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SSDI Trial Work Period: What It Is & How It Works

Despite widespread belief to the contrary, individuals receiving Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) from the Social Security Administration (SSA), are eligible to test their ability to return to work without jeopardizing their benefits. This program, overseen by the Social Security…

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What You Need to Know About Filing for Unemployment and Social Security Disability at the Same Time

You’re facing two problems if you’re disabled and unemployed. First, the necessary paperwork can take months, or even years, before you ever see a disability check. That’s assuming you are eligible for disability in the first place. Second, retroactive benefits…

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Compromise & Release Agreements: Their Effect on Workers’ Compensation Settlements

If you’ve been injured at work or someone you love has suffered an injury while working, you probably have a workers’ compensation case. During this process, you may hear about compromise and release agreements. You need to understand what these…

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Unsafe Working Conditions: Definition, How To Identify & Reporting

Both federal government and Pennsylvania law requires that employers follow specific rules and regulations regarding worker safety and mitigating unsafe working conditions. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) establishes and enforces many of these rules to mitigate the potential…

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Workers’ Compensation for Neck Injuries: Average Settlements & Payment Amounts

Workers’ compensation is designed to make it easier and simpler for both employees and employers to resolve compensation issues when an employee suffers a work-related injury, especially something as potentially serious as a neck injury. The average lump sum workers’ comp…

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Workers’ Compensation Checks: Payment Schedule & What to Expect

Insurance companies are supposed to pay your workers’ compensation check at the same frequency you get your normal wages. If you are paid weekly, you should get your workers’ compensation check every week. The same goes for claimants on a…

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Working While on Workers’ Compensation Benefits – Is It Possible?

A lot of people wonder whether they’ll be able to work during a workers’ compensation claim or at least be offered light duty work after a work-related injury. So, can you work while on workers’ compensation? It depends. If you’re getting workers’…

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Is COVID-19 an Occupational Disease?

Although quarantine and social distancing regulations are in place so that the general public is kept safe from coronavirus (COVID-19) exposure, essential workers have been required to continue working. These workers play a vital role in maintaining public health and…

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Can Occupational Diseases Be the Basis of Workers’ Compensation Claims?

Occupational diseases can be severely debilitating and may affect not just your career, but also your long-term health. Diseases contracted in a particular work environment or through work-related activities may be compensable under workers’ compensation laws. In this article, we’ll…

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How to Receive A Settlement Loan for Your Workers’ Compensation Claim

Workers’ compensation litigation is not known for being an expedient process. For claimants awaiting claim and settlement resolution for their work injury, there are financial assistance programs available. The most common example of this in workers’ comp cases are settlement…

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Employer Refusing to Report Your Injury? Here’s What You Need to Do

To start the workers’ compensation process, you need to report your injury or illness to your employer within 120 days of the incident. Then, your employer will report the incident to their insurance carrier and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor…

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What is Maximum Medical Improvement, and How Does it Impact Your Workers’ Comp Claim?

Maximum medical improvement or MMI is a standard used in legal cases. It is particularly prevalent in workers’ compensation cases. MMI is a point that you reach in your medical care. It does not mean that you are fully healed…

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When Can Workers’ Compensation Stop or Suspend My Payments Without Notice?

As a general rule, your workers’ compensation payments will not just stop without reason. If they do, then you need to contact a workers’ comp lawyer right away to get this issue addressed. Your weekly check should keep coming as…

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Workers’ Comp Investigators: 4 Surveillance Tactics They Might Use on You

Some injured workers are shocked to discover that their employer or its insurance company has sent a private investigator to watch them or “conduct surveillance.” Although it may seem like an unfair violation of your privacy, this is legal under…

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Workers’ Compensation Denied Surgery You Need? Here’s What You Need to Do

Your employer or their insurance company is supposed to provide you with all the medical treatment  you need to get back on your feet after a work accident. However, there are situations where they simply do not do what is…

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The PA Workers’ Compensation Law Explained

Workers’ compensation benefits in Pennsylvania are governed, in large part, by the PA Workers’ Compensation Act. Workers need to be aware of the risks of being hurt in workplace and prepared to take action to get benefits. This includes knowing…

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Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs) & Workers’ Compensation Claims

When employees are injured at work, they typically go to their usual treating doctor who will make decisions about the course of medical action, and whether returning to work is an option. However, there sometimes can be disputes in a…

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Working While on Disability: Earnings, Common Questions & More

Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are income assistance programs overseen by the Social Security Administration (SSA), designed to offset some of the financial challenges associated with being disabled, elderly, and economically disadvantaged. However, oftentimes, these…

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How is Workers’ Comp Calculated?

In the event of a work-related injury, the two most pressing questions for claimants – injured employees seeking workers’ compensation – are, what benefits will I qualify for and how is workers’ comp calculated? Among the potential types of workers’ comp…

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What is a Utilization Review and How Can it Affect Your Workers’ Compensation?

A utilization review is a process that is used to determine whether a particular medical provider or the care that he or she is providing is reasonable and necessary under the circumstances. In Pennsylvania, an injured workers’ health care is…

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What Is Workers’ Compensation Subrogation and How Does It Work?

The vast majority of workers in Pennsylvania do not use the workers’ compensation system, so they do not understand or know about some of the common terms regarding work comp. The term “workers’ compensation subrogation,” is one of the more…

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Workers’ Compensation and Returning to Work: Everything You Need to Know 

Following a serious workplace injury, employees who receive workers’ compensation are likely to be out of work for an extended period of time during recovery. Once a claimant’s recovery process is completed or near completion, those without serious disabling injuries…

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How To Win A Fibromyalgia Disability Case

In order to win a fibromyalgia Social Security disability case, you will have to demonstrate that you are unable to work. In the end, your capacity to work is the hinge point of a win or a loss. Unfortunately, more…

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Disability Benefits for Legally Blind Individuals

Blindness or visual impairment gives rise to problems that affect every area of your life, even your ability to work. Fortunately, benefits for legally blind individuals are available from the Social Security Administration as well as the Pennsylvania State Blind…

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Lay Off and Plant Closures:  The Effect on Injured Workers

This week in Philadelphia, two major employers recently announced they would be closing their doors for good: Hahnemann University Hospital and PES’ South Philadelphia Oil Refinery. With these recent announcements, many injured workers’ employed by these companies may be asking:…

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8 Ways To Avoid Disability Fraud Investigation

Being investigated for Social Security disability fraud is more common than you might think. People on disability with mental illnesses or other “invisible” conditions like fibromyalgia may be investigated as well as those with more visible conditions. Unfortunately, malingering is…

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Factors that Determine Workers’ Compensation Eligibility

Pennsylvania workers’ compensation requires that you be an employee and be injured at work or due to job-related duties to be eligible for benefits. Although these requirements may seem straightforward, they can be more complicated than you realize. It is…

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Supplemental Security Income (SSI) For Children: Applications & Benefits Explained

It is important to be aware of the regulations and rules surrounding SSI disability for children. Knowing the accessible benefits, how to apply for this, and what to expect is important when you intend to start an application for SSI…

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Social Security Disability Benefits for Depression or Bipolar Disorder

Mental health disorders, such as a bipolar disability and depression, can affect every phase of a person’s life. These effects include an inability to socialize, to concentrate, and to have relationships. SSDI disability claims for bipolar disorder or depression may…

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Read These 7 Tips Before Suing Your Employer for Negligence

The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act makes holding your coworkers or employer civilly liable for injuries you sustained while working difficult. This is because Workers’ Compensation is considered a “no-fault benefit” in Pennsylvania. There are concessions to this rule that can…

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