If you have applied for Social Security Disability benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may send you to be examined by an independent physician. The different array of examinations is generally considered consistent with your claimed disabilities. For example, if you have alleged depression or anxiety as a disability, SSA may send you to be examined by a psychologist; if you allege disability because of lower back problems, SSA may send you to be examined by an orthopeadic doctor.
In a prior post discussing some of the more common complications and injuries suffered by men taking testosterone therapy medications, also called Low-T, our firm outlined the concerns shared by the Federal Food and Drug Administration. The FDA report can be found here. Interestingly, new litigation news regarding the testosterone and Low-T problems has recently come to light.
You can apply for Social Security disability online through the Social Security Administration's website at www.ssa.gov. It's a great way to avoid timely delays you may encounter when scheduling an appointment that may reach a month or more into the future. However, ne particularly important caveat you should know about applying online - you cannot apply for SSI online.
It is not uncommon for someone who has suffered a personal injury to struggle in a wide array of facets in their personal life. Seeking the advice of counsel is undoubtedly one way to help get your life on track and, to further protect your legal claim. An experienced lawyer will help answer the questions you have and start planning the steps of your future. However, there are many things that the injured person can do to assist themselves and their legal claim.
President Obama announced that he would nominate Robert McDonald to head the VA. McDonald is a West Point graduate and a former Procter & Gamble chief executive. Though the Senate has not yet scheduled a hearing to consider McDonald's nomination, lawmakers are already contemplating tough questions to ensure that McDonald has the management experience and expertise needed to drastically overhaul the troubled VA.
Disabled active duty personnel and veterans may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits if they are no longer able to perform substantial gainful activity. These benefits are different from VA compensation benefits and require a separate application through the Social Security Administration. If you were injured while on active duty on or after October 1, 2001, you may be entitled to expedited processing of your claim. If you believe you qualify for expedited handling, be sure to
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If you can no longer work you may have several different legal claims and avenues to pursue. A prior post on our blog discusses some important things to consider for disability clients and their workers' compensation claims. Keep in mind that there are may be many reasons a person has become disabled and some of those reason may have several legal recourses that need to be fully discovered.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has opened a registry for veterans who believe they have been exposed to fumes from trash burned in open pits or to toxins inhaled with dust in Iraq and Afghanistan. The registry is open to veterans who fought in the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, were stationed in Djibouti after September 1, 2001, and to veterans of the Persian Gulf War. Veterans may request a free medical examination after signing up for the registry.