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What “Disabled” Means to the Social Security Administration.

To qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) there are only 2 basic requirements: You must have worked in jobs that paid into the Social Security system long enough and recently enough (10 out of the past 15 years) to qualify for SSDI benefits, and, You must be disabled within the meaning of the Security Administration’s (“SSA”) definition of “disabled.” Sounds simple, right? Wrong. The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) has lots of rules and regulations that must be strictly followed in order to qualify for disability benefits. In addition, they have a very strict definition of “disabled.” What Does Social Security...

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Evidence and Trucking Accidents. Why It’s So Important.

Just a few years ago (in 2015), Louisiana reportedly had 5,460 trucking companies in the state. It is said that over 78% of the local communities in Louisiana rely on trucks to transport their goods. Given that many trucks on the roads and the difficult conditions truckers face (long hours, lack of sleep) it shouldn’t come as a surprise that statistics show that commercial trucks are involved in 8% of all fatal crashes each year in Louisiana. Since commercial trucking companies face enormous costs if held liable for personal injuries or deaths caused by a trucking accident, after an accident, the...

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Supplemental Security Income in a Nutshell.

The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) runs two disability programs: Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) and Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”). Although they may sound the same, they are not. Social Security Disability Insurance provides disability benefits for people who have worked up to 15 years and who have paid into the federal social security tax system (the Federal Insurance Contributions Act or “FICA”) before becoming disabled. On the other hand, SSI is a needs-based program that does not require any work experience at all. Here is some basic information about SSI: Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”). SSI provides financial support for people —including those who are disabled—who...

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Why it is a Good Idea To Be Represented By Counsel When You Apply for Disability Benefits.

One of the first things people who are applying for or have been denied Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) want to know, is whether or not they need a lawyer. The answer is (unless you are appealing a denial to federal court) no, you don’t need a lawyer to apply for disability benefits. But you stand a much better chance of being awarded benefits if you have one. Don’t believe us? Consider this… The Application. Applying for SSDI is not simple process. You cannot just fill out the forms to the best of your memory, sit back, and hope to be awarded benefits....

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What Do You Need to Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

For some, a catastrophic injury, disease or illness can result in total disability—interfering with everyday tasks and making it impossible to work full-time or consistently enough to earn a living. Very often, a person’s only option is to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). How to Qualify for Disability Benefits. It takes more than filling out an application online to be awarded disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) requires anyone applying for disability benefits meet their “eligibility criteria.” Generally speaking, there are 2 main eligibility criteria: You must meet the SSA’s definition of “disabled,” and You must have worked...

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Common Warning Signs of Mesothelioma.

Even though the use of asbestos is highly regulated, it is not banned in the United States. It is currently legal to use asbestos in products as long as the amount used is less than 1%. Before the laws came into effect in the 1970s regulating asbestos, many workers were exposed to asbestos. Since it can take anywhere from 20 to 50 years for asbestos-related symptoms to show up, most mesothelioma cases diagnosed today were caused by exposure to asbestos before the 1970s regulations came into effect. Because it takes so many years for the symptoms to show up, and given that...

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Some Factors That May Affect Compensation in Your Mesothelioma Lawsuit.

Jobs that require you to work around dust, fibers, chemicals or fumes, can put you at risk for developing an occupational disease. If you have been exposed to asbestos, you might be at risk for developing mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer that is found in the lining that protects the lungs, abdomen, and heart. The only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Medical treatment is very expensive and for many, the prognosis is not good. Many workers who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos at work, have filed lawsuits to recover...

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3 Common Risks of Riding a Motorcycle Leading to Accidents.

Every year there are approximately 2,000 motorcycle accidents in Louisiana. In many of these, the bikers are fatally injured. Riding a motorcycle isn’t the same as driving a car. So its not surprising to find that the causes of motorcycle accidents, the injuries resulting from motorcycle accidents, and how liability is determined in these accidents are very different from those of car accidents. Risks of Riding a Motorcycle. Motorcycles are much smaller and lighter than cars. The rider is exposed and the bike itself is vulnerable to road conditions. These characteristics, along with others, make motorcycle riding riskier than riding in a car....

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How a Police Report Can Help Your Car Accident Case.

Car accidents are not just upsetting. When a car accident first happens, most of the time the people involved are in shock. Depending on injuries and the circumstances of the crash, that shock can be slight, or it can be serious. That’s why the best thing you can do is prepare yourself ahead of time so that if you are ever involved in a car accident, you will know what to do. What to Do? What to Do? In the aftermath of a car accident, your first priority your well-being and that of your passengers. If you or one of your passengers is injured,...

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What a Damages Cap Means for Your Lawsuit.

People who are injured by the negligence of someone else often end up with more than just a physical injury. They frequently end up with a mountain of medical bills, property damages, lost wages and even emotional damage. Personal injury lawsuits are sometimes necessary in order to recover money to compensate the injured person for these unexpected and sometimes catastrophic, damages. Damages in Lawsuits. When it comes to lawsuits, there are generally 2 kinds of money damages: economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages are out-of-pocket expenses like medical bills, car repair costs, lost wages, etc. Non-economic damages refer to more intangible damages, like mental...

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