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Claiming workers' compensation for mold-related illnesses

Toxic mold can go unnoticed for a long period of time, but it can also cause a great deal of damage to a person's body. It can also be difficult to blame for certain conditions since some people are more sensitive to toxic mold than others. For example, people who suffer from ailments such as asthma or general allergies have a much higher propensity to suffer the effects of toxic mold.

This blog will provide a brief overview on the effects of toxic mold and what a worker can do if he or she thinks he or she is entitled to workers' compensation for undue exposure to toxic mold.

Will my Social Security benefits change when I turn 65?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) determines what can be deemed as the retirement age for different people. The retirement age that is assigned to you depends on the year that you were born: people who are born in 1937 or earlier are considered of a retirement age once they turn 65. However, for those born in 1938 or later, things get a little more complicated. There is a staggered definition of retirement age: being born in 1938 is 65 and 2 months, 1939 is 65 and 4 months, and so on. Therefore, you should be aware of when you will become of retirement age.

Before you do become of retirement age, it is important to be aware of the fact that your Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are likely to change. There are two main things that become altered when you hit the age of retirement. First of all, you will not receive SSD payments any longer, but instead you will receive your benefits from the retirement program run by the SSA.

The steps to take if you’ve been refused benefits

It is extremely common for a Social Security application to be denied for the first time -- this occurs in over 50 percent of cases. However, if you seek to appeal the decision, you are reasonably likely to be successful. You must make sure that you are well-prepared, however, to make a good case, and know what the acceptance criteria is.

This blog will provide a brief overview into the reasons that you might have been refused Social Security benefits in the first place, and an introduction into where you should go from here.

Can I receive stress-related workers' compensation?

Stress and work often go hand in hand. But when the stress levels that are caused at work negatively impact your quality of life, this should not be acceptable. Too much stress can become a health issue, and should be taken seriously if it is affecting your ability to live your life.

This blog will provide a brief overview into what conditions should be present if you intend to make a claim for workers' compensation citing stressful working conditions.

Workers' compensation is not always a done deal

A workplace injury may bring your world to a crashing halt. Serious injuries may require hospitalization or recuperation at home, resulting in lost time from work and potentially lost wages. Fortunately, workers' compensation insurance covers these expenses so that employees can recover quickly and get back to work.

However, workers' compensation is a complex process, and you may not realize you have to meet certain requirements before your benefits kick in. One of the worst things an injured worker may face is learning that the insurance company has denied his or her workers' compensation coverage.

What are my safety rights as a worker?

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) was put in place in 1970. This act was established to ensure that all workers have a safe environment where they are not put in any unreasonable danger. The act created a set of standards that all employers must abide by.

This blog will offer a brief overview on the rights a worker has, and who is covered on the OSH Act. If you are injured at work, you may be entitled to worker's compensation under the OSH Act.

Hospital administrator sues another hospital for personal injury

A man, who suffered a stroke after hospital staff allegedly failed to administer medication to him, has filed a suit against that hospital. Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of this case is that the man who is filing the personal injury suit is actually the administrator of another hospital. Although this did not take place in Kentucky, personal injury cases are heard in the state all of the time. 

According to the suit, the 78-year-old man is suing for over a million dollars in a medical malpractice suit. His claim is that, although anticoagulants were ordered for him on more than one occasion, he was never given them. He says that this caused him to suffer from a stroke, which could have been prevented.

Legal blindness can qualify you for disability benefits

When applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) because of a disability, it's important to know that special regulations are in place for consumers with low vision or blindness.

Under the rules of the Social Security Administration, claimants are considered to be legally blind when their vision is unable to be corrected to more than 20/200 in their dominant eye. The determination is also made when a person's visual field is no more than 20 degrees using corrective lenses.

Supplemental security income can help disabled applicants

Disability insurance is a vital part of the safety net for American workers and citizens. The sources of funding are as diverse as the reasons for applying for disability coverage, so applicants should understand the basic sources and limits of benefits.

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is issued as a disability payment to people with income below a certain level. This is different than Social Security disability insurance (SSDI), which is issued out of the trust fund to those who have paid into it over a minimum number of years. The income limits to receive SSI are quite strict and can be complicated.

What social security benefits do disabled children have?

Children under the age of 18 are entitled to some social security benefits. These are available through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) initiative.

This blog will serve as a brief overview into how a children's disability is defined as eligible for SSI, and what type of SSI they are likely to receive.

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