotional well-being, finances or reputation that can be…
Rank this Week: 2305

Georgia Disability Lawyer Blog

Georgia Disability Lawyer Blog

Covers social security disability and medicaid benefits. By Lisa Smith Siegel.

http://www.georgiadisabilitylawyerblog.com/
  • Jan 19

    What Social Security Benefits Am I Eligible For?

    What Social Security Benefits Am I Eligible For?
    When you qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits (SSDI), you are automatically eligible for a number of forms of assistance. For starters, you are immediately eligible for monthly cash benefits. These disability benefits…
  • Dec 31

    Residual Functional Capacity: How Does it Impact My Claim?

    Residual Functional Capacity: How Does it Impact My Claim?
    The disability benefits application process can be difficult and confusing. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will conduct an assessment of your ability to perform certain tasks before it makes a determination of your disability and…
  • Dec 24

    Social Security Disability Benefits with No Medical Diagnosi

    Social Security Disability Benefits with No Medical Diagnosi
    Sometimes an individual does not have a medically verified diagnosis of their condition, but may suffer symptoms that impair their ability to work. If you suffer from chronic pain for instance, but have no medical evidence or diagnosis from…
Rank this Week: 3638

Long Term Disability Lawyer Blog

Long Term Disability Lawyer Blog

Covers disability claims and lawsuits. By Dell & Schaefer.

http://www.longtermdisabilityblog.com/
Rank this Week: 3532

Michigan Longterm Disability…

Michigan Longterm Disability Insurance Lawyer Blog

Covers ERISA, insurance bad faith, and LTD policy issues. By Serafini, Michalowski, Derkacz & Associates P.C.

http://www.michiganlongtermdisabilityinsurancelawyer.com/
  • Jan 5

    SMDA STRINGS TOGETHER ADMINISTRATIVE APPEALS WINS

    SMDA STRINGS TOGETHER ADMINISTRATIVE APPEALS WINS
    Anyone familiar with LTD Insurance claims and ERISA knows that you must first exhaust your administrative remedies before filing suit. In other words, you have to try and convince the LTD insurer to reverse its decision to deny the claim for…
  • Nov 3

    CIGNA REVERSES LTD CLAIM DENIAL ON APPEAL

    CIGNA REVERSES LTD CLAIM DENIAL ON APPEAL
    SMDA recently convinced Cigna to overturn a claims denial decision by filing a comprehensive administrative appeal of the LTD claims denial decision. SMDA was hired by a client who worked for Norwegian Cruise Lines who developed significant…
  • Sep 8

    SMDA Partner wins 7 figure Verdict

    SMDA Partner wins 7 figure Verdict
    While this blog is normally devoted to all things Long Term Disability, I wanted to give a shout out to my legal partner, Phil Serafini who obtained an outstanding result in a automobile no-fault case. SMDA was contacted by the mother of a…
Rank this Week: 4322

Indiana Long Term Disability…

Indiana Long Term Disability Lawyer Blog

Covers ERISA, disability benefits, and insurance bad faith. By O'Ryan Law Firm.

http://www.indianalongtermdisabilitylawyer-blog.com/
  • Jan 5

    Liberty Mutual Disability Coverage for Dow Employee

    Liberty Mutual Disability Coverage for Dow Employee
    The Dow Chemical Company is a multinational chemical corporation headquartered in Midland, Michigan.  Dow manufactures plastics, chemicals, and agricultural products. With a presence in about 160 countries, it employs about 54,000 people…
  • Nov 19

    Cigna Disability Coverage for Notre Dame Employee

    Cigna Disability Coverage for Notre Dame Employee
    The University of Notre Dame is a Catholic research university located near South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame's Catholic character is reflected in its commitment to the Catholic faith, numerous ministries funded by the school, and the…
  • Oct 13

    Life Insurance Company of North America (Cigna) Sued for Denial Of Long-Term Disability Benefit

    Life Insurance Company of North America (Cigna) Sued for Denial Of Long-Term Disability Benefit
    O'Ryan Law Firm, on behalf of Plaintiff Laura McKenzie, recently filed a federal lawsuit against Life Insurance Company of North America ("LINA"), which is a subsidiary of Cigna Corporation. The Plaintiff was employed as a Registered Nurse…
Rank this Week: 3723

Disability & Bad Faith…

Disability & Bad Faith Attorney Blog

Covers disability insurance claim and bad faith information. By Quadrino Schwartz.

http://disabilityinsurancelawyers.com/blog/
  • Jan 4

    Cardiac Issues and Long Term Disability

    Cardiac Issues and Long Term Disability
    {3:00 minutes to read} Cardiac issues are among the most difficult long-term disability cases. People who have had heart attacks and other cardiac conditions are often afraid of a recurrence. If your cardiologist has told you to “avoid…
  • Dec 30

    Golfing, Gardening & Tennis: the Long-term Disability Graveyard

    Golfing, Gardening & Tennis: the Long-term Disability Graveyard
    {3:00 minutes to read} Many people continue to engage in activities such as golf, gardening, or tennis, even when applying for or receiving long-term disability benefits. They don’t want a reduced quality of life, so they refuse to give…
  • Dec 16

    How to Support Your MS Disability Claim

    How to Support Your MS Disability Claim
    {3:55  minutes to read} Multiple Sclerosis (“MS”) is an incredibly debilitating condition that is unique to diagnose and often difficult to prove to the insurance company. MS is a demyelinating, autoimmune disease. When one…
Rank this Week: 4056

Social Security Disability Blog

Social Security Disability Blog

Covers the Social Security disability process and strategies for winning cases. By Jonathan Ginsberg.

http://www.ssdanswers.com
  • Jan 4

    How to Choose the Right Onset Date for Your Disability Claim

    How to Choose the Right Onset Date for Your Disability Claim
    When you apply for disability benefits, one of the first questions that Social Security will ask you is “when did you become disabled?” or “what onset date do you want to use?”  Social Security calls this date…
  • Oct 9

    Unconventional, Non-Medical Evidence That Can Help You Win

    Unconventional, Non-Medical Evidence That Can Help You Win
    With approval rates on the decline at hearing offices throughout the country, disability lawyers and their clients have to find creative and compelling evidence to make their cases stand out. In my practice I regularly look for evidence…
  • Sep 4

    Part Time Work Before and After Your SSD Award

    Part Time Work Before and After Your SSD Award
    This month I received two questions via the Speakpipe app on my blog about outside earnings and Social Security disability. The first gentleman is applying for disability and wants to know how much he can earn without jeopardizing his…
Rank this Week: 4405

Disability Lawyer

Disability Lawyer

Covers Kentucky disability law. By Austin Mehr.

http://mehrdisabilitygroup.blogspot.com/
  • Dec 9

    Filing an Insurance Claim: Common Mistake

    Filing an Insurance Claim: Common Mistake
    As provided on United Policyholders' website, there are common mistakes that people make when they are filing an insurance claim. Author Geoff Williams states that those common mistakes include: giving more information than is asked;…
  • Oct 7

    Austin Mehr Gives Speech on Insurance Bad Faith

    Austin Mehr Gives Speech on Insurance Bad Faith
    Austin Mehr was recently invited to give a speech on insurance bad faith. Individuals from Indiana, Michigan, South Carolina, Alabama, Ohio, Florida, Delaware, New York, South Dakota, and New Jersey were in attendance for Austin's speech!
  • Oct 5

    The Importance of Disability Insurance

    The Importance of Disability Insurance
    Having insurance coverage that protects you and your loved ones in the case of a tragedy, unforeseen event, or disabling condition is extremely important. As the article linked below discusses, disability insurance may be just as important…
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Massachusetts Special Education…

Massachusetts Special Education Law Blog

Discusses local and national news in special education law. By Lillian E. Wong.

http://www.lillianwongesq.com/blog.html
  • Dec 1

    US DOE Defines "General Education Curriculum"

    US DOE Defines "General Education Curriculum"
    On November 15, 2015, the US Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) issued an important new "Dear Colleague" letter.  For the first time, OSERS provides a definition of "general…
  • Dec 1

    DESE Advisory - PACs and Social Media

    DESE Advisory - PACs and Social Media
    The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education recently updated its Administrative Advisory regarding Special Education Parent Advisory Councils (PACs or SEPACs) and their use of social media.  You can read the entire…
  • Nov 14

    Q&A: 10 Day Requirement for Independent Evaluation

    Q&A: 10 Day Requirement for Independent Evaluation
    Question: I know that the IEP team is required to meet within ten days of receiving an outside evaluation, but what days count?  I think it is school days, but what about half-days or professional development days?Answer: Yes, the…
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New Jersey Disability Lawyer Blog

New Jersey Disability Lawyer Blog

Covers New Jersey disability law updates, cases, and news. By Bonny G. Rafel, LLC.

http://www.newjerseydisabilitylawyerblog.com/
  • Nov 18

    Court of Appeals Sets Bonny G. Rafel’s Hourly Rate Insurance Companies Must Pay

    Court of Appeals Sets Bonny G. Rafel’s Hourly Rate Insurance Companies Must Pay
    One of the only saving graces of disability cases falling under the ERISA regulation, is that if the Court decides that we have had “success on the merits” of the claim on behalf of our clients, the Court may, in its discretion…
  • Oct 20

    Living with Multiple Sclerosis and Disability

    Living with Multiple Sclerosis and Disability
    Multiple sclerosis is a serious and unpredictable medical condition which effects the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50. Worldwide, more than 2.3 million people are…
  • Oct 13

    Right To Privacy for the Disabled On Claim

    Right To Privacy for the Disabled On Claim
    Debra Rose worked for a company which provided health benefits to its employees. Due to severe illness, she needed a liver transplant. The company handling the health claim required Debra to sign an authorization; with that authorization, the…
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Indiana Social Security Lawyer…

Indiana Social Security Lawyer Blog

Covers the claims process and hearing process for Social Security disability insurance claims. By Scott Lewis of Lewis, Lewis & Martinez.

http://adisabilitylawyer.com/legal-advice-blog/
  • Jul 17

    If My Initial Application For Social Security Disability Benefits is Denied, Should I Reapply?

    If My Initial Application For Social Security Disability Benefits is Denied, Should I Reapply?
    Should you appeal your initial application denial or reapply if you are denied disability benefits?  If the Social Security Administration (SSA) states your disability is not severe enough to receive benefits, appealing the decision…
  • Jul 2

    Will Hiring An Attorney Speed Up My Case?

    Will Hiring An Attorney Speed Up My Case?
    Many Social Security disability claimants are under the impression that hiring an attorney will speed up the processing of their case with the Social Security Administration (SSA).  While hiring an attorney does not directly translate…
  • Jun 29

    Social Security Disability Benefits for Back Pain

    Social Security Disability Benefits for Back Pain
    A large number of my clients suffer from back pain, and there are many possible causes: degenerative disease, injury, or years of overexertion.  The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes that severe back pain can be disabling,…
Rank this Week: 4149

The FAPE Page

The FAPE Page

Covers special education law and free appropriate public education. By Sanford Hausler.

http://fapepage.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 2

    Prevailing Attorney Entitled to Fee From District Greater Than What He Would Have Been Paid Had He Lost

    Prevailing Attorney Entitled to Fee From District Greater Than What He Would Have Been Paid Had He Lost
    In Price v. District of Columbia, the parents seeking relief on behalf of their child under IDEA.  They obtained counsel from the Juvenile Branch of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, which appointed an experienced…
  • Jul 1

    Stay-Put Violation Sustained Even Though FAPE Claim Was Denied

    Stay-Put Violation Sustained Even Though FAPE Claim Was Denied
    In Doe v. East Lyme Board of Education, the parent of an autistic child reached an agreement for an IEP under which the parent paid for the child's tuition at a private school and the school district paid for certain related services.…
  • Mar 14

    Waiver rule

    Waiver rule
    As is well known, if you don't raise an issue in your due process complaint, you cannot raise it in the due process hearing absent consent of the other side (and how likely is that?).  The Second Circuit, however, in C.F., by her…
Rank this Week: 2745

Social Security Disability Law

Social Security Disability Law

Covers Social Security disability topics. By Spencer & Spencer.

http://www.2spencers.com/social-security-blog
  • Mar 24

    Can a 47 year old plumber with arthritis qualify for Social Security disability?

    Can a 47 year old plumber with arthritis qualify for Social Security disability?
    Q: I’m a 47 year old former plumber and my doctor has taken me off work. I have severe arthritis, joint damage, severe allergic reactions, vision issues, a back injury, neck injury, and knee injury. I have filed for unemployment…
  • Mar 18

    It’s easier to win a World Series than get Social Security disability

    It’s easier to win a World Series than get Social Security disability
    It’s about time someone started focusing on the ways Social Security is failing in its duty to help people with severe disabilities. This is the second in a series by FOX Atlanta that actually does take a balanced approach to what is…
  • Mar 18

    Should I hire a lawyer before filing a Social Security disability claim?

    Should I hire a lawyer before filing a Social Security disability claim?
    Having an experienced disability lawyer help you with your Social Security application can definitely increase your chances of getting approved at the initial stage. There are certain types of information that Social Security needs…
Rank this Week: 4785

Life, Health and Disability…

Life, Health and Disability Insurance Law Blog

Covers ERISA and non-ERISA issues on disability, life and health insurance law. By Barger & Wolen.

http://www.lifehealthdisabilityinsurancelaw.com/
  • Oct 17

    Concurrent Causation from "A Medley of Interesting Disability Cases"

    Concurrent Causation from "A Medley of Interesting Disability Cases"
    Kruk v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co.,2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 35637 (D. Conn. 2013) Facts and holding: Rita Kruk (“Kruk”), a Human Resources Specialist, was a participant in an ERISA plan provided through her employment that provided…
  • Sep 2

    Barger & Wolen and Hinshaw & Culbertson Announce Merger

    Barger & Wolen and Hinshaw & Culbertson Announce Merger
    Combined Firms Create Powerhouse Insurance Practice with 120 Attorneys Dedicated to Serving the Insurance Industry    Chicago and Los Angeles — September 2, 2014 — Barger & Wolen and Hinshaw & Culberston, a…
  • Aug 25

    Burden of Proof: The "What Changed?" Argument from "A Medley of Interesting Disability Cases"

    Burden of Proof: The "What Changed?" Argument from "A Medley of Interesting Disability Cases"
    Hegger v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of America, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28587 (N.D. Cal. 2013) Facts and holding: Plaintiff Tami Hegger (“Hegger”) was employed as a medical device sales representative until she left work in December…
Rank this Week: 4522

California Social Security Lawyer…

California Social Security Lawyer Blog

Covers Social Security Disability Law. By Geri Kahn.

http://thecaliforniasocialsecuritylawyerblog.com/
  • Aug 11

    Listing 12.05 requires onset prior to age 22, not diagnostic testing prior to age 22

    Listing 12.05 requires onset prior to age 22, not diagnostic testing prior to age 22
    Writing federal court briefs is hard work.  It takes a lot of time and I do not know if I am going to win (and collect fees).  The upside though is that I learn a lot and by having to … Continue reading →
  • Aug 7

    Solano County Public Health Department Starts Hepatitis C Rapid Testing Program

    Solano County Public Health Department Starts Hepatitis C Rapid Testing Program
    Solano County Department of Public Health is now offering rapid Hepatitis C testing at its HIV clinic in Vallejo, 365 Tuolumne Street. The test is confidential and free to anyone at risk for infection. Results are available in 20-40…
  • Jul 29

    Getting the Earnings Record Right

    Getting the Earnings Record Right
    I am seeing in more and more of my cases that the Social Security Earnings Record is an issue in and of itself.  It isn’t that Social Security is getting it wrong.  It is that the individuals have not checked … Continue…
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The FEHA Blog

The FEHA Blog

Discourse on California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act from an employee rights attorney’s point of view. By M. Greg Mullanax.

http://www.fehablog.com/
  • Mar 30

    Same-Gender Harassment: Win Some, Lose Some

    Same-Gender Harassment: Win Some, Lose Some
    A former City of Benicia employee sued the City and two supervisors for sexual harassment in violation of FEHA and for retaliation, among other causes of action. The employee and both supervisors were male. Supervisor 1 prevailed on his…
  • Mar 29

    Service Animal

    Service Animal
    I didn't see this until today, but Phyllis Cheng, Director of the DFEH, wrote this interesting article about service animals. I have not had a case with a service animal issue but an employer facing such an issue must do so carefully sinice…
  • Mar 10

    How Not to Act in a Deposition

    How Not to Act in a Deposition
    Justin Bieber demonstrates how not to act in a deposition. What a self-absorbed idiot. I wonder why his lawyers are empowering him by allowing him to act this way. If Justin were my client acting this way in a deposition, he would have to get…
Rank this Week: 2499

New York Social Security…

New York Social Security Disability Lawyer Blog

Covers New York social security disability and long-term disability law. By Insler & Hermann, LLP.

http://www.newyorksocialsecuritydisabilitylawyerblog.com/
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Veterans' Disability Blog

Veterans' Disability Blog

Covers veterans benefits topics for disabled veterans in Colorado. By Spencer & Spencer, P.C.

http://2spencers.com/veterans-disability-blog
  • Jan 27

    What is Individual Unemployability or TDIU?

    What is Individual Unemployability or TDIU?
    TDIU (Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability) is also called IU and Unemployability. TDIU is paid to veterans who cannot work at a “substantially gainful” level as a result of one or more…
  • Jan 27

    What is Individual Unemployability or TDIU?

    What is Individual Unemployability or TDIU?
    TDIU (Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability) is also called IU and Unemployability. TDIU is paid to veterans who cannot work at a “substantially gainful” level as a result of one or more…
  • Jun 18

    Ask A Lawyer: How long will it take for the VA to respond to my appeal?

    Ask A Lawyer: How long will it take for the VA to respond to my appeal?
    Q: I was awarded a 10% disability in March 1910. I appealed it and they received the appeal on May 28th, 2010. It has been over 2 years since I have had any response. Is this normal? A: Two years with no response from the VA on a claim for…
Rank this Week: 4783

Social Security Disability…

Social Security Disability Attorney Cincinnati

Covers social security disability and supplemental security income claims. By Anthony Castelli.

http://socialsecuritydisabilityattorneycinci.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 4853

Social Security Disability…

Social Security Disability Advocates in Los Angeles

Covers social security disability benefits and claims. By Mesriani Law Group.

http://socialsecuritydisabilityadvocates.blogspot.com/
  • Dec 4

    5 States that Rely on Social Security Benefits the Most

    5 States that Rely on Social Security Benefits the Most
    Ever since, millions of Americans rely on social security benefits for a living. In fact, in some states, it turns out that a greater proportion of their populations are depended on social security benefits to supplement their daily incomes.…
  • Nov 20

    Food Stamp Cuts Devalues Recent Social Security Benefit Increase

    Food Stamp Cuts Devalues Recent Social Security Benefit Increase
    Although many of the Social Security Benefit recipients were delighted with the recent increase in Cost-of-living Adjustment (COLA), some of them remain mum as the food stamp cut devalues the recent benefit raise. Last month, the Social…
  • Nov 6

    SSA Finally Announces Social Security Benefit Increase for 2014

    SSA Finally Announces Social Security Benefit Increase for 2014
    Image gives credit to © BRADLEY C BOWER/AP/Corbis.After various rumors and speculations regarding the automatic social security benefit increase for next year, the Social Security Administration has finally announced the exact amount of…
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The QR Legal Blog

The QR Legal Blog

Features substantive, practice related articles, firm updates and legislative/legal alerts. By Quatrini Rafferty.

http://qrlegal.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 20

    Community Leader: David S. DeRose, Esq.

    Community Leader: David S. DeRose, Esq.
    Great to see QR attorney David S. DeRose featured in the Fall 2013 edition of the The Pittsburgh Foundation's FORUM newsletter.http://pittsburghfoundation.org/sites/default/files/FORUM%20Fall%202013.pdf
  • Oct 8

    PA Injured Workers: HISTOPLASMOSIS IN THE WORKPLACE: THE BAT DROPPINGS...

    PA Injured Workers: HISTOPLASMOSIS IN THE WORKPLACE: THE BAT DROPPINGS...
    PA Injured Workers: HISTOPLASMOSIS IN THE WORKPLACE: THE BAT DROPPINGS...: by Vincent J. Quatrini, Jr.   Are you exposed to bat droppings and bird manure in your workplace?  If so, you may be a at risk fo...
  • Sep 25

    Relax the Back: Lessons from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette

    Relax the Back: Lessons from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette
    Below are links to a three-part series on back pain and its treatment from the Pittsburgh Post…
Rank this Week: 4598

Minnesota Social Security…

Minnesota Social Security Disability Secrets

Discusses social security disability benefits for injured and disabled Minnesotans. By Thomas Atkinson.

http://mnsocialsecuritydisabilitysecrets.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 11

    Can I Collect Minnesota Workers Compensation AND Social Security Disability?

    Can I Collect Minnesota Workers Compensation AND Social Security Disability?
    YES you can depending upon why you received workers compensation benefits and why you were awarded social security disability benefits.  We frequently have clients with workers compensation injuries who later qualify for social security…
  • Feb 19

    How Do I Testify At My Social Security Disability Hearing?

    How Do I Testify At My Social Security Disability Hearing?
    In short; truthfully!  This is probably your last chance to convince a office of disability and review (ODAR) judge that you are able to perform sustained gainful employment.  This is not the time to be too proud or boastful due to…
  • Aug 15

    How Long Must I Wait For My Social Security Disability Decision?

    How Long Must I Wait For My Social Security Disability Decision?
    In 95% of all social security disability claims, benefits can be awarded in one of three phases of the application process; Initial Application, Reconsideration or ODAR (Office of Decision And Revie
Rank this Week: 4051

Oregon Injury Attorney Blog

Oregon Injury Attorney Blog

Covers Oregon accident & injury news related to auto cases, insurance claims, social security disability, & workers compensation. By Di Bartolomeo Law Office, P.C.

http://www.oregoninjuryattorneyblog.com/
  • Sep 13

    Pipline Application Coincides With Pipeline Settlement

    Pipline Application Coincides With Pipeline Settlement
    Two recent news articles involving natural gas pipelines caught my interest this week. The Daily Astorian reported that Clatsop County will once again consider a land-use application from the Oregon Pipeline Company for a 41 mile pipeline…
  • Sep 5

    NFL Concussion Lawsuit: Just the Beginning?

    NFL Concussion Lawsuit: Just the Beginning?
    Football season is upon us. The college games have begun, and the NFL is not far behind. While driving home from vacation last week, we noticed a high school bus traveling all the way from deep Southern Oregon over to Newport for their season…
  • Aug 15

    Why You Need to Read Your Property Damage Settlement Agreement

    Why You Need to Read Your Property Damage Settlement Agreement
    When a potential client sits down with us to discuss an auto injury accident case, many times, the property damage portion of the claim has been resolved. Sometimes it is not, and we help with that too. A recent exchange with a liability…
Rank this Week: 4504