Have You Been Rejected by Social Security Disability?

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Have You Been Rejected by Social Security Disability?

Many people who file for disability benefits through social security are rejected. When this happens, you may feel like your options are few and that you will not be able to pay your bills. I have been working with social security on behalf of clients for many years, and I understand why certain applications for disability are rejected and what you can do to be approved. This blog will help you understand the process of assessing a disability claim and specific steps you can take to increase your chances of being approved for disability payments. When you are hurt and cannot work, you may need legal help to get disability payments. This blog can help.


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Workers Compensation: What The Law Really Says About Work Injuries And How A Claim Process Works

Workers' comp law is much more complicated than people think, as a workers compensation attorney would certainly tell you. It is not uncommon to misunderstand or minsconstrue how the workers' compensation laws work. Here are some misconceptions about what this law says, what the law really says and how the process works.

Workers' Compensation Is NOT for Random and/or Minor Injuries

Scraping your knee on a pallet, catching and tearing a hangnail on your work clothes and stubbing your toe as you trip forward do not count as valid workers' compensation claims. In fact, attempting to file a claim for these "injuries" can raise the costs of this type of insurance for your employer and everyone else that works for the company or business. This is due in part to the lengthy investigation process to determine if the claim is valid and if the "injury" impacts the employee's ability to work. Workers' compensation claims should only be filed for major injuries such as:

  • Missing or injured limbs as a result of normal operation of machinery
  • Loss of vision, smell, taste, hearing or sense of touch because of a work-related accident
  • Disease or disorder that arises as a result of working with dangerous materials

Psychological and emotional damages may be part of your workers' compensation claim, but only if it can be proved with medical records.

You Can Seek out Medical Attention Right Away

In fact, you should seek out medical attention right away. The law says that you need medical documentation to back your claim for workers' compensation benefits. Delaying or abstaining from seeking medical attention makes your claim look false, which could deny your benefits. If you have a really good reason for not going to a doctor or emergency room right away, you will need to provide proof of that reason in the event that you involve a workers' compensation attorney.

Claims Must Be Filed and OSHA May Investigate

OSHA, the organization that creates and enforces safety regulations in various industries, will undoubtedly receive copies of the injury claims and possibly investigate, especially if there are numerous claims in a short time. If you think your employer is not filing injury claims in order to avoid an investigation, you CAN go over your employer's head to file a report with OSHA directly. (Your employer cannot retaliate against you, and has to comply with the investigation. You are protected when there is enough evidence to support that people are getting hurt and your company is not stopping it or preventing it from happening.) A workers' compensation lawyer can help you file the report.