Year: 2018

Five Myths About Social Security Disability Benefits

Navigating the process of applying for and being awarded Social Security Disability benefits can be a complicated one full of myths and misinformation. This is because every case is unique to the individual applying for benefits. At Dan Chapman and Associates, our attorneys have the expertise and experience needed to get you through the application or appeal process, and get you the benefits you deserve.

Below are some common myths and misconceptions about the SSDI process you will find helpful in starting or appealing the application process.

MYTH – Hardly Anyone Gets Approved

While the application process is long and sometimes arduous, and the SSA guidelines are rather strict and the initial rejection rate high, in 2013, 33% of applications were approved. This is why having an attorney on your side is vital to the application and appeal process so nothing is missed, and every SSA requirement for determining you are unable to work is met.

MYTH – SSDI Will Replace Your Total Work Income

SSDI benefits are considered a safety net, and shouldn’t be expected to replace your total income as if you were still working. There are other need based programs, such as SSI, that can be applied for simultaneously, but in 2015, the average SSDI payment was just under $1200 per month. Your attorney will know what programs to apply for that meet your needs, and if and when you can return to work to help supplement your benefits.

MYTH – My Doctor Says I’m Disabled – This Means I Automatically Qualify For Benefits

It’s important to keep in mind that the SSDI decision is a legal one, not a medical one. However, the medical professionals you see during the application or appeal process will be vital in the information they provide for the decision process. It’s important to be sure your medical professional are licensed and in good professional standing, and you’re seeing them regularly for your medical condition.

MYTH – Once You’re Approved For SSDI, It’s A Lifetime Benefit

You very well could receive benefits for life, but your condition will be reviewed periodically. According to the Social Security Administration, your condition will initially be reviewed within the first 6-18 months after your disability was determined. If improvement of your condition seems unlikely, your eligibility is reviewed about every three years.

MYTH – The First Step In the Application Process Is To See A Lawyer

While having a qualified attorney working for you increases your chances of being approved, the first step should be to see your doctor to discuss your condition, prognosis, and how it affects your ability to work. While the SSDI decision is a legal one, there are requirements for medical care you should discuss with both your physician and attorney.

If you have further questions about the SSDI application process, call our office for a free consultation at 678-CHAPMAN, or fill out the contact form here on the website.

Sources for this article:

www.ssa.gov

www.disabled-world.org

www.huffingtonpost.com

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What to Expect at Mediation

When it comes to settling your workers’ compensation claims, mediation is often a useful tool the parties can utilize in resolving a claim.  Mediation is a process in which representatives from both parties (the Injured Worker and the Employer/Insurer) sit down with a neutral third party – called a mediator – in an effort to resolve a case.  There are two types of mediation – private mediation, which often take place at a mediator’s office, and a Board mediation, which takes place at the State Board of Workers’ Compensation.

During the course of mediation, a representative from each party will provide the mediator with a brief summary of the facts of the case as they see it.  The parties will then go into separate rooms to “caucus” and the mediator will go back and forth between the parties with updated settlement demands and settlement offers.  Throughout the mediation the mediator will often provide their input with respect to the relative strengths and weaknesses of each party’s case.  During this process it is important to remember that the mediator is a neutral party, meaning they do not side with either party.  It is also important to remember that the mediation process is confidential and information shared or disclosed during the course of the mediation will not be shared outside of the mediation.

In most instances, the mediation process is a voluntary process.  This means that both parties have the right to leave the mediation at any time.  Having said that, Injured Workers are strongly advised to allow the mediation process run its course.  The mediation process is aimed at providing both parties with a resolution and is certainly a worthwhile endeavor.  While the process may be frustrating to some at times, mediation is ultimately a powerful tool in resolving claims and typically results in equitable results for Injured Workers.

Have you or a loved one been involved in a workplace accident?  It is important that you contact an attorney who specializes in workers’ compensation in order to ensure that your rights are adequately represented.  Contact the attorneys at Dan Chapman & Associates.  We offer free case evaluations and collect no fees unless you win!

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Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Violence

Unfortunately, there are often instances in which employees are the victims of violence in the workplace.  If you have been the victim of workplace violence, depending upon the specific circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits.

Generally speaking, if the violence takes place in the course and scope of your employment, and is related to the work that you are performing, then you will likely have a compensable workers’ compensation claim.  Conversely, if the violence is related to something stemming from outside of the workplace, then it will likely not be compensable under Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws.  Cases involving workplace violence are incredibly fact specific.  This being the case, if you are a victim of workplace violence, it is recommended that you consult with an attorney who specializes in workers’ compensation as soon as possible.

Have you or a loved one been involved in a workplace accident?  It is important that you contact an attorney who specializes in workers’ compensation in order to ensure that your rights are adequately represented.  Contact the attorneys at Dan Chapman & Associates.  We offer free case evaluations and collect no fees unless you win!

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