Unfortunately, many veterans pass away before a decision can be made on his or her claim for benefits or before an appeal is completed. In such circumstances, survivors of the deceased veteran may, in some circumstances, take the place of the veteran and continue the claim or appeal. 39 U.S.C. § 5121A provides, in part, that if a veteran claimant dies on or after October 10, 2008, while a claim or appeal is pending:
Most people think of "old age" or Social Security disability benefits when they think of Medicare- and these associations are correct. However, many people do not know that you can also qualify for Medicare if you have end-stage renal (kidney) disease.
If you have applied for Social Security Disability benefits you are likely prescribed medications for your conditions that may have side effects. As noted in a prior blog post about the initial application (link is here), you have the ability to list the medications you have previously taken, are currently taking, or have been prescribed by a physician for your medical conditions. While you are completing that section of the application, it may be wise to also list the side effects associated with each medication.
Gardberg, Clausen & Kemmerly, P.C.'s Associate Attorney Robyn Cannon is serving up Moe's Original Bar B Que to benefit Family Promise of Coastal Alabama on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, from 6:00PM - 8:00PM. Your generous tips and donations will go to support homeless families and children in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Please invite family, friends, and colleagues to this great event and put Robyn to work!
When you file for Social Security Disability benefits you will be asked several questions about your work history, medical problems, and functional limitations. These questions should be taken as seriously as the questions you may face before an Administrative Law Judge because, in the event that your claim requires a hearing before an ALJ, the ALJ will have access to your responses from the initial application.
Labor Day is our national holiday that celebrates the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. Our nation was built and is maintained by the hard work of women and men who are often unappreciated for the work they do to support their families and contribute to the progress of our nation. Labor Day is a great time to eat barbecue, celebrate the end of the summer and start the football season, but most of all, it is a day of rest to celebrate with our families the efforts of those who labor and work to make our country the greatest nation on Earth.
If you have applied for Social Security Disability benefits and have a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), the ALJ may assist you in developing your claim for disability. However, this is not something that should be relied up as it still behooves you to be on the leading edge of developing your own claim prior to seeing the ALJ. Nevertheless, this topic reminds me of a recent case I helped a client with.
Social Security Disability attorneys will tell you that medical evidence is the lynch pin in a disability case. That is, you must prove you have the medical conditions you're complaining of and the only way to do this is through regular treatment with your doctor.
The National Institute of Mental Health describes Post-traumatic Stress Disorder ("PTSD") as the following:
This week's passing of beloved actor and comedian Robin Williams is tragic. Tragic as it may be, Robin Williams' death brings a serious issue facing many of our country's veterans to the forefront. Depression and suicide do not discriminate and can affect anyone. Veterans across the country are suffering from depression and having suicidal thoughts on a daily basis. Help is available.