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Can I Get Workers' Comp Benefits If I Have A Pre-Existing Condition?

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One of the top questions that we are asked is "does a pre-existing condition prevent me from getting workers' compensation benefits?" The Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act specifically addresses this situation, and establishes rules that allow those with pre-existing conditions to receive benefits in some, but not all, situations.

In the video below, attorney Matt Wilson discusses the topic in more detail and provides an example of a situation where an employee would be eligible for workers' comp even if he or she had a pre-existing condition.

Learn About Social Security Benefits

Having to apply for benefits through the Social Security Agency is something that many people hope they will never have to do. If the time comes when you need to apply for benefits, there are several decisions that you have to decide. The first of these will be which program you should apply under. In some cases, that is a simple decision because Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is the program for people who haven't worked, but Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) is the program for people who have a steady work history.

I Was Offered A Light Duty Job. Should I Take It?

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When you've suffered a work injury and are unable to perform your regular duties, you may eventually be offered to chance to return to work and perform a light duty job. But what if you don't feel that you can return to work? What if you are not 100 percent better? Can refusing to take the light duty job make you ineligible for benefits or hurt your claim in the future?

Can My Attorney Loan Me Money While I Wait For A Workers' Comp Settlement?

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The time between suffering a work injury and receiving workers' comp benefits can be difficult, especially from a financial standpoint. Your paycheck stops coming in because you aren't working, but benefits have not kicked in yet. But your bills keep coming in, rent or mortgage payments keep coming due, and other expenses quickly pile up.

Due to the difficult financial situation this puts people in, it is natural to seek help. We are sometimes asked if an attorney can loan clients money until a workers' comp settlement is reached.

What should I know about Supplemental Security Income (SSI)?

Many people realize that Supplemental Security Income provides people who meet certain criteria with a monthly income. SSI is only for people who have limited resources and little to no income. The recipient must also be disabled, blind or over 65 years old. This program is different from Social Security Disability Insurance because recipients of SSI don't pay into the program through work credits like SSDI recipients.

Martin Law Helps Clarify Independent Contractor Law In Pennsylvania

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In Pennsylvania, employees can receive workers' compensation benefits, while independent contractors typically cannot. While this seems like a straightforward issue, in reality it is one of the most complicated areas of workers' comp law. A recent case handled by Martin Law shows just how complex this area of the law can be and how something as simple as timing can impact eligibility for workers' comp benefits.

Internal controls fail to prevent Social Security overpayments

Recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance have probably been following the news closely since it was announced that the SSDI trust fund will likely go broke by late 2016. In a recent development, brought on by the government attempting to keep SSD benefits funded, it has come to light that $371.5 million in overpayments have been made by the Social Security Administration between 2009 and 2013.

The overpayments occurred when concurrent payments from the Federal Employees' Compensation Act payments and the SSDI payments were made. Around 1,040 individuals received concurrent payments for at least one month that weren't noticed.

Seeking financial assistance after a cancer diagnosis

When you learn that you have cancer, uncertainty is one of the ruling factors in your life. You might wonder how you are going to make ends meet if you are unable to continue working. In some cases, the answer to that problem is by applying for Social Security Disability Income.

Know which Social Security program is right for your situation

Applying for Social Security benefits can be a real challenge. Just trying to wade through the eligibility qualifications for Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability can be frustrating. Many people opt to seek assistance when they are applying for SSI or SSD.

One important factor that you have understand is which program you should apply for. The SSI and SSD programs are completely different. One of the big differences is how your work history plays a part in your eligibility for each program. Asset and income limits are also considered, as are your disability and the effects it has on your ability to work.

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