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March 2012 Archives

Burden of proof on a reinstatement of suspended workers' compensation benefits

 A claimant seeking a reinstatement of suspended workers' compensation benefits must prove that his or her disability is once again adversely affected by their disability, and that such disability is a continuation of that which arose from their original claim. A reinstatement petition may be prompted by a number of circumstances-such as a light duty job ending. The claimant need not re-prove that the disability resulted from a work-related injury during their original employment.

Less than one year until federal benefits go electronic

While many recipients of federal benefits in Pittsburgh have already switched to paperless, electronic payments, about 10 percent are still receiving paper checks. By March 1, 2013, all Americans who receive federal benefits, like Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, will no longer receive monthly paper checks.

Continuing disability reviews from SSA

When a person applies for Social Security disability benefits, they may not realize that their benefits may one day be discontinued. Whether recipients suffer from developmental disabilities or physical impairments, the Social Security Administration wants to know that a person is still legitimately disabled and unable to work if they are receiving government money. When a case is reviewed to determine a person's continuing eligibility, it is called a Continuing Disability Review.

The long, winding road to disability benefits

It's no surprise that the Social Security Disability Insurance system is overwhelmed and underfunded. Since its inception in 1954, the system has taken on more beneficiaries. Applications are flooding in and the backlog continues to grow, in part because the list of eligible SSDI disabilities and illnesses has expanded. Applicants have also increased as the unemployed have sought the protection of disability benefits after their unemployment benefits run out.

Disability claims artificially lower unemployment rate

Unemployment rates soared in Pittsburgh and throughout the nation during the recent economic bust; disability rolls are ready to take up that torch. Now that the economy is slowly sputtering back to life, it seems that unemployment rates are starting to dip -- which some say is a sure sign of improvement.

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