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What Are FICA Taxes and How Do They Affect Your Disability Benefits?

If you are permanently disabled and need financial assistance, you might want to consider applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). SSDI is not a relief system for partial or temporary disabilities or illness. Instead, it is designed to give U.S. workers some financial assistance if they are permanently disabled and unable to work. Qualifying for SSDI To qualify for SSDI benefits, you must meet the strict requirements of the Social Security Administration (“SSA”).  This means that in addition to meeting the SSA’s definition of “disabled,” you must have worked long enough and have paid into the federal tax...

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Emerging Treatments for Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that is caused by inhaling asbestos fibers that lodge in the lining of the lungs, abdomen or heart. For decades, the treatment of mesothelioma has remained the same: consisting of a combination of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Surgery Surgery has long been the generally accepted means of improving a mesothelioma patient’s life expectancy. Many doctors believed that removing visible tumors and nearby tissue was the best way to kill the cancerous mesothelioma. Using the maximum amount of radiation and chemotherapy was also a prevalent approach to treating mesothelioma. But that approach is now changing. Many doctors are now taking...

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The Difference Between VA Disability Benefits and Social Security Disability Benefits

When it comes to disability benefits, things have a way of getting pretty confusing. That’s because there are several disability programs and more than one government agency that administers its own disability benefits program. For example, the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) provides Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) to disabled individuals, including veterans. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) also provides disability benefits to veterans. So what are the differences between these two government programs? Let’s see. Some Differences Between Veteran’s Disability Benefits and Social Security Disability Benefits One fairly obvious difference between SSDI and VA benefits is that the...

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Why You Want To Have Car Insurance if You Live In Louisiana

Have you ever wondered why you must have car insurance before you can drive in Louisiana or pretty much any other state? Car insurance is necessary, of course, in the event you get into a car crash. But in Louisiana, it goes a bit beyond that. Louisiana’s Laws On Car Insurance When it comes to insurance claims for car crashes, Louisiana follows the “fault” system. This means that before you can recover damages for injuries or property damage you suffered in a car accident, you must prove that the other driver was “at fault.” In addition, you need to have car insurance. Louisiana’s...

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February 1-7 is National Burn Awareness Week. A Little Bit About Burn Injuries.

The early part of February is always National Burn Awareness week. Burn injuries are among the most devastating and excruciating personal injuries one can suffer. Here in Louisiana, where our economy thrives on oil drilling and commercial fishing, burn injuries are not uncommon. Burn Injuries and Explosions A major risk of working on oil rigs or commercial fishing boats is fires. Some fires are caused by materials catching on fire, others are caused by explosions. The effects of an explosion are devastating. For example, who doesn’t remember the 2010 Deepwater Horizon catastrophe? The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig caused a fire on...

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Increase Your Chances of Being Awarded Disability Benefits With These 3 Strategies

If you have a permanent disability that prevents you from working long enough or consistently enough to make at least $1,220 (or $2,040 for statutorily blind individuals for 2019) a month,  then you might consider applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”). While SSDI benefits may be right for you, it is important to know that being awarded disability benefits is a long, complicated, confusing and often frustrating process. Which is why, even at the application stage it is best to have experienced social security disability counsel to represent you. Proving your case to the Social Security Administration...

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Airplanes Have Them and So Do Commercial Trucks. The Commercial Truck Black Box.

In the (thankfully) rare instances when an airplane crashes, airline companies and the federal government need information to find out what went wrong, to prevent it from happening again. They do this by means of a “flight recorder” also known as a “black box.”(Why this is so when flight recorders are actually orange, is anyone’s guess.) A flight recorder is an electronic recording device that is in the aircraft. Its purpose is to record the airplane’s flight history. In the event of a crash, the information on the flight recorder can assist officials in investigating the cause of the crash. Commercial Trucks...

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What is an “Eggshell Plaintiff”?

Sometimes in personal injury cases, it’s a toss up as to who has the worse luck: the injured victim who had a pre-existing condition and was injured in a new accident, or the guy who hit him. Why? Because of the legal concept referred to as the “eggshell” or “thin-skulled” plaintiff. What is the Eggshell Plaintiff Rule? In personal injury cases, accident victims are not entitled to compensation for any previous conditions or injuries they might have had, unless they can prove that their condition was worsened as a result of the (new) accident. This could be for physical and mental injuries, or a...

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How a Preexisting Medical Condition or Injury Affects Your Personal Injury Case.

If you have experienced a personal injury due to the fault of someone else—whether that is a car accident, truck accident, slip and fall or the like, it is important that you understand what your legal rights are and the factors that can affect them. Having a pre-existing injury is a fact that could affect your personal injury lawsuit. Pre-existing Injury A pre-existing injury or medical condition is just what it says: an injury or medical condition that you had before incurred the new injury or medical condition that is the subject of your lawsuit. While having a pre-existing injury or medical condition...

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Disability Hearings and Vocational Experts: What’s it All About?

Most claims for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI” or “disability benefits”) are denied by the Social Security Administration (“SSA”). In fact, the SSA is known to deny more than half of all disability claims submitted to it. It is also well-known that the road to disability benefits is a long, complicated and confusing one. Which is why, if you are thinking about applying for disability benefits, you should hire disability counsel to assist and represent you. Because most disability claims are denied initially and after reconsideration, many applicants do not see any success unless they appeal the denial of their claim to...

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