HITECH Act – A Way to Get Medical Records in Your Disability, Workers’ Comp, or Personal Injury Case

Using the HITECH Act When Seeking Medical Records in Your Case   Each year disability lawyers, workers compensation attorneys, and personal injury law firms – as well as disabled individuals and accident victims – spend hundreds of thousands of dollars obtaining the medical records they need to support their case. Obtaining medical records from your…

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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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PTSD Found Compensable in Recent Virginia Workers’ Comp Decision

Obtaining Virginia workers compensation benefits for a purely psychological injury is difficult. Usually an injured employee must have also suffered a physical injury by accident to have a decent chance of receiving benefits for a psychological condition. But a recent decision by the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission affirmed an award of benefits to a claimant…

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