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Circumstances that may expedite veterans’ disability

Posted on Monday, January 16th, 2017 at 7:40 pm.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), at some point, may no longer ask for proof that a certain veteran has been disabled. This is important, especially if the veteran had been struggling for a certain period of time due to illness. Below are the following VA “presumptions” concluding veterans’ disability:

  • Gulf War veterans who were in the Southwest Asia
  • Vietnam War vets who were in contact with harmful herbicides
  • Veterans who have been in contact with harmful chemicals like mustard gas, Lewisite, or ionizing radiation during their enlistment
  • Veterans who have suffered tropical or chronic diseases after their enlistment in the military
  • Veterans who have been held captive by the enemies during the war

Veterans should know that they may possibly get their disability benefits immediately if they fall to any of the aforementioned circumstances and the VA may no longer need to ask them for documents to as proof of their disability. If you want to know more about your disability benefits as a veteran in Arizona, fill out the contact form on the top of this page today.

What disabled people should know about Medicare coverage

Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 at 8:09 pm.

As in other states, Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries in Arizona are also eligible for Medicare benefits to help them with their medical needs if they are struggling financially. It is important for beneficiaries to know these things about Medicare.

  • Once Medicare kicks in, you are no longer required to be covered by other insurance providers.
  • You may now take advantage of many more medical services, including preventive procedures, at a lower cost.
  • You are entitled to a free wellness exam every year.
  • Up to a 55 percent discount on branded medications will be given to you.
  • Doctors are supplied with sufficient resources to make sure you receive proper treatment.
  • Medicare is expected to last until the year 2029 and could last longer as improved measures are implemented to safeguard the program.

If you are in Arizona and want to learn more about your Medicare benefits, fill out the contact form on this page to get in touch with a skilled disability attorney.

173K SS beneficiaries had their payments lowered in 2015 due to student loan debts

Posted on Monday, January 9th, 2017 at 12:37 am.

A recent report from the Government Accountability Office revealed that in 2015, there were at least 173,000 people receiving Social Security benefits that had their payments reduced to cover their defaulted student loan debts, an article of madison.com reported on January 8.

According to reports, older adults who either receive Social Security retirement or disability payments have their benefits reduced to offset unpaid student loans. The GAO report noted that there was an increase in older adults who have defaulted their student loan debts. Since 2005, SS beneficiaries in the age bracket of 50 to 64 years old with student loan debts have significantly increased after a decade. In the report, GAO stated that garnishing of SS payments to offset student loan debt only worsen beneficiaries’ financial condition due to interest rates that they continue to pay.

If you have concerns with your Social Security benefits, consulting a skilled lawyer is a viable option, especially if you think that your benefits are wrongfully reduced. If you want to know how a lawyer may help you in Arizona today, simply fill out the contact form on the top of this page.

What should SSDI beneficiaries tell the SSA if they plan to get a job?

Posted on Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 at 7:32 pm.

In some situations, disabled individuals may consider getting a job to earn extra income. However, for those who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, it is necessary to tell the SSA about the following information if you have plans of getting a job:

  • When you will start working and expect to stop
  • Whether you will be self-employed
  • The number of hours you plan to work
  • Extra medical-related expenses needed by disabled individuals to do the work

Please note the SSA should know all the employment details of a disabled person regardless how much salary he or she is expecting to receive. The SSA also has a program for disabled individuals who are considering some type of employment to help them earn additional income. If you want to know more about your disability benefits and how an attorney could help you, fill out the contact form on the top of this page today to get in touch with an Arizona representative.

Understanding the VA’s “combined ratings”

Posted on Monday, December 19th, 2016 at 7:15 pm.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) usually calculates a person’s benefits rate by looking at the specific disability of the veteran. However, veterans who have more than one disability may have their benefits calculated by “combining” disabilities.

The VA uses “Combined Ratings Table” for calculating the benefits rate of veterans who have several disabilities. Veterans should understand that the word “combine” does not mean the VA will add the percentage of two or more separate disabilities. Instead, the VA will base their computation on a table with corresponding figures depending on the severity of their disabilities. After determining the percentage of the combined disability rating, the number is rounded off to the nearest 10 percent. For example, a veteran with a 25 percent disability and another 10 percent disability based on the table will yield a 33 percent combined disability rating, and by rounding off will yield a 30 percent disability rating. The computation may slightly vary when the veteran has more than two disabilities.

Understanding veterans disability benefits can be confusing, especially if you are not aware of how benefits are calculated. However, if you want more information regarding your benefits in Arizona, speak with an attorney today by filling out the contact form on this page.

Veterans in Oklahoma find it hard to obtain disability benefits

Posted on Saturday, December 10th, 2016 at 8:14 pm.

A December 7 article of Fox 23 revealed that veterans in the state of Oklahoma are having difficulty obtaining the disability benefits they need after serving the country.

A former marine who served for three years filed for his disability benefits after being disabled by several medical conditions. John Repp, 42, said he could walk only with a walker after being disabled by herniated discs, tinnitus, and back pain that he developed during his active duty years. After more than a decade, Repp believed the VA should have considered him 100 percent disability, rather than the 70 percent rating he actually received.

In the tough situation that you are having difficulty getting your veterans disability benefits, working with a skilled attorney could be a viable option to make sure you present all the necessary evidence to support your claim. Speak with an Arizona attorney today by filling out the contact form on the top of this page.

What should people tell the SSA upon crime conviction?

Posted on Monday, December 5th, 2016 at 8:07 pm.

If you are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you should immediately tell the SS if you have been convicted of any crimes. SSDI beneficiaries who are convicted felons usually have their benefits cut off and avoiding such a result by withholding information could be illegal.

Though regular payments, including underpayments, are ceased once beneficiaries inform the SS that they have been convicted, the benefits given to their family members may continue. The SS usually ceases benefits when a person is serving a jail term. Those who are on probation or parole should also notify the SS if they have committed a violation and understand that it will result in the cessation of their benefits, underpayments, and anything that might’ve been due in the month the violation took place.

If you have concerns about your disability benefits or just wanted to know information about the Social Security Administration, working with a skilled attorney is important as they are well-versed when it comes with the disability insurance program. Fill out the contact form on the top of this page to get in touch with an Arizona attorney.

Seriously disabled Vietnam war vet struggling to get benefits

Posted on Thursday, November 24th, 2016 at 2:08 pm.

A veteran from Mississippi, who had been afflicted with a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after his deployment in the Vietnam war, has complained that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) continue to deny him his benefits, a November 23 article for the Miami Herald stated.

According to Lionel Sosa, 78, he was disappointed in the VA after he had been turned down for claiming PTSD disability. Reports revealed that Sosa had first claimed for his benefits in 2004 and had suffered serious complications of PTSD after continuously being denied his benefits. However, Sosa, who was given a prognosis of only several more months to live by his doctor, was favored in a recent VA appeals decision. A federal court, specialized for such veterans affairs, is the one to have made the decision: VA officials have been ordered to consider the additional documents that will be submitted by Sosa. Sosa is only one of the 85,721 veterans who is waiting to get a VA decision for benefits.

Fighting for your veterans’ disability could be frustrating, especially if the VA continue to deny you your deserved benefits. If you are in such situation, working with a skilled attorney is important for you to increase your chances of getting those benefits. Fill out the contact form on the top of this page today to get in touch with an Arizona attorney.

Understanding S-DVI benefits entitled to deserving veterans

Posted on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 at 3:46 pm.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) created a program in 1951 to provide financial assistance to eligible veterans who become disabled while in their active years in the military. Veterans may apply for their “Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance” (S-DVI) upon meeting the following criteria set by VA.

  • The disabled veteran was honorably discharged before or after April 25, 1951
  • The veteran is in good health other than the disability sustained during active years
  • S-DVI applicants apply within two years after the VA rates their service-connected disability
  • The applicant’s disability was rated by VA and confirmed as acquired during active years

Veterans who are granted S-DVI benefits could receive as much as $10,000 worth of insurance policy. Veterans should note that in some circumstances they may not be allowed to apply for S-DVI benefits. If you are a veteran and are applying for your disability benefits, working with a skilled lawyer is worth considering, especially if you are having trouble understanding the complicated legal jargon. Fill out the contact form on the top of this page today to find out how an Arizona representative may work for you.

Financial assistance for disabled veterans

Posted on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 at 2:58 pm.

Veterans often find themselves burdened with financial hardships when they can no longer earn an income as a result of debilitating injury or illness. However, veterans experiencing this unfortunate situation could be entitled to disability compensations.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides financial assistance to qualified applicants who became disabled by past injuries or medical conditions to the point that they can no longer earn an income. Before applying for disability benefits, veterans should know that the VA is strict about screening claimants to make sure only deserving veterans enjoy benefits. Veterans are eligible for disability benefits if their injuries or diseases resulted from their time serving the country by working in the military. Applicants should know that before the VA can give them their deserved benefits, the veterans must be in good standing with the military. Qualified disabled veterans are entitled to tax-free monthly payments and the amount can vary depending on their condition.

If you are applying for disability benefits as a veteran in Arizona, working with a skilled attorney is critical, especially if you rely on benefits in order to sustain your living while disabled. Fill out the contact form on the top of this page today to find out how an attorney may be able to help you through the filing process.