What If I’m Entitled to Both Workers’ Comp and SSD at the Same Time?

Workers’ compensation benefits and social security disability are not mutually exclusive. In fact, it may be comforting to know that many people qualify for both types of compensation simultaneously, and most are able to receive both as long as the appropriate forms and documentation are in place.

Even so, it is important to hire an attorney who can help you navigate the complexities of SSD laws and requirements. There are specific limitations in place that must be handled expertly in order to maximize the benefits you’re entitled to.

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Is SSDI & SSI Available for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

For people suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome to the extent that they are no longer able to work, qualifying for SSDI or SSI can be frustrating. Strictly speaking, the SSA does not consider carpel tunnel to be a debilitating condition on its own, so they often deny benefits upon initial application.

However, it is possible to get SSDI or SSI for carpal tunnel syndrome in certain situations. Several scenarios exist where people have proven an inability to work because of the condition. Often people have to go through the appeal process to prove it. That’s where the skills and experience of a qualified attorney can make a substantial difference in your efforts.

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Amputation and Applying for Disability: What You Need to Know

One would think that an amputation of any part of the body would automatically qualify a person for disability benefits. However, this is not the case. Amputation, while extreme and tragic, does not always result in a person being unable to work, which is the core requirement of receiving disability payments.
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Should You Submit an On the Record Request?

What Is an OTR Request?

An on-the-record (OTR) request is submitted prior to an actual SSA hearing. The goal of the request is to get a judge to make a decision based solely on written information in a person’s case file, relying primarily on the medical evidence.

While a successful OTR can expedite the Social Security benefits process and avoid the need for a hearing, these requests are generally only granted in very specific cases — so it can be a waste of time and resources to write one if the likelihood of it being approved is very slim.

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Sheltered Work: How Does It Affect SSI Eligibility?

Sheltered work is defined as work that’s performed by disabled individuals under special supervision. This type of work is performed at work centers, which may also be referred to as sheltered workshops. The centers are often run by local/state government programs or nonprofit organizations. Another trait that sets this category of work apart from others is individuals can legally be paid less than minimum wage. The goal of this type of work is to help individuals who are disabled gain basic skills they can then use to get a job in the general economy.

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SSI and SSDI Applications, Approvals and Appeals

When it comes to filing for SSI or SSDI benefits, many people have no idea what to expect. If you feel completely lost about this process, you’re far from being alone. One of the simplest ways to find clarity is by looking at some concrete numbers.
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Can You Return to Work if You’re Receiving SSI?

Once you begin receiving SSI benefits, you may reach a point when your condition begins to improve. If that occurs, you may feel like you’re capable of returning to work. Whether you feel you can handle part or full-time work, you may have questions about how pursuing any type of work will affect your SSI eligibility.

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SSA Evaluations: What Is a Mental RFC?

When the Social Security Administration uses the acronym RFC, it stands for residual functional capacity. In the case of a mental RFC, the goal of this evaluation is to determine whether you’re capable of doing the work you were before, as well as any other type of job. A RFC takes into account both your impairment and any treatment you’re receiving. If the outcome of a mental RFC is the SSA determining that you’re not capable of performing any type of work on a full-time basis your Social Security benefits will be awarded.
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What Happens if You Receive a SSI or SSDI Overpayment?

A study published by CNN found that between December 2010 and January 2013, approximately 36,000 people may have received overpayments from the Social Security Administration. The total of those overpayments is a staggering $1.3 billion!

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Answers to 4 Common Questions About Back Problems and Disability Benefits

There are over 65 million Americans who suffer from back pain. This condition is so prevalent that it’s the second most common reason for medical visits. Because back problems and pain are so common, the Social Security Administration is very strict about which conditions they’ll approve for disability benefits. But if you feel that your back pain has limited or eliminated your ability to work, you’re still going to have to build a very compelling case.

Since the topic of back problems is fairly broad, let’s dive into some specific answers to common questions about this issue:

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