Archive | May, 2007

Veterans’ Disabilty Law Pointers from an Expert

1. Some veterans are eligible to receive both service-connected compensation through the VA, as well as Social Security disability benefits (SSDI) – without setoff. 2. If there is medical malpractice at a Veterans Hospital, a veteran – or if applicable, a surviving spouse – can file for service-connected compensation from the Veterans Administration (38 U.S.C. […]

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Claimant Waits Four Years for Five-Minute Hearing

After living for four years on workers’ compensation payments of $1,075 a month, Pamela Chini of Lackawanna this month finally qualified for the Social Security disability benefits for which she had been fighting since 2003. In a five-minute hearing, a judge ruled that her back problems were so severe she could not work and that […]

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Test Your Knowledge of Disability Law

From Frost Illustrated: Few people realize that their Social Security survivor’s insurance is probably worth more than any life insurance they have through work or a private insurance company. And, it is insurance protection that almost every American worker who pays into Social Security has. Your spouse and dependent children would have a base of […]

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Disabled Vets Eligble for Social Security AND V.A. Benefits

Did you know that disabled veterans may be eligible for Social Securuty benefits as well as VA disability benefits? There is dual coverage in most cases. This article explains how credits are earned while in the military: “People in the military have been covered under Social Security since 1957. Even people in the service before […]

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Snafu on Hiring New Judges Contributes to Backlogs

At a meeting in Columbus Monday, Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue said that more than 160 new administrative judges are needed to ease the backlog of hundreds of thousands of disability cases and eliminate years-long waits. “I want to fix this thing on my watch,” said Astrue. From today’s Washington Post: Despite the importance of […]

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Congress Questions Bonuses for VA Officials

The Associated Press reports: “It is shocking and scandalous even by the VA’s own low standards that top officials at the VA would get performance bonuses when there’s a backlog of over 600,000 cases,” said Hall, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs subcommittee on disability assistance. A list obtained by the AP of bonuses to […]

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