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July 2015 Archives

WHAT HAPPENS IN AN INITIAL HEARING AT THE INDUSTRIAL COMMISSION OF ARIZONA?

When an Arizona injured worker attorney requests a hearing at the Industrial Commission of Arizona, within 2 to 3 months a hearing is usually set. An Administrative Law Judge is assigned to the file and the hearing is scheduled. The first hearing is usually for the testimony of only the injured worker.

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 claimant obtains a hearing. Typically, the disabled person will then have to wait even longer after the hearing to get a decision from the judge.

Special Errand Exception

Normally, an employee who is injured while going to or from work is not entitled to workers' compensation.[1] The rationale behind this rule is that employees do not actually begin work until they arrive on the employer's premises. Any risk an employee is subjected to while driving to work is the same risk(s) faced by the general public and are not incident to their employment.

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 found disabled so long as those conditions are not "a contributing factor material to the determination of disability."

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