Collecting Disability Benefits for Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s Disease

By / May 28, 2017 / Applying for Social Security Disability & SSI Benefits / 2 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 / 3 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: Bobby the Repo Man

By / August 20, 2017 / Opinion / No Comments

Bobby was the only guy at the Legion bar with a club soda... no ice, no twist. They take up too much room. He also was the only guy at the Legion bar with one of those mobility scooters where you could crank up the seat as high as a barstool. And it had an oxygen tank with a tube almost long enough to reach his nose with the seat all the way up. But sometimes an end would slip out of either the tank or the nosepiece. Bobby was a sprightly 280 lbs, or so he said. Three ten... Read more

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