Stan Holden is a graduate of Northwestern University and an award-winning researcher, copywriter, editor, and photographer. Stan began his professional writing career in the newspaper business at the Chicago Tribune. He has an outstanding ability to transform complicated issues into easier to understand “reader-friendly” information. He has researched, written and published numerous nationally distributed articles and reports on Social Security Disability, Veterans benefits, legal and health-related matters.
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
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
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
Supplemental Security Income pays benefits to aged, blind or disabled persons with low income and modest resources 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
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