Social Security Disability and SSI Questions and Answers II

As part of our continuing Q&A section on Social Security Disability and SSI benefits: How does Social Security Determine Disability? They use a five-step process to decide if you are disabled. Here are the questions Social Security asks: 1.  Are you working? If you are working and your earnings average more than a certain amount

Fatal truck accident kills motorcyclist

Fatal crashes occur on our roadways in and around Knox County with alarming frequency. Each time a driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle, a duty of reasonable care is owed to everyone. A tractor-trailer is so large and weighs in the tens of thousands of pounds, meaning that any truck accident could potentially

Social Security Disability and SSI Questions and Answers

Thinking of applying for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?  Here some answers to common questions.  This will be part of a continuing series of questions and answers on the blog. When Do I Apply? You should apply for disability benefits as soon as you become disabled. It can take a long time to process

Car accident on Interstate 40 kills pedestrian

A car accident, whether in Knoxville or anywhere in Tennessee, can have devastating consequences. Fatalities can happen in an instant. One moment a person is driving on the Interstate. The next moment their car runs out of gas, and the occupants walk along the road shoulder seeking help. In a flash, a car accident happens


Claimants applying for Social Security Disability and SSI can sometimes qualify for benefits due to serious spinal conditions or disorders. Affected people may qualify under the Listing 1.04 of Part 404, Subpart P, Appendix 1 or under Step Five of the sequential decision making process because of the reduced Residual Functional Capacity resulting from the

Car accident in Knoxville leads to bizarre chase

A Kentucky woman was lucky to emerge unscathed following a hit-and-run accident that took place in Knoxville, Tennessee, last week. A witness reported that the car accident took place when a male driver struck a 2011 Audi Q5 on Kingston Pike. The driver then got out of his truck to inspect the damage before proceeding

Social Security Administration Changes Policy On Subsequent Applications

Social Security Disability claimants beware!  As noted in a recent e-mail flash from NOSSCR (a great organization!!), the Social Security Administration recently published SSR 11-1p revising the SSA’s policy for handling subsequent applications when a prior claim is pending with the Appeals Council. Effective July 28, 2011, the Social Security Administration will no longer process a subsequent disability claim

Social Security Disability and SSI ALJ Disposition Data

The Social Security Administration has released disposition data for the Administrative Law Judges on their website for September 2010 through June of 2011. You can get historical data on ALJ dispositions here. If you need more information about a personal injury matter (car wreck, truck accident, boating accident, slip and fall, etc.), SSD/SSI matter, or a workers

Tennessee workers’ compensation law on drug testing passed

Workers’ compensation exists to cover the burden of medical expenses and lost wages after an employee is injured. It also provides long-term disability benefits for those who have been hurt while at work. A new workers’ compensation law concerning drug testing became effective on July 1 in Tennessee. The new measure, backed by the state’s

Approximating Social Security Disability Benefits

Often I am asked, “How much will I get if I am approved for Social Security Disability?” My first response is that I cannot tell you off hand because every person’s benefit is different depending on their earnings. The next thing I advise a client is that an easy way is to look at the pamphlet

New Wrinkle Added to Workers Compensation Subrogation Interest in Third-Party Personal Injury Claims in Tennessee

The Tennessee Court of Appeals added a layer of complexity to workers’ compensation subrogation in third-party personal injury matters. In Cooper v. Logistics Insight, Corp., et al. the injured employee, Mr. Cooper, filed suit to recover for personal injuries suffered while working as a tow motor operator for MasterStaff, Inc. Mr. Cooper had received benefits

John Dreiser Lectures at “Workers’ Compensation Seminar”

John Dreiser was one of three presenters at the “Workers’ Compensation Update” sponsored by Lorman Education Services on Friday, June 17, 2011, in Knoxville, Tennessee.  The seminar provided attorneys, adjusters, case managers, and human resource personnel with valuable updates and information regarding workers’ compensation claims in Tennessee. The attendees learned about the 2010 and 2011

Tennessee man fights for workers’ compensation

Men and women injured on the job are entitled to a certain amount of compensation. Workers’ compensation programs are designed to provide this compensation for injured employees. However, this process does not always run smoothly. Over the last several years, a Tennessee man has faced difficulty over workers compensation claims with his former employer. According

John Dreiser Presented at Social Security Disability Bootcamp

On Friday, June 10, 2011, firm attorney, John Dreiser, lectured at National Business Institute’s Social Security Disability Bootcamp in Knoxville, Tennessee.  The 6.67 hour CLE was aimed at teaching attorneys, paralegals, and other appointed representatives the ins and outs of representing claimants before the Social Security Administration.  The seminar was well attended and received. If you need




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