Collecting Disability Benefits for Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease

By / May 28, 2017 / Applying for Social Security Disability & SSI Benefits / No Comments

Disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) may be received for serious cases of either Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease. The primary requirements the SSA demands are that the disease prevents you from engaging in a substantially gainful job and that the illness prevents such employment for at least a year, or it is in terminal stages. Evaluating Benefit Approval It is very helpful if you have kept a daily personal journal about how your medical condition affects your daily activities and how you feel. If you have not been doing so, it would be a good idea to... Read more

I am rated 40% by the VA for one disability and 10% for another; why isn’t my overall rating 50%?

By / April 21, 2017 / Veterans Disability / No Comments

If a VA compensation claim results in a benefit approval, the VA will assign a disability rating. A VA benefit award can result in a combination of several disabilities, which are rated at different percentages. For example, a veteran can have one rating of 40% for a back injury, a rating of 10% for tinnitus, and a rating of 20% for a knee injury. The combined rating is not the sum of the individual ratings.  In this example, the combined rating is not 70% (i.e., the total of each individual rating, 40% + 10% + 20%). Rather the combined rating... Read more

What is Workers’ Compensation?

By / February 1, 2017 / Workers Compensation / 1 Comment

Workers’ compensation (familiarly referred to as “workers’ comp”) protects workers and their families from work-related expenses from injuries and diseases occurring within the workplace. This protection is very valuable in the case of a long-term or lifetime disability, and even applies if the employee is at fault or dies as a result of employment. In other words, it is a no-fault system.  Also, a death benefit could be available to the family if the employee dies while working. In exchange for receiving payments under this program which pays your expenses as you incur them, you are giving up your right... Read more

Opinion: Don’t Answer the Phone

By / June 24, 2017 / Opinion / No Comments

Don't Answer the Phone. Well, not unless you're pretty sure who's calling. If your getting-around skills are not what they once were, you probably spend more time at home than you used to. And who can resist the ring of a telephone? These days scammers and sales types are proving by the minute that the "do not call" list is fiction. Some telemarketers are just trying to make a living. Some others, not so much. They want you to do something that's good for them but maybe not for you. They play with your head. They play on your fear.... Read more

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