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On workers' compensation? Beware the case manager's interventions

The big focus among workers' comp insurers today is reducing the expenses tied to "runaway" claims. However, they may now be targeting injured workers for "helpful" interventions by case managers whenever they decide a worker's attitude isn't conducive to healing.

In other words, if you're injured at work and you don't heal up quickly enough, you might get tagged for having an unhealthy attitude that insurers say is really driving your disability.

2 tips for a successful Social Security Disability claim

It isn't easy to get a disability claim approved through the Social Security system.

In fact, only around one-third of applications get approved the first time through the process. An unfair denial, unfortunately, means waiting around for months longer than necessary while the case works its way through the reconsideration process. If it gets denied again, a claim can take longer than a year just to get in front of a judge for a hearing!

Can undocumented immigrants file for workers' compensation?

Undocumented immigrants in the United States are having a rough time these days. The working conditions many of them face don't make it any easier.

Because of the limited number of jobs available to them, many undocumented immigrants take positions in hazardous occupations, like construction, roofing and factory work.

How can nursing home workers prevent back injuries?

If you work in the nursing home industry, you probably already know that back injuries are high on the list of "occupational risks" for your profession.

You may not realize exactly how high, though. Most people don't think that working in a nursing home is more dangerous than working at a construction site -- but it is. In fact, it's about twice as dangerous, according to statistics from the Bureau of Labor. Back injuries from trying to lift immobile patients are among the most common complaints.

5 Steps To Maximize Your Chances Of Getting Approved For SSDI

No matter what medical condition you are experiencing that has forced you to stop working, getting approved for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is not easy. The Social Security Administration turns about two out of three initial applications, forcing thousands of people to appeal each year.

However, you can take steps to improve your chances of success the first time around. As shared by Kiplinger, here are five steps to take when preparing your SSDI application:

How to answer questions at a Social Security Disability hearing

It takes months, sometimes years, to get a hearing in front of a Social Security Administrative Law judge (ALJ). You need to be prepared for the encounter when you get there.

It's very common for the ALJ to ask claimants questions directly. It's normal to be nervous, so it helps if you anticipate some of the judge's questions in advance and practice your answers. Obviously, you want to be absolutely truthful -- but the way that you phrase your words can sometimes help or hurt your case.

Is PTSD covered by Workers’ Compensation?

Not always felt immediately after a tragic event or a number of traumatic experiences, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental injury that is not always recognized by the Minnesota workers’ compensation system.

Defined as a mental condition that produces symptoms of:

The frustrating reality of Social Security Disability waits

As anyone who has visited St. Paul's Social Security office knows, short-staffing plagues the federal agency. Retired people wait locally and at offices across the nation for help with their benefits. Those applying for Social Security Disability are enduring prolonged waits for decisions that can stretch up to two years, according to recent reports.

The Washington Post cites the case of an Army veteran who was medically retired from the military at 54 because of depression and PTSD. He would seem to be an easy call for Social Security to make, but when he applied, he was turned down. His appeal was also turned down. He then went to federal court, which sent his case back to the administrative law judge at Social Security. It has been six years since he submitted his initial claim and the disabled veteran is still waiting to learn if he will get benefits.

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