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.
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.
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.
If you have filed for Social Security Disability benefits, the local Social Security Administration office will eventually send you a form for you to list your prior jobs, the duration of each, and provide a brief synopsis of your job duties. This form is extremely important and do not take it lightly.
If you are a worker and you have been injured on the job, there are different legal claims that may be made. Some of the most common claims include a Workers' Compensation claim and a Social Security Disability claim. The two are significantly different from one another but, often, especially after a serious injury, a worker may be forced to file for Social Security Disability benefits stemming from an on-the-job injury.
When it comes to getting medical advice, nothing can be more important than getting a second opinion. Getting a sound medical opinion may, quite literally, be a matter of life or death. At the very least, medical opinions and treatment options can have a widespread effect on your general well-being and overall quality of life.
Gardberg & Kemmerly, P.C. is pleased to announce that associate attorney Robyn Cannon has passed the Florida Bar Exam and associate attorney Derek Siebert has passed the Mississippi Bar Exam.
There is no doubt that technology has played a large and successful role in assisting lawyers during their representation of their clients. Websites such as iPhoneJD and The Mac Lawyer demonstrate such usefulness. Our law firm, Gardberg & Kemmerly, P.C. utilizes much of the modern day technology in a way that allows us to stay in constant contact with each other and our clients. However, I am often reminded that perhaps our greatest asset is not our ability to adapt to the changing demands of the legal world, but our unwavering importance of face-to-face contact.