Three Conditions Added to SSA’s Compassionate Allowances Program

On September 5, 2017 Nancy Berryhill, the Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA), announced the addition of three medical impairments to the Compassionate Allowances list. The SSA’s Compassionate Allowances program identifies disability applications where the claimant’s disease or medical condition obviously meets Social Security’s definition of disability. There are more than 200 medical…

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Commission Opinion Affirms You Don’t Always Have to Look for Work

On September 6, 2017 the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission issued its opinion in Younger v. Virginia Lutheran Home Inc., Jurisdiction Claim No. VA00001061625 (Sept. 6, 2017). This is a good decision for injured workers in Virginia. It affirms that there are some exceptions to an injured worker’s duty to market and look for work within…

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Commission Reinstates Wage Loss Benefits Despite Pain Management Doctor’s Full Duty Release

The Virginia Workers Compensation Act allows employers to stop your workers compensation benefits under certain circumstances. One such circumstance is when a treating medical provider releases you to full duty work. The Virginia Workers Compensation Commission may find that the medical provider’s opinion establishes probable cause to suspend your benefits and refer the Employer’s Application for Hearing…

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Court of Appeals Opinion Shows Why You Should Complete Part B of the Virginia Workers Comp Claim for Benefits Form

A recent unpublished opinion from the Court of Appeals of Virginia demonstrates how important it is to file a detailed workers compensation claim in Virginia that protects your right to future workers compensation benefits.   Nicholas Maldonado sustained injuries to his right wrist and shoulder by accident arising out of and in the course of…

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What Can Happen if You Don’t Disclose Earlier Treatment in Your Workers Compensation Case

Experienced defense attorneys will conduct extensive discovery in your workers compensation case. This may include propounding interrogatories, requests for admissions, and requests for the production of documents, as well as taking your deposition.   If this happens you should search for the right workers compensation attorney for you. Though most defense attorneys play by the rules,…

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Construction Workers & Nurses Say Management Puts Profits over Safety

The National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to eliminate preventable deaths and to promote health and safety, released the results of its Employee Perceptions of Workplace Study earlier this year. The study’s objective was to understand perceptions of occupational and workplace safety among the U.S. labor force. And the results were not…

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