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Death Benefits for On-the-Job Injuries in Arizona

Do you know someone who was killed while in the course of their employment? There are survivors including spouses, children, parents, and siblings that may be eligible for compensation benefits under ...
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What is a Non-Examining Doctor

In Social Security disability cases in Phoenix, non‑examining doctors are also known as medical experts that are typically hired by the Social Security Administration to testify in administrative ...
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Am I entitled to reimbursement for my travel expenses to doctor's appointments?

In Arizona, travel reimbursement is part of a covered medical benefit when you have an Arizona workers' compensation case. With serious injuries or any injuries for that matter, an injured worker ...
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12-MONTH PERIOD OF DISABILITY

In order to qualify for Social Security Disability in Arizona, a claimant must be disabled for 12 months or expected to be disabled for 12 months. What this means is the impairment must last or ...
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Why is it so difficult to win a Social Security disability case in Arizona?

The main answer to this question is the lowering of approval rates by Arizona Social Security judges. The approval rates on disability cases in Arizona has plummeted in the last 5 years. The average ...
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What Are Remedial Ailments

The Social Security Administration rules say that: "if an impairment can reasonably be remedied by treatment, it cannot serve as a basis for finding of disability." What this means is if you ...
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What is Substantial Gainful Activity?

Substantial gainful activity is the ability to earn at least $1,090.00 per month in the open labor market across the United States. If someone's unable to earn that amount of money in 2015 based ...
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What are compassionate allowances (CALs)?

In some circumstances, Social Security will expedite disability claims if a claimant's condition includes one of the compassionate allowances. Essentially, compassionate allowances are very ...
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Effect of Veteran's Administration (VA) Determination of Disability on Social Security Disability Case

Decisions by other governmental agencies in relation to an Arizona claimant's disability status are persuasive but not binding on Social Security judges (ALJs). What this means is even if a Social ...
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Do Workers' Compensation Benefits Offset Social Security benefits?

In Arizona, Social Security Disability is typically reduced by the extent that the claimant's disability benefits and workers' compensation benefits exceed 80% of the average current earnings. ...
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The Roadmap for Findings of Disability in a Hearing

If you are like the majority of the people who have applied for Social Security Disability (SSDI) in Arizona, you were denied at least twice and are on your way to a hearing in front of an ...
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Waiting Period for Social Security Disability and Medicare

Most claimants that have gone through the Social Security Disability procedure realize that it is a very lengthy process. In Arizona, it can take at least two years from date of application until a ...
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Alcoholism and Drug Addiction, and Disability Benefits

Alcoholism and drug addiction are not considered disabling impairments by the Social Security administration. It is important to note that alcoholics and people that are addicted to drugs may still be ...
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Changing Doctors with a Self-Insured Employer Who Directs Medical Care

Arizona, thankfully, is not a "directed care" state. A "directed care" state allows ALL workers' compensation insurance carriers to choose injured workers' doctors. This ...
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Social Security Administration Hearings

In Arizona, there are typically only three circumstances where the Social Security Administration will expedite a hearing: the claimant's illness is terminal, the claimant is without food medicine ...
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Meeting Your Arizona Social Security Disability Attorney

It is important when taking on a Social Security Disability case to meet with the client. There are many Social Security law firms in Arizona where the client does not meet the attorney until the date ...
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I Was Denied Social Security Disability Benefits. What Now?

Social Security disability insurance can provide benefits and financial compensation to individuals who are suffering from a serious illness or those who have sustained debilitating injuries, ...
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Could Workers' Comp Affect My Social Security Benefits?

Any individual who has sustained a temporary or permanent disability as a result of a workplace accident may have the right to pursue workers' compensation benefits in addition to Social Security ...
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What is the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Program?

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a federally-run program that is paid for out of general tax revenues from the U.S. Treasury. The SSI program provides financial benefits and support ...
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Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in Phoenix, AZ

If you have suffered from a debilitating injury or illness that prevents you from being able to return to work, you may be eligible to claim Social Security disability benefits to help cover your ...
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What Disability Benefits Are Available Through Social Security?

If an individual has been seriously injured and is no longer able to work due to his or her disabilities, he or she may be eligible to receive disability benefits offered through the Social Security ...
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Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

The question of who qualifies for Social Security benefits and who does not is complex and depends on many factors. The first condition to be eligible for these benefits would be to have worked in a ...
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Tape Record Independent Medical Exams

A decision came down on November 20, 2012 from the Division 1 of the Arizona Court of Appeals. It was the first published workers’ compensation opinion that we have had in a long time. By ...
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How difficult is it to get on SS Disability?

Disability tip of the day - It's much more difficult to get approved for Social Security Disability if you are under age 50. It's not impossible, but much more difficult if you are of a ...
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AZ v United States

What do you folks think about the Supreme Court's ruling in AZ v United States regarding SB 1070? Essentially, the cops are required to ask for immigration status when they lawfully pull someone ...
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