Blindness and Disability Benefits

By Norman Homen | May 14, 2021

In some instances, visual loss or complete blindness will prevent a person from being able to work in any capacity. According to laws put out by the Social Security Administration (SSA), a person might be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits if he or she suffers from partial…

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How is Workers’ Comp Calculated?

By Norman Homen | April 21, 2021

People who work around heavy equipment, such as construction equipment, are prone to severe injuries while they are on the job. All of these injuries may require a significant amount of medical treatment, including hospital stays, doctor visits, physical therapy, and medical procedures, in order to correct them. Accident victims who are injured at work…

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Why Do Employers Fight Worker’s Compensation Claims?

By Norman Homen | April 12, 2021

Employers in the State of California are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance in the event an employee suffers an injury or illness while he or she is on the job. However, in many cases, when workers go to file a workers’ compensation claim seeking various benefits, they encounter resistance from their employer or their…

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Can my Doctor put me on a Disability?

By Norman Homen | March 23, 2021

Pursuing and receiving Social Security disability benefits can sometimes be a difficult task. The person who is trying to obtain the benefits has the burden of proof in the case. In most circumstances, the applicant must be able to establish that a long-term or permanent injury/illness prevents him or her from taking part in a…

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Anxiety Disorder and Disability Benefits

By Norman Homen | March 8, 2021

Unfortunately, many individuals today suffer from anxiety disorders and related mental health conditions. An anxiety disorder is typically accompanied by a variety of emotions and feelings, such as uneasiness, tension, and apprehension, that continue on for a long period of time. In addition to being nervous almost all the time, individuals who suffer from an…

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What Does “Substantial Gainful Activity” Mean in a Disability Case?

By Norman Homen | February 17, 2021

Some people who suffer from a long-term injury or illness that prohibits them from working in any capacity are eligible to recover social security disability benefits. Specifically, in order to qualify for disability benefits, the applicant must not be able to take part in substantial gainful activity due to his or her long-term injury or…

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What is the Process to Appeal a Social Security Disability Denial?

By Norman Homen | February 10, 2021

Individuals often pursue social security disability benefits when they are unable to work due to a long-term injury or illness. To qualify for these benefits, individuals must be unable to engage in a substantial gainful activity because of their medical condition. They must also have worked for a certain number of years and paid a…

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Supporting Documents for Your Social Security Disability Claim

By Norman Homen | January 18, 2021

The purpose of social security disability benefits is to provide financial assistance to individuals who have disabilities. It is not unusual for social security disability claims to be denied on the first go-around – often because they do not contain the necessary documentation. Therefore, if you are filing a claim for social security disability benefits…

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Does Workers Compensation Cover COVID-19?

By Norman Homen | December 21, 2020

Updated 12/21/2020 Governor Gavin Newsom on September 17, 2020, signed SB 1159 which codifies the COVID-19 presumption created by Executive Order N-62-20 and provides two new rebuttable presumptions that an employee’s COVID-19 illness is an occupational injury and therefore eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if specified criteria are met. Employees who are sick can stay…

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What are MIE and MINE in Your Disability Case?

By Norman Homen | December 17, 2020

During the Social Security disability benefits process, you will hear a lot of different terminology. It is important to understand what these terms mean, as certain designations can impact your eligibility for benefits. Two terms that can be confusing are Medical Improvement Expected (MIE) and Medical Improvement Not Expected (MINE). MIE and MINE are possible…

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