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Workers’ Compensation for Undocumented Workers: A New Blog Series

Today we begin a new series on the blog about the process of applying for workers’ compensation in North Carolina if you are an undocumented worker. Despite what your employer, the insurance company or coworkers may have told you, if you are hurt at work, you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits regardless of your…

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What happens at a Social Security Disability pre-hearing conference

As we’ve explained here before, most people who apply for Social Security Disability are initially denied benefits. Many applicants must submit go through several appeals, waiting years and dealing with miles of red tape, before they get to the point where they can argue their case before a judge. If you are denied initially, your best…

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Social Security Disability – Spotlight on Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches are a very common problem affecting many people. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraine headaches affect 38 million men, women and children in the United States. Most of those afflicted with migraine headaches experience them infrequently, perhaps once a month. But for some they can be frequent and debilitating to the point…

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Driverless Cars Raise Big Legal & Insurance Issues

Driverless cars have the potential to make roads safer and save lives, according to the companies pursuing this cutting-edge technology. But when there’s no one at the wheel, big legal questions arise. When a driverless can causes a crash, who is legally liable? The Washington Post called that the “big question about driverless cars no one…

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Social Security Disability – Spotlight on Osteoarthritis

I have been asked several times recently, “Can I be approved for Social Security Disability based on osteoarthritis?” The answer is that many people are approved for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security income based solely on osteoarthritis. However, like almost all medical conditions that can form a basis for a Social Security Disability claim,…

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Getting approved for Social Security Disability when you have COPD

In my last post I talked about how COPD is evaluated in people seeking Social Security Disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income benefits.  I also talked about how you can meet a “listing” for COPD, but noted that often times people cannot show that they meet the listings. Today, I’d like to talk a little…

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Social Security Disability: Spotlight on COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is one of the most common lung diseases, and it can make it very hard for you to breathe. Sometimes the symptoms of COPD are severe enough to prevent you from working any full time job, causing you to have to file for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, also known as SSDI….

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Hospitals Fail to Protect Nurses from Injuries

You probably don’t think of nursing as a dangerous profession. But each year, more than 35,000 nurses, orderlies and nurses assistants suffer back and arm injuries that are serious enough that they have to miss work, according to surveys from the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). A recent NPR series found that…

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Workers’ comp fraud? The truth about “questionable claims”

If you believe the insurance industry, the number of so-called “questionable workers’ compensation claims” is up 7 percent from a year ago and 38 percent from 2011, while the total number of workers’ comp claims has decreased. A new report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau claims more people are faking workplace injuries, lying about…

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SB 174: Justice Delayed=Justice Denied

Our legal system has many checks and balances in place to protect citizens and to ensure that any one group can’t change the rules for their own benefit. But the insurance industry and big business don’t like to play by the rules. And they’re behind yet another bad bill pending in the N.C. General Assembly…

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