What are My Benefits Options as an Injured Worker?

Most Florida employers carry workers compensation insurance, which entitles workers to receive benefits for medical treatment and lost wages. However, benefits also vary depending on the injury.

Types of benefits options

Sometimes with workers compensation, employees experience delays, denial or other problems, such as not receiving adequate compensation. A Boca Raton Worker compensation attorney can help injured workers overcome obstacles like these and receive appropriate benefits. Read More

Just the Ticket for Social Security Disability Recipients Seeking Greater Financial Independence

Social Security Disability (SSD) provides important benefits for individuals who can no longer earn a living because they have become disabled. However, many people may find the benefits insufficient to live the lives they want. Others may just want to feel more self-sufficient. In 1999, the President signed legislation into law that offers disability benefit recipients under SSD and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) a way to try out employment options voluntarily and without affecting their benefits — at least until such time as their earnings exceed the limits for their disabilities. The program is known as Ticket to Work. Read More

Can My Dependents Receive Additional Benefits if I Become Disabled?

The inability to work due to a disability affects the entire family. However, some of your family members can apply for benefits based on your Social Security work record:

  • Your spouse
  • A divorced spouse
  • Children
  • Disabled children
  • Unmarried adult children, as long as their disability began prior to age 22

No matter how many dependents receive benefits based on your record, your benefits are not reduced in any way. However, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA) Disability Planner for Family Benefits, while each family member may be eligible for up to 50 percent of your benefits each month, the value of each dependent’s benefit is subject to an overall family maximum. Read More

How Can Disabled Adults Obtain Disability Benefits If They Have Never Worked?

When an adult worker suffers a disabling injury or has a disabling impairment and can no longer work, Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can help provide some financial relief. However, when children are disabled, many parents wonder what they can do to obtain the benefits they need and what happens when a child with a permanent impairment becomes an adult. Read More

Florida Benefits For Workers Who Are Disabled Due To A Combination Of Conditions

Many people suffer a combination of conditions that, when considered individually, do not result in the inability to work — but, when considered collectively, are disabling. Unfortunately, many workers continue to attempt to work through a disability with the mistaken idea that they will not qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Thankfully, they often will, in fact, qualify. Read More

Is Social Security Disability Going Bankrupt?

Many Americans continue to question if Social Security — and disability programs, in particular — will run out of funds for benefits in the near future. Because of the number of baby boomers retiring or becoming unable to work, workers intentionally or unintentionally scamming the system and expanded definitions of what constitutes a disability, many people worry that they will no longer receive the benefits around which they planned their futures. Read More

Don’t Be Afraid to Add Depression or Anxiety to Your SSD Claim

If you are ill or have been injured and are not able to work, you are probably dealing with a variety of emotions. Fears about your finances, worries about your ability to be a responsive spouse and parent, and changes in your self-perception can all cause sleepless nights. It is hard to be positive and optimistic when both your body and your career have taken a hit at the same time. If your physical condition causes you chronic pain, it is even more likely that you are suffering anxiety or depression in addition to your physical illness or injury. Read More

What Can You Do if the Time to Appeal Your SSD Denial Has Already Run Out?

If you have applied for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits and your application was denied, you can request reconsideration of your case. You have 60 days from the date of the letter denying your application to file an appeal. The details of how to appeal and the address to send your appeal letter will be included with your Notice of Denial. Read More

Redefining Yourself after a Disabling Accident or Injury

Many of us define ourselves by what we do every day. Even if you do not particularly like your job, it is often one of the first questions we ask a new acquaintance: “So, what do you do?”

If you always have worked and are too young to retire that question can be a minefield for a newly disabled person, especially if your condition is not visible to others. You know that you are not working for a good reason, but sometimes you wonder if friends and family really believe that you are ill or injured. Sometimes, you might even wonder yourself. Read More

Social Security Fast-Tracks Benefits for Some Claimants

Many people who apply for Social Security Disability payments have to wait months, or years, to be approved for benefits. As we discussed in a previous blog post, up to 70 percent of applicants are denied the first time their applications are reviewed. While many of these people eventually are approved, the emotional stress and financial pressure make the bad situation of being newly disabled even worse. Read More

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