Stan Holden

Workers’ Compensation Claims Process: How to File Your Claim

By / January 22, 2017 / Workers Compensation / No Comments

If you suffer a work-related injury or illness, you should first get immediate medical care if required to treat it. Next, notify your employer, verbally and in writing. If you are a member of a Union, notify them as well. Depending on the state where your injury or illness occurred, notification should take place within a few days or weeks. (In a few states you must file within two years.) It is recommended that you file an Accident Report with your employer and put in your Workers’ Compensation claim as soon as possible, as this may make it easier to...Read more

Veterans Disability Benefits: How to Apply and Submit Your Claim

By / November 7, 2016 / Veterans Disability / No Comments

This article includes a summary of the federal government's program—administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)—that was set up to provide cash and other benefits to veterans who suffered disabilities or serious, continuing illnesses as a result of their military service. The program has a massive staff of over 340,000 employees and an annual budget of more than $182 billion. But, unfortunately, the system is far from perfect—for several reasons... It's too complex for many veterans to understand and deal with successfully by themselves. It's difficult or impossible for many veterans to prove, to the VA's satisfaction, that their...Read more

How to Apply for SSI and Determining Your Eligibility

By / November 2, 2016 / SSI Benefits / 22 Comments

Ready to begin your application for benefits? Let's get started! When you apply for SSI, you will need to provide proof that you are eligible, including the following: • Your Social Security card or, at least, your Social Security number. • Your birth certificate or other proof of age (e.g., driver’s license). • Proof of U.S. citizenship or SSI-eligible non-citizen status. • Information about your residence: address and phone number; mortgage document or rental lease with landlord’s contact information; proof of living arrangements with names, birth dates, and medical assistance or Social Security numbers for all household members; property tax...Read more

SSI Qualifications: Eligibility for Supplemental Security Income

By / November 2, 2016 / SSI Benefits / 11 Comments

Supplemental Security Income pays benefits to aged, blind or disabled persons with low income and modest desources who need financial assistance. It's designed to help YOU, if you are... • Age 65 or older (whether disabled or not) OR • Any age and are blind or otherwise disabled AND you have a low income and few financial resources, and are in financial need. If you (or others you know) fit this description, SSI may be able to provide regular cash payments to help you meet your basic needs for food, clothing and shelter—even if you have not paid into the Social Security system. SSI...Read more

Workers’ Compensation Benefits: Claims for Work Related Injuries

By / October 26, 2016 / Workers Compensation / No Comments

Have you been injured and/or disabled on the job, in the workplace or while traveling on company business as part of your job? Did your employer’s working conditions cause or aggravate an illness? Are you a dependent of someone who recently died because of a work-related accident or illness? If so, you may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits — a lump sum or paid over time — eliminating the need for you to take legal action against your employer. Benefits will cover your medical expenses, prescriptions, physical therapy and more. It will also provide payment of a percentage of your lost...Read more

Social Security Disability Payments Guide Once You’re Approved

By / October 26, 2016 / After You’re Approved for Social Security Disability & SSI / 75 Comments

The first question most people ask once they're approved for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits is when will I start receiving benefits? That depends on when your state's Disability Determination Services (DDS) decides your disability actually began. For example... If—based on information you or your doctor provided—the DDS decides your disability "officially" began on, say, January 15, then your first monthly disability benefit would be paid for the month of July. Why so much later? Because, initially, there's a five-month delay, during which time the benefits accumulate as "back pay." Then benefits are paid in the month following the month for...Read more

A Guide to the Social Security Disability Appeal Process

By / October 24, 2016 / Appealing If Your Application Is Denied / 6 Comments

No matter how much thought, time and effort you've put into preparing your initial application for Social Security Disability benefits, don't be surprised if it's denied by the Social Security Administration. Over 70% of them are. To help you decide what to do next, we’ll explain why most initial applications are denied, how you might deal with the denial, and the sequence of options the SSA offers to applicants who wish to contest their denial.   Social Security Disability Appeal Process for a Denied Application The SSA wants to provide SSD financial aid to every deserving applicant, regardless of age...Read more

The Process of Applying for Social Security Disability

By / October 24, 2016 / Applying for Social Security Disability & SSI Benefits / 6 Comments

The process of receiving disability benefits starts with the application. The information you provide enables the Social Security Administration (SSA) to assess whether or not you meet their disability requirements. It also helps them evaluate any current work capabilities and activities you may have. You’ll also need to fill out a Social Security Disability Report in which you identify your disability and provide proof you are disabled. If you meet their requirements, the SSA forwards your application and disability report to your state's Department of Disability Services (DDS) for local processing. Before you start to fill out the forms, be sure...Read more

The 5 Step Disability Evaluation Under Social Security

By / October 24, 2016 / Social Security Disability Claims Process / 16 Comments

The Social Security Administration uses a basic 5-step process to determine eligibility for disability benefits: Step 1: Are you working? If your disability allows you to work, and you're able to earn more than a certain amount per month then (usually) the SSA does not consider you to be disabled. The earnings limit in 2017 for non-blind persons is $1,170/month; for the blind, $1,950.  This amount is adjusted each year. Step 2: Is your disability severe? If your average earned income per month does not exceed the limit, then the SSA passes your application along to the Disability Determination Services (DDS)...Read more

Reasons First Time Applicants are Denied Social Security Benefits

By / October 24, 2016 / Social Security Disability Claims Process / 6 Comments

There are medical and non-medical reasons why your application may be denied. It's important to understand why your application is denied under both conditions. This is so you can make the proper adjustment and increase your opportunity for an approved application and receive the benefits you're entitled to. Here is a breakdown of the medical and non-medical reasons on why first-time applicants are denied social security disability benefits. Non-medical reasons first time applications are Denied Social Security Benefits You may be disabled, but if your SSD application is incomplete or includes incorrect information, your application will be denied for non-medical...Read more

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