Veterans may received expedited Social Security disability hearings

The Social Security Administration announced a new process that may lead to expedited hearings for Veterans who have been denied Social Security disability benefits.   If a Veteran is treating with the VA and has been provided a 100% disability compensation rating for permanent and total disability, they would be eligible under new Social Security rules to have their social security disability applications and decisions expedited as high priority. It is important to note that a 100% disability compensation rating…

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Liquor Store Robbery is Not a Normal Working Condition

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has handed down a ruling that post-traumatic distress disorder suffered by an employee of a Pennsylvania state liquor store, as a result of an armed robbery, is in fact a compensable work injury.  The decision reverses a 2011 decision by the Commonwealth Court that denied workers compensation benefits. The case revolved around the issue of whether working conditions, such as a robbery at a state store, would be either foreseeable or could have been anticipated.  …

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What is an Independent Medical Examination (IME)?

Often I get questions from injured workers asking if they have to attend an independent medical examination, otherwise known as an IME.  The quick answer to that questions is --- Yes.  The workers compensation insurance carrier is entitled to have an injured worker examined by a doctor of their choosing every six months.   Insurance carriers typically like to refer to these examinations as 'independent', hence the name of the examination, however, they are far from independent.   Let's take…

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Don’t fall for Employer Tricks When Hurt on the Job

Often when an individual is hurt at work, their employer or immediate supervisor will discourage the use of workers compensation.  Obviously, the employer does not want their workers compensation insurance premiums to increase.  So they make things up or try to guilt an injured worker into not claiming the work injury. Don't fall for those tricks.  Your workers compensation rights are too valuable to your present, your future, and your health.  I hear it time and time again when I…

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