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January 2014 Archives

Pursuing a Social Security disability claim after serious injury

Navigating the complicated Social Security system can be difficult, especially when filing a disability claim. If any Pennsylvania residents are facing long-term disability, they may be wondering how they will pay bills and meet other financial needs. Filing a disability claim can be difficult, but with research and preparation, it can be done.

Factory accident kills two International Nutrition plant workers

Pennsylvania is home to many different kinds of manufacturing plants. In Nebraska, two workers were killed and at least another 10 were injured in a factory accident at a facility making nutritional supplements for livestock and poultry. Four of the workers suffered critical injuries. The incident occurred at a plant of International Nutrition, which supplies feed and other products to the industry.

25 more conditions added to CAL initiative for SSI benefits

The Social Security Administration's Compassionate Allowances (CAL) initiative speeds up the application process for those deemed to have the most serious medical conditions. Many Pennsylvania residents could receive a decision in just days regarding the receipt of SSDI or SSI benefits if they suffer from one of the numerous conditions approved by the SSA. Benefits gained through CAL are not more than would be received without the program.

Worker seriously injured when struck by falling pipe

A 27-year-old Pennsylvania man was seriously injured in an accident at his workplace in Duquesne. The incident is believed to have occurred at 8 a.m. on the morning of Jan. 13. The injured man was an employee at the DuraBond facility; sources indicate that he suffered three broken ribs and an eye injury before being transported to a hospital. Family members say that he doesn't remember the incident.

Social Security disability is a payroll-based insurance program

Social Security disability is a payroll-based, tax-funded insurance program that assists individuals who struggle with a physical or mental impairment that keeps them from working. To be qualified the individual must establish that he or she cannot engage in substantial gainful activity for a period expected to exceed one year. In Pennsylvania and everywhere else, the applicant for Social Security disability must be under 65 and generally have accumulated enough social security "credits" to be qualified.

OSHA says trucking company retaliated against injured worker

A recent decision by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, may be of interest to Pennsylvania residents. After conducting an investigation, OSHA determined that the trucking company New Prime Inc. retaliated against a truck driver who suffered from a workplace injury. The company has been ordered to pay $100,994.24 to the former employee to cover back wages, punitive damages and compensation for emotional distress.

Pennsylvania worker dies when rock salt falls on him

In preparation for coming storms, a man operating a front-end loader was lifting rock salt when the 100-foot pile fell over onto his machine, killing the worker. According to police, the man was trapped under the heavy rock salt, which completely buried the front-end loader. The tragic workplace accident occurred in Morrisville, a Philadelphia suburb, at 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 2 at an industrial yard run by International Salt.

Supplemental Security Income provides another channel of hope

Social security recipients, including those getting disability benefits, will receive modest 1.5 percent increases in monthly benefit checks for cost-of-living increases in 2014. Notably, those receiving Social Security disability in Pennsylvania and nationwide can also supplement their income by working as long as they do not work at a "substantial" level, i.e., earning more than $1070 monthly in 2014. Additionally, the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) basic payment for one person increases from $710 to $721 in 2014. SSI is not considered a Social Security benefit even though it is administered by the SSA.

Social Security disability application requires complex proof

When filing for disability benefits certain initial forms will be required by the Social Security Administration (SSA). This is the federal agency that administers the Social Security disability program. The SSA also oversees the hearings and appeal process. In Pennsylvania or elsewhere, the initial forms required to get a claim filed and off the ground are the Disability Application, the Disability Report and a medical authorization form.

Worker dies in accident at Erie County trucking firm

A worker at a Pennsylvania trucking firm's yard was crushed by a trailer as he attempted to separate it from the truck cab. The Erie County Coroner's Office has ruled that the Dec. 30 Millcreek Township death was accidental. There was limited information disclosed about all of the circumstances of the fatal accident, though it is known that the worker was pronounced dead at 10:22 a.m. at the yard at 6100 Wattsburg Road.

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