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February 2016 Archives

Social Security Disability (SSD) and Over 50 Claims

For workers over the age of 50, the gradual or sudden onset of a mental or physical disability can have significant professional consequences. Whether you work in manufacturing in Knoxville or in an office setting in a neighboring Tennessee community, managing your disability and the responsibilities of a job may be impossible.

Death on site: workers' compensation claims may be in order

The death of two construction workers on a site is just one more example of the dangers that are inherent to the job. Although the accident did not happen in Tennessee, the impact of the accident was surely felt by all construction workers across the United States. Apart from shared sadness for colleagues, it may also have created an awareness of the importance of workers' compensation claims.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Fraud Investigations

An increasing number of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cases are involving evidence from Cooperative Disability Investigations (CDI) Units. The Social Security Administration (SSA) utilizes CDI Units to investigate allegations of fraud. The Units work in conjunction with the Office of Inspector General (OIG), as well as State Disability Determination Section offices, and local law enforcement agencies. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI claims most often involve CDI Unit investigations where a State Disability Examiner believes there are suspicious elements to the claim. The CDI Units also receive referrals from hearing offices, private citizens, anonymous sources, and law enforcement agencies. The investigations are not limited to initial claims, but also involve Continuing Disability Reviews (CDRs) where the SSA is looking at cutting off benefits to people currently receiving them.

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Federal Court Remands

In Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cases, people statistically find the greatest level of success at the hearing level where they appear before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). However, ALJs often make mistakes on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI claims that result in unfavorable decisions. If an ALJ denies a claim at the hearing level, the claimant first has to appeal to the Appeals Council and if unsuccessful there can file suit in Federal Court. When a claimant files in Federal Court following unfavorable administrative action by the Social Security Administration (SSA), the person is not asking the judge to find necessarily that he or she is disabled, but that the SSA erroneously decided his or her case. The SSA has recently released statistics showing the top ten reasons that Federal Courts remanded social security disability cases in the fiscal year of 2015.

2 killed in Tennessee truck accident

Two people were tragically killed in an accident between a tanker and a car on a recent Tuesday in February. The truck accident happened during the late afternoon. When two or more people die in an accident, it is standard procedure for the accident to be reconstructed by the Tennessee Highway Patrol's Critical Incident Response Team in order to establish precisely what happened.

Tennessee car wreck leads to death and serious injury

A horrendous accident on Highway 27 in Tennessee led to the closure of the highway in one direction for most of the day, while only one lane was open in the opposite direction. The car wreck happened on a recent Wednesday in February. The first call to emergency services was received just before 1:00 p.m.

Workers' compensation claims: what benefits do you have?

The Tennessee Workers' Compensation Act allows for workers to claim for workplace injuries. Workers may institute workers' compensation claims after an authorized medical practitioner has confirmed that the injury can be considered as workplace related. The responsibility to ensure benefits for workers lies with the employer.

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