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Monday, April 17, 2017

What Illnesses/Injuries Are Covered By NY Disability Benefits Insurance?

New York employers are required to offer disability benefits coverage to employees injured out of the job. Employers can obtain this coverage for their employees through an insurance carrier approved by the state’s Worker’s Compensation Board or, if they are large employers, they can seek self-insurance authorization from the same Board.  Seeking disability benefits can often be an uphill battle that is best fought with the help of an experienced disability insurance lawyer.
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

SSDI Benefits for Cancer Patients

Can I obtain SSDI benefits if I have been diagnosed with cancer?

Battling cancer can leave you physically, emotionally, and financially drained.  Cancer patients may be unable to continue working on a fulltime basis.  For individuals who have been diagnosed with certain types of cancer, applying for Social Security Disability benefits could provide you with considerable financial assistance so that you can focus on getting well.  Our Read more . . .

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Do I Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits?

Social Security is a way for millions of Americans to get financial assistance if they are disabled. However, it is estimated that the Social Security Administration rejects about 57 percent of the applications received in New York.

If your application is rejected, there is an appeals process where you can plead your case to an administrative law judge, but this is not something you want to do alone.  The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a relatively clear standard to decide if someone is eligible for benefits, and has a step-by-step process that all applications go through. Having an experienced Read more . . .

Friday, March 3, 2017

Do You Qualify for a Compassionate Allowance?

What is a compassionate allowance and how can it help me?

Social Security benefits provide much needed financial assistance to individuals with certain medical conditions that limit their ability to work.  While SSDI benefits can be life changing, applying for and receiving benefits is often a lengthy process. Applicants may be forced to wait between four and six months to find out whether their claim has been approved.  Individuals who are denied benefits will wait even longer while going through the slow appeals process.  

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Social Security Disability and Epilepsy

Am I eligible to receive SSDI if I have epilepsy?

Epilepsy is a serious condition that impacts an estimated three million people each year.  Individuals with epilepsy may suffer seizures during the day or while asleep.  Their severity and intensity vary depending on the patient.  Along with convulsive or non-convulsive seizures, an epileptic will often experience fatigue, communication issues, and other disturbing symptoms following each seizure episode.  Epilepsy can be debilitating and could make it difficult, if not impossible to maintain employment.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Social Security Disability for Mental Impairment

There are many minor mental conditions that may not interfere with one's ability to earn a living, particularly now that there are so many medications available to treat mild anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders and other mental health problems. Nonetheless, severe psychiatric or developmental conditions often not only prevent patients from working, but interfere with normal everyday functioning. For those with such disabling conditions, Social Security Disability (SSD) is available. Because of the complexities of applying for SSD when you suffer from a mental impairment, you should make sure to engage the services of a

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Reviews of Social Security Disability Benefits

Once I have qualified for Social Security Disability do I remain qualified for the rest of my life?

The process of applying for Social Security Disability is a complicated, time-consuming one. It would be nice if once the government has determined you to be deserving of benefits as a result of your disability you could rest on your laurels. Government entitlements, however, are never that simple to hold onto. No matter how severe your disability is, the Social Security Administration will put you through your paces periodically. This is why it is so important to have a Read more . . .

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Atria Senior Living Settles Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination Against Deaf or Hard of Hearing Seniors

Is it discrimination if a senior living center fails to make reasonable accommodations for the hearing impaired?

Many senior citizens suffer from impaired hearing or deafness. Yet a major provider of assisted living allegedly refused to provide sign American Sign Language interpreters at some of its facilities, despite requests for them.

Settlement Includes a Number of Nursing Home Operators and Facilities

Now the assisted living operator, Atria Senior Living, has agreed to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit brought against it by the Fair Housing Justice Center in New York. The complaint involved Atria’s Riverdale residence in the Bronx and its Long Island residence, Atria South Setauket.

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

SAVE Benefits Act May Help Social Security Beneficiaries

What is being done to restore Social Security cost of living adjustments?

Before the 2016 election, Congressional lawmakers were said to be considering a measure, the Seniors and Veterans Emergency (SAVE) Act, to assist social security beneficiaries who were denied cost of living adjustments (COLA) in 2016. The one-time emergency payment, proposed by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Charles Schumer (D-NY), would have provided $581 to recipients of retirement benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Previously, retirement benefits were hiked a mere $5 per month from $1,355 to $1,3660. The SSI adjustment was even less, $2 per month, taking the maximum federal benefit to $735.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Disabled New Yorkers Sue Over Hazardous Curb Cuts

Most New York City pedestrians barely notice the condition of "curb cuts" -- the small ramps on every street corner that bring the sidewalk down to the level of the street. But poorly maintained curb cuts are a serious obstacle for New Yorkers with disabilities, who depend on them to travel around the city. Now a group representing disabled New Yorkers is suing under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to force the city to do a better job.

Well-Maintained Curb Cuts Are Legally Required

Federal law requires cities to install and maintain curb cuts to enable the disabled to navigate streets safely.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Landlord's Refusal to Pay for Bathtub for Disabled Tenant Proves Costly

What are the rights of the disabled when asking a landlord to make "reasonable modifications"?

It is widely understood that, under Federal, state and local law, it is illegal to discriminate against people with disabilities. When it comes to housing, for example, landlords can be required to provide accommodations for the disabled  to help make an apartment or home more accessible to those with physical or mental impairments. For those who refuse, the penalties can be substantial, as one New York landlord recently discovered.

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