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Mobile Social Security Disability Law Blog

Help Build Your Personal Injury Case

It is not uncommon for someone who has suffered a personal injury to struggle in a wide array of facets in their personal life. Seeking the advice of counsel is undoubtedly one way to help get your life on track and, to further protect your legal claim. An experienced lawyer will help answer the questions you have and start planning the steps of your future. However, there are many things that the injured person can do to assist themselves and their legal claim.

PRESIDENT OBAMA ANNOUNCES NOMINATION OF ROBERT MCDONALD AS HEAD OF DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

President Obama announced that he would nominate Robert McDonald to head the VA. McDonald is a West Point graduate and a former Procter & Gamble chief executive. Though the Senate has not yet scheduled a hearing to consider McDonald's nomination, lawmakers are already contemplating tough questions to ensure that McDonald has the management experience and expertise needed to drastically overhaul the troubled VA.

Social Security Disability and the Wounded Warrior Project

Disabled active duty personnel and veterans may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits if they are no longer able to perform substantial gainful activity. These benefits are different from VA compensation benefits and require a separate application through the Social Security Administration. If you were injured while on active duty on or after October 1, 2001, you may be entitled to expedited processing of your claim. If you believe you qualify for expedited handling, be sure to

Social Security Disability, Personal Injuries, and Workers Compensation

If you can no longer work you may have several different legal claims and avenues to pursue. A prior post on our blog discusses some important things to consider for disability clients and their workers' compensation claims. Keep in mind that there are may be many reasons a person has become disabled and some of those reason may have several legal recourses that need to be fully discovered.

VA OPENS REGISTRY FOR VETS EXPOSED TO FUMES AND DUST IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN

The Department of Veterans Affairs has opened a registry for veterans who believe they have been exposed to fumes from trash burned in open pits or to toxins inhaled with dust in Iraq and Afghanistan. The registry is open to veterans who fought in the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, were stationed in Djibouti after September 1, 2001, and to veterans of the Persian Gulf War. Veterans may request a free medical examination after signing up for the registry.

Mobile's Market on the Square

It's officially summer and that means 'tis the season for wonderful locally summer grown produce. Take advantage of Mobile's and the Gulf Coast's best locally grown tomatoes, potatoes, sweet corn, watermelons, plant, and flowers at the Market on the Square. Market on the Square takes place on Cathedral Square in downtown Mobile every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. until noon (from April 26 to July 26).

VA DISCRIMINATION AGAINST SURVIVORS OF MILITARY SEXUAL TRAUMA

Survivors of military sexual trauma ("MST") not only face physical injuries as a result of MST, but also suffer devastating emotional and mental injuries as a result of undergoing such a traumatic event at the hands of their military brothers and sisters. The battle does not end with the injuries, however. Survivors of MST then have to undergo the arduous and often-times unsuccessful task of securing compensation for their injuries through the VA. The VA offers MST screening and medical care for mental health conditions related to military sexual trauma. Care, however, without compensation, is not enough for the men and women subjected to MST and the residual effects of MST.

Your Employment History and Social Security Disability Benefits

If you have filed for Social Security Disability benefits, the local Social Security Administration office will eventually send you a form for you to list your prior jobs, the duration of each, and provide a brief synopsis of your job duties. This form is extremely important and do not take it lightly.

Veteran's Disability and Fast Letter 14-02

AUTOMATIC WAIVER OF REVIEW OF NEW EVIDENCE BY AGENCY OF ORIGINAL JURISDICTION

VA Fast Letter 14-02 is intended to increase efficiency in the appeals process. Pursuant to 38 U.S.C. § 7105(e), evidence submitted by the veteran or veteran's representative at the time of or after receipt of the Substantive Appeal(VA Form 9) is subject to initial review by the Board. 38 U.S.C. § 7105(e) provides that the Board can initially review any evidence submitted on or after February 2, 2013.