The Social Security Administration is Renaming ODAR

When you file an application for Social Security Disability benefits in Virginia – either for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – your claim may be handled by as many as four different agencies or groups. These groups are: Disability Determination Services (DDS) at the initial application and request for…

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3 Reasons We’re Against the SSA’s 5-Day Rule Regarding Evidence

The Social Security Administration’s (SSA’s) Five-Day Rule Regarding Submission of Evidence Prior to Hearing   In 2017 the Social Security Administration (SSA) changed its rules regarding the submission of evidence to an administrative law judge before a Social Security Disability hearing. Under the new rules, which are codified at Section 405.331 of the Social Security…

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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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Trespassing is the Leading Cause of Railway-Related Deaths in the U.S.

Train derailments and collisions often receive lots of attention from the media, politicians, and general public. The 2016 Hoboken train crash, where a New Jersey Transit train overran the end-of-track bumper block and crashed into a wall, causing structural damage and injuries to more than 100 people, and the 2017 Brooklyn train crash, where a commuter…

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